I recently gave up my gym membership. All of my running in 2017, therefore, will be outdoors. I am purchasing new running shoes, which I’m sure will help with some of the knee pain I was feeling postpartum. I have struggled with hip and IT band pain in the past when running (mostly with longer distances) so cross-training will be vital for me as part of my 8K training plan.
8K Training Plan
Do you know what is going to be great about running the 8K race as part of the Cleveland Marathon series? It will be an automatic PR for me! An 8K is 4.97 miles so roughly a 5-Mile race. In full disclosure, I have run 5-Milers such as Bay Days and Celebrate Westlake. My 5-Mile PR is 55:39, set in March 2012. I am using that time as a goal for this race.
I decided to use Hal Higdon’s Novice Program for the 8K as a starting point for my training plan. Then I inserted the other types of workouts I would do for cross training such as yoga, boot camp and at home workouts such as PiYO or P90X. I also had to customize the plan to fit my weekly schedule.
8K Training Plan
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In addition to my training runs all being outdoors, they will be solo. I have to work around our child care and work schedules. I do not have a jogging stroller and for personal reasons do not intend to purchase one. The hardest part of planning my training is figuring out when to run my long runs – which take the most time – especially for me, as a slower-paced runner.
Right now I am going to plan those for Saturdays. If for any reason this isn’t working well I can revisit my 8K training plan and adjust before race day. The weather also may pose a challenge. Again, because all of my runs will be outdoors if it’s a torrential downpour I may have to swap days or the time of day I will be running.
The only other item of note on my 8K training plan is that I am following a low-mileage plan. As I mentioned a few weeks ago when I wrote about my running journey, I have never been a high-mileage runner. It will, therefore, be crucial that I do not skip any training runs.
Disclosure: As a 2017 Cleveland Marathon Ambassador, I will receive complimentary entry into the race of my choice, an ambassador shirt, along with special access to pre and post-race events, in exchange for writing about my training for this event.