2014 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training Update (Week 7 of 16)

This was a strange week of training.  Although I got all my training in, the week felt rushed and full of tension – but I was also feeling a bit lethargic at the same time.  I think a lot of it had to do with a busy and stressful week at work, which kind of put everything a bit off-kilter.  Will make an effort this week to bring a little more balance back into my schedule and try to relax a little more.

Report Card


Running:  (B+) 37 miles of running this week. Ran intervals (6 x 800m) on Tuesday, 6-mile tempo run on Thursday and 20 mile long run on Sunday. The runs were not great, think my legs were still a little fatigued from the half marathon a couple weeks ago.

Sleep:  (B+) Getting about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night with a few afternoon naps. Quality of sleep was better than the week before, but still want to consistently strive to for 8 hours of sleep a night.

Diet/Hydration:  (B-) Didn’t do a good job maintaining hydration and had a couple days where I was traveling and ate too much junk.  I primarily eat a plant based and whole foods diet, but the options were limited, so ended up eating stuff I normally don’t eat and I could really feel the difference in my body.  Will need to plan my meals better the next time I travel.

Weight/Body Fat:  (B-) As a result of not staying hydrated and not keeping to a clean diet, my weight increased 1.6 lbs from 142.0 lbs to 143.6 lbs.  Body fat increased 0.3% from 8.0% to 8.3%.

Cross-Training/Stretching:  (A) Incorporated a good dose of cross-training.  3 hours on the bike trainer; 1 hours of core/strength sessions; and 2 hours of yoga spread throughout the week.

Stress Management:  (C) Work was very busy and putting in more hours than normal.  Also, a lot of silliness and drama going on in the office, which elevated the stress levels.

Body Condition/Injuries:  (A) No injuries or pains to speak of.

Overall:  (B) Although a productive week, this was probably the worst week of training so far.

Training Recap

Running:  37 miles

Core/Strength:  1 hour

Bike Trainer:  3 hours

Yoga:  2 hours

Total Exercise Time:  10 hours, 42 minutes

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

Tuesday – Interval Run, 6 x 800m (3:10, 3:08, 3:07, 3:08, 3:05 and 2:59) w/90 seconds rest jog between intervals, 20 minutes yoga  (Previous Training Cycle:  3:04, 3:00, 3:07, 2:57, 3:03 and 2:56)

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

Thursday – Tempo Run, 6 miles (6:48, 6:44, 3:39, 6:41, 6:35 and 6:36), 20 minutes yoga (Previous Training Cycle:  N/A)

Friday – 15 minutes yoga, 45 minutes bike trainer

Saturday – 30 minutes core/strength, 45 minutes bike trainer, 7 minutes yoga

Sunday – Long Run, 20 miles (average pace 7:36/mile), 20 minutes yoga (Previous Training Cycle:  N/A)

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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