December 2013 Training Stats

January 9, 2014 — 2 Comments

December 2013: A month that took forever to get here and seemed to just blow by!


  • HIGH: Gritted out my third marathon!
  • LOW: Ran my third marathon like a half and fueled it like a 10K; thus, a PR was missed/squandered.

As far as new equipment & such:

  • Buff.  I am not a viewer of the Survivor TV show, but knew about Buffs from watching a few episodes.  This month, I bought a couple of Buffs to try them and really like them.  Like them enough that I now have four in my drawer: two Polar Reversible, a Reflective Buff, and a Visor Buff.  I’ve worn the Polar and Reflective on my runs and rides and really have appreciated them in the cool weather.  I have mainly worn them as a cap on runs and a hood on my rides.  Wearing as a balaclava while exercising seems to result in overheating – but that might just be me.
  • Altra 3-Sum shoes.  I was at the point mileage-wise in my road shoe inventory that I needed to get a new pair.  I had been reading a lot of good things about Altra Zero Drop shoes and, after some web research and a chat with Altra Customer Service, placed my order!  I went with the 3-Sum, since I will be doing a duathlon in March 2014.  After this morning’s run, I have 58 miles on them and really like the way they fit and feel on a run.  I may write a review at some point – maybe at the 100-mile mark.

With that, here are the stats for the month that was December 2013.


Training Program(s):

  • A run-focused program in preparation for the ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes Marathon on 12/14, a slight week of rest, then started to train for April 2014’s Big Sur International Marathon. The plan is: riding on Mondays, running Tuesday-Thursday, doing a run/bike combination workout on Fridays, and a long run on Sundays. Saturday is usually a rest day, unless there is a race or a needed shakeout run.


Races/Rides Completed:

  • 12/14: ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes Marathon [report]
  • 12/28: Brazen New Year’s Eve (Almost) Half Marathon [report]
  • Race Count: Month: 2 / YTD: 15 / Lifetime: 41

    • 5k: 0 / 0 / 7
    • 10k: 0 / 1 / 3
    • Half Marathon: 1 / 11 / 20
    • Marathon: 1 / 2 / 3
    • 50K: 0 / 1 / 1
    • Other: 0 / 0 / 7
  • Ride Count: Month: 0 / YTD: 1 / Lifetime: 1
    • Century: 0 / 1 / 1


2 responses to December 2013 Training Stats


    nice infographic! very creative 😃

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