2014 Carlsbad Marathon Training Plan

logoThe 2014 Carlsbad Marathon will be on January 19, 2014.  This will be the third time I’ve run this race.  The course is challenging, but I like it since it is well organized and the field size is relatively small – limited to 2,000 runners.  Below is my 16-week training plan.  The plan entails running 3 days a week (intervals on Tuesday, tempo on Thursday, and long run on Sunday) and cross-training on the other 4 days of the week.  Supplemental training includes core exercises with a kettlebell, moderate strength training (pull-ups, push-ups, and free weights), and a bit of yoga to keep somewhat limber.

About half-way through the training cycle, I plan to run the Silver Strand Half Marathon.  I scheduled this half marathon to maintain some motivation during the long training cycle and provide a mid-point assessment of my fitness.

I plan to strictly adhere to the mileage and not push the pace too hard on my running workouts.  In previous training cycles, I tended to put in more miles than I needed and would constantly try to increase my pacing each week.  Although I had some great training runs, this was probably detrimental when it came to race day because I tended to be over train and be flat on race day.  I purposely did not put in any pace times for my running workouts since I plan to go by feel – although I have a general idea as to where I would like my pace to be for each training run.

I still have two weeks before I start training, but feel pretty healthy and rested going into this next training cycle.  If I can remain injury free, I think I have a very good chance of bettering my time of 3:24 from last year.  Once I start training in October, I’ll post a training update each week.

2014 Carlsbad Marathon Training Plan

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2 Responses to 2014 Carlsbad Marathon Training Plan

  1. Love how informative your posts are! Have you ever ran the Silver Strand 1/2? We were looking at that, too…

    • Thanks!

      This will be the first time I’ve run the Silver Strand. I’ve read mixed review on it, but figured I’d give it a try since it was close to my house, should be nice and chilly and looks to be very flat and straight.

      Well, hope to see you there!

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