Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log (and a tiny race recap) 5.23.17


Her very first medal! She was SO proud of herself!!!

Hello! Welp… I’m not going to lie to you, last week was a bit of a bust. I was incredibly exhausted last week and the weather was cool and gloomy and windy and rainy. Generally I’d log some miles on my bike on non-running days, but the weather was not really conducive for a bike ride. BUT! It was Fargo Marathon week last week and that always infuses a lot of excitement into the running community. I was feeling a little bummed that I wasn’t running the half marathon this year, but was happy to be out there to participate in the 10k (notice how I didn’t say RACE). There were over 10,000 runners between the 5k, 10k, half, and full marathons, and more who participated in the youth runs and other events. My daughter ran her first 1 mile race and it was SO adorable and so fun to share that with her. The look on her face when she got her medal was pure joy, and it reminded me that I need to be grateful that I’m able to run, even though I’m not where I’d like to be right now.

Thyroid update! I got the results back from my thyroid labs and the numbers were BAD. I’ll spare the medical jargon, but suffice to say this is probably the explanation behind how terribly running has been for me. My HR and my difficulty with breathing and overall just feeling like I have zero endurance are all likely a result of my thyroid being out of whack. My new medication sent my generally sluggish thyroid into HYPERthyroid and it’s been all crazy up in my body. Whoops. Abandoning that medication asap and returning to the old mediation and hope to get things regulated. Fingers crossed it doesn’t take too long to get things back to normal because Fall marathon training is quickly approaching!

As for that tiny race recap? Truly my only plan for that 10k was to participate by run/walking it, as I have been doing with all of my runs over the past few weeks. The weather on race morning was absolute PERFECTION. It was 44 degrees, overcast, and not windy. It made me feel sort of resentful that this is the year I only have to run a short race. Last year when I ran the full marathon it was 60 degrees at the start and 80 degrees at the end, with full sunshine. Spring marathons, right? Anyway, as always the crowd support was phenomenal and it was fun to just be out there, enjoying myself and being a part of the experience. I ended up doing a little more running than I thought I’d be able to run, and didn’t stop for a walk break until mile 2.5. Most of my runs as of late have been running 3-5 min, with a 2 min walk. I just did my thing and had fun and I purposely did not look at my Garmin for the entire race. If I looked, it would cause all sorts of shame spiraling. It was great practice at staying in the moment and listening to my body. The race was about mental training more than anything else, really. Oh, last week I mentioned that I was going to ditch the music…. I caved. But I left my phone behind and went low-tech with my trusty old iPod Shuffle that has not likely been used since last year’s Fargo Marathon. I kept the volume down low and had it paused for quite a bit of the race. What can I say, I just like having a soundtrack to my life experiences! My finishing time was 1:10:27, which translates to 11:21 pace. I didn’t even look at my Garmin stats until an hour after the race, because it felt so freeing to care so little about a race time. In the end, I was actually pleased that my pace was 11:21, because I did quite a bit of walking and expected it to be much slower.

Post 10k obligatory medal selfie.

Below are the few runs I actually DID do last week:


Monday 5.15: I was feeling sluggish and unmotivated and really sick of my neighborhood routes, so I decided to go run the trails at a park that is just a mile from my house. It’s a fantastic little park and I never run there because I guess I just focus on road running. I figured my run/walk strategy actually works really well with trail running. It was SO FUN and just great to spend time with the trees and the trail and the river. I really need to do more trail running. 5 miles, 11:42 pace

Tuesday 5.16: Off

Wednesday 5.17: run/ walk on the treadmill. 4 miles, 11:46 pace.

Thursday 5.18: Went for an hour walk after work and ran the 1 mile youth race with Bea.

Friday 5.19: What is wrong with me? No running. Went for a 45 minute walk, though.

Saturday 5.20: Fargo Marathon 10k. 11:21 pace.

Sunday 5.21: Not much. Did a couple of 5 minute Jasyoga reset videos. Got my period and suddenly the fatigue and week of being a sloth made sense.

Total miles: 15.2

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. Aw snap. Thyroid meds are hard to get right. Husband has been dealing with this for years, and it sucks. Hang in there, yo!

  2. I do like to read about all different paces and training styles, but your posts are some of my absolute favorites. My paces are similar to yours, and it gets hard to read other posts sometimes about someone having a slow day and running a 6:20 mile avg instead of their 6:05 avg for a 10 miler.

    I’m sorry you’re not where you want to be pace wise, but you rock for pushing through and doing the workouts anyway. When your body gets itself back into order, you’ll be so glad you still have your base and didn’t just stop ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thanks, Christine!! I am glad I’m still getting in some miles- they just take a little longer than they used to! This has been a great opportunity for me to focus on strength and core!