Week 8 Boston Marathon Training


Week 8 was big for me. I have officially reached the halfway point in my training, 8 more weeks to go.

I had two big tests this week and was only able to ran 3x, compared to my usual 4. I was bummed how much time and energy studying took out of me, but it’s all part of my end goal. I have to continue to prioritize and do the best I can.

This week was so big for me because each workout showed me how much stronger I am becoming. Thursday was the first day I was able to run and decided speed work was the most important workout to do. I kicked ass! I felt so good afterwards. Friday was an easy run because I planned on running an 18 miler on Saturday. My 18 miles were broken up into 3×6 miles, it worked great. And somehow I was able to run the last 6 miles faster than I had imagined.


Sunday: Rest 

Monday: Rest 

There seriously isn’t enough time in the day, just look at how jam packed my Monday was…

7am – Wake up, eat breakfast, pack lunch and snacks, get ready
8am – Head to SDSU for a research project with a graduate student on Molasses
8:30-12pm – Research project
12pm – Head to Mesa College for class
12:45-2:10 – Advanced Nutrition
2:30-4 – Meet up with Biochemistry study group before test on Tuesday
4-5:15pm – Study Biochem in library on my own
5:30-7pm – Physiology
7:30pm – Finally got home, time to shower, eat, and study.
11:30pm/12am – Sleep

Tuesday: HIIT at The Boxing Club

This was an intense HIIT with minimal breaks. My legs and biceps were sore for the next few days.

2 rounds, 60 sec work/ 15-30 sec rest & 8 minutes of Ab work to finish 

*Warm up: 5 sprints, 5x push shields

Upper Body Circuit with 25lb plate
Bicep curls to shoulder press
Bent over row
Double push up burpee

*Warm up

Lower Body Circuit with 25lb plate
Squat lunge combo
Small in and out squats
Walking lunge with plate overhead

*Warm up

Wednesday: Rest

I really wanted to run but I had a physiology test and couldn’t find the time. I knew I’d have to take advantage of the rest of the week.

Thursday: 9 speed work at UCSD track + ART apt 
Run details: 9m 

2 mile warm up (splits: 8:36, 8:53)
4 x 1200 @10K pace (splits: 5:18, 5:23, 5:11,5:25) *goal was around 5:10-5:24 which is a 7-7:15/mi pace
400 jog in between (splits: 2:24, 2:15, 2:29, 2:23)
3 mile cool down (split: 8:39, 8:26, 8:21)

IMG_8404Leggings: Sweaty Betty
Socks: Stance Run
Shoes: Pegasus 32

ART with Cory Harris is the best! The main purpose is to break up adhesions in my muscles, ligaments, and tendons. I wouldn’t be able to train for a marathon without this type of massage therapy. Find an Active Release Technique provider here!

Friday: 5m in Del Mar (photos taken near Del Mar dog beach)
Run details: 5m, 44:13, 8:51/mi
Splits: 8:47, 8:32, 9:07, 8:55, 8:50

IMG_3817 IMG_6965

Saturday: 6 miles with Brittni + 6 miles with Mattea + 6 solo miles at marathon pace in Coronado – started at 6:30am
Run details: 18m, 2:40:25, 8:54/mi
Splits: 9:10, 9:31, 9:09, 9:33, 9:30, 8:02, 9:09, 9:24, 9:17, 9:27, 9:40, 8:49, 8:13, 8:00, 8:05, 8:18, 8:37, 8:22



Last 6 miles I wanted under my marathon goal pace of 8:30. I crushed it! The only way I was able to finish this strong was because my fueling was on point. Every couple miles I was eating a CLIF Blok or drinking water. At mile 6 and mile 12 I ate a small piece of a pb&j sandwich. After 18 miles of pounding pavement I needed a 20 minute ice bath. It hurt so good!

IMG_8602Ice bath complete with socks, beanie, shorts, & hoodie


Friday night:
Dinner before run: 1/2 cup quinoa, 3oz ground turkey meat, 1 cup cauliflower, and a kale salad on the side.

Most of my meals prior to dinner were at least 50% carbs and I drank lots of water throughout the day. Monitor the color of your urine, aim for pale yellow not white! White is over hydrated and dark yellow is dehydrated.

Breakfast before run: Oatmeal (1 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup oats), 4 strawberries, 1 banana, 2 tbsp almond butter
During run: 2 Water bottles, whole pack of Citrus CLIF Bloks, 1/2 pb & j, and another water bottle with half Gatorade and half water
After: 1 quinoa  patty, 1 egg, 1/2 cup cheese, 1 slice toast, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 roma tomato, 5 strawberries, 1 banana, 1 bottle of Naked Mighty Mango + lots of water (whole meal was around 900 calories)
During the day: Ate snacks, drank water and Gatorade
Later that day: 2.5 slices of pizza and garlic bread! I enjoyed this meal, but I felt sick soon after. My body is not used to this kind of food 🙁

More on workout nutrition here!



Week 1 Training Plan
Week 2 Training Plan
Week 3 Training Plan
Week 4 Training Plan
Week 5 Training Plan
Week 6 Training Plan
Week 7 Training Plan





Oh yah, the struggle of finding time in the day / week is real! I’m also a student, and now also a mom, and it takes effort to make the time but man is it worth it!
I just started a new blog series on my blog posting tri training workouts of the week, Feel exposed to share them, especially since like you sometimes I look at the week and it doesn’t look like as much as I would like it to but hey it all adds up! I actual reference and link your blog in my first post http://delightfullydomestic.typepad.com/blog/2016/02/tri-training-19-weeks-to-race-day.html
So keep sharing your weekly workouts! I love it!


I’m glad you understand the struggle!! Good for you, you’re super mom! I’m dream is to do a half ironman and then eventually a full! You are a beast, it takes a very determined and motivated person to train for swimming, biking, and running!!! Look forward to following along on your blog 🙂


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