Skyline To The Sea Marathon Training Recap: Week 12

I am traveling this week visiting family, staying in the childhood home. This is where I lived when I started running nearly 20 years ago, so my running routes this week have been on the very same routes I did when I started training for my first marathon.

It’s a fun little bit of reminiscing – seeing how much has changed and how much has stayed the same.

So cliché, yet so true.

Read prior week training posts.

Skyline To The Sea Marathon Training Goals

The weeks are flying by. I’ve been doing moderately well meeting my goals. Each week in training I want to:

  • Run 1 new route
  • Run (at least) 1 route with significant elevation gain
  • Do 2-3 strength & general fitness workouts
  • One yoga session
  • Do 2-3 foam rolling sessions

 Skyline to the sea marathon training recap

The Plan v. Reality: Week 12

PlanRest5 miles8 miles5 milesRest13 milescross-train
Actualrest5 miles
45 min. Core Conditioning
8 miles5 milesRestTrail Half MarathonRest

Area of focus



I’m traveling this week, so I won’t start any new strength exercise programs to make up for my bailing on the remaining Aaptiv workouts.

While killing time at the airport waiting for my flight, I walked endless loops of airport concourses to stay active. I actually enjoy walking endless loops of airport concourses.

I also visited the SFO Yoga Room and broke out the Asana Rebel app for a little stretching.


I’m in Minnesota visiting family for a few days.

This morning for my morning run, I took a trip down memory lane. This is where I was when I started running and started training for my first marathon. Many of those first runs were starting from home and running to Lake Harriet. I’d then do as many loops of the various city lakes until I got to the mileage I needed then home.

This morning, for the first time since training for that marathon 20 years ago, I ran from my childhood home to Lake Harriet. The memories!

Then to the YMCA, where I joined my mom for one of her favorite classes: the 45-minute ‘Core Conditioning.’ It was tough! It was exactly what is promised in the name: 45 minutes of core work. Urgh.

Necessary, but never really enjoyable.


There is a joke about Minnesota: it has two seasons: winter and road construction. In the summer, you can’t get anywhere without hitting at least one closed road and one detour.

Why should a run be any different? I ran to another local lake (it is the land of 10,000 lakes after all), where I was going to run around it and then home. I get to the far side and find a ‘trail closed’ sign. The bridge is being replaced and there is no way to get across.

When I got to the far side I came across a ‘trail closed’ sign – the bridge is being replaced and there is no way to get across.

Bredesen Park
The Bredesen Park nature loop (post-detour)


Even on runs, I am forced to find a detour.

Luckily, the inner ‘nature loop’ was 100% open.


A 5 mile run around the childhood neighborhood. It’s an odd combination of ‘I remember that place!,’ ‘how do I not remember that place?,’ and ‘was that place always like that? – I don’t remember it being like that’ moments.

Funny how it is when you go back to revisit your childhood haunts.

Good thing I burnt off the calories earlier in the day since I spent the rest of the day at the Minnesota State Fair eating cheese curds, mini-donuts, and pronto pups.

Fried Cheese Curd Booth
The best place to get fried cheese at the state fair

Eating somewhere around 5 pounds of fried cheese isn’t exactly healthy, but soooo worth it.


Only my usual stretching routine.

While I’m home, I thought I’d throw a trail half marathon race into the mix tomorrow since I found one nearby.

I’m keeping an eye on the weather for the race – I was expecting typical August in Minnesota (hot and humid), but the forecast is for highs in the 60s and rainy.

I didn’t really pack for that.


It was pouring rain and thundering all night. I got very little sleep while I listened to the rain worrying about the race.

It was sprinkling a bit in the morning, but it was a mostly dry for the race. All that worrying for nothing (as is so often the case).

A full recap will be coming on Tuesday, but the short version was I felt great and had a really great time staying mostly dry and mud-free.

The mileage on my Garmin and the mileage of the course came up nearly a mile off- strange since my Garmin is usually pretty close. The course also climbed more than 1300 feet – way more than I expected.

Close enough for me.


Does walking the aisles of Minnesota’s largest candy store count at cross-training?

It will have to, since I didn’t do much else today.

Week Summary

Traveling for a bit did wonders for running new routes. I guess technically they are actually old routes, but since I haven’t done them in 20 years, I’ll count them as so old they are new again.

I wasn’t great keeping up with stretching and strength work while on the road, but I’ll focus on the fact I did 100% of my runs this week while on the road is a bit of a victory.

Next Week: Week 13


PlanRest5 miles5 miles5 milesRest19 milescross-train
Actualrest5 miles5.5 miles
18 min. NTC Yoga
Lumberjack work
5 milesrest19 milesrest

Area of Focus

Foam rolling

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