Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Training Plan


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.


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4 Responses to Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Training Plan

  1. bpangie says:

    Will you be using the halves as races, or pace work for the marathon? I always want to use them as pace work, but end up racing them…

    • I will definitely race the first one, but not sure about the second one, may use that as a fast tempo run. But like you, once I get in the moment, I’ll probably want to race them both.

  2. road says:

    How do you choose your ‘tempo’ and ‘interval’ paces? I’ve been reading Pfitzinger, who suggests “15K/HM pace” for tempo runs and “5K pace” for intervals. Is that about right? Do you adjust your HM or 5K paces based on recent races?

    • Assuming I’m training for a sub 3:10 marathon, my tempo paces will range from 6:20 – 7:00/mile, depending upon the length of the tempo. This is close to my half marathon pace. For my intervals, I usually don’t have a specific target pace and run by feel, but 5K to 10K pace sounds about right. But again, I primarily go by feel – if I’m feeling good, I may run a little faster, and if I feel flat, I’ll slow it down – I think the body can tell you how hard you can push, but Pfitzinger’s guidelines makes sense to me.

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