As a 2017 Cleveland Marathon Ambassador I will be running the 8K portion of the race on Saturday, May 20. A few weeks ago I shared my 8K training plan, which is a 14-week plan that has me starting from the bottom. It’s been a few years since I have run consistently, but I have to start somewhere, right? I’m now three weeks into my training so here’s an 8K training update.
8K Training Update
My plan started with three weeks where I would run three times a week (1 mile each). Three other days a week I am doing cross-training or yoga. I have one rest day per week on Sunday. I was happy to run my first mile without stopping at all.
1 mile / unknown
1 mile / 12:06
1 mile / 19:59 –> GPS satellites slow!
1 mile / 12:35
1 mile / 13:54
1 mile / 13:38
1 mile / 12:14
1 mile / 11:37
Those are the times recorded by my Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch during my runs. Unfortunately I had to skip one run and two days of cross training last week due to being sick. I hope this doesn’t set me back too far with my training.
8K Training Update
Outside of being sick the only other struggle I have had has been with strength training. I’m supposed to do some type of strength training once a week after my run. I’m finding it easy to get out and run but once I am done I just want to be done and not do additional exercises, such as push ups or crunches.
I probably just need to push through and do the work. Working out six days a week is much more than I have been in recent months so I’m not going to beat myself up too much. This week my runs will increase to 1.5 miles each.
A lot of runners have been commenting on the weather lately. We’ve had some wonderful 60-degree days here in Cleveland. This is absolutely unheard of in February. Then we got pummeled with snow again. The tricky part for anyone local training for the Cleveland Marathon, or any of the distances, is that you have to grin and bear the Cleveland weather – mild or not.
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.