Oakland Marathon Training Recap: Week 6

Oakland Marathon Training Recap 6

I’m publishing this recap a day early since I have races scheduled on Sunday and Monday.

Yup, I’m doing what I’m calling a 3-day, 2-year ultra – a 14 mile long run with the training group on Saturday, a half marathon on Sunday (New Year’s Eve), and a half marathon on Monday (New Year’s Day).

This is probably not the wisest training move I’ve ever made, but I love the course we are doing on Saturday, and I couldn’t resist back to back races.

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Oakland Marathon Training Recap 6

Oakland Marathon Training Recap

Training Goals

  • I am a pace group leader for Saturday group long runs, so my 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 consciously taking new routes on a regular basis so I don’t get back into a running rut. Even minor changes to a usual route can make a huge 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)

The Plan v. Reality: 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 This Week


The Week That Was


I’m not a huge celebrator of Christmas, but even so, It’s nice that Christmas fell on a rest day.

Did my morning stretching – Asana Rebel’s Ocean Hero – and not much else. My theme for the week is rest, remember?


Today I felt like my entire morning was taken up by working out.

A 3-mile run, then Asana Rebel stretching, followed by the 30-minute Nike Training Club (NTC) workout ‘Answer The Bell.’

All were fine, if a little lackluster.


A foggy and uneventful 6 miles this morning. My energy level, both mentally and physically, could best be described as blah.

It’s partially holiday blahs, partially being taken out of my routine by the holidays, and partially doing too much.

Back to back high-intensity Nike Training Club (NTC) workouts, in addition to my runs, isn’t helping matters.

Today was another NTC workout (‘Peaks and Valleys’). I did it, but I half-assed it.

I love having the NTC programs laid out in advance – knowing I’ll have a big red X on the calendar that I’ll have to look at for a month if I skip a workout is a huge inspiration for me to actually work out – but try as I may when I set them up, the programs always come out way too advanced and are a bit too much when combined with marathon training.


I can’t even say how much I loved ‘only’ having to do a run this morning (in addition to my usual stretching, but I don’t really count that as a workout).

After a few days of back to back (to back) workouts, it was downright luxuriously lazy.


Today, on the exercise front, I did my usual AM stretching, and nothing else.

I (gasp) entirely skipped my scheduled NTC workout (which I’ll likely do on Sunday as well) and didn’t really even go for a walk. My Fitbit step count is near a record low.

I’ll make up for it this weekend.


The club’s group run from the Ferry Building to (and across) the Golden Gate Bridge is one of my favorites of the year.

It was a perfect morning to run at the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge itself was super windy (as it usually is), but the sky was mostly blue and the temps were cool but entirely manageable.

I paced the 11:00 minute/mile group which is a pretty easy long run pace for me, so I feel like I still have enough oomph for my races to come.

I broke out the foam roller tonight. It seemed like a good idea.



What will happen at this year’s 2-year marathon?

Stay tuned – a full race recap will be coming the first week of the new year.

Thoughts On The Week

  • I have a bit of the year-end blahs. Between the weird in-between holiday days, the upcoming 3-day run extravaganza, and the NTC workouts leaving me feeling a touch burnt out, this wasn’t my best week.
  • Next week is the last week of my current NTC program (finally!). I haven’t decided what I’ll do next. I may try (yet again) to set up a program that isn’t as intense. Maybe this time it will take.

Next Week: Week 7


PlanRest4 miles
7 miles4 miles
Rest15 miles (11 min/mile pace)
cross train
ActualHalf Marathon!NTC Yoga4 miles4 milesRest15 miles (10:50 min/mile pace)Not so much with the cross training

Area of Focus

Hydration. I really don’t drink enough water in the winter.

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