Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays!
2013 has been a pretty good year – both professionally and personally. Because of work I was able to travel (and run) A TON and visit several friends along the way. I am very happy with how my running and fitness level has progressed since the beginning of the year. Now for the fun part, my 2013 Year in Running Review:
Running by the Numbers
Having worked in the finance industry and gone to b-school, I am a very quantitative person (yay for stats, econometrics, risk!) I thought it would be a fun yearly exercise to look at my running in numbers. For this post I decided to:
- Keep the analysis and graphs very simple and basic
- Get “fancier” next year – more data, separate variables (ex. distances, temperature, training log, compare front and back halves of the year)
Number of Races
A ten (wow!) year overview of the number of races I participated per year. This year I ran more races than 2008-2012 combined! I am happy to report I ended 2013 injury free.
Number of Races by Distance
In ten years of running, 35% of races I’ve participated in have been half marathons, and 52% have been in distances 10 miles or greater (I did not include the 1 x relay in that percentage).
This is the number of races by distance for 2013. You can probably tell from both graphs I do favor the longer distances! I would like to improve my 5K and 10K times next year.
Average pace for a ten year period. These numbers do mix my average pace across different distances – but I wanted to get a big picture. I can segment the distances in a future post 🙂 You can see where my fitness level dropped off (see: long commute to work, more sitting than walking, less exercising, weight gain). 2008 is a bit of an outlier-I ran (errr walked?) only one race with two blistered feet. My month by month analysis is even more exciting!
I ended 2013 with an average pace of 12:33 minutes per mile-below my 2013 average of 13:38! It is a little more than a minute off than my 2003 average. I really like the downward trend and you can see how training, healthier eating, and cross training has impacted my running times.
I will use this data to help with goal setting for 2014. Post to come! Now on to more fun year in review superlatives:
Furthest Race Traveled
Shortest Race Traveled
1.7 miles for the SOME Trot for Hunger 5K in Washington, DC.
CA, MD, VA, FL, DC, and Vancouver!
Most Scenic Race
TSC Annapolis Half Marathon – a PR and 20 minute + improvement from April.
Healdsburg Wine Country Half
Fave New Fitness Gear
Surprisingly not techy, my foam roller!
I can’t wait for 2014!