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 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’m now five weeks in, so here’s an update on my 8K training.
I have one rest day per week on Sunday. Three days a week I cross-train or practice yoga. The other three days I run. As I mentioned two weeks ago, I was sick recently and unfortunately, that had an impact to my 8K training.
Sick <— I really had hoped to run this day but I was still feeling horrible.
1.5 mile / 13:00, 6:18
1 mile / 12:14
1.5 mile / 12:32, 6:18
Those are the times recorded by my Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch during my runs. I’ve been having issues lately with my GPS watch delaying in connecting to satellites. It has been taking at least 0.25 mile before it connects. Does anyone else have this issue?
Sometimes I try to walk to warm up but if it’s really cold out or I’m pressed for time I would much rather begin my run the moment I head outside. I have 1-mile routes that I know and can run but I am enjoying using the watch to track my pace. This will give me a better idea of my projected finish time on race day.
As I mentioned in my last update that I was struggling a bit with the strength training component of my training schedule. I wish I had improvement to report in this area, but again with being sick, I was just surviving and trying to get the miles in. Hopefully I’ll figure that component out soon, especially considering race day is exactly two months from today!
Weather-wise it’s still all over the board. This week we are looking at several days with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s and then one day with a high in the 20s. Regardless of what Mother Nature brings, I’m still sticking to my original plan which was to do all of my training runs outside – rain or shine.
Lastly, for some advice from the trenches, check out Christine’s blog this week. She is sharing training and race day tips from fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors.
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.