Cleveland Marathon Training Week 16: Race Week Is Here

I wasn’t sure how I would feel as race day closer and I wouldn’t be able to run the full marathon like I wanted. However, I can say that I am pumped to run the half marathon this year. I love running this distance because I can race it and go for a PR. I set a new PR last fall but I’ve been trying to go sub 1:40 in the half for 2 years now. I would be stoked if Cleveland could be that race.

Monday: 800 meter swim
Tuesday: rest day
Wednesday: 3 mile run and arms and ab work
Thursday: 8 mile run
Friday: rest day
Saturday: 10 mile long run and 2 mile run with Ryan to cooldown after his race.

Post long run Bodhi kisses

Post long run Bodhi kisses

Sunday: 6 mile run and 45 minute bike ride

Relaxing on Sunday and practicing tambura music with my sister.

Relaxing on Sunday and practicing tambura music with my sister.

Total Mileage: 29 miles

I skipped speedwork last week because my legs just weren’t feeling it. I think they are trying to tell me they are ready to taper😉 I’ll be taking off Friday and Saturday this week to help them rest and get ready to run on Sunday!

Bodhi likes rest days

Bodhi likes rest days

I have 2 goals for the half marathon this year.

  1. Have fun and enjoy the course. I love Cleveland!
  2. Run a sub 1:40 half. Even if it is a 1:39:59

Now I have one more thing to figure out before the race on Sunday….WHAT DO I WEAR!?!? Yes the weather stalking has begun.

Good luck to everyone participating in the Cleveland Marathon events this year. I’ll be cheering at the 5K on Saturday and then hitting up the expo!

What are you looking forward to for the race this weekend?


About Jessica M.

30 something runner from Cleveland, OH. I am an avid runner, marathon maniac, Boston Marathoner and an Ironman! I have completed 15 marathons (16 if you include the Ironman) and am an Official Blogger for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. I am also a Proud ambassador for Nuun I enjoy traveling, running, my Croatian heritage, Hokas, baking, playing tambura, reading, sno cones, cevapi, anything pumpkin flavored, swedish fish, napolitanke, craft beer, kit kats, smoothies, chips & salsa, Kinder chocolates, racing, marshmallows, my amazing husband and our dogs Bodhi & Bandit. Both are named after Columbus Brewing Beers. Contact me at:
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5 Responses to Cleveland Marathon Training Week 16: Race Week Is Here

  1. annarnorris says:

    I am right with you on what to wear! I told myself that I would spurge and get either a new top or capris for CLE since I didn’t see anything at the Toledo expo that I had to have. I’m hoping to score an awesome tank at the expo Saturday!

    I’m excited about the course change, but nervous about the start line since 3 races will be starting at once in congested Public Square and course congestion for the first few miles.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for a cool, cloudy race day!

    Good luck!

  2. masher52 says:

    Good luck and hope you get that PR. I’m always stuck on what to wear until last minute. I can’t wait to try out the new course, and hopefully score a decent time!

  3. After your disappointment last year, I know you’re going to come back hungry and ready and you’re going to nail that PR! I’m excited to run on the new course and run back on the Shoreway – I think that running towards downtown on the Shoreway will be pretty epic.

  4. Good luck on the PR! I wish I could be there to see everyone killing it this Sunday – I’ll be stalking you on social media instead! 🙂

  5. I’m still trying to figure out what to wear for the 10K too!! Ahh! So excited for you to go out there and get that PR!!! Good luck lady!

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