Pumpkin’s Twin Cities Marathon Training Log: 7.31-8.30.17

Life has been busy lately, and my training logs have been suffering as a result! Actually, suffering is a great word to describe this entire training cycle. Right now I’m just trying to stay in the moment and take things day by day, because most days lately if you ask me whether I will be able to make it to October 1st ready to run a marathon, my honest answer would be “probably not.” My long runs have been incredibly difficult and I have yet to do a long run that leaves me feeling optimistic about running a marathon in 6 weeks.

Wow! This is so inspirational! Some of my shorter runs have been okay, and feel somewhat better than I had been feeling, so that’s positive. And I keep running despite every whisper in the back of my head that tells me to just bag this training and call it quits. Who knows, maybe I’ll go out for my long run this coming weekend and knock it out of the park? Crazier things have happened, and there’s still enough time left to get my body ready to finish the marathon.

Goals for the next week: keep running. get strength training back on point. keep running.

Week of 7.31-8.6

Monday 7.31: Ran to the park, went on a hike with friends, and ran home. 1.1 mile @ 10:26, 2.8 miles of hiking (1 hour), 1.1 mile @ 10:27. My short runs felt surprisingly good, considering the day prior I had a terrible long run.

Tuesday 8.1: I forgot that I had a really great feeling run this day. It was 80 degrees, humid, windy, and sunny and I completely expected this run to suuuuuck. Instead it was my best run in forever. 5 miles @ 10:35.

Wednesday 8.2: Another great run. 57 degrees felt incredible that morning! 4 miles @ 10:40

Thursday 8.3: Weekly Thursday night bike ride. 26.3 miles, 15.3 mph avg, HR 138 avg.

Friday 8.4: Got a late start, so only had time for 3 miles @ 11:21. A crisp, beautiful morning. Went for a walk at lunchtime- 2.1 miles.

Saturday 8.5: Was feeling incredibly optimistic about this long run, given how great I had been feeling this past week. Goal was 15 miles, but the 94% humidity messed with my asthma big time. At mile 5 I couldn’t catch my breath and had to call my husband to drive my inhaler to me. I never could get my breathing back on track, and despite it being a pretty cool morning, I was sweating buckets. I called husband for a second rescue at mile 10 when my breathing turned into hyperventilating. I drank a lot of water on this run and was still down 4 lbs when I weighed myself when I got home. Just awful. 10.2 miles @ 12:04 (not including a million times I just straight up paused my watch to sit on a curb and try to breathe).

Sunday 8.6: Went for an early morning trail run with my friend Kate, and it was just what I needed after the previous day’s debacle. 3.7 miles @ 11:57

Total for the week: 28.1 miles of running, 26.3 miles of cycling


Week of 8.7-8.13

Monday 8.7: Rest day because I realized it had been 13 days since my last full day off.

Tuesday 8.8: Planned on running after work, but I was exhausted this day. Unplanned rest day.

Wednesday 8.9: 5 miles @ 10:45. Storms were rolling in, and I apparently ran past a funnel cloud at the end of my run.

Thursday 8.10: Thursday bike riding. 29.1 miles, 15.3 mph avg, 135 avg HR

Friday 8.11: 6 miles @ 10:51. Pretty warm after work, but at least it wasn’t humid.

Saturday 8.12: A great early morning bike ride with friends. It had been over a month since I’d had a long weekend ride, and it felt great. 43.7 miles, 15.4 mph avg

Sunday 8.13: The weather was such a tease this day and there was a threat of thunderstorms all day long. Decided to gut this out on the treadmill, and I’m pretty sure this was the longest run I’ve ever done on a treadmill. #Soblessed to have Netflix. The run itself could have been worse, but still not feeling super confident about my long run situation. 13 miles @ 11:44

Total for the week: 24 miles of running, 72.8 miles of cycling

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. Hey, your duathlon training is going great! ๐Ÿ˜€ Just kidding, but seriously, if it works for triathletes…perhaps you could shoot for some bike/ run bricks and tackling the weekly long run, just to get that time on your feet. Good luck with this weekend’s long run!

  2. I’m with Mango โ€” mix the biking in as much as you need to so that you get some aerobic endurance going and hope for the best. Running > Biking > Nothing, at least in marathon training, right? Do you think the treadmill helped with the asthma?