Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log: 5.15.17

It’s here! Fargo Marathon week! This is a pretty exciting time of the year around here, as there are events being held every day this week, with the 3 main races (10k, Half, and Full marathon) taking place on Saturday morning. I had decided a few weeks ago that I wasn’t going to run the half marathon after all because injury jacked up my training, and I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide if I want to run the 10k. I have run the half or full every year since I started running in 2011, so it would be really strange not to run something on Saturday. Online registration closed last night and at the last minute I pulled the trigger and signed up to run the 10k. I’ll be running it as a really expensive training run, with no expectations to PR. I’m going to look at it as an opportunity to try out some things without the pressure of hitting a certain pace. I’m also toying around with the idea of not running with music…. we’ll see!

Anyway, the past week saw a dip in running miles and a small increase in biking miles. I’m still run/walking my runs, but a couple of them ended up at a faster overall pace than the previous week… so… accidental progress? I did a body pump class and I did a little bit of hill work during one of my runs, so even though my overall miles were down, I feel like I had some good balance in there!


Monday 5.8: 3 miles run/walk at 11:51, 50 minutes of Body Pump (my first pump class in foreverrrr)

Tuesday 5.9: Off

Wednesday 5.10: 3.2 miles run/walk, plus some hills along the river (take “hills” with a grain of salt. This IS Fargo). 11:10 pace.

Thursday 5.11: A sunny, almost windless evening meant I had a pretty spectacular bike ride. I went out by myself because I didn’t have the energy to socialize on a group run- plus it’s a super efficient workout when I don’t have anybody to draft from. 22 miles, 17.4 mph avg, HR avg 170.

Friday 5.12: This was a sort of terrible run, but it’s all my fault. I didn’t sleep well and finally gave up on sleep around 3a. I decided that since I was awake, I would try and do a longer run. Initially I thought I would try for 10 miles… but ended up with 7.1 at the end. I was not well rested and my headphones died and I probably should have just stayed in bed. haha! Run/walk, 12:29 pace. Also went for a 1.5 mile walk during my lunch hour.

Saturday 5.13: A quick Saturday morning ride with friends! Sunny and perfect. 30.5 miles, 16.3 mph avg, 150 avg HR.

Sunday 5.14: I took the morning to be lazy and pushed my run to afternoon. It was sunny and 81 degrees, but I just kept telling myself how good it is for me to train in the heat. Last Summer I was injured and missed out on all hot weather running! 4 miles run/walk at 11:20 pace.



Running: 17.3

Biking: 52.5

Body pump: 50 min

Core: ummm… needs improvement.

I don’t have any running pics from the week, but I do have a super lame flex photo from after my Body Pump class.


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. Nice muscles! (Seriously- bicep envy, I haven’t hit the climbing gym in way too long). I’m intrigued to learn what your no-music experiment turns up. I get really bored without music on long runs (6 miles counts as a long run, b/c I focus on the 5K), but I know a lot of people find it interferes with their pace. What is your plan for it?

    1. I’ll be interested to see how the no music thing goes too! I never run w/o music unless I’m running w/ a friend and we are talking. So… I don’t know – I suppose I’ll just have to work on some mindfulness? This will be a good experiment at mental training!