Training Week of 2/9-2/15

This week was a little cut back in mileage before the California 10/20 10 mile race on Sunday. All in all, another solid training week.


M 2/9- 6 miles am/ 6 miles pm, 50 minutes Yoga

T– 10 miles, 30 minutes swim

W– 13 miles w/ 4 x 800 in 2:45 w/ 90sec jogs – 2:43, 2:44, 2:44, 2:44, 2 x 1 mile in 5:40 w/ 1:00 jogs- 5:37, 5:37, 8 x 400 in under :80 w/ 1:00 jog- 75, 75, 74,74,75,74,74, 73, 72.  Was going to head to the gym for strength work but felt fever-y and called it a morning.

Jen and I switched it up this week and headed to Point Loma Nazarene University for our Wednesday workouts instead of UCSD. The track overlooks the ocean, definitely helps to ease the pain of a track workout.



3 miles in the afternoon followed by an Epsom bath.

R– After spending all morning at the CA DMV, I didn’t start my 15 easy hilly miles until 11:30 am… that was hotttttttttt. I wanted to jump in the ocean so badly but when I got back to my car I was too tired and hungry to walk the quarter mile back to the beach. Runner probs.

F– AM- 4 easy miles with Matt on the trail. PM- 4 miles with drills, strides, and 4 x 400 w/ 400 jog in 78,74,76,72- Actual- 74 (whoops), 76, 72, 69. Fun workout, felt like I was flying! Dirty Dozen Core.

S– 8 miles w/ 6 x strides, Epsom Bath

S– 17 miles w/ Race= 10 minutes shake-out @ 5am right out of bed, 3 miles warm up with drills and strides, Race, 3 miles CD Here is my Final Surge Data from the race.

Almost to the line!

Almost to the line!

86 miles total for the week.

The race went well. I started slower than last year and ended up running :40 faster and placing second in 58:01.

My training partner Jen and I, she came in 4th!

My training partner Jen and I, she came in 4th!

Natasha, D'Ann, and I. Photo cred- Marco Anzures

Natasha, D’Ann, and I. Photo cred- Marco Anzures



The course is not an easy one and although I would have liked to run faster, I feel confident heading in to my goal races at the Phoenix Half Marathon on February 28 and the Mountain to Fountain 15k in Fountain Hills, Arizona the following weekend on March 8. I have never run two goal races back to back so it will be interesting to see how my body responds, but I am fit and healthy so I am going to go for it! I am pretty excited and can’t wait to see my buddies!



Matt and I split a burger at Ballast Point Brewery after the race. And we may have tried a few beers.... :)

Matt and I split a burger at Ballast Point Brewery after the race. And we may have tried a few beers…. :)

Doing some ice-bathing at the beach post-race. Salt water cures everything!

Doing some ice-bathing and sun bathing at Solana beach post-race. Salt water cures everything! That is not me in this picture, ha!

Recipes from last week:

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake Pretty similar to the slow cooker recipe I made last week, but with chicken. Served it with a salad and tortilla chips with Greek yogurt on the top.Turned out really well and there was plenty for leftovers.

Ginger Chicken and Rice Soup Matt and I both were not feeling well last week so this soup was perfect! Really, really good. I would use Soba noodles instead of rice next time. Add in some chili oil and lime juice before serving!

Next up: Phoenix Half Marathon February 28th.

Run Happy!




  1. Great job Ariana! Your training now will pay off soon. See you in AZ soon!

  2. I really enjoy your blog. I was excited to see that you ate doing the Phoenix half. I’m doing the full. Hope you have a great race!

  3. LOVE that you’re sharing all this info, so helpful in giving me ideas and aspirations!

    Great job at your race. Hope you’re feeling completely well now. Looking forward to your next race.

  4. Another great week in the books! That ocean side track is awesome. Great pics from the race too 🙂 How much salt do you put in your epsom baths and how long do you stay in them?
    Good luck on Sunday!

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