October 2013 Training Stats

November 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

October 2013 was split in two: final training for Foxy’s Fall Century on October 19th (with a half marathon thrown in) and then a return to a run-focused training plan in preparation for a late fall marathon.  But honestly, Foxy’s was the focus – the culmination of two months of training: 895.13 miles over 51:56:27 (h:m:s:) of invested time.  It was a blast and, even though I am a runner first, I can see myself doing more organized rides in the future.

That said, I’m glad to be back to a run-focused plan, though my run base totally suffered.  Back to the building stage…

I took a quick business trip to Oklahoma City and had two great runs while there [one, two].  It was taper week for Foxy’s, so, rather than riding or running in the hotel fitness center, I mapped out a route around a local lake.


  • HIGH: Rode my first century and registered for my first multisport event!
  • LOW: No trail running…

As far as new equipment & such:

  • Compression Socks.  I usually wear compression sleeves when I run and recovery compression socks after long runs and always when I fly.  When I was at the RnR San Jose Expo, I saw CEP’s Dynamic+ Short Socks and decided to give them a try.  They are crew length, so I figured they would be OK for running and riding.  They worked great during training rides and runs, so I wore a pair on Foxy’s.  I think they help control swelling over the 100 miles and has helped on runs as well.  I actually have worn them in combination with my sleeves (which the CEP rep mentioned) and
  • Cycling Leg Warmers.  Having already become a firm users of arm warmers, I decided to give Cycling Leg Warmers a try.  I went with Pactimo’s product and really like them.  I wore them through the lunch stop on Foxy’s and they worked great.  When I took them off, they stowed in the jersey pocket just fine (along with my arm warmers.)

With that, here are the stats for the month that was October 2013.  I decided to display a bit differently this month…


Training Program(s):

  • October 1-20: Foxy’s Fall Century Program. In preparation for FFC, training shifted to predominantly bicycling. I programed one run day each weekday (usually Wednesday) and a BRick on Fridays. That equated to about 12 miles running and between 120 and 160 miles riding each week.
  • October 21-31 and November:  Transitioned back to a run-focused program in preparation for a December marathon. The plan returns to ridding on Mondays, running Tuesday-Thursday, doing a on Run/Bike (or RuBi) on Fridays, and a long run on Sundays.  Saturday is usually a rest day, unless there is an event or a needed shakeout run.


Races/Rides Completed:

  • 10/6: Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon [report]
  • 10/19: Foxy’s Fall Century [report]
  • Race Count: Month: 1 / YTD: 11 / Lifetime: 37
    • 5k: 0 / 0 / 7
    • 10k: 0 / 0 / 2
    • Half Marathon: 1 / 8 / 17
    • Marathon: 0 / 1 / 2
    • 50K: 0 / 1 / 1
    • Other: 0 / 0 / 7
  • Ride Count: Month: 1 / YTD: 1 / Lifetime: 1
    • Century: 1 / 1 / 1


Training Journal – 11/6/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 6-mile run
  • Comments: My Garmin worked during the run, but went wacko when I got home and tried to synch.  Based on my estimation, I did 6.5 miles @ 8:46 avg pace, & a run time of ~57:00.

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