Bermuda Marathon Weekend Training Update

Bermuda Marathon Weekend Training Update

Yay! Vacation! (

In just three days, I’ll be at the start of the Bermuda Triangle Challenge at the Bermuda Marathon Weekend—three races over the course of three days in beautiful Bermuda, including a 1-mile, 10K, and half-marathon. I’m attending the weekend as a guest of the race’s organizers.

When I last wrote about the race in Training For A Bermuda Triangle Challenge PR Attempt, I firmly declared my desire to PR in the 10K.

So how goes it? Hmmmmmm.

Training was going swimmingly with four solid weeks of outstanding runs, including a weekly tempo run and fartlek workout, as I outlined in my Running New Year’s Resolutions for 2015. I started working toward those goals early.

I had an excellent last run of the year on Dec. 31, with a jog up to the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, while vacationing in California.

Bermuda Marathon Weekend Training Update

A run to the Hollywood sign (Phil Hospod)

Then I started the new year with a series of invigorating runs and hikes in Palm Springs (posts to come!), like this gorgeous spot in Indian Canyons on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation.

Bermuda Marathon Weekend Training Update

Indian Canyons in Palm Springs (Phil Hospod)

Then I got home from California and I got the worst cold I’ve ever had (at least that I can remember). It kept getting worse before it got better. My fever hit 101.5. I could barely get out of bed or breathe, let alone go for a run. I haven’t exercised at all for nine days. Ugh.

Today, I finally feel some semblance of human, but still far from healthy. That said, I’m going to hit the treadmill and see how it goes.

Bermuda Marathon Weekend Training Update

I ran a race past Elvis Presley’s house in Palm Springs. (

As for my PR attempt that I was so excited about? Well, I’ll just be happy to show up at the start healthy. Maybe my legs will be well-rested from the break and those three and four-mile tempo runs I’d been doing will kick in. Or maybe, I’ll just jog it and enjoy it. I honestly have no idea.

I am frustrated that this seems to be a pattern of mine. I get really hyped about training, hit it hard for a month, then wham! Get sick. It happened to me back in September, too. I wrote about it in Marathon Training Derailed? Get Right Back on Track. Hmmmm. Something to think about and pay attention to.

For now, my goal is to get in two easy runs before heading to Bermuda on Thursday. Then, honestly, I just want to enjoy the weekend. If my body wants to let it rip, I will. And if not, I’m just going to enjoy the experience and regroup for another hard race later in the season.

At the end of the day, I still get to run three races in Bermuda! Wish me luck. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to need it this time!

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.


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  1. 1

    You will love running in Bermuda! I haven’t on the courses for the upcoming race, but ran on one of the beaches nearby. Did lots of running up by St. Georges. Hope you have a great races!
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  2. 3

    I think I had that same cold for almost the entire month of December and it really knocked me back in my training. I feel like I am only now getting back to normal in my running. You are right to just play it by ear. Bermuda is beautiful, just run and enjoy the scenery!
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  3. 5

    Ahhhhh!! Have a great time – I ran the Bermuda marathon in 2004…such a neat experience!!

  4. 7

    This sounds absolutely amazing. Sooooo jealous of you right now! It sucks that your training got derailed a bit — is there anything worse than getting sick right before a big race? Ugh.

    I’m sure you’ll have an awesome race, and be sure to soak up the experience! :)

  5. 9

    Oh Karla, you really do have the worst luck with it comes to getting sick right before races! I hope you’re feeling better, and no matter how you look at it running in Bermuda is sure to be amazing! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
    Danielle recently posted..2015 Walt Disney World Half MarathonMy Profile

  6. 11

    Looking forward to your race/races (?) reports Karla. That’s a shame about getting sick again! Maybe ‘hitting it hard’ is a part of the problem? Stress of a hard quick build-up leading to sickness? Perhaps ‘hitting it softly’ might be the better way to go?
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