Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log 6.5.17

Wooo!! It’s here! Summer has arrived, I’m off work until July, and the Summer of Fun is underway!

Last week was all about balance and listening to my body. I paid attention to a couple of areas of soreness and tried to make sure I did some sort of strength, stretching, and a longer non-running activity in addition to the miles I ran. My only goal for myself in terms of running last week was to see if I had a longer run in me, as I have not done anything more than 9ish miles since my injury in March. With the half marathon approaching on June 10, I wanted just one easy long run to remind myself how that feels. Like I’ve said, I’m not racing Utah, just there to have fun and finish. I also purposely ran in late morning heat to hopefully give myself a little training boost. Utah is hot, but it starts at 6am for this reason. I told myself if I can run 10 miles in almost 80 degrees, then 13.1 in 60 something should feel pretty great. Overall last week my miles dropped, but that’s because I swapped out an easy medium run for a 62 mile bike ride… a fair trade I think!

Another bit of excitement in my world is I joined a local running group! Faster.Stronger.Runners (or FSR) has a Summer “running camp” that started today and goes through the end of August. For a VERY reasonable price, we will meet as a group 3-4 days per week. Mondays will be track, Tuesdays will be ramps (running up parking ramps!), Wednesdays will be hills, and Thursdays will be an optional group run. We’ll also do core work each day. We meet verrrrrry early 530-630a, and I imagine that since I’ll be needing more miles due to marathon training, I’ll probably arrive early to log some more warm up miles before the workouts. This morning was my first track workout and I’ll save the details of that for my next training log! Spoiler alert: damn that hurt!

We are leaving for our family road trip on Wednesday and will be returning Friday the 16th. I’m mentally preparing myself for some quality family time for 9 straight days. I am bracing myself for some whiny children in the car, but I really can’t blame them as we are driving a long way! We’ll start here in Moorhead, MN, drive west to Billings, MT, then to Jackson Hole, WY, seeing Yellowstone and Grand Teton Nat’l Parks along the way, then to Provo, UT to see a high school friend and to run the half marathon, then up to Boise, and then to our final destination at a rented cabin at a lake in Idaho where we’ll be hanging with my husband’s family for 5 days. As I type this, I am taking a break from vacation prep, because there are lots of little things to do between now and Wednesday morning! I plan on running when I can on vacation because the scenery is going to be incredible, but not gonna pressure myself to squeeze in tons of miles either.

When I return, I’ll have an epic 2 week training log, some tales from our Griswold Family trip, and a race report of the race I’m not racing! In the meantime, I’m going to be eating up lots of cellular data by posting lots of Instagram Stories. If you are interested in seeing some of my running views, some of the junk food I’m eating on the road, and perhaps a cute video or 90 of my kids, feel free to follow me on Instagram @ teresademers



Monday 5.29: 1 hour of hot yoga- felt amazing to get everything stretched out.

Tuesday 5.30: Off. Went to see the 20th anniversary tour of Rent. IT WAS INCREDIBLE.

Wednesday 5.31: Ran/walked after work. 80ish degrees and sun. Every muscle felt tight, so I took it really easy. 5 miles, 11:26 pace.

Thursday 6.1: Longest run since March. 10 miles run/walk. Stopped at a couple of locations for water/pee breaks, which are not accounted for on my overall run stats. 10 miles, 11:05 pace. It was about 80 degrees and sunny for the run. Oof. Summer.

Friday 6.2: Part of me reeeeallly wanted to log some miles this day, but was feeling pretty tired from the previous day. I bought new shoes though and was dying to take them out for a spin! I broke up with my Asics, was told that I would be fine running in a neutral shoe (after years of running in stability shoes), and settled on a pair of Nike Pegasus. They are so much lighter than anything I’ve ever run in! I couldn’t help myself and decided to take them out for a tiny run. Also it was 93 degrees, humid, and windy… 2 miles, 10:41 pace.

Saturday 6.3: Was going to go for a run before meeting my friend Kate for a Body Pump date… but I didn’t. After my little 2 mile the previous day, I felt some tiny twinges in the tendon in my left tibia… this is the area of my body that looooooves to be injured. I had a moment of panic and babied it like my leg was about to fall off. Saturday morning it ย felt much better, but I’m a little paranoid and skipped running. Body Pump was great, but I knew I’d be sore the next day!

Sunday 6.4: Earlier in the week I had set aside this morning to do a medium run, but then it was discussed to do a 40 mile group bike ride, which turned to 50ish, and in the end it ended up being over 60. My legs were definitely feeling Body Pump from Saturday. I haven’t gotten a ton of miles on the bike yet this season, and not only was this the longest ride of the year so far, it ended up being my longest ride ever by a couple of miles! A great morning with friends in the wind, sun, and heat! 62.2 miles, 3 hours 48 min, 16.4 mph avg, HR avg 137 BPM.


Running: 17 miles

Biking: 62.2 miles

Strength: 1 hour of Body Pump

Stretching: 1 hour of hot yoga

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. The running groups sounds great! Nice to have a structured plan with people to do the workouts with. Good luck in Utah!!! Have fun and safe travels.