Oakland Marathon Training Recap: Week Eleven

Oakland Marathon Training Recap week 11

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. The past few months I’ve been using the Nike Training Club (NTC) app for my workouts. I’m just finishing a 6 week ‘Get Fit’ program with 3 or 4 workouts a week
  • Do my morning stretching routine every morning

The Plan v. Reality: Week 11

Plan5 miles
8 miles5 miles
19 miles @ 11:00 min/mile pace
Actual5 miles
6 minute NTC benchmark
8 miles5 miles
45 minute NTC
19 miles @ 11:06 min/mile pace
45 minute NTC

 My Focus This Week

  • Week 4 of the push-up challenge
  • Hydration. Drink more water. I took my eye off the ball for a few weeks on hydration. I’ve killed my last 2 plants in the Plant Nanny app.


Currently, I have 4 workout plans in motion: marathon training, the NTC program, the 30-day push-up/upper body plan, and daily stretching. I suppose the daily stretching isn’t a plan as much as an obligation, but it’s another thing to do.

Today I ‘only’ had 2 of the 4 to do, the push-up challenge (15 side plank hip dips on each side) and daily stretching. I loved having the day off from everything else.


I had ZERO enthusiasm for today’s workouts. Today I had workouts to do in all of my plans. At least I know that unlike my previous mini-funk, this is mostly weather related. It’s dark and gray and rainy. A perfect day to be lazy.

But sometimes I too responsible for my own good. My run was just fine. It was drizzly the whole time, but I avoided the worst of the rain that arrived around lunch.

Then came the NTC strength workout. The plan had me doing a 45-minute workout and I still had zero interest in it, but I also knew I shouldn’t totally bail.

In the end, I decided to swap the scheduled workout with Thursday’s 6-minute benchmark. I may come to regret this decision Thursday, but I figured it was better than nothing.


More rain! 8 miles in the heavy drizzle. After 8 miles, I was soaked to the bone. After weeks of rain, it is impossible to avoid massive puddles. These are not the usual, just-hop-over-them puddles, but whole-sidewalk-is-flooded puddles. Backed-up-storm-drains-causing-lakes-to-form puddles.

I do love rainy days, I just hope some of these rainy days fall on non-running days so I can enjoy them.


Yet more rain! This is crazy! Even my quick-dry rain gear isn’t having time to dry.

As I knew would happen, I had no more interest in doing the 45-minute ‘Crunch and Burn 2.0’ NTC workout today than when I swapped it out on Tuesday.

I did it, but only just.

I completely half-assed it, barely going through the motions. I’ve reached the running mileage where doing the both the runs and a 45-minute strength workout is just too much. Luckily I only have 2 more workouts in my latest NTC program.


10 minutes of stretching, then not a darn thing for the rest of the day. Literally nothing- I barely moved from my desk chair.

I’m in the midst of a full review, proofread, and grammar check of my entire website so I spent the day at my desk face palming at the stupid grammar mistakes I’ve made. I swear I proofread this stuff before I publish. I’m shocked at how much my writing style has changed in just a few months. I think for the better.

It was a productive day, but not very active. I’ll make up for it tomorrow.


What kind of fool runs 19 miles and then decides that’s not enough and then does a 45-minute strength workout?

Me. That’s what kind of fool.

The 19 mile long run with the club again went really well. I felt good. I felt strong. Like I did after the 18 miler a few weeks ago, I felt like I could have gone other 10 miles.

Which is why I decided to do the 45-minute NTC workout ‘Peaks and Valleys’ when I got home.

I could put it off until tomorrow, but if I learned anything from my less than successful Tuesday/Thursday swap this week it’s to just get it done with ASAP. Plus in reviewing the workout I saw it was only a moderate-intensity workout and had more than the usual amount of stretching. So what the hell, get it done.

I am now utterly exhausted and I don’t plan on moving for the rest of the day.


I woke up SUPER thirsty.

Usually that only happens when: 1) I drank too much alcohol the day before or 2) I didn’t drink enough water the day before. Since I didn’t have any alcohol yesterday, I know for sure it isn’t #1 and while I did a ton of exercise yesterday, I also drank a ton of water so I don’t think it could have been #2.

Best I can figure is that it was related to the pizza I had for dinner. Maybe it was the sodium?

Overall, I did well focusing on drinking water this week. My plan Benjamin in the Plant Nanny app (yes, you can name your plants), is doing really well and is almost fully grown. I drank my full allotment of water for the day in the first hour after I woke up today since I was so thirsty.

Plant Nanny
My Plant Nanny Plant Benjamin seems happy

Week Summary

My strong runs continue. The skeptic in me is waiting for the other shoe to drop and for everything to go to hell, but so far, it’s all going gang-busters.

The NTC workouts on the other hand? I’ve totally ODed on them. Too many 45-minute workouts with ratings of ‘high’ intensity and ‘intermediate’ level. With the increasing running mileage, it has officially become too much. Luckily I now only have one workout left in this ‘Get Fit Program.

For the rest of the training cycle, I don’t think I’ll have a pre-set schedule. I’ll still aim to do 3 workouts a week, but I’ll pick them out myself and stick to 15 and 30-minute workouts of moderate intensity or less.

Next Week: Week 12


PlanNTC5 miles8 miles5 miles15 miles @ 11 min/mile pace
Actual45 minute NTC5 miles8 miles5 miles18 minute NTC15 miles @ 10:53 min/mile pace1 hour strength training

Area of Focus

I think I’ll keep the same focus next week: making sure I drink enough water.


Oakland Marathon Training Recap week 11

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

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