October 11, 2012

September 2012


Forest Park XC Festival

I continued doing a lot of shorter runs throughout September (if 8+ miles per run can be considered short). More importantly I got back on track of running 3-4 times per week. I raced the Forest Park Cross Country Festival, my first race after the epic Howl. Later in the month I gradually started ramping my mileage up in preparation for The Next Ultra in October.

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January78.06 Mile98.67333 Mile
February75.2586 Mile98.36206 Mile
March126.15 Mile149.01071 Mile
April146.28 Mile169.1425 Mile
May166.75 Mile189.26389 Mile
June54.83 Mile77.83286 Mile
July115.76 Mile912.8622 Mile
August91.81 Mile910.2011 Mile
September123.61 Mile158.24067 Mile
Total978.509 Mile1069.23121 Mile

Running 2012 9



Unfortunately, I missed out on Gateway Cup this year. My knee just wasn't ready for bike racing yet. I took a few more weeks off before starting to get back into the swing of bike racing at Gateway Cross Cup.

BikeDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
Bianchi16.65 Mile28.325 Mile
Pocket Rocket17.2 Mile53.44 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird11.61 Mile111.61 Mile
Total45.46 Mile85.6825 Mile

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January25.33 Mile212.665 Mile
February40.08 Mile313.36 Mile
March213.43 Mile2010.6715 Mile
April253.27 Mile2311.0117 Mile
May322.147 Mile2413.4228 Mile
June282.57 Mile1321.7362 Mile
July260.12 Mile1616.2575 Mile
August81.87 Mile810.2338 Mile
September45.46 Mile85.6825 Mile
Total1524.28 Mile11713.028 Mile

Cycling 2012 9


Walking home

I found walking and hiking to be the best thing for helping my knee recover. I could stretch out my legs and get blood flowing to the problem areas with no impact and little risk of further injury.

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January51.53 Mile163.22063 Mile
February42.92 Mile182.38444 Mile
March41.15 Mile142.93929 Mile
April31.89 Mile122.6575 Mile
May37.5107 Mile132.88544 Mile
June39.4 Mile182.18889 Mile
July2 Mile2Mile
August64.99 Mile252.5996 Mile
September85.88 Mile253.4352 Mile
Total397.271 Mile1432.77812 Mile

Walking 2012 9


And now for something completely different. I found a reasonably priced, high quality, used StairMaster stepper machine on Craigslist and bought it. I have wanted one of these for years. I first started using a machine nearly identical to this during the winters at the UIUC gyms a few years back. I wanted to do it more, but going to the gym was a bit of a hassle. Here in STL I don't have a gym to go to, and going would still be a hassle. With this machine at home I can use it whenever I want. I've mentioned repeatedly how I don't run on consecutive days as a rule. With this stepper I can get a comparable workout with zero impact on my knees. As a side effect, I've already noticed (after less than 20 miles of stepping) that my hill running has dramatically improved. I might just have a chance on the slopes of Volcan Maderas next year…

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
September13.85 Mile43.4625 Mile
Total13.85 Mile43.4625 Mile

Stairmaster 2012 9

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