Skyline To The Sea Marathon Training Recap: Week 14

Skyline Marathon Training week 14

I swapped long runs around (because of a race next weekend), so it is peak mileage week!

This was another ‘Goldilocks week’ – it wasn’t too amazing, but it also wasn’t too terrible. I guess that means I’m on track.

Read prior week training posts.

Skyline Marathon Training Goals

I’m at peak mileage. I haven’t been knocking it out the park with my goals, I’m likely somewhere around a 75% success rate. I’m ok with that.

I feel like I’m doing a good job separating the ‘need to do’ goals necessary to keep me on track and the ‘nice to have’ goals that I can bail on when necessary.

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

The Plan v. Reality: Week 14

PlanRest5 miles8 miles5 milesRest14 milesCross-Train
ActualRest5 miles8 miles5 milesRest20 miles7 mile hike

Area Of Focus



The worst of the heat wave appears to have broken (hallelujah!), but my house will take a few more days to cool down. I’ve tried every trick in the book, but the hot air just insists on sticking around.

I’m also still in a bit of a post-heatwave-blah mood. They always leave me grumpy and with a low energy level that lingers at least until my place cools down and I catch up on the sleep lost due to the bad weather.

I only did my morning stretching today. I’m back to using the Asana Rebel app in place of my usual stretching routine, to change things up a bit.


The bird game was super strong at the lake this morning. #seenonmyrun

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It’s definitely cooler today, but it feels more humid than is usually does in the Bay Area.

Maybe I’m just imagining it.

I’m back to running my ‘usual’ 5-mile route. After being away for nearly 2 weeks, it feels surprisingly fresh and exciting.


Trying to find balance… #seenonmyrun

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I did my 8-mile middle-distance run this morning. I felt fat, slow and the run itself felt torturous. I don’t think it was due to any one reason in particular, I think it was just an off day.

I’m writing this before checking my run stats. I’m curious if my feelings about the run (that I was super slow) will match up to the reality of the data.

End of day update: I was, in fact, as slow as I felt.


What a nice change of pace after the killer heat last weekend – It drizzled today on my run. I loved it!

The humidity still seems really high. Maybe that’s what’s messing with me, I felt just as slow today as I have in previous runs this week.

I may not love it, but there is something to be said for consistency.


Only my usual stretching this morning. Other than that, it was a straight up rest day.

I have ‘only’ 14 miles on the calendar, but I think I’ll do my 20 miler (on the schedule for next week) instead.

I’m doing Drag-N-Fly (EEEEKKKKK!) next weekend, so it makes sense to flip the weeks. I also have a fun, but challenging, hike on tap for Sunday, so I best rest while I can.

Read about why I say EEEKKKKK! about the Drag-N-Fly half. Or just check out the elevation chart.


It’s been a pretty lackluster week of running and I’ve felt consistently fat and slow, so I didn’t have very high hopes for my 20-mile long run.

I did the 20-miles on my favorite hilly long run course, but I feel like I walked so much more of it than I usually do.

It was a pretty not-great run, but it also was much less terrible than I feared.

Do I count that as an overall positive or a negative? I guess, ultimately, how we view life comes down to how our expectations compare to reality, so that would make today’s run a success!

Lost Tortoise
Seen on my run. I better speed up or someone may mistake me for a lost family pet. (Not to mock a lost pet, but how far could she have gone?)

Side note: On this course especially, I run into many mountain bikers on the trail near Mt. Diablo. Endurance athletes can usually recognize each other, and a few of them ask me how long I’m running or what I’m training for.

One of my great joys on these longer runs is seeing the surprised (and impressed) reactions from these guys when I say I’m doing 20 miles.

It’s the little things.


Made it to the top! Fabulous morning hike to the top of Mission Peak with the lovely ladies from @sweatpinksf

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What do you do after running 20 (hilly) miles on Saturday? You hike 7 (hilly) miles on Sunday, of course!

I met up with other members of the local Sweat Pink chapter (a group of fitness pros, aficionados, and bloggers) for a hike to the top of Mission Peak.

I wasn’t terribly sore or even tired after yesterday’s long run. I’m torn on if that is a good thing (since it means I didn’t kill myself), or bad (since it means I likely could have pushed harder). In any case, I’m sure I was moving a little slower than I would have been otherwise.

I felt good during the hike, but once I do a bit of stretching, I plan on doing absolutely nothing active for the rest of the day. My plan is to fire up Netflix and catch up on the new season of Narcos, eat pizza and drink a beer.

It’s called balance people.

Fun Fact: My Fitbit step count for Saturday and Sunday was 64,979 steps. (143,543 for the week). That’s pretty damn impressive, if I do say so myself.

Week Summary

This was an odd week. ‘Lackluster’ is the word I keep coming back to, but I don’t know if that’s exactly accurate.

My runs weren’t hard exactly – I never got near the ‘OMG I’m the worst runner’ feeling that I’ve been known to hit when things get really bad, but every run felt just one notch harder and one notch slower than it should have.

I’ll blame the higher than usual humidity.

Yeah, that’s it…. the humidity.

Next Week: Week 15


PlanRest5 miles5 miles5 milesRest20 milesCross-Train
ActualRest5 miles5 miles5 milesRest13.8 mile trail race30 min. Yoga

Area of Focus

Mental Prep. I face my nemesis next weekend: Drag-N-Fly (EEEEKKKK!!).


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