Running Update: One Year
Today I'm celebrating running for one year! After seeing many of my friends, family members, and coworkers enjoy running as a hobby and completing their goals and races, I decided to bite the bullet myself last year and begin running. I logged my first run on December 5, 2012, out of breath, and at a very unimpressive 1.4 miles in 17 minutes.
You may remember the new year's resolution post I wrote a few weeks later where I set a goal to continue running throughout the year and run a half marathon in the fall. Looking back at the last 365 days, I've accomplished so much more than I planned to. I ran my first race, logged a new one mile PR in August at 8:45 minutes, made new friends, ran with old friends, and of course, bypassed my first half marathon and ran a full in November!
I could go on for days about all the great things running has done for me over the last year, but instead I thought I'd do something a little more fun. Inspired by Kris Jordan's running report card, I thought I'd give you an update using all the data I've collected over the course of my runs. Enjoy!
Hours Spent Running
The OBX Marathon of course
A sad post-marathon run
Number of Races
10-Miler, OBX, Eve5K
Oldest Person I Ran With
Training for his 4th marathon!
Youngest Person I Ran With
Training for her 3rd marathon!
Runs With Bella
Foam Rollers Bought
Apps Used To Track Runs
Post-Run Weaver St. Meals
Mileage by Date
Here are all my miles charted by date. I should note that I am using a fabulous js library that easily creates responsive charts, but it causes the labels on the x-axis to get a bit messed up in return (I’m guessing because I’m also graphing multiple years). Aside from the label issues, it’s really fun to see my progression from 1 mile to 26. A few other things that can be seen from this graphic:
- My shortest run month: I ran 0 times in May (I blame heat and wedding season!). This created that large slope after my 10-Miler until June.
- See the weird little curve after May’s slope? I ran quite a bit in June trying to get back in the swing of things, then I had a kitchen knife accident which took me out for a week or so and spent the rest of July traveling. I only got one run in on the very last day of July! I’m guessing the graph isn’t happy about this.
- Notice all the peaks and dips during my training months? You don’t realize it as much while you’re running it but every week is a couple short runs followed by a long run that increases each week. Pretty cool to see the entire 14-week training period at a glance!
Mileage by Shoe
I went through 4 pairs of running shoes over the last year. That’s more running shoes than I’ve gone through in my entire life! Here’s a breakdown of the mileage I put into each shoe:
The Shoe: New Balance 730
Comments: These were the first pair of sneakers I'd bought since high school...yes, high school! After I graduated from college I threw out my 6-year-old, sad looking Reeboks and upgraded to this pair as soon as I had money. I picked these up because they were on sale at a big box store. I wasn't properly fitted and they were about two sizes too big, but they got the job done on my first couple runs!
The Shoe: Brooks Green Silence
Comments: Once I decided on running the 10-Miler, I knew I could justify purchasing a nice pair of running shoes. I was fitted at Fleet Feet Carrboro, and as soon as these shoes were on my feet I was in love. They were light, comfortbale, properly fitted, and eco-friendly. To this day, these are still my favorite pair for short runs!
The Shoe: Brooks Ghost
Comments: Since I was still figuring out what I liked to wear while running, shortly after getting my Green Silence's I purchased a Groupon for a running store in Charlotte. Groupon's never work out well for me, and this was no exception. I of course waited until the last day to make my purchase and there was a low stock of shoes in my size. I ended up with the Ghost. Although I'd heard rave reviews about these shoes, I just did not like how these looked or felt compared to my other pair. Despite my hatred for them, I've made a strong effort to get some mileage out of them, and they've now become my wear-this-on-a-muddy-trail-run shoe
The Shoe: Brooks Pureflow
Comments: I knew I didn't want to wear the Ghost for my marathon, so I jumped at the opportunity to get another shoe at Fleet Feet when I got a coupon. This is a great lightweight shoe that served me well in my last few long training runs–and my marathon! Unfortunately, I've barely been able to look at these since my race :)
Most Popular Running Routes
This is probably my favorite thing to look back at. This map includes *almost* all of my routes from the last year. Yellow lines are personal runs, pink lines are Tar Heel 10-Miler training group runs, and purple lines are Fleet Feet Half and Full training group runs. The more times I ran the route, the darker the line becomes.
I don’t think I was too surprised by the areas I frequented the most, mainly Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, South Greensboro Street in Carrboro, and Duke’s East Campus. It is pretty cool to see how much area I covered though, especially through the full training program. I also love zooming out to see the area I've covered in Charlotte and OBX. Just looking at this map makes me want to run in new areas so I can add in more routes!
Goals for the next year of running
Needless to say, I definitely plan to continue running for another year. While my body may not be able to handle the stress of another marathon, I've set a few other goals for myself:
- Run in new places. As I mentioned, just looking at my route map has me itching to run in new areas. Plus it should help keep this hobby new and exciting for me!
- Run in two races. I'm already signed up for another Tar Heel 10-Miler, which I think will always be my favorite race. I'm also thinking of doing the Merge 25k, which will run from Chapel Hill to Durham. Should add a nice connecting line to my route map :)
- Beat this year's 10-Miler time. I'd love to get it in under 1:30!
- Mentor again. I mentored the Full and Half program at Fleet Feet Carrboro this fall and it was extremely rewarding. More on that in another post...
- Don't get injured, don't get sick. This is probably a given, but after my marathon it is more important to me than ever.
- Keep better track of my pace. I was a bit slack recording some of my runs this year, but next year I hope to be able to compare my pace from start to finish!