Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log: 5.8.17

Happy Monday! I’m just drinking my coffee and examining my tan lines and sunburns from an incredible weekend, much of which was spent outdoors. It was the first perfect weather weekend of the year: mid 70’s, sunshine, and it’s not quite mosquito season just yet. This whole week is supposed to be lovely, which is making it really hard to want to go to work.

Anyway, last week was solid. As I mentioned last week, I’m trying to figure out if my thyroid is ruining my running and until I feel better, I’m just sticking to run/walk intervals. It takes a bit longer to log the miles, and, like I said, a little ego bruising when I share my “run” stats on Strava, but I’m building mileage and that’s all I care about right now. I threw in a couple of long bike rides this week and a strength training session as well. Goal for this coming week is to do two days of strength and more consistent with core. I was GREAT with core work while I was injured, but of course now that I’m feeling better, I’ve been letting it slide again. Back at it this week!!


Monday 5.1: 5 miles run/walk. 12:34 pace.

Tuesday 5.2: 45 minutes strength training. Mostly lower body, some upper body, core, and like 6 minutes on the stepmill

Wednesday 5.3: 5 miles run/walk. 12:38 pace.

Thursday 5.4: A solo ride on my road bike after work. 18 miles, 15.3 mph avg, HR 149 avg.

Friday 5.5: Joined my friend Michele for her long run. We planned for run/walk, which was good because it was 82 degrees on Friday evening. We did 3 min run, 2 min walk. 9.2 miles, 12:56 pace.

Saturday 5.6: 5 miles run/walk 11:39 pace. Went hiking with my daughter later in the afternoon at a local state park. Hiked probably 2.5 miles.

Sunday 5.7: 30 miles on the bike with Michele. A WINDY morning, so we averaged 11-13 mph on our way out, but the tailwind was great on the way back. It took us 75 min to go the first 15 miles, and only 45 to do the same on the way back.


Total miles:

Running- 24.2 miles

Biking- 48 miles

Hiking- 2.5 miles

Strength- 45 min, plus some miscellaneous undocumented core work. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was happy to log some miles on my bike this week!
I managed to create about 37 different tan lines over the past week.

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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