David Martinez

About David Martinez

"My name is Dave Martinez. I am originally from Scranton, PA but have been serving as a Submariner in the Navy the past 18 years. Like many people I initially started running as a way to loose weight and have since fallen in love with it. This past year has been the first time I have been able to train consistently which has really helped my race times. The toughest part about running for me is making sure that it does not interfere with family time. I am looking forward to working with the SFM Ambassador team and running across the Golden Gate Bridge (twice) this July. "

Importance of the Long Run

The Long Run.  Every runner who has trained for a marathon has had that seem feeling of dread when they see numbers like 18 or 20 appear toward the end of the schedule.  We will do almost anything to make a long training run tolerable: group run with friends, find a race close to the required distance on the same weekend, darn near anything to avoid having to go run for HOURS by ourselves.  When no other out presents itself you may try rationalizing your way out of doing the long run; I’m here to explain why you need to do it if you want race day to go well and not dissolve into the dreaded death march.

There are multiple reasons why you need to do long runs as part of your marathon training which I will break down into 2 areas: physical and mental.  The physical part is the most obvious so we tackle that first.  On race day most of us will be on the course in excess of 4 hours.  That is a lot of pounding on your legs and there is no good substitute.  If your legs are not prepared for that kind of beating you will be a sad camper on marathon day. Equally important are the physical changes your body makes during training. When it comes down to it what your training is meant to do is force your body to adapt to running long miles. One of the most important adaptations to occur is you force your body to make more mitochondria, which are like little energy generators.  The more of them you have the more energy you will have during your race and those long runs […]

By |March 17th, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off on Importance of the Long Run

Eating Healthy

Like many people I started running as a way to help lose weight.  After I got a heart rate monitor I quickly realized that I burned just as many calories running for 40 minutes as I did doing an hour long cardio-kickboxing class.  It wasn’t until I ran my first race that running became something other than a means to an end. Running was an easy gateway to fitness and extra calories to eat for quite awhile…until I started marathon training.


The trap many of us find ourselves in is this: training for a marathon involves a lot of hard work, a lot of hours on the road, and the need to replenish the calories expended doing that work.  It is very easy to justify a half pound 50/50 burger with avocado mash and chipotle mayo after a 15 mile long run.  Unfortunately that is a 1200 calorie meal BEFORE you add fries and a drink.  Oops.  Pretty much all distance runners can relate to “runger”.  Olympic level distance runner Shalane Flanagan lists “being hungry all the time” as one of her top 10 things she hates about running.  Here are some tips to help you stay in the box while doing your training.


1. Track what you eat and what you burn.  Looking at the in/out of what you are doing each day is critical to maintaining your weight.  If you are trying to lose you need to see what kind of deficit you have but you should try not to lose more than 1 lb a week.  Most coaches recommend not trying to run a deficit during training because it prevents you from optimising your training.  Most of us aren’t preparing for the Olympics […]

By |February 13th, 2014|Categories: Ambassadors||Comments Off on Eating Healthy