Monthly Archives: October 2012

100 Days of Running, the Preamble

Having briefly mentioned the challenge of “100 days of running” in my introductory post, I believe now is an appropriate time to further explain.  In one week, I will embark upon a journey through running.  I will push myself to run each day for 100 days.  My total mileage will be somewhere in the 600-700 range and I will probably burn through two pairs of shoes.  I plan on making a unique blog for each day with a summary of the work, the gear and my state of mental being.  Some days will be light, some dark, some will be bleak and some will be downright miserable.  Running has been my Achilles heel in the sport of triathlon since my very first race.  I have zero background in running outside of triathlon and this gangantuan task aims at growing my base.

The Rules:

A willy-nilly 100 days of running seems like a bad idea and a good way to become injured so I am making rules for myself to follow in terms of effort, pace, duration, etc.

1) All runs minimum of 30 minutes in duration.

2) No back-to-back speed workouts.

3) No long speed work until day 50.

4) Have fun with workouts, include variety of routes, run with other people.

The Goals:

This is split between qualitative and quantitative metrics.  Quantitatively, this effort is all about making my run stronger.  With respect to triathlon racing, my goals are: 10k @ 35′-38′ half marathon @ 1:30′ and full marathon @ 3:30′-3:40′.  I also have a goal of racing an open half marathon ~1:18 (current pr is 1:25).  The biggest goal is the marathon pace.  I will be racing my first full iron distance this coming fall and I want to actually “race” it.  This is going to require some serious effort.  Qualitatively, I want to gain confidence in my run.  As it stands, I feel like the only way I could win a triathlon is to be leading by 20′ coming off the bike.  I need to be able to chase people down or at least keep pace.  I also want to learn to appreciate the art of running and continue to discover things about myself.  For me, running has always been a zen-like experience and a type of meditation; I hope to cultivate this feeling to fuel the 100 days and come out a little bit stronger, mentally, on the other side.

The Metrics/The Workouts:

I will be utilizing some new equipment over this task that has me pretty excited.  I (finally) acquired a Garmin forerunner 310xt to help with mileages and pacing.  I’ve previously used my iPhone with strava and imapmyfitness but, this tool will be much better.  I am going to run treadmill runs, indoor track, outdoor paved and outdoor trail (time permitting).  All of these will work in symphony to keep variety paramount so as to obliterate boredom.  I’m still going to be swimming and biking with all of these runs as well so, that should help.


In all, I’m really excited about this journey and to share it with my friends and family.  I know that it is going to be a turning point for many reasons and I’m chomping at the bit to begin.  For now, it’s time to enjoy the last 7 days of unstructured training before it begins.

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The beginning of a journey

To be fair, this is not really the beginning; that was the spring of 2009.  Living in Charlotte, North Carolina as an undergraduate student of architecture, I began a quest to become a “serious” endurance athlete.  Beginning on a borrowed bike, I took to the streets and cultivated my passion for a sport which would become deeply meshed in my life.  We can all remember that first race (Mine was the “Over the Mountain Triathlon” in King’s Mountain, NC; one of my favorite races, to this day) , the fear of drowning, the exhilaration of crossing the finish line and the massive pain in our legs afterward.   This feeling gave me fuel to want to be more than a participant.

Since then, I have raced my way toward the front of the pack and am incredibly thankful for all of the help I’ve received along the way.  I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some really great people in this sport and make lasting friendships.  My sights are now set on becoming great and being able to give back to a sport that has given me so much.  2013 is going to be a big year, there are very few doubts about this.  It will be my first year racing without having my training subject to derailment by graduate school.  This will also be the first year where I become more intelligent about the way I train (no more random 3 hour trainer rides!).  2013 also brings the first full iron of my career.  More immediately, on November 1, I will embark on 100 days of 100 runs.  Running has been my weakness since day 1 and I plan to put enough miles into my legs this offseason to make a dent in that weakness.

On that note, welcome to my blog, feel free to leave comments, encouragement (and some trash talk).


Cody Stadler

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