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Akron Marathon Blue Line Beginners: Q&A

By Paula Schleis Published: April 12, 2017

Good morning teammates! Today, let’s address a few questions you have sent in this week.  


Q: How do I adapt the 8k Training Program if I’m going to walk and not run?
A: I’m so glad you asked! If you’re like me, it helps to have a daily checklist to take the guesswork out of it, so the marathon staff redid the 8k Training Program for walkers only. Here you go:

8k for walkers


Q: I want to sign up now, but what if I sign up for the 1 mile and decide later I can do the 8k?
A: Excellent question! Definitely take advantage of that Blue Line Beginners special coupon by Saturday and sign up for either. If you change your mind later, here is the process for handling that:
1) Register a second time for the new distance. (So for a few hours you’ll actually be registered to both distances.)
2) Contact explaining which race you want to be refunded for.
3) A refund will be processed for the lowest fee paid, and you'll be back to one event.

Here's another tip I passed on to someone who is trying to save up money for the registration fees. Sign up for the one mile now and use that coupon, so you'll be out of pocket $15. If you are up to tackling the 8k later, then it's $30 to upgrade, which is a smaller bite than $50 all at once.


Q: The 8k training plan lists activities for 5 days.  Does that mean that we are supposed to rest the other two days, and should they be back to back days?

A: Wait, I know this one! Yes, especially if you are a runner, you are supposed to rest two days to give your body time to recoup. But it is also recommended that you not be completely sedentary, so if it’s your rest day, maybe take a relaxing stroll around the block, do some yard work, clean the house. Ditto if you’re already a walker. Our couch days are over, right? As to resting two days straight, the answer is again, yes. Reknown trainer Hal Higdon said there is value in working out five straight days. That extra effort you may need to give on that fifth consecutive day is like coming down the final stretch of the race. It's good for us to know what it means to push a little harder at the end.


Q: Is there a time limit for completing the 1 mile or 8k race.
A: There is a point at which the marathon pulls support from the course, removes the roadblocks and lets traffic resume. At the June event, that will happen at 30 minutes for the 1 Mile participants, and 90 minutes for the 8k. (For the 8k, that means keeping an 18:06 pace. Our training will keep that in mind as we escalate our walking or running pace over the next 10 weeks.)
After support is pulled, remaining competitors will need to move onto the sidewalk to finish the race. But for most folks, those paces are totally achievable. We can do this!


FYI, there are a lot more FAQ’s at the Akron Marathon website. I learned a few things I didn't know. Check them out here:

You won't want to miss tomorrow's blog. Akron Marathon Executive Director Anne Bitong has put together for us a list of very cool - and very free - apps! I can't wait to try some of these things.

Happy trails!

- Paula

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