Training For A Bermuda Triangle Challenge PR Attempt

Getting Lost In The Bermuda Triangle Challenge

The Bermuda Marathon & Half Marathon (Photo: Bermuda Tourism Authority)

In six weeks, I’m taking on the Bermuda Triangle Challenge at the Bermuda Marathon Weekend, courtesy of the race’s organizers. It will be just eight weeks after I ran my fastest half-marathon in two years at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon.

The Bermuda Triangle Challenge dares runners to survive three races over three days: KPMG Bermuda Invitation Mile, HSBC Bermuda 10K, and HSBC Bermuda Marathon or Half Marathon. I’ll be taking on the Bermuda Triangle Half Marathon Challenge, building on my success at the Philly Half.

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Getting Lost in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge

The Bermuda Triangle Challenge (Photo: Bermuda Tourism Authority)

Bermuda Triangle Challenge PR Attempt

When I first wrote about the Bermuda Triangle Challenge 12 weeks ago, I threw down the gauntlet: “I will run a personal best at one of the three events. I’m not sure which one I’m going to target yet, but I’d love take down any of my 1 mile, 10K or half-marathon PRs.”

But which one to choose?

At the Philly Half, I showed some serious closing speed that I didn’t know I had in me, finishing the last two miles of the race in 8:37 and 8:49 and with an overall time of 2:05:46. As a result, part of me is tempted to go for the half-marathon PR. But honestly? I’d rather not have it hanging over my head all weekend. I think I want to just enjoy the scenery on that one.

Plus, if the weather is on the warm side, that will put the kibosh on that. I’d rather bask in the glory of having run my best half-marathon in two years and take down a shorter distance before working up to the 13.1-mile PR has proven to be my personal Everest. Plus, the year that I ran my 2:00:30—my current PR—I ran 2:05:15 eight months before, awfully close to what I just ran in Philly. I think asking five minutes less of myself after just two months might be a stretch. So scratch PR-ing at the half.

Getting Lost in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge

Bermuda 10K Course Map

Let’s look at the 10K. My current road 10K PR of 56:44 is the first 6.2-mile split of a half-marathon, at a 9:09 pace. I know I can beat that, especially based on that Philly Half, where I closed 13.1 miles much faster than that. Serious contender for a PR attempt. I ran my track PR of 54:09 during a team workout. That would be a taller order to beat.

Bermuda Triangle Challenge at the Bermuda Marathon Weekend

Mile Course Map

As for the mile, I haven’t raced one since 2011. So my 6:46 PR is also ripe for the picking. From the perspective of surviving three races in three days, racing 1 mile will probably be easiest on my body.

But I’ve been down this road before. At the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I did the 5K with my mom at an easy pace, raced (and blew up finishing in 57:09) at the 10K, and then had a fun and easy half-marathon. So I’m not worried about a hard 10K followed by an easy half-marathon the next day. I was totally fine when I did nearly one year ago.

Bermuda Triangle Challenge at the Bermuda Marathon Weekend

Bermuda Marathon Weekend

So which one to choose? For the next six weeks, I’ve got my training on the prize: the 10K. But I reserve the right to change my mind at the last minute pending weather, how the courses look in person, and whatnot.

And if I’m feeling good and things are looking good, I might try to throw down in the mile too. I honestly have a hard time imagining myself toeing the line in a mile race and not giving it everything I have.

No matter what happens when I touch down in Bermuda, I’m really excited to have another goal in sight. My training has been re-invigorated by a win in Philly, I’m going to keep my mileage up for the half-marathon, and focus on honing my speed for that 10K. Bermuda, here I come!

If you do want to join me for a January runcation, use code RUNBDA to get 20% off registration, and check out the special rates at host hotels Fairmont Southampton and Grotto Bay Beach Resort above.

As mentioned above, I’m attending the Bermuda Marathon Weekend courtesy of the event’s organizers. As always, all posts and opinions are purely my own. I’m always honest about my experiences. Seriously. For more information, read my Disclosure policy.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


12 2014

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  1. Pam #

    I think you are smart to go for the 10k. Bermuda is such a beautiful place and running the half marathon and enjoying the sights and sounds of the island sounds perfect. By the way, I did the Glass Slipper Challenge in February and raced the 10k (on a ridiculously hot humid day) and coasted during the half. I did not get a PR (which I had hope for) but was less than a minute off my time, which considering the weather I was satisfied with, especially since I got 2nd in my AG and a prize! (love the awards) I would love to go to the race in Bermuda, but a cruise later that month and Boston training makes it a no for this year.
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    • Karla Bruning

      I had the same experience at WDW Marathon weekend–minus the age group award! Congrats again! A cruise sounds lovely too…

  2. 3

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing opportunity! I think you can crush your 10K PR!! I agree, that enjoying the half sounds like the right choice :)

    Good luck!!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Kaella! I’ve heard it’s rather hilly, though the elevation chart doesn’t look TOO bad. Hopefully I’ll still be able to rock it!

  3. 5

    I’m eager to hear what this race weekend is like because I’ve never been to Bermuda and that sounds like an awesome excuse to go in 2016. Those multi-race weekends are tough, though!
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    • Karla Bruning

      I’ve never been to Bermuda either! I think a race is the perfect excuse. It’s funny, I find just getting up early each morning the toughest part of multi-race weekends. Thankfully, the Bermuda mile is in the evening! So it’s just two early mornings. Plus, you can still go to Bermuda and run “just” one race. You don’t have to do the challenge!

  4. 7

    I so wish I was doing any of these races! You will have such an amazing time in Bermuda! I can’t wait to find out which race you decide to PR! I know you’ll have an awesome time doing all of them though. Let me know if you find some extra room in your suitcase you can fit me into :)

    • Karla Bruning

      Haha, will do! Phil DOES have a human-sized suitcase…

  5. 9

    I’ve only been to Bermuda once (it was a stop on a cruise) and I loved the clear blue water! You will have a great time! I think the 10K is a great choice for a PR. January is a ridiculously busy month at work for me otherwise I’d be on a plane to meet you there!! It is the ideal time to escape some winter.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Everyone who has been there only has the greatest things to say! And I agree: January is the BEST time for a runcation!

  6. 11

    Hope your training is going well Karla. Tough time of year for you upover people! If I were you, my inclination would be to “jog” the mile, race the 10k for a likely PB and then make a decision about how to run the half on the morning during your warm-up. Good luck, and have a great 2015.

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks, Ewen! Sounds advice as always. I’ve never heard the term “upover.” I like it! Makes sense if you’re down under :)


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