Join Shelby Miller as she trains for the Cleveland Marathon

Join Shelby Miller as she trains for the Cleveland Marathon

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - We are 13 weeks away from the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon!

I'm excited and honored to say I was asked to be an official Cleveland Marathon race ambassador this year, which means I'm back blogging my training journey weekly now through race day.

Last year, I ran the full marathon - 26.2 miles! It was exciting, motivating and fulfilling, but it was also grueling, tiring and gritty.

With so much going on in life this winter/spring, I knew it'd be really tough to fit in the long runs necessary to train for a full marathon, so I decided to dial it back and sign up for the half marathon this year.

This will be my tenth half marathon! I have one goal: set a new personal record. My fastest time for a half marathon is 1:47:41. This May, my goal is to beat that!

Half marathon training is 12 weeks long, which means my training plan starts Monday. I plan on using the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Intermediate 1 Plan and supplement the shorter runs with weight training, which helped me a ton during last year's marathon training.

If you want to run in this year's marathon series, there's still plenty of time to sign up! In fact, as an ambassador, I have one free entry to giveaway! If you're interested, follow me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, and comment on a Cleveland Marathon giveaway post. The entry is good for all races, including the 1 mile fun run, 5K, 8K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon. I'll draw a winner randomly Sunday.

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