I can’t help it, I’ve got a form of OCD that requires me keep track of numbers. I allow myself to go crazy with the numbers in my running, and it helps me to let go in other areas of my life. Here are some numbers (with some of my favorite pictures from the year) to summarize 2013.
2350.9 km’s run. I went into 2013 just a few months postpartum after having Olivia, and set my goal at running 2013 km’s in 2013. I hit this goal sometime back in November I think, and am thrilled with how far I’ve surpassed it. This number is especially meaningful because it means that I’ve been very consistent with my running over the year. I haven’t taken more than a few days off at a time, and have had no major injuries to deal with.
7 races run. This includes the following: The Police Half Marathon, The Calgary Marathon, SeaWheeze half, The Blitz Duathlon (and the Olds Mud Run), The Grizzly Ultra Relay, and the Seattle Marathon. I know there are tons of people who run more races than this, but this felt like a lot to me. I find it difficult to not go all out in every.single.race, which is not only physically difficult but I also find it very mentally draining. I was also supposed to run the Moose Mountain 10 mile trail race in August, but it was cancelled due to the Alberta floods and damage to a bridge. I’m trying to decide what I want to do in 2014, and will be posting about goals, but I’m thinking I may do fewer races this coming year.
4:04:20. My new full marathon PR! This is my favorite number from the year. Even though I think I was/am capable of running a faster marathon, that was all I had to give on that day, and it was a huge improvement, so I’m completely satisfied and thrilled with the number.
2. Number of my 6 pack abs you can see in the morning if I flex. Sorry no pictures here 😉 . Seriously though, I feel really good about how my body looks right now. I’ve worked my ass off this year and am in really good shape. I also like to eat and to drink, a lot.
0. Number of toenails I lost. I always wonder if people who lose toenails from marathons are just wearing the wrong shoes or size? I have no idea, I wear size 8 street shoes, but size 9.5 running shoes. I’m pretty happy that my nails are not falling off because that does not sound pleasant.