Oakland Marathon Training Recap: Week 5

Oakland Marathon Recap 5

I’m a few weeks late starting my marathon training recaps, because I was a few weeks into training before I decided to actually run the marathon.

I am a coach and a pacer for the Oakland Marathon training group for Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders, my local running club. It’s a good group and a good program, and I was going to run a spring marathon of some sort, so I figured I’d do the training. However, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to actually run the Oakland Marathon.

But I’ve again been talked into pacing the Oakland Marathon itself, so my training quickly turned from training for something to training specifically for Oakland.

So 5 weeks into training, I’m only now thinking of myself as training for a marathon.

Training Goals

  • I am a pace group leader for Saturday long group runs, so main goal is to hit my pace – 11:00 (+/- 10 seconds) on training runs
  • 1 strength workout a week
  • Run 1 new route each week. I’ve been making sure I consciously take new routes on a regular basis so I don’t get back into a running rut. Even minor changes to a usual route made a difference
  • 1 Yoga/Stretching/Pilates workout a week
  • Regular Foam Rolling – I won’t define ‘regular’ but I’ll know it when I do it (or not)

Oakland Marathon Training Recap

The Plan v. Reality

PlanRest3 miles
6 miles3 miles
Rest12 miles
cross train
ActualRest3 miles
45-minute NTC
6 miles3 miles
30-minute NTC
Rest12 miles
45-minute NTC
Yoga video

Area of Focus This Week

Hydration. As the weather gets cooler, I find I drink less water, both on the run and in life.

Oakland Marathon Recap 5

The Week That Was


I still am doing my daily stretching. Lately, I’ve been doing the daily workout from the Asana Rebel app. The workout varies every day, but they all are 5ish minute yoga-based routines. Today was ‘Base Lift’. Lots of bridges and core work.

No running today, but I did go for a long walk. I’ve been sitting at my desk a lot lately working on a few new projects, so I need to get out for a walk to be sure I’m not entirely sedentary on non-running days.


A 3 mile run around the lake. Did a slight variation of my usual lap of the lake (more city streets and less lakeside path), just to keep it interesting.

I’m nearing the end of a 6-week Nike Training Club (NTC) workout plan. Today was the 45 minute ‘Crunch And Burn’ (poorly named since there is not a single crunch in the entire workout). As much as I like the NTC workout programs, try as I may when setting them up, there are way more 45-minute, high intensity, advanced level workouts than I’d like.

I can’t seem to find the magic formula to get more 30 minute or moderate intensity workouts in the mix.


Not a cloud in the sky this morning – no matter which way I ran, I feel like the sun was in my eyes.

Either it was directly in my eyes, or it was reflecting off the lake, or off a building indirectly into my eyes. I know in the scheme of lifes problems, this is a minor quibble, but it really got annoying after an hour.

Oh well, I’ll try to focus on the fact it’s December and I’m still running in short sleeves, unlike all those folks who are bundled up and running in below zero temps.

A little sun ain’t the worst that could happen.


Another run with the super bright sun almost always in my eyes. With much of the country in a deep freeze, I know I should enjoy it, but I’m finding it super annoying.

I got part of my wish with my NTC workout this morning- today was the 30-minute ‘Buprees, Bounds, and Bridges’. It was still a high-intensity, advanced level workout, but at least it was only 30 minutes.

I really wasn’t feeling this workout. It didn’t help that it included many iterations of a new addition to my ‘least favorite workout moves’ list: the judo push-up.



A rest day.

Took a long walk this morning, so I wouldn’t become a total slug.

Also did the Asana Rebel daily workout, today was ‘Hero Breeze.’ It was a sequence of moves largely focused on Warrior 2, for whatever reason, it felt really good.


Since it’s Christmas Eve eve, there was no group run this morning. I headed out to my go-to long run spot – the Iron Horse Trail. It’s not the most exciting trail in the world, but it’s a good, flat, long trail where you can easily do any distance run (the group will be heading out to the Iron Horse for one of our 20-mile runs).

I know I should’ve taken the chance to do a long run with more elevation gain, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I’ll confess I kinda half-assed the NTC workout this morning- ‘Controlled Blast’. Another 45-minute, high-intensity, advanced workout. I did all the lunges and squats and other good workout bits, but after running 12 miles this morning, I found it hard to take seriously the sections that had me running in place.


I did an NTC yoga workout – ‘Reach and Recharge.’ Not too bad. I’ve found the NTC yoga classes to be a bit of a mixed bag. This one was tolerable, but it won’t make it into my regular routine.

Tonight I’ll be breaking out the foam roller while I binge-watch iZombie on Netflix. ‘Tis the Season!

Thoughts On The Week

  • This week has been relentlessly sunny, no matter which way I went, the sun was in my eyes. I’ve tried many running sunglasses over the years and they all fog up. I may need to go on the hunt again to try to find a pair that works.
  • It’s amazing how quickly I get used to doing group long runs, after only 4 weeks, it felt strange to do a solo long run. But it was a good chance to catch up on my podcasts – one downside of group long runs is I fall way behind to my listening queue.
  • I’m surprised/disappointed by the NTC yoga classes. I love the idea of them, but I haven’t liked any of them so far. I’d hoped for so much more.

Next Week: Week 6


PlanRest3 miles
6 miles
3 milesRest
14 miles (11 min./mile pace)cross train
ActualRest3 miles
30 min. NTC
6 miles
45 minute NTC
3 milesRest14 miles (11:09 min./mile pace)???

Area of Focus

Rest. I have a kinda crazy 3-day running extravaganza scheduled for next Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I need to be sure to adequately rest the rest of the week.

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