It’s been about 5 days since the Carlsbad Marathon and I’m recovering well – all the aches and pains have gone away. I’m taking this week off from running (replaced with moderate cross-training on the bike trainer) and will do some easy runs next week before I embark on my next training cycle for the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon on May 25th. I also have two half marathons (San Diego and La Jolla) planned between now and my next marathon, which I’ve incorporated into my 16-week training plan below.
Given the successful training cycle I just completed for the Carlsbad Marathon, I don’t plan to change much other than make a tweak here and there – I seem to have a good formula that works for me. There are three running days each week – intervals on Tuesday, tempo on Thursday and long run on Sunday. The highest mileage week is around 38 miles. On my non-running days, I plan to cross-train primarily on my bike trainer along with a moderate amount of yoga, core and strength training. The cross-training, yoga and limited (but quality) running miles/days seems to keep me healthy and less injury prone. Probably the only difference will be to try and run at a slightly faster pace than my last training cycle and add a little more intensity on the bike trainer.
On a weekly basis, I’ll also assess and provide an update on the quality of my runs, the amount of sleep I received (ideally 8 to 9 hours), quality of diet (primarily plant-based), weight/body fat (ideally get below 143 lbs/8.3% before the marathon), quality of cross-training, stress management and overall health/injuries.
I’m going into this training cycle very motivated after last Sunday’s marathon – which was on a hilly and moderately difficult course. The Mountains 2 Beach Marathon won’t be as difficult and is supposedly one of the fastest courses in the country. This may be a great opportunity to finally break 3 hours and 10 minutes as well as set a new PR as long as I stay balanced and disciplined over the next four months.