April 2014 Training Stats

May 20, 2014 — 3 Comments

April 2014: The build to Big Sur.

Yep, that’s what April was all about – the final stretch in training for marathon number four.  It was a great month of training.  Some quality runs, though none completed on trails.  Based on my Big Sur race, and in reviewing my April training, I need to do more hill workouts.

I also finalized my 2014 race schedule.  With a theme of “Let’s take it to the next level”, it definitely will be a solid 2014 and, for certain, a pretty challenging second half.  Woohoo!

I did have a quick biz trip to San Diego.  I worked in two runs while there: a 21-miler (last 20+ before Big Sur) and a 10-miler.  Both were great!

HIGH/LOW:

  • HIGH: Ran my fourth marathon and finished with a new PR by 18 seconds.
  • LOW: Not really a LOW; but, based on Big Sur, I discovered that my training needs to include more hill work.

As far as new equipment & such:

  • Altra The One shoes.  With the mileage on my Altra 3-Sums getting up there, I picked up a pair of their The One lightweight running shoes.  They actually are similar to the triathlon-focused 3-Sum and only a half ounce heavier.   I really like The Ones as they do fit similarly to the 3-Sum; however, they seem to be cut slightly different which results in a weird gathering of the upper when I lace them.  I still like the way the feel and run.  These are the shoes I wore for Big Sur and my feet felt great at the finish.  The one change I did make was switching out the stock laces with some Lock Laces that I got free a while back.  The stock laces were too long and I liked the speed laces on the 3-Sum version.  Altra just came out with a new version of this shoe that is getting rave reviews.  I am at 156 miles in these right now, so I will definitely get a pair of The One2 to have waiting in the wings.  I seem to have switched to mostly Altra shoes at this point, using their Lone Peak 1.5 for trail, the Instinct 1.5 for general training, and the 3-Sum and The One for training and races.  Altra has also recently come out with some maximalist shoes that I may try at some point, since I really like the zero-drop/wide toe box aspects of their design.
  • Lock Laces.  See above.  Like them and may use the extra pair I have on my Altra Instinct 1.5s.
  • Tailwind Nutrition.  This is a quick take on this, as I plan to write a review post about Trailwind at some point.  I had been reading about Tailwind on Twitter and Facebook a lot and decided to give it a try, looking at using it instead of my usual gels, salt tabs, and electrolyte drink mix for Big Sur and beyond, if it worked out.  This stuff worked as advertised.  I didn’t miss the gels, salt tabs, and electrolyte drink combo at all.  In fact, even though I didn’t really have stomach issues with the gels, salt tabs, and electrolyte drink combo, I always seemed to have mild diarrhea after a long run or race distances over 13.1 (since I would ingest more quantities.)  I think my stomach just couldn’t handle the combo, though the result was quite a bit milder than some I’ve read about who have switched to Tailwind.  I really like the mild taste (Mandarin Orange is my fav) and it dissolves very fast.  When I did my 21-miler in San Diego and again with Big Sur, I had absolutely no stomach issues and felt fueled sufficiently.  The biggest thing was that I didn’t miss then gels, salt tabs, and electrolyte drink combo at all, which was a concern.  I was nervous about not taking the salt tabs, as the have been good at controlling/minimizing/preventing cramping in my calves; but with Tailwind, I had no cramping on the 21-miler or on Big Sur.  Bottom line, this is a really great product, with a personable owner – they include a note in each shipment and even write your name on the packaging, just for that personal touch.  More to follow about my use of Tailwind in a subsequent post – probably after my June 50K.
  • The North Face Better Than Naked Long Haul Shorts.  My utmost, go to, favorite running shorts have been out of production for a while now: ASICS’ 55 Running Short.  I love having 5 pockets!  I have a good supply of them for training, even a few stashed for the future, but have been looking for an alternative short for a while.  I picked up a pair of TNF Long Hauls and liked them, though they did seem to cause some light chaffing on my left thigh because of a seam on the inner liner – nothing that some Glide couldn’t combat though.  They wear well and the pockets are great.  If I didn’t have a good supply of the ASICSs, I’d consider working these in, though probably only on long runs and races – they are pretty pricey.

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Training Plan(s):

  • A run-focused training plan:
    • MON: 8-10 mile run
    • TUE: 20 mile bike
    • WED-FRI: 5-10 mile runs
    • SAT: REST!
    • SUN: Long Run – 12-26 miles

whitespace!

Race/Ride Reports:

  • 4/27: Big Sur International Marathon [report]

GIDDY-UP!

3 responses to April 2014 Training Stats

  1. 
    bumblebecks May 20, 2014 at 16:36

    Hiya, I’ve just started documenting my 6 week fitness challenge on my blog, would be great if you’d give it a read!

    http://mumblesofbumble.blogspot.co.uk

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