Monday, January 7, 2013

2012 Running Stats, Goals, and a Running "Blah"

Let's talk running, shall we? Gah! Last month was a horrible month of running for me. I didn't post workouts because there were very few. Dailymile just added a stat page for 2012. I loved seeing the breakdown of my training last year, but it seemed to be a little all over the place.

There is a reason why I ran so well at Philly. It's because I actually trained! My mileage totals were much higher from July-October than they were from Jan-April when I was training for Boston.

And then there was December. Which looks like a very sad month. I can thank my three week cold for that!

The stat that makes me laugh: I burned 33 pounds last year? Oh. My!

I hadn't actually taken the time to create goals for this year like most people. Usually I say, "eh, I just want to keep working hard and see where the roads take me". But after looking above, I would love to get that weekly mileage count up higher so that I am averaging more than 31 miles a week.

Normally, I do not like to make running goals because I can never predict what will happen. It seems that something always does happen (*coughacoldthatlaststhewholemonthofdecembercough*). I also don't like failing at something. If I don't create a goal, then I can't fail. Yet if I don't create a goal, then I might never improve.

So another goal will be to lower my half marathon PR time. That means I need to run faster than a 1:34:56. Can I do it? I sure hope so!

After we got back from VT last week I was finally able to start running more consistently. The first two days were BLAH! Horrible! I didn't want to be out there, I felt like I was incredibly slow, and kept thinking "this is going to be a long month of running."

Then I had an AWESOME run on Friday. Things were looking better. I can't tell if the speed and enthusiasm came from my body starting to get back into running mode or if it was due to the cup of coffee and chocolate-bacon cupcake that I ate an hour before going out there. Either way, I was starting to feel excited about running!

And that's when my immune system crapped out on me. Again. I can't go anywhere without a stash of Kleenex's with me. It is so sad. Cold #4 has hit this school year and I wasn't even in school when I caught it!

I managed to run a few easy miles on Saturday, but was out of commission on Sunday. Today I felt well enough to get out there for a run, so I am optimistic that I can use running to combat this cold!


  1. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get sick. It seems like everyone has the flu or is fighting off a cold. I hope that you feel better soon!

    I love the funny stats that DM has. 33# is quite a bit! I like seeing how many donuts I burn. :-)

    1. It's so scary to hear about the flu going around. I hope you're staying healthy! I love the donut counter and TV counter on DM!!

  2. I get sick probably 2-3 times each school year - but my 14 day cold in December was LOOOONG! Looks like we were in the same boat! I'm happy you are starting to feel better!

    1. Ah that is a long cold! I am glad you're doing better! I'm finally getting over this one!

  3. Boo! So sorry to hear you are sick yet again...I hope this one clears fast and that you are done for the year, lol. I am excited to see you break you 1/2 PR and I know you will. ;) BTW...33 pounds?!? You'd be walking bones are already tiny! :) Have a great weekend girl and feel better soon!

    1. Thanks Melissa! I am finally getting better! Hoping to get out this weekend for a run finally! We are going to get into the 60s and will be great to be running in such warm weather again!