Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log 5.29.17

Happy whatever day it is today! My sense of time is all screwed up after a long holiday weekend. Rumor has it today is Tuesday, but it’s also like my Thursday because Wednesday is my last day of work until July 1. Being an 11 month employee has its perks!

Last week was a pretty great week for running AND funning (see what I did there?). My miles are back where I want them to be and injury wise I’m still feeling strong. I just switched thyroid medications at the end of last week, so hopefully I’ll be feeling better within the next few weeks. I have continued to keep things humble with run/walking, but I had a couple of runs last week where my run intervals were much faster than they have been and my walk intervals were shorter! I am feeling optimistic that I’ll be back to running my blazing fast completely average pace soon.

I did some strength training, biking, and a tiny bit of core. I was just going to say I even did a hot yoga class, but I forget that yesterday won’t show up until next week’s training log… so stay tuned.

My plan for this week is to try and do a long run in the middle of the week just as a confidence booster before the half marathon that is less than two weeks away. Since my injury in Mid-March, the longest runs I’ve done are a couple of 7ish milers and an almost 10 miler. Like I’ve said before, I’m only running this half for fun and not for time. I’ll be running it on little sleep after traveling in a car with my kids and hubby for 3 days. Just getting to the starting line will be an accomplishment!


Monday 5.22: It was chilly, it was windy, it was drizzly. I almost treadmilled it, but it’s not like 55 degrees is arctic weather and running in the wind is good resistance training. I have also been making it a point to do more running along the river, because it really is the only elevation change we have here in Fargo/Moorhead. I even finished up my run with a few hill sprints. Run/walk 5 miles, 11:42 pace

Tuesday 5.23: A busy day but I squeezed in some strength training by going to the Y at 9pm. 45 minutes of upper body, lower body, and core.

Wednesday 5.24: This was actually a pretty solid run-walk. Considering many of my runs before I started run-walking a few weeks ago were around 11:00 pace, I was surprised to see that I did this run/walk at 11:07. I hadn’t been paying attention to pace, but clearly my run intervals are faster than I thought they would be. 5.3 miles, 11:07 pace.

Thursday 5.25: A very windy night, but great to get out for the weekly WOW ride (women on wheels). It’s one of the rides hosted by a local bike shop, and I do my best not to miss the Thursday rides because it’s a chance to spend time with a bunch of good friends. And also eat tacos afterwards. 25.5 miles, 15.2 mph avg, HR 135 bpm avg.

Friday 5.26: Made my 3 day weekend into a 4 day weekend because we were heading out of town this day! I got to sleep in a bit, and went to run the trails near my house. A humid morning and got my first mosquito bite of the season. 5 miles, 11:45 pace. Drove to Minneapolis, went to see Everclear in concert, didn’t get back to our hotel until 2am. What am I? 22 years old? A super fun day and always happy to spend time in the Twin Cities.

Saturday 5.27: Remember how I just said we didn’t get to our hotel till like 2am? I was determined to run this morning no matter what,

I love you, Minneapolis.

because our hotel was right by some fantastic running trails along the Mississippi River. Fun fact: Mpls/St Paul was just named the Fittest City in the U.S. – If you ever have a chance to visit, you will not lack amazing places to run. 4.5 miles, 11:26 pace. Lots of stops to take pictures. Farmers Market for coffee and croissant after my run. It was perfect.

Sunday 5.28: Back to Fargo running. It was warm, the forecast was hinting at storms, and the wind was over 20 mph. Because I couldn’t decide on a route, I ran the 1 mile loop around the YMCA 5 times, so I didn’t have to run into wind for extended periods of time. There is also some elevation change in the loop because the Y is near the river, so it’s just slightly more of a challenge than running the pancake flat roads. This run was closer to an actual run than a run walk. I ran the first mile without a walk, and ran walked the other 4 miles. Run intervals were faster than usual and walk breaks much shorter. Overall pace looked more like a running pace. A boost of optimism. 5.3 miles, 10:36 pace.

Total miles:

Running- 25.1

Biking- 25.5

Strength- 1 45 min session


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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