Oakland Marathon Training Recap: Week 17

Oakland Marathon Training Recap 17

The training is all but done! The marathon is next weekend!

It’s the penultimate weekly training recap for the (rapidly approaching!) 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 my morning stretching routine every morning

The Plan v. Reality: Week 17

Plan4 miles3 miles4 miles10 miles @ 11:00 minute/ mile pace
Actual4 miles3 miles4 miles10 miles @ 10:58 minute/ mile pace

Focus: Two areas of focus: hydration and post-run stretching


Did a short little Pilates-based Nike Training Club (NTC) workout (the 17-minute ‘Perfect Alignment’) this morning instead of my usual stretching.

Lots of leg lifts and core work. Still shocked by how such little moves for such a short time can hurt has much as it does (hurt in a good way, of course).


It was really tough getting out of bed this morning. I could hear the raining hitting my window when I woke up and it was so cozy in bed. There was the added bummer of knowing not only would I have to get out bed, but I’d have to go out and run in the rain.

I got out of bed just fine, but I did stall a bit heading out the door (productive doing chores stalling, but stalling nonetheless). Good thing too. By the time I actually got out the door, the rain had mostly stopped, only a drizzle remained.


A simple 5K around the lake felt like a total slog.

Gotta love the taper.


Trying to enjoy the scenery in the hills. #seenonmyrun

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The last 4 miler for this training cycle. The ‘lasts’ are starting to come hot and heavy now.

Didn’t feel great, but didn’t feel terrible. I’ll put that in the win column for tapering.


It was raining all day. Up until it was time to leave for my shift taking care of the kittens waiting for their forever homes, I barely left the house.

I’m not going to apologize for it. I had a lot of writing to get done (and I did all too).


#onelasttime We gather for one more group long run before the marathon next week. How quickly 18 weeks went by.

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Last group run. How can 18 weeks have gone by already? I guess only 17 weeks (of the 18-week training) have happened, but in any case, it is hard to believe.

We do this short little run every year, I think this is the first time it’s been sunny. It was a beautiful way to end this training cycle.

I’m so proud of my runners. I am generally proud of them of course, but specifically, I love that a few of them said we were ‘only’ running 10 miles today.

I’ve turned them into distance runners!


Only my usual stretching routine this morning. I’m gonna be pretty low-key all week.

This is my warm-up for laying low.

Week Summary

My last week of real training went as well as taper weeks ever are for me. The shorter runs felt blah, but that is totally normal for me at this point in training.

I’m ready for the training to be done and for the marathon to happen.

And in 7 short days, I will get my wish. At this time next week, I’ll be nearing the finish line.

Next Week


Plan3 miles2 milesOakland Marathon 26.2 miles
Actual3 miles0 miles ????

Area of Focus

It’s marathon week! My area of focus will be on my mindset. Thinking happy thoughts and staying relaxed.

Oakland Marathon Training Recap 17

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

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