Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log 4.17.17

This past week was all about trying to build my miles again and search high and low for my fitness… which seems to have completely disappeared. My miles were ugly and clunky and slow… but they were miles. My strategy for now is 2 days on, one day off until I’m feeling 100%. I continue to do my PT exercises, core work, and have even gotten into the weight room at the Y (which, in the evenings, I like to refer to as “bro-ville.”) for some squats, etc. This is the most consistent I’ve been in a very long time with doing core and strength, and I plan to keep it up! I am even signed up for a hot yoga class tonight, and plan on incorporating those classes once a week if possible.

This week’s goal is try to get a long run closer to 10 miles. Last week my runs were all around 4 miles, and even those were a struggle! Here’s to building miles and feeling better as the week goes on.

Monday 4.10- 2.5 miles, 10:32 pace. Still pretty hobbled- IT band was pretty tight and I had to stop and stretch quite a bit. 20ish minutes of core and stretching afterward.

Tuesday 4.11- I didn’t track time, but I did some core and strength during down times at work as well as in the evening.

Wednesday 4.12- 4 miles, 10:50 pace. Ran this in the evening. It was 64 and sunny and I was HOT. My HR has been embarrassingly high, too.

Thursday 4.13- 4 miles, 10:42 pace. Meh. Maybe just a tiny bit better than the previous day.

Friday 4.14- 60 minute walk, core and PT exercises.

Saturday 4.15- 4.3 miles, 10:31 pace. Beautiful day! 15 minutes lower body strength at the Y.

Sunday 4.16- 4 miles, 11:06 pace. A gorgeous Easter morning run. Listened to episode 1 of S*Town. Went hiking with my kiddos twice because it was such a gorgeous day!

Total miles: 18.8

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. Hi! I love reading these training logs. Sorry to see you’re dealing with an injury (binge reading suddenly), and I am fascinated by your recovery plan. Kinda because I’m also recovering from something and also have a half pr in mind. Do you mind sharing your time goal? And how quickly you expect to be 100%? Is that even a realistic question? LOL Thanks for any input, and most of all best wishes to you!!

    1. I wish I knew the answer to all of those questions! ha! Honestly for this half marathon I threw out a time goal because I didn’t want time goals to possibly force me into pushing myself before I’m feeling 100%. Back when I started training in January I had a pretty lofty PR goal, but as the training progressed I was realizing that my goal may have been too lofty for where I was at. I’ve been sort of adjusting constantly through this training, which I think can be really good in helping me to listen to my body and let my body guide my training rather than my brain. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m feeling much stronger this week than a week ago, so I’m hoping I should be back to where I want to be soon!

  2. The 4-miler and consistent strength work sounds like a winning recovery formula ๐Ÿ™‚ Hang in there – it really does all come back eventually. And you come back stronger in the end.