Cleveland Marathon Guest Post: My First 10K, Beginner’s Training, and a Race Entry Giveaway!

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The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is inย 92 days, & I’m going to be doing my first 10K! I am so excited ๐Ÿ™‚

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A 10k might not sound like much to an experienced runner, but for someone who’s just starting out, has a heart condition, and hasn’t run more than 3.5 miles (yet)… it’s definitely a challenge! (One that I am thrilled to take on.) I haven’t started any official training yet, but I finally made a training plan and can’t wait to get started. I looked at numerous different plans and used them to create my own sort of hybrid plan that fits with my schedule. I’ll be honest, I’m not an expert in any of this, this is my first time creating a training plan, and most times I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing… but I’ve gotten advice from some more experienced friends and bloggers, and have also done some research (thanks internet!) so I feel pretty good about it. I don’t have any kind of time goals for this race (mostly due to my heart), so I’m just focusing on completing it. Also as I have mentioned in my past weekly fitness updates, it is physically impossible for me to run the entire thing (also due to my heart), so that’s also not something I’m planning on. I’m totally okay with all of that though because despite everything, I am going to do a 10K!

You won’t find me doing any speed work or tempo runs (to be honest I don’t even know what a tempo run really is), but I am working on building up my endurance and going the longer distances. I’m hoping to do 3 runs per week with one being a long(er) run. I also have a 5K planned, and am going to try spinning & if I like it (which I think I will), I am going to continue doing that to cross-train.

So, without further adieu… here’s my beginner’s 10K training plan!

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I only have the first month labeled out for specific types of strength and cross-training because I already know that I’m going to try spinning for a full month. Once that month is over, if I really liked it then I will probably just continue to do that. Also I’m not going to be too strict on which exact days I get the long runs in, they will definitely be sometime between Friday and Sunday but if things need switched around, so be it. I’d also really like to add in some bike rides once the weather warms up.

Side note: if you have any tips or suggestions for me and/or my training plan, please feel free to comment below! I’m always open for learning best practices, ways to be better, etc so any feedback is appreciated!

Have you heard about the updates to the race this year?ย 

They are changing up the race course to stay clear of the FirstEnergy Stadium due to construction, and they are also talking about bringing more of the race to the west side (represent!). I know there are some people who will be excited about this and some who won’t, but for me (since this is my first one) I’m not complaining! The west side is beautiful and closer to home so I think it would be really fun to run through. I am grateful that it’s flat & fast though, I haven’t gotten much experience with hills yet.

The next update is one that I’m the most excited for, though!

They are introducing a spinning-guitar medal for the 10K race finishers for the first time this year! Lucky me ๐Ÿ™‚

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There’s also some really awesome gear this year, which you can check out here. I love this purple shirt:

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Thank you so much to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon for allowing me to guest post! Stay tuned for more updates along the way about my progress! ๐Ÿ™‚

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**Disclosure: I was invited to guest blog for the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon in exchange for a free race entry. I already paid for my entry, so they allowed me to give away my free entry to one of my lucky readers. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.**

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  • Hurrah for your first 10K! Plenty of people do a runwalk method (someone who did a runwalk method beat me at the Northern Ohio Marathon, in fact!) and the fact that you’re not letting your heart issue keep you from the race is inspiring. My wife has exercise-induced asthma and I have encouraged her to look into doing a runwalk method for the 4 Miles 4 Water Race in May because I think it’ll be better for her and make the entire experience more enjoyable.

    Kudos on realizing that you need to be flexible with the long runs – the weather here during the winterspring can wreck havoc on a training plan! I wound up doing some of my long runs (including my longest long run of 11 miles) for last year’s half marathon after work on Mondays because of bad weather on the weekend. Not optimal, but I told myself that if I could bang those out after a full day of work I would be able to do even better with fresh legs and a fresh mind on race day morning!

    Thanks for the shoutout about my giveaway too!

  • i’m glad they’e got more of the course coming over to the west side! i wish i could do it this year – but good luck to you! running three days a week and then cross training is the perfect balance, i think. a few years ago i literally tried to run every day and it completely did a number on my knees and back. some people can do it, but mixing it up makes for better workouts overall, and is more fun!

  • I would like to do the half marathon in honor of a dear friend who was just diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. It will be my first half. I plan on starting a donation page through Susan G Komen where friends and family can support me in the race by donating to breast cancer research.