Friday, June 24, 2011

Preparing for Training: Fall Marathon

I mentioned that I am starting a full marathon training program on July 18th.  The goal?  Get as close to 4 hours as possible.  Beyond (hopefully) keeping my Daily Mile updated, I have decided to document the process here on the blog under the tag "sbtraining."

For anyone running a marathon in November, you can follow along with me if you'd like!  I am going to offer my Google calendar in these posts so we can all keep up!  I can also post some variations for people aiming for up to a 5-hour marathon. :)


This month, my running has been quite... sorry. :( I'm lucky if I get in 15 miles a week (sometimes 10!), and that's mainly because I've been doing other cardio (e.g., elliptical).  After giving blood last week, I'm finally feeling like myself again and managed to run a few times this week! 

I know it's important for me to maintain at least SOME base mileage before beginning the program, no matter how much experience I should have by now.  I want to rest/take a break from running, but I don't want to set myself up for failure.

After today's workout, especially, I feel more confident to begin anew in a few weeks.  I have detailed it below:

- Warm-up:
.5 mi, around the parking lot of the gym (my gym is not in a good area, so I try not to run around here much)

- Treadmill:
10 x .25 mi intervals, 2:00 pace (7.5 mph or 8 min/mi).  In between, I walked .15 mi at 3.6-3.7 mph)

The max number of repeats in the program is ~16 (ranging from 2:00-2:15 pace / 7.3 to 7.5 mph).

I have decided that due to the hot summer ahead, I will do what I can on the treadmill.  Although the gym is almost as hot and stuffy as the outside, I don't like burning my skin so much.  Obviously, the runs that are too long for me to savor on the "dreadmill" will be done outside, heat or not.  (I once did an 18-miler is 90+ degree heat.)  I'd love to hear your thoughts about treadmills, heat, and speed workouts on treadmills!


For other records of my workouts in this blog, you can click HERE and HERE.  However, for this round of training for the Santa Barbara Marathon, I will be more detailed and offer my own insights and tips around this training program.


  1. I dislike having to train on the treadmill completely! But hey, sometimes you have to!

  2. Hey!!

    I am running my first marathon in November so I will definitely keep up with your schedule :)

  3. I think the treadmill is totally fine but think that long runs should be done outside for the sake of sanity and preparing yourself for the marathon by running outside. I love speedwork on the treadmill because I can keep the pace steady and time it perfectly

  4. i hate heat! i've done many runs on treadmills due to the summer heat..mostly speedwork because it's easy to see how fast you're going and also the distance. but it's still good to get outside when you can, even if it is a million degrees!

  5. Good luck on the training. I will holding off any marathon training for awhile. I plan to come back very slowly. I did look at the SB HM as an option in a couple of years.

  6. Good luck with your fall marathon training plan! I have run on a treadmill once, and that was enough. :) I run outside all the time, even in the below zero Minnesota winters. On really hot days, I will occasionally get up before sunrise to get the run done before it gets too hot. Not always easy to get up at 4:30 AM just to run, but sometimes it needs to be done!

  7. I've had to resort to using the treadmill lately, too! Los Angeles isn't exactly the "cleanest" air to breathe while running anyway, and with the heat rolling in... the treadmill just seems like an easier option. Speed work is definitely a bit more challenging, though, since you have to wait for the belt to speed-up and slow-down! Still, it beats the heat!

  8. I'm looking forward to this series!