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Brenda Martinez

Brenda Martinez Training.
Brenda Martinez is an American middle distance runner with personal bests of 1:57.91 in the 800m, and 4:00.94 in the 1500m. Her most notable achievement was her bronze medal in the 1500m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Martinez trains with Big Bear Track club, in Big Bear Lake California, under the guidance of her husband Carlos Handler, and coach Joe Vigill. With an altitude of 6,750 ft (2057.4m), Big Bear offers athletes moderately-high altitude training conditions, with the option of a short trip down to lower altitude conditions. Such conditions are comparative to Flagstaff Arizona, where athlete’s can live high, and train low. This method allows athletes to receive the aerobic benefits of living and recovering at high altitude, while still being able to travel down to near-sea-level altitudes for key race specific workouts.

Martinez was highly involved in the formation of the Big Bear Track Club. Prior to working with Coach Vigill, she struggled to secure a spot in an elite training group or high-profiled club. Her success with Vigill in 2013 prompted the growth of this Southern Californian based training squad with now includes the likes of 800m star, Boris Berain.

From what started out with high school personal bests of: 1,600 (4:55), 800 (2:16), two mile (11:12), three mile (17:28), Martinez’s typical training now consists of 75-80 miles per week. Below is insight into her training weeks.


Brenda Martinez training
Olympic Trials 2016 (source: Big Bear Track Club)
Brenda Martinez training
2 weeks of Brenda Martinez’s base training – December 2013