Here we go again… I can’t believe America’s Finest City Half Marathon is a little over 5 weeks away! I’ll be honest, I have VERY mixed feelings about this race. I ran it almost 2 years ago when training for the Chicago Marathon and I was absolutely miserable. It was so freakin’ hot and it ends UPHILL. I mean seriously, that’s just rude.


Literally, the only reason I even registered for this race was because I wanted to do the Triple Crown Challenge as part of my 2017 goals. The Triple Crown Challenge is when you run 3 San Diego races including the Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon, and America’s Finest City Half Marathon in one calendar year. Each race is a few months apart so it’s a great way to stay in running shape too. Ironically though, I’ve already done three half marathons in San Diego this year since I just completed Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon last month — but on that note, it was definitely not my best race so I’m in need of a re-run (pun intended 🙂 ). I think this picture says it all…

Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon 2017 Finish Line

My Non-Training Training Plan

With the exception of the La Jolla Half Marathon, my finishing times this year have not been that impressive (in my opinion!). But to be honest, my training has been sub-par as well. I feel like life just got the best of me this year so I haven’t really been able to stick to a plan and reach my goal of a sub-2 half. So instead of trying to plan this one out, I’m just going to train week by week. Definitely more manageable.

Last week I had a few cross training workouts, one easy 3-mile run, 45 minutes of interval training, and a 6 mile cut back run (the last two miles were 8:52 and 8:41). The long run felt great up until the last mile when the heat just started to get the best of me so I had to stop a few times — it was 75 degrees at 9:30 in the morning! I always tell myself I’ll never train in the summer and somehow I end up back here again…Anyone else??

America's Finest City Half Marathon Training

Since I’m still trying to get faster, I’ll continue incorporating more speed work as well as toning exercise (plus a fun “recovery” hike whenever I can get the chance!). I’m also going to try and “clean up” my diet a little bit, nothing drastic just lighter dinners and less sweets. I need to reinforce my marathon mantra of “eat to run, don’t run to eat”.

Cowles Mountain Hike 2017


  • Monday: 4 Easy Miles (10:00 per Mile) + Tone It Up 5 Toning Moves & Toned Abs Video
  • Tuesday: Tone It Up Beach Ball Workout + 30 Minutes Cardio (Elliptical)
  • Wednesday: 3 Miles (2 Miles at 8:45 per Mile) + Tone It Up Sandy Sweat HiiT 
  • Thursday: 5 Toning Moves + HiiT The Beach 3 (Beach Babe 5) 
  • Friday: REST
  • Saturday: 8 Mile Run (9:45 per Mile)
  • Sunday: Yoga + Abs

Have you ever done the Triple Crown Challenge? What are your tips for getting faster or training in summer?

2 comments on “America’s Finest City Half Marathon Training Plan”

  1. I keep telling myself the same thing…no training during the summer and look where we both are haha! I’m so impressed that you’re doing the Triple Crown (AND did rock n roll) with all the crazy things going on in your life- now that’s dedication 🙂

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