Happy New Year!
I planned out the most awesome New Year’s Event that I could think of to ring in 2011! Hopefully I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro last night!
(This is really weird writing a post way in advance, so bear with me!)
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that I did not run this week since I am (hopefully) headed back down a big mountain right now! Instead of talking about my non-runs from this week, let’s look at my running stats from 2010. This will bore most of you to death, but a select nerdy bunch (come on out fellow enginerds!) will enjoy this!
The chart below tells us a lot:
- I front loaded the year with a February marathon.
- I ran another marathon in May for which I was decidedly under trained (but somehow PR’d in).
- In July, I began training for marathon #3.
- Three marathons are too many in one year. August marks the month of the broken foot which caused a possible lifetime low of 4 miles in September.
I have been giving a lot of thought to what I want to run in 2011. Chris and I are already entered in the 2011 Monumental Marathon because we both had our entries deferred due to my broken foot. Beyond that, I am strongly considering running the Sam Costa Half in late March. I PR’d there last year and I like the chance of cool weather and the fairly flat course.
Shelby did a post about her age graded performance a few weeks back. It sparked my curiosity, so I decided to plug my numbers in.
It is funny how the scale on a chart can mean so much. Both charts show some of my best times from 2010. The chart above depicts me as a middle of the pack. Like for real, not like the fast people who call themselves middle of the pack. I’m talking to you SweatyKid.
Not that exciting.
The second chart makes a more pressing case for me to focus on shorter distances. But perhaps that is due to inadequate training for the longer distances.
I’m not really sure if this confirms my suspicions or not, but I would venture to say that I should either run more to run a better marathon or skip the marathon altogether. 5K anyone?
Better yet, I think I should just run whatever makes me happy because racing is usually fun and I’m not going out an winning many races anyway.
A side note, do you think that lefties like me have a distinct disadvantage when using MS Paint? I was having trouble drawing my arrows up above and considered that my right hand may not best suited for fine motor skills. Then again, my left hand is like “Huh? You want me to draw on a touch pad? Pssht. Righty over there is reserved for computer mousing and computer mousing alone.”
I haven’t signed up for any early 2011 races yet, but rather than worrying about this age grading stuff, I think I will pick them based on enjoyable routes, average start temperatures, and flat courses rather than distance.