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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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Hmmmm, how to display my 2013 training stats in an epic way….a mega INFOGRAPHIC!

This pup has taken numerous lunchtimes, a few evenings, an extended layover at DFW, and a few more evenings in hotel rooms this week.  It was great remembering and reliving some of last year as I gathered the data and worked on this project.

My numbers may pale in comparison to some, but they are mine…and that is what we all should focus on: our numbers, not other people’s.

These were hard earned, yet fun.  Mostly enjoyable, with a dash of difficult, and a hint of pain.  For certain, 2013 was a great second full year of running, with a decent intro to cycling.  Here’s to celebrating 2013 and anticipating what lies ahead in 2014.


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.
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  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: I rode for 1:23:59 for 23.5 miles @ 16.8 mph avg & avg cadence of 85 [Strava]. Planning an easy run tomorrow…
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: Late night/early morning trip to the ER with my mother-in-law, so I rested today…
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: I rode for 1:22:29 for 23.6 miles @ 17.2 mph avg & avg cadence of 90 [Strava]

Buff Me

December 9, 2013 — Leave a comment


I wore a new piece of “equipment” on this morning’s ccccold rrrride: a Reflective Buff.

On a morning like today, I probably could have used a more thermal version, but it did the trick with a skull cap added under my helmet.  Only my toesies were bit numb at the end of the ride.  I recently read about a “trick” to keep toes warm … I’ll try next ride.

From the looks of the forecast, I’ll be sportin’ the Buff for a few more days on my morning runs!


Training Journal – 12/9/12:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Taper Week 3 of 3
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: I rode for 1:19:50 for 22.2 miles @ 16.7 mph avg & avg cadence of 87 [Strava]
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Taper Week 2 of 3
  • Today’s session: 4/5/3 DU
  • Comments:

    • RUN 1: 4 miles @ 8:15 avg pace, avg cadence 98. TIME: 33:08 [Strava]
    • TRANSITION: 1:59 min
    • BIKE: 5.8 miles @ 17.1 mph avg, avg cadence 89. TIME: 20:16 [Strava]
    • TRANSITION: 1:59 min
    • RUN 2: 3.1 miles @ 7:50 avg pace, avg cadence 100. TIME: 24:35 [Strava]
    • TOTALS: Distance: 11.9 miles, Time: 1:21:57

Ah November, back to a run-focused training plan and getting my run-base back. I do miss riding as much as I was during September and October, but I’m a runner and enjoyed this month’s training.

No business trips this month – which was AWESOME!


  • HIGH: Two this month: I set a new 10K PR…by 1:16!  I also did two trail runs!!
  • LOW: I caught a cold at the beginning of the month, but I only needed to take two days off training. It held on for a while longer, but I kept going…

As far as new equipment & such, none this month.  I did try a new snack bar this month, which came in my Stride Box.  It’s called “That’s it.” and they are great.  They only have two ingredients: “fruit and fruit!” (with apple being the consistent ingredient) and are 100 calories each.  I have not tried all the flavors, but did order a sampler pack – so far, my fav is the apple and cherry.  Check ’em out.

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


Training Program(s):

  • Back to a run-focused program in preparation for a December 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:

  • 11/3: US Half Half Marathon [report]
  • 11/28: Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10K [report]
  • Race Count: Month: 2 / YTD: 13 / Lifetime: 39
    • 5k: 0 / 0 / 7
    • 10k: 1 / 1 / 3
    • Half Marathon: 1 / 10 / 19
    • Marathon: 0 / 1 / 2
    • 50K: 0 / 1 / 1
    • Other: 0 / 0 / 7
  • Ride Count: Month: 0 / YTD: 1 / Lifetime: 1
    • Century: 0 / 1 / 1


Training Journal – 12/3/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Taper Week 2 of 3
  • Today’s session: 5-mile run
  • Comments: I did 6.2 miles @ 7:56 avg pace, avg cadence 97 & a run time of 49:24. [Strava]
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Taper Week 1 of 3
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: I rode for 1:18:40 for 22.5 miles @ 17.2 mph avg & avg cadence of 86 [Strava]