Oakland Marathon Training Recap: Week Fifteen

Oakland Marathon Training Recap week 15

Welcome to my weekly training recap for the Oakland Marathon. Read the prior week recaps.

The full intro to my training recaps can be found in my week one post. The short version is that I am training for April’s Oakland Marathon. I am also a coach and pacer for my local running club’s weekly training group runs.

My Goals for Oakland Marathon Training

  • Hit my assigned pace every week in the group training runs
  • Do strength and general fitness workouts 3 times a week
  • Do my morning stretching routine every morning

The Plan v. Reality: Week 15

Plan5 miles5 miles5 miles20 miles @ 11:00 minute/mile pace
Actual5 miles5 miles5 miles20 miles @ 11:02 minutes/mile pace

Focus: hydration


I spent a little more time stretching this morning than I usually do as part of my morning routine, but no other intentional exercise.

I’ve been really good with doing the morning stretching, I’m nearly 100% doing either it or some other morning exercise. And I’ve noticed a very positive impact in my mobility.

I have, however, lost my focus a bit on post run stretching. I know I’m not near 100% with that.


I think I interrupted the great pigeon & night heron confab of 2017 #seenonmyrun

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Today was the Meh-est of runs imaginable.

It wasn’t terribly fast, but not the slowest around. I didn’t feel great, but I didn’t feel terrible. It didn’t feel easy, but it also didn’t feel like a slog.

Meh is the best way I can think of to describe it.


Ive been varying my usual running routes to go through the botanical gardens. So pretty! #springblooms #seenonmyrun

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Today was a morning of true procrastination. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to get out for my run, exactly, I just kept finding other things that were ‘more important.’

I got out the door eventually. Again, felt very meh.

But meh is better than bad.  On the sliding scale of moods, I’ll allow it.


Not too shabby a view for a post-run stretch. Best in Oakland, id say #seenonmyrun

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My run today was again very blah. Dare I say meh again?

Just like Tuesday, I’ll take meh over bad.

I think I was spoiled by 3 straight weeks of feeling amazing. Suddenly not feeling amazing is that much more noticeable.

A good problem to have.


My Friday felt odd. I almost always do my long runs on Saturdays, so Fridays are my rest day. I have a whole routine in place for maximum success.

But this week is the Oakland Marathon sponsored course preview run. They hold it on Sunday, which is usually my cross training day. I don’t like it when my routines are messed up.

I’m not sure what to do with myself today.


Instead of laying low in preparation for the 20-mile long run tomorrow, I participated in a morning neighborhood clean up.

While I know pulling weeds and cleaning out tree wells and concrete containers is amazing cross training, I’m sure it isn’t a great idea the day before a long, hilly, run.

But civic pride must come first. Plus, it was a great arm workout, which I don’t get enough of.


Because I’m not paranoid enough after the time change, today’s long runs started early after the time change. Yes, I did set three alarms just in case one of my clocks reset automatically. I’m happy to announce, wake-up was not an issue. Nor was the whopping 4-minute walk from my front door to the start line.

This run was sponsored by the marathon itself and was open to the public, so some new faces in the pacing groups which was fun. Hottest training day of the year, but not unreasonable. I felt really good on the run. I felt the 2 or so miles of uphill running more than I have in the past test runs, but nothing unreasonable.

Can I again point out how closely I nailed my pace? Two seconds off on a hilly 20-mile course? Not too shabby at all.

Great long run all-around.

Now I’m off to try the new place that just opened down the hill. I think a burger, fries and a beer are in order.

Week Summary

I always say I like my training to be Goldilocks training – Not too easy, not too hard.

If it’s too easy, I may get complacent and be tempted to skip workouts. Too hard and I may get discouraged. this week was a living embodiment of that.

It’s good for me. It keeps me honest, while also keeping me inspired.

I again (intentionally) didn’t do the 3 strength workouts I had laid out in my goals and I am totally ok with that. I needed a bit of a psychic break from them for a bit.

Next Week


Plan5 miles4 miles5 miles15 miles @ 11:00 minute/ mile pace
Actual5 miles4 miles5 miles15 miles @ 10:57 minute/ mile pace

Area of Focus

Next week begins the taper on the way to the Oakland Marathon. I think I’ll focus on post-run stretching, I’ve lost my way a bit there.


Oakland Marathon Training Recap week 15

Sara is a runner, running coach, writer, blogger, and a lover of all things written.

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