March 2013 Training Stats

April 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

Wow…March was a FULL month of training! Yeah, I’m following a plan and know on a daily basis what’s going on, but to look at the stats in total is…wow.  This month, road running pretty much dominated the mix at 70%, with trail running at 10%, and bicycling at 20%.  I even stayed on track during my short trip to Texas, doing the first of two twenty mile long runs around Lady Bird Lake while in Austin.

As far as new equipment, a couple of things this month:

  • Compression.  I’d been reading about using compression socks or sleeves and finally took the plunge in March.  I opted for sleeves and really like the way my legs feel during and after runs.  I initially bought two brands – CEP and Zensah – and have settled on CEP, because of the (at least to me) better compression.  I also tried CEP recovery compression socks and like the way my legs feel later in the day after a long run.  Both these are keepers…
  • Shoes.  I’ve been wearing Saucony Kinvara 3s for a while and added a new pair to the rotation (as well as another pair on the shelf for later [REI dividend!].)  I also bought a pair of Saucony Type A5s for my shorter runs.  I LOVE THEM!  They are light, comfortable, and, based on the sole wear after 54 miles, I actually seem to be doing better at mid-foot-strike running while wearing them.  I think that is transferring to my Kinvara 3s as well.

With Big Sur less than a month away, April will be all about staying healthy and keeping on track with the training plan…including the taper.  I’m really looking forward to April 28th and running my second full marathon – plus, my next goal in running!

Anyway, here are the stats for the month that was March 2013:

Running [23 sessions]


  • Total: 210.6 [+47.91 from February]
  • Shortest run: 3.43 [+.96 from February]
  • Longest run: 20.22 [+3.12 from February]
  • YTD: 545.6


  • Overall Avg: 8:34 [+:05 from February]
  • Slowest Avg: 10:34 [-0:15 from February]
  • Fastest Avg: 8:04 [+:04 from February]
  • YTD Avg: 8:29

Total Running Time:

  • 30.63 hours or 1,838 minutes [+7:04:00 from February]
  • YTD: 78.51 hours or 4,710.62 minutes


Cycling [3 sessions]


  • 54.23 miles [+21.55 from February]
  • YTD: 135.19


  • Avg. of 17.3 mph [+2. from February]
  • YTD Avg: 16.1 mph

Total Cycling Time:

  • 3.12 hours or 187 minutes [+59:00 from February]
  • YTD: 8.3 hours or 500 minutes


Training Program(s):

  • 18-week program for the Big Sur Marathon on April 28th. The program is basically Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 2 Marathon Training Guide with customization for planned travel and home life. Pacing for my plan is calculated using my half marathon PR, the McMillan Running Calculator, and selecting a pace in the middle of the resulting “Optimal Training Paces” for the various workouts. I did revise the plan mid-month using the spreadsheet for Big Sur. On the plan, Monday is a 60 to 80-minute cycling session to add some cross training.


Caloric Stats:

  • Consumed: 112,814 [+13,533 from February]
  • Burned: 27,203 [+6,246 from February]
  • YTD: C: 316,938 / B: 71,007


Races Completed:

  • 3/16: Badger Cove Half Marathon [report]
  • Race Count: Month: 1 / YTD: 3 / Lifetime: 30
    • 5k: 0 / 0 / 7
    • 10k: 0 / 0 / 2
    • Half Marathon: 1 / 3 / 12
    • Marathon: 0 / 0 / 1
    • Other: 0 / 0 / 7


Training Journal – 4/2/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W15D2
  • Today’s session: 5 mile easy run @ 8:27-9:28 pace
  • Comments: I did 5.39 @ 8:01

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