Pumpkin’s Twin Cities Marathon Training Log: 7.3.17

Happy Monday, everybody! If you are like some people, your holiday weekend was disrupted with a pesky Monday work day before the real holiday tomorrow. I was supposed to return to work today after my June off month, but daycare closing forced me to take a couple extra days off before returning to work. Darn! As I write this, I am happily tired from a day at the lake yesterday, spending time with family and working on evening out all of my running tan lines. Minnesota isn’t known for its beautiful Winters, but we do Summer VERY well.

Anyway, last week was a pretty solid week of training. It was only week 2 and I am purposely holding off on speed work for another week or two, due to my tendency towards injury. I am writing my own plan this time around and being really purposeful with how I approach my training. I am using a past training plan only as a very loose frame of reference as I plan my runs and mileage. I am aiming for something in the middle of what I’ve done with Hal Higdon’s training plans and Hanson’s Marathon Method in terms of mileage. I am not going to go much into the 50’s for weekly mileage, but I’m not going to stay in the 20’s and 30’s like I have when using Hal Higdon. Happy balance and probably hanging in the 40’s for much of this training. My first few weeks are a slow build: Week 1 was around 21, Week 2 was around 25, and this week I am aiming for 31-33.

My runs have NOT been feeling great. I don’t know if I’m still just dealing with my thyroid being out of whack still, or if it’s the humidity, or what. I’m going to continue to trust the process and put in work. I have continued to make sure I’m keeping biking, strength, and core as part of my training and at some point this will all have to pay off, right?

Monday 6.26: 3.5 miles @ 10:34, a 1 hour class at the Y called “XYZ training.” It is a circuit/boot-camp type class that was a butt kicker. My HR avg for the 60 min was about 140 and there were a lot of challenging drills. I got home afterward and my 6 year old daughter wanted to go for a run. I assumed we would run for a few minutes, but we ended up doing 2 miles. There was a significant amount of walking, but I’m counting it towards running miles because it was enough to keep my HR elevated. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday 6.27: Rest. My body was TIRED from the previous day. Also dealing with a bit of soreness near my ankle. Not sure if it’s due to adjusting to new shoes or increased mileage, so I’m being really careful with it.

Wednesday 6.27: Took my bike out of town with 3 of my friends for a longish ride on the Central Lakes Trail. It rained overnight and right before we started riding, so it was muggy and buggy and muddy. The humidity kept my HR high. 45 miles, 15.6 mph avg, 158 avg HR. Total ride time 2 hrs 52 min.

Thursday 6.28: So I guess the humidity is here to stay. 7 humid miles at 11:01 (but not counting a bathroom stop or multiple stops to collect myself. It was hard). In the evening I did my weekly ride with the bike shop (called WOW: women on wheels). 23 miles followed by a birthday celebration for one of my friends!

Friday 6.29: 3 miles @ 10:44, 30 min strength/ core at the Y.

Saturday 6.30: 11 miles @ 11:39. I don’t know what to say about this run other than it sucked really bad. It’s one that I am just glad it’s over with and I don’t want to think about it again. Ha! Afterward I did a Jasyoga video – a 5 minute post-long run quick reset.

Sunday 7.1: I truly did plan for a short run in the morning, but I slept too long and didn’t have enough time before we had to leave for the lake, as it is a 3 hour drive from us. Told myself I would run after we got home, but we were having so much fun that we didn’t even leave the lake till 9pm. Oh well, it was a great rest day!


Running: 26.5

Biking: 68 miles

Core/Strength/Etc 1 hr 30 min

Jasyoga: 1x for 5 min.

This is my post terrible long run mug shot.

I'm a college mental health counselor, runner, cyclist, wife, and mom to two strong-willed children. I started running in 2011 after the birth of my last child after years of love-hate relationships with fitness. My favorite distance is the half marathon, but I love the challenge of tackling the marathon. My biggest challenge is the mental aspect of racing, but my greatest strength is I'm stubborn and never give up! I'm a free spirit, an open book, and try to be authentic both in real life as well as in my internet life. Running has given me a place to face my fears, chase goals, and stay humble. Side note: I love cats and coffee and tacos.

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  1. Biking 68 miles on top of your run mileage is great!!! Love that you are creating your own plan based on what YOU need/works for you- it will pay off!

    P.S. I love that mug shot.

  2. The mugshot cracked me up ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been humid here, too. My ego gets wrung out with my shirt after every run when I realise I’ve run nowhere close to winter paces!