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October 28, 2013 — 1 Comment

Last month, I posted about being selected as one of five winners in a contest called “Share Your RUNNOVATION”

Last week, I got my prize pack from New Balance:


Some pretty cool stuff:

  • Hi-Viz jacket
  • 5 in track Shorts
  • 7 in Go 2 Shorts
  • Impact half zip
  • Go 2 Short sleeve shirt
  • Impact shirt
  • Pair of 890v3

I may give the 890s a try in the morning…forgive me, Hoka One One.

Thanks Competitor and New Balance!!!

Training Journal – 10/28/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: I rode for 1:18:34 for 22.4 miles @ 17.1 mph avg & avg cadence of 87 [Strava]


September 9, 2013 — 1 Comment

Last Thursday, I posted about a cool email I got. Here are the details!

A few weeks ago, I posted a “before” picture I found while looking for a few pictures for my wife. On a lark, I entered the before and after pictures in a contest I happened to see on called “Share Your RUNNOVATION” [link]. It’s a contest, co-sponsored by New Balance, where people submit before and after photos and share about how running has changed their life. Winners receive a pair of New Balance shoes and apparel (valued at $500) – Woohoo!

It turns out, I was selected as the winner for this week! Pretty cool and humbling, especially when I look at the first two winners…

Anyway, click on the photo to check out my Runnovation page…


Training Journal – 9/9/13:

  • Current plan: Foxy’s Fall Century Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: I rode for 1:18:13 for 21.79 miles @ 16.7 mph avg & avg cadence of 84.

Wow…one month already done in the 2014 book!  Where did it go?

January was a solid month of training and a great start to what I hope is a great year of running…with a little bicycling scattered in as well.  At this point, and after doing some evaluation of time and (quite frankly) desire, I just don’t think I can fit swimming into the training/racing picture (read: no triathlons yet.)  I’m having a hard enough time working bicycling in – I just like running too much! Maybe I’ll have time/desire for “aqua” next year.  As much as I’d like to, in reality and with total honesty, it’s just not the right time.  Someday…

I had one biz trip this month out to the Washington D.C. area and was able to stay on track with my training (trust me, I was prepared to run in the rain, snow, or whatever.)  It worked out great as I was there in between snowy weather and ended up logging 33 miles in four runs, including two WDC sightseeing run tours (one, two.)

I also put the final touches on my 2014 race schedule, setting some pretty good goals that are achievable yet challenging.  I’ll probably do a post on the schedule at some point once things firm up a bit.


  • HIGH: Signed up for Strava’s Prove It – Run (100K) challenge and ended up with 315K
  • LOW: It was a good month…nothing really to consider a “low”

As far as new equipment & such:

  • New Balance High Visibility Beacon Jacket. While not technically new (I received this back in October when I was selected as a winner in the New Balance/ Runnovation contest), it stayed in the box until I was packing for my trip to DC.  There was a chance of rain there and the temps in the AM were forecasted to be cool, so I packed it as an option; deciding that if I did wear it, I would wear a short-sleeve tech shirt underneath to prevent getting too hot.  This jacket is excellent!  The high-vis aspect is awesome and really functions as advertised – this bad boy glowed for my entire 13.2 run and probably most the rest of the day on a 15-minute “charge.”  As for comfort, I really liked it too, it chaffed a bit on my neck the first day, but a little Glide in the right spot solved that.  (I got the jacket in a large and probably should have gotten a medium, which could have contributed to the chaffing.)  I usually get pretty warm when I run and rarely wear a jacket unless it’s raining – and even then, it usually is my The North Face Better Than Naked, lightweight jacket.  So I did stick to my planned, short-sleeve tech shirt and the jacket as was comfortable in the 44, 34, and 39 degree runs I did wearing it.  Great product, though I’m torn between it and my North Face jacket…
  • Altra Lone Peak 1.5 shoes. This is my second pair of Altra shoes, having added their 3-Sum shoes into my road rotation last month.  My Hoka One One Stinson EVOs were at the 240-mile mark, so I decided to give these a try.  After consulting a few blogs and Altra’s customer service on sizing, I placed my order and have now put 31 miles on my Lone Peaks over two runs.  I have to say, I really am liking them.  I up-sized a full size and am happy with that decision.  I’m still getting used to the zero-drop feel (though I now have about 97 miles on my 3-Sums), but am adjusting well.  I probably will do a shoe review post once I have more miles on these.  Since I am only really able to do trail runs on weekends, that might be a month or two.  Bottom line: I’m liking them!

With that, here are my training stats for January 2014…

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September 2013 was all about training for Foxy’s Fall Century on October 19th…  What had been an occasional, Monday-morning alternative to running, became pretty much the sole focus of training this past month: namely bicycling.  I have missed running as much as I was, but the shift was necessary to finish well on Foxy’s.

I have noticed that my running has somewhat improved (speed and economy), though I have lost the base that I had when I was running 30 to 45 miles per week.  That said, I have realized improvement in my cycling skills, speed, cadence, and endurance.  I guess that what is gained through targeted training – DUH.

One thing that has resulted this month as been an increasing interest in moving toward multisport: duathlon and triathlon.  Swimming is still a ways off, but I’m working toward duathlon.  More on that in future posts, but I have added BRicks and sprint distance duathlon sessions (SprintDu) to my Friday sessions.

I had one business trip this past month and took advantage of being in the Philadelphia area and ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly Half Marathon.  It was a great event and added a different element to my trip.


  • HIGH: I was selected as the weekly winner of’s “Share Your RUNNOVATION” contest, which was really cool!
  • LOW: Still no trail runs, but they will return.  Not technically a “low”, but I ran 3.25 miles on a treadmill while on my business trip.  I avoid treadmills (even while on travel) and this was the first treadmill run in over 18 months or 2,808 miles…

As far as new equipment:
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