Hello there! We are so close to saying goodbye to 2018. It was another good year for me full of fun times with family and friends.
I like to look back and write about my running stats. I like seeing how I did and think about what I want to change or do different next year. In the summer I started working again with Mary Johnson. I enjoy working with her and love her workouts. Next year I will continue working with her but also want to add yoga and/or strength training. I cannot decide whether to join LA Fitness, CorePower Yoga, or Fit-Results. 😛
For now let’s check out my stats:
⇒ I ran a total of 1,054.58 miles (87% of my goal). Last yearI ran 773.11 miles.
⇒ Time spent running:212:00:10 hours. That’s about 8.83 days running in 2018!
⇒ Number of races:6. See them here. Next year I plan to run a few half marathons in various states and a few local races that I do every year.
⇒ PRs set:0.
⇒ Lowest mileage month: December with45.37miles. Last year February was my lowest with 7.07 miles.
⇒ Highest mileage month: March with121.43miles. Last year July was my highest with 122.12 miles.
⇒Average pace over the course of the year:12:06. Interesting that last year it was 11:56. Not sure what happened here?
⇒ Average cadence: 162. Last year it was 158.
⇒ Shoes: Most of my runs were in the Brooks Launch 4 and 5. But I also did a few runs in the Levitate 1 and 2, Ricochet, Asteria, and PureFlow 7. The Launch is still my favorite running shoe. Currently I have the Launch, Levitate 1 and the Ghost 11 in my rotation. I also have a few more pairs of the Launch 5 in boxes.
⇒ EXTRA: I started running in 2005 but began recording (in an Excel sheet and now a Google sheet) my mileage in 2007. So in 12 years I’ve run 9,959.47 miles. Only 4 years (2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018) did I run over 1,000 miles.
I am excited to be planning my race calendar for next year. My knee is much better. I took a week off from running and ran a few times last week. It doesn’t hurt to run but do feel some stiffness. But overall it does feel so much better.
So far here is my list:
• Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans, February 10 – I’ve done this race before and have enjoyed it a lot. However, next year I don’t know if I will make it after all. My training hasn’t been going great. I am waiting to hear back from my coach to see if I can still make it or not.
• Missoula Half Marathon, June 30 – Another race in a new state! This race is flat, fast, and point-to-point. The course looks so pretty! Check out the video below. If you want to sign up, use code BibRave19 to save $5 off your registration fee.
• Elmhurst 4 on the 4th, July 4 – This is another of my favorite races. I have done this a few times and always look forward to it.
• November clearly just flew by.It was a great birthday month. I had few days off for Thanksgiving break which was wonderful. However, I did get sick one weekend and spent two days on the sofa. I felt better on Monday and went to work but still had a cough that lasted about 4 days. I was constantly tired. I couldn’t get up early in the morning to run because I was so tired and just wanted to sleep. So I didn’t run. It was until a week later that I finally felt better enough to run. I did 2 miles and it felt tough.
About 2 weeks ago I started feeling some pain on the right side of my left knee. I thought it would get better so I kept running. It didn’t get better. I went to the chiropractor and he told me I have a meniscus injury and not to run for a week.
• Ran 54.14 miles. It was a slow month for me. Getting sick really took a toll on me. I thought that this was the lowest month but it isn’t. The winner is May with 49.44 miles. As of December 3rd, I am now 84% done of my yearly goal. There are 28 days left in 2018 and I still need to run 185 miles to achieve my goal. Yeah, definitely NOT happening. 🙂
• Total time running was 11:03:24.
• Despite it being a slow month, I still had some great runs.
• 13 days of running. In May it was 12 days.
• No races for me. I was supposed to run the RnR Savannah but then last minute couldn’t make it. I am planning my races for 2019 and have a few in mind such as the Garmin Half Marathon (KS) and the Missoula Half Marathon (MT).
• Final Thoughts: It was a slow month for me. It started off good but then got sick which affected me more than I was expecting it to. Now this injury happened and I am back to resting and no running.
I have been running for over 10 years. However, it was 6 years ago that I decided to make it a goal to run a half marathon in each state. By then I had already run in 5 states (two being a marathon and I went back to run a half) so I knew I had a long way to go.
One of the best things I did was purchase a Rock ‘n’ Roll TourPass in 2013. This pass allowed me to register for as many Rock ‘n’ Roll races as I wanted to in a year. And that is what I did. That year I ran 14 Rock ‘n’ Roll races. While it was exhausting, it was also fun and I made the best of it.
I may be biased but I love running in Chicago. I love running along the lakefront. Although for almost a year I have been running by my house. I live 1.5 miles from Midway Airport and sometimes run loops around it (4 miles each loop). It is just perfect for me. I also love running in Chicago because it is flat. Although that didn’t help when I ran in other hilly cities like Nashville, TN; Little Rock, AR; Tulsa, OK; and Jackson, MS.
Besided Chicago, I have enjoyed running races in other cities as well. They’re listed below in no particular order.
• Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. What’s not to like running down The Strip at night? It is fun to see The Strip at night without any cars. The best part of this race was that I got VIP status. First and last time!
• Princeton Half Marathon. Getting there was a bit of a hassle but I enjoyed running through Princeton University. Even though there were hills, there were so many trees and the colors were just beautiful. The campus is lovely and it was fun learning about Albert Einstein.
• Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon. This race was after the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Security was very tight and I remember feeling a bit nervous but also sad. The course was mostly flat and the turnaround point was Harvard University. I also enjoyed running through Beacon Hill and Boston Common.
• How is it already November? I like this month not only because it is my birthday month, but because of Thanksgiving and the couple of days we have. Work is better but still struggling with the million and one extra things I need to do. There are definitely not enough hours in the day to catch up. Heck, I don’t think I will ever catch up with my work! One thing that I started doing is not bring any work home. Yep, I grade what I can in school and if I don’t finish then I get back to it the next day. So far it has been working really well and I’ve actually been enjoying my evenings so much more.
• Brooks Launch and Ghost Last month I wrote about the Ricochet. I ended up returning them because they felt too stiff. Very different from the Levitate. I bought another pair of the Launch at RnR Denver. Cannot wait to wear them. I also bought the Ghost 11 NYC Marathon edition. I’ve run in them a few times for my easy runs and love them. I ended up buying another pair. 🙂
• Ran 110.31 miles. Pleased with running over 100 miles. I did every single run and I am even happier about that. As of November 6th, I am now 80% done of my yearly goal. There are 55 days left in 2018 and I still need to run 229.74 miles to achieve my goal. Now for sure I know that I will not make that goal but I know I will be very close to it.
• Total time running was 22:09:32.
• I had some fun but tough workouts. There were easy runs but also faster workouts. I did intervals that were 1 minute and 2 minutes. Definitely hard but also fun!
• 22 days of running. I am loving running 5 days a week.
• Final Thoughts: Pleased with how this month turned out. I did every single run and on almost all of them did better than expected. It is such a GREAT feeling . It hasn’t been easy to wake up very early in the morning to do my runs. I am actually enjoying them because it is my ME time. I think about my plans for the day or just simply listen to my music.