2014 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training Update (Week 2 of 16)

Solid, but uneventful, second week of training.  Unlike most of the country, the weather in San Diego has been perfect for running.  This is great for consistency and being able to build upon the prior weeks of training.  I’m starting this training cycle with a good base from my last training cycle, so I’m hoping to be in a position to attempt a PR for this upcoming marathon.  But we’ll see how things progress, it is still early and I just need to focus on one week at a time.

Report Card


Running:  (A) 30 miles of running this week.  Ran 4 x 800m intervals on Tuesday, 5-mile tempo on Thursday and a 15-mile long run on Sunday.  All three runs were quality runs and within the planned pace.

Sleep:  (A) About 8 hours of sleep each night with a short afternoon nap.

Diet/Hydration:  (B)  Maintained good hydration, ate a good amount of whole foods, but have been overeating at dinner as well as indulged on too many sweets.  Really need to be more disciplined on my diet, I eat well most of the time, but sabotage some of those efforts by snacking or eating that extra serving I really don’t need.

Weight/Body Fat:  (B) Weight increased from 143.0 lbs for 143.6 lbs.  Body fat increased from 8.2% to 8.4%.

Cross-Training/Stretching:  (A) Incorporated a good amount of quality cross-training.  3 hours on the bike trainer; two 30-minute core/strength sessions; and over 2 hours of yoga spread throughout the week.

Stress Management:  (A) Busy week at work, but stress was manageable.

Body Condition/Injuries:  (A) Nothing of significance.  

Overall:  (A-) Good week of training, just need to be more conscious of what I eat.

Training Recap

Running:  30 miles

Core/Strength:  1 hour

Bike Trainer:  3 hours

Yoga:  2 hours and 15 minutes

Total Exercise Time:  10 hours, 7 minutes

Monday – 15 minutes yoga, 45 minutes bike trainer, 15 minutes yoga

Tuesday – Interval Run, 4 x 800m w/2 minutes rest jog between intervals (2:53, 2:50, 2:57, 2:59), 20 minutes yoga  (Previous Training Cycle:  3:03, 2:58, 3:01 and 2:59)

Wednesday – 15 minutes core, 45 minutes bike trainer, 15 minutes strength, 7 minutes yoga

Thursday – Tempo Run 2 miles EZ, 5 miles @ tempo pace (6:52, 6:46, 6:36, 6:34 ad 6:24), 1 mile EZ), 20 minutes yoga (Previous Training Cycle:  7:10, 7:11, 7:06, 7:03 and 6:46)

Friday – 15 minutes yoga, 45 minutes bike trainer, 15 minutes yoga

Saturday – 15 minutes core, 45 minutes bike trainer, 15 minutes strength, 7 minutes yoga

Sunday – Long Run, 15 miles (average pace 7:21/mile), 20 minutes yoga (Previous Training Cycle:  average pace 8:40/mile)

Training Plan



About runninginspired

I’m in my mid-40s and have been running for about 19 years. I have finished 24 marathons with a personal best time of 3:04. I currently reside in San Diego, CA. I enjoy running since it keeps you honest and will give back what you put into it. Work hard, but smart, and good results will eventually follow. I like to experiment with training plans, gadgets, shoes, and nutrition to find what works for me. The primary purpose of this blog is to document my training and thoughts about running in my ongoing quest to improve my fitness and health.
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2 Responses to 2014 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training Update (Week 2 of 16)

  1. run100run says:

    iv really enjoyed your posts! id love it if you followed my running journey run100run.wordpress.com

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