After creating my 2009 running statistics spreadsheet this morning, I figured I’d share the final results for 2008.
My running goals for 2008 were to (1) be able to run a 10k workout run; (2) complete three 5k races; and (3) run a total of 500 miles.
I ran my first 10k workout on May 10. I didn’t think this would be so easy, so I bumped up my goal to be able to do an 8.5 mile run. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to schedule that, so it fell by the wayside. But I did end up with seven runs of 10k or longer during the year.
I completed three 5k races without a problem, on June 21, September 27, and November 27.
Finally, 500 miles? Not quite, though I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make this one. A six-week hiatus in February into March and another four-week hiatus in December scuttled this one. Still, it was a good effort.
In 2008 I ran a total of 88 times, for a grand total of 348.70 miles. All of that running took 59 hours, 3 minutes, and 7 seconds — I ran for 0.67% of 2008 and probably almost a full 1% of my waking hours. My average pace for the entire year was 10:10/mile (about 5.9 miles per hour).
The longest I ever ran at a time was 7.0 miles in a personal best time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 57 seconds on September 21. My shortest run was 1.63 miles in 14:34, the day before my second 5k of the year.
My three 5k race net times were 27:54, 26:09, and 27:04. (My previous best 5k net time before this year was 29:05.) I even won a second-place finish in my age group! (But that was due to poor turnout, not an actually competitive time.)
I bumped up my regular workout distance from 3.3 miles to 4.0 miles on May 14. My fastest time at 4.0 miles was 36:31 (9:08/mile) on September 24.
On August 3 I ran my first 10k workout with Gu, and vowed never to run a distance more than 10k without some kind of energy supplement.
I retired a pair of shoes after the September 27 race and a total of 534.36 miles. (Yes, I know I should have retired them after 400 or so. But they were so comfortable!)
I have one solid running goal for next year, and that’s to complete a half-marathon. I’d also like to run a couple more races of 5 km and perhaps 10 km. I’ll also put the 500 mile goal back on the table, but that might be tougher to reach. Still, I’m going to give it a shot.