Marathon Training

Starting just after the Long Beach Pride Run, Shoreline Frontrunners of Long Beach begin training for the Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon.  The Long Distance training group meets Saturday mornings at 7AM on the bluff at Ocean & Redondo.

Training with a group makes logging the miles (a little) easier – and definitely helps to keep your motivation up.  Below is the suggested training schedule for the 2016 season.

  • Every Saturday 7:00 am, on the bluff at Ocean and Redondo.
  • In addition to the long run every Saturday, you should commit to running five days per week, 3-6 mile runs.
  • Put these dates and miles on your calendar. It is important to be mentally prepared every Saturday.
  • Training five days a week, include these long distance runs below = an awesome Marathon day!





SFRLB Long Distance training uses the same routes and adds or builds upon them to achieve each week’s mileage. A typical Saturday morning you’ll hear “we’re headed to the dome and back, ” or “CSULB loop and then to the drinking fountains and back.” Once you’ve run each route once it becomes second nature. Don’t worry if you’re not sure where we’re headed, we’ll make sure you don’t get lost. To help you in advance we’ve provided links to our most-used routes on Map My Run.



CSULB Loop – 12 miles.

The longest route with the most amount of turns.  Stick with an SFRLB runner the first few times to learn where the “hidden” water stops and restrooms are located.  Note this route includes the hill at Cal State Long Beach which is part of the Long Beach Marathon course.

The Dome

There is a reason we run in Long Beach and this course is it. A beautiful run along the shoreline. To “the Dome and back” is about a 10 mile loop. However there are numerous turnaround points depending on the number of miles you are running.


Adding Miles

Need to add one to five miles to your route? Here are a couple of landmarks we use: Including the jetty to your Dome run adds one mile. Running from the start/end point to the “water fountains” (end of the bike trail) adds about three miles (2.76ish). Continuing from the start/finish to the end of the peninsula and back helps you log an extra five miles (note – this is the typical Saturday 9AM route). Not enough for you? To the restrooms and back – 2ish miles. Around the pool +1. Add the marina, Naples island, Seal Beach – there is no limit to amount of mileage you can string together.


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Now the next time a SFRLB member says “we are going to the dome, adding the jetty on the way back and then the college loop,” bring plenty of gels, water/Gatorade and sunscreen ‘cuz it’s a 23-mile training run!