Training Plan for Heroes in Recovery 6K

Yesterday was a hot one here in sunny South Florida, and the heat is only going to go up. A couple of days this week it’s going to hit 90*F!!!!

Now that’s some intense spring training weather!

Since I decided to run the Heroes in Recovery 6K next month I went searching the Internet for a training plan. I don’t have a lot of time to prepare, and I’m not really planning for a spectacular race, but I do want to give it my best effort.

I’ve decided to follow the second half of the Hal Higdon intermediate 5K training plan. My race is a 6K but I think this plan will work fine.

I also think it’s fine to skip the first few weeks of the plan since my base is already there. Right now I can comfortably run an 8 mile long run, so what I really just need is to step up some of my speed sessions so that I have a little kick in the race.

It’s definitely not ideal to be planning to run hard in June in South Florida, but really when are we ever presented with perfect conditions? Hopefully by then I’ll be more acclimated to the heat.

Last night’s three miler was sort of killer. The bottom of my foot felt okay but my calves were tight as heck. If it’s not one thing it’s another! That’s okay though I can deal with the calf thing because I know it’s nothing serious. Some days they are super tight and I have to stop and stretch them out and some days they are fine.

I’m being super committed to calf raises these days. When I was having issues with my hips back in the day I had to make stretching a normal part of my routine just like brushing my teeth and washing my hair. Now calf raises are part of that routine.

When I got home from my run Adam had a surprise for me. He recently bought a new computer monitor for himself which means I get his SUPER nice hand-me-down monitor :).

It’s 27 inches which is way bigger than the last hand-me-down monitor he gave me. Since I only use my computer at home for maybe an hour a day to blog I just don’t see the need to invest in a nice one for myself. But now I have a nice one for free! Thanks babe ?.

Oh! So yesterday something weird happened with my Garmin. I ran my normal three mile loop but when I got to the end my Garmin said I had only run 2.8 miles.

I ran the extra .20 but then my mile 3 time was much longer than it should be. It also said my pace was almost 16 minutes per mile. Now, I am slow but I am not quite that slow. Has anyone else experienced this? Maybe the GPS just disconnected during the run?

I am paranoid because my Garmin isn’t that old, and when my last Garmin had issues I had to send it in to be fixed. It took about a week for me to get my watch back and that was torture! hah (but seriously)

Ever have a Garmin glitch like this? Tell me everything is going to be okay! 



  1. May 10, 2017 / 5:07 am

    Sometimes it takes a few minutes for my GPS to connect. When you look at the map was anything weird about the route? Sometimes Ill notice the line will cut off part of my run so it looks like I ran less in the same amount of time.

    • Kristina
      May 10, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Hmm I need to go check on my phone (which is downstairs at the moment). Inside Garmin Connect it’s not showing me a map at all!

      • Kristina
        May 10, 2017 / 8:11 pm

        *The Garmin Connect website.

  2. May 10, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Garmins aren’t perfect – they mess up sometimes too :-). You might have just run through a patch where your Garmin couldn’t pick up a signal.

  3. May 10, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Second half of HH looks perfect for your upcoming race. Hopefully your Garmin glitch was just a one time thing. Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on, lol.

    • Kristina
      May 10, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Hahahaha I haven’t tried that but I will do that right now!

  4. May 10, 2017 / 9:26 am

    My Garmin is super old so I have problems with it all the time! Hey that is cool, if Adam keeps upgrading you will never ever have to actually buy a computer monitor for yourself! Paul has a big monitor, he loves it. Must be a guy thing! I really don’t care how big my screen is. I love my laptop. Love being able to sit wherever and have it. I’m with ya on if it’s not one thing it’s another. My knee feels great now so I want to run, but my adductor is sore again! WTF?

    • Kristina
      May 10, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      I really wonder when the last time I felt 100% healthy on a run was! I’m sorry your abductor is sore again. I hope the soreness disappears quickly!

  5. May 10, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Hmm, interesting about the Garmin glitch! I’ve never had that issue, but I will confess, when I was with my training group this spring, one time I didn’t wait for the GPS to lock in, and that made our first 1/4 mile super fast (like Olympian fast!). I didn’t notice it, but thought something was odd with the pace. When we finished my group was SUPER excited about how well they had done, and by the time I figured it out the next day, I figured it was best just to give them the power of positive thinking for their success. Yikes. That was a tough call because I don’t always see all of the people, so they wouldn’t all know.
    Very exciting about your yesterday’s race sign up news too! Yeah training plan!!

    • Kristina
      May 10, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Hahahah I love that story! I would have let them keep on thinking they were crushing it too!

  6. May 10, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I love hand-me-downs when your guy gets something nicer, lol. B recently left his MacBook on a plane and after a month of it not being found, he bought another one. Literally the day after he bought the new one, the airline found his old one. Now he’s letting me use one of them! 🙂

    That stinks about your Garmin. I upgraded mine after a really long time (like 7 or 8 years?). Hopefully it’s nothing too serious?

    I think your training plan looks great. Good luck as the weather gets warmer!

    • Kristina
      May 10, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Oh man that stinks that they found his laptop the day after he invested in a new one. Isn’t that the way it goes? You lucked out though!!

  7. May 12, 2017 / 6:51 am

    I was thinking about tempo runs the other day and your training schedule reminded me. If I’m going to be doing run/walk for the foreseeable future, how do I do a tempo run?! I know you have more experience with run/walk and training than I do so I figured you’re a good person to ask.

    I think a 6k sounds like a fun distance! I love 5 milers.