SFM Training + Week 1 Recap

by Mexigarian on May 13, 2014

Yes, you read that right. SFM Training. As in THE San Francisco Marathon. Training. July 27. This year.


Obviously, I signed up. I’m training. And I’m scared as hell. Nothing like a little bit of fear factor to get you moving and working, right?

At the beginning of the year I knew I wanted to run another marathon this year, but just didn’t know which one to do and kind of felt burnt out. I was unsure of where to go and what to do with running. So I just ran when I felt like it and didn’t run when I didn’t feel like it (which was more often than not).

But a spark relit in me when I ran Livermore back in March and was fueled heavily by the Big Sur events and knowing my cousin was running his first marathon. I felt so incredible proud and happy for him and quite honestly, a little jealous for not running a full. Granted I did an awesome 9 miler, but that little bit of envy (bad bad bad) kicked my butt into high gear and I began searching for local marathons that I could do.

The Ave and Santa Cruz were out, obviously, but something kept pulling me back to the San Francisco Marathon page. I had filled at the registration for several times, but couldn’t quite pull the trigger. I asked around on social media, read a TON of blog race recaps and even though the consensus that SFM is HARD. TOUGH. “The marathon that even marathoners fear” (apparently that’s one of their slogans!) I wanted to do it.

All the Frisco hills included. AH!

So 5 days ago I registered. And I’m officially in training mode. 12 weeks training. $%^$%&^*^!!! That’s an incredibly short training cycle, for me. Hell CIM was 16-18 weeks. That and I dunno how secure/strong my base was/is.


Sure I have 2 half marathons under my belt, but 12 week training is scary for me. I’ve seen other runners do it, like following a PFitz plan, (and those plans made my jaw drop) but. . . . now I’m getting away from myself.

I know I’m in for a tough marathon. I’m not going to kid myself. I’m not dreaming of a PR. I’m not even expecting to get in remotely near CIM time. But I do know that I want to finish. And if I have to crawl across that finish line within 6 hours, so be it.

Onto week 1 training recap!

Base: Sunday: The Ave Half marathon (PR!)

Monday: Rest (official week 1 start day)

Tuesday: strength training legs


Wednesday: 6.01 miles Super windy miles out on the path. I felt pretty strong the first half but that was only because I had a tailwind. Once I turned around the headwind was evil. Evil I say.

6.01 miles/1:0057/10:08 avg pace

Thursday: rest


 Friday:  4.51 miles easy Still windy on the trail, but my legs finally felt like they woke up and went sub 10 the last 3. + plus hip strengthening exercises (more on that in another post)

4.51 miles/ 44:47/ 9:56 avg pace


Saturday: 15.05 miles

Ugh, this was hard. I knew it was going to be, but even knowing that didn’t help much. I got turned around by a flock of godzilla turkey’s less than a mile into my run, had to reroute, went pavement for the first 5.5 and then hit my beloved dirt trail.



Since SFM has major hills, I decided to tackle some and threw them in. I ended up gaining great elevation, hiking up some of the steepest parts, and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the trail. It got busy with other hikers and mountain cyclists, but still pretty darn fun. I was happy to be out there.

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I headed home with tired legs but happy to be done and over the half marathon stretch.


Ice bath afterwards.


15.03 miles/ 3:02:56/ 12:10 avg pace

Sunday: REST

I started Week 2 off great with two runs so far and some planned cross training and strength training. My only issue this week is should I drop back my long distance this weekend or wait til next weekend?

I have 16-17 miles on schedule for the weekend but was thinking of doing 8-10 instead and do a 1/2 marathon + some miles up in SF the following weekend. The past few weekends went as follows: 8 miles, 9 miles, 13 miles and 15 miles.  


Anyone else training for SFM? Anyone local? Want to run together and tackle some SF hills in training? One of my main goals this training cycle is to get some long runs done in SF, just so I can familiarize myself with the course. Though I would hate to run it alone since I don’t know the city that well…..

Tell me. . . .

How’s your week going?

Have you signed up for any big races?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Thu May 14, 2014 at 1:15 am



Mexigarian May 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Lol. Thanks Thu. :)


Alisyn May 14, 2014 at 2:36 am

I am beyond ecstatic that you registered for the SFM!!! So excited for you! Hopefully we can cross paths as it would be great to meet you face to face!


Mexigarian May 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Would love to meet you too! Is this your first time running the full?


Laura @ RunningJunkie May 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Wow. That IS an intense training plan. I’m sure you’ll do great! I always have hip issues, so I’d love to hear what exercises you’re doing.


Mexigarian June 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I’ve been doing a lot of lunges, squats, hip raises/bridges, and clamshells. I try to do most with a resistance band. Granted, I haven’t been doing it as often as I should, which is why my hip is an issue. My PT said my weak hips need to be strengthened and I completely fell off the wagon of strength training once I finished my last marathon. Whoops.


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