2014 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training Update (Week 10 of 16)

Completed a solid week of training all around.  Feel that my running is starting to improve again and I’m getting close to where I need to be with 6 weeks to go before the marathon.  The next three weeks will be the most critical portion of my training before I head into the taper, so really need to stay disciplined.

I have the La Jolla Half Marathon in two weeks.  However, as mentioned in an earlier post, I plan to just make it a long tempo run since it is too close to the marathon.  I beat myself up pretty good during my last half marathon (e.g., large blisters, a black toenail, and fatigued legs) and took a good three weeks before I felt right again.  Therefore, no preps planned for La Jolla, just plan to run by feel and not push too hard.

Report Card

m2b-grade-wk10Running:  (A) 35 miles of running this week. Ran intervals on Tuesday, tempo on Thursday and 15-mile long run on Sunday.  All runs went well.

Sleep:  (A-) Got about 8 hours of sleep each night with short afternoon naps. Slept through the night most nights, although there were a couple nights where I woke up a 2 am and had some difficulty falling back to sleep.

Diet/Hydration:  (A-) Ate well and stayed hydrated. For the most part I ate a plant based whole foods diet.

Weight/Body Fat:  (B) Weight continues its upward again.  I’m a little puzzled why my weight increased this week since I felt I was more disciplined in my eating.  My weight increased 0.4 lbs from 144.3 lbs to 144.7 lbs.  Body fat remained unchanged at 8.6%.

Cross-Training/Stretching:  (A) Incorporated all my planned 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:  (A) Work was busy, but not very stressful.

Body Condition/Injuries:  (A) No significant pains to speak of this week.  Even the minor pains seem to be subsiding.

Overall:  (A-) Another solid week of productive training.

Training Recap

Running:  35 miles

Core/Strength:  1 hour

Bike Trainer:  3 hours

Yoga:  2 hours

Total Exercise Time:  10 hours, 11 minutes

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

Tuesday – Intervals, 6 x 1200m (4:27, 4:31, 4:48, 4:45, 4:48 and 4:42) w/2 ~ 4 minutes rest jog between intervals, 20 minutes yoga  (Previous Training Cycle:  5:06, 5:01, 4:59, 4:52, 4:57 and 4:47)

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

Thursday – Tempo, 1 mile warm-up, 10 miles @ tempo (6:50, 6:49, 6:48, 6:48, 6:46, 6:50, 6:44, 6:47, 6:37 and 6:33), 0.5 mile cooldown, 20 minutes yoga (Previous Training Cycle:  7:00, 6:58, 6:56, 6:56, 6:57, 6:54, 6:52, 6:55, 6:50 and 6:47)

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

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

Saturday – Long Run, 15 miles (average pace 7:00/mile), 20 minutes yoga (Previous Training Cycle:  average pace 7:12/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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