Happy New Year! Now can we move on from that? My first day back to work and I have had to write that about a hundred times when replying to emails currently littering my inbox. And usually I forget so have to just quickly add it before I send the missives and appearing rude. I just want to move on now and make 2015 a fantastic, kick ass year of fun, fitness and hopefully minimal injuries.
People always like to reflect on the year gone past and I am no different. Mainly I like to check my running stats to see what was going on. So to bore you witless, here they are:
In 2014 I did:
- 129 runs
- Total distance 2289.43km
- Total run time 222:09:10 (or 799750 seconds, if you prefer…)
- Total ascent 8429m, total descent 8512m
- I burnt 137,570 calories
- Average distance was 17.75km and average run time 1h 43min
Meh… That doesn’t seem so much to me… But then I suppose you have to take into consideration that I cut my weekly running to two runs in order to accommodate two 2h gym sessions. It has saved me from injuries so it’s been worth it even though I am missing out on the miles. I still set myself crazy challenges; yesterday I did 2h on the stair mill (an escalator type stepper) and did over 11000 steps…
Well, let’s compare last year to 2013 when I mainly ran (I started going to the gym in November when my injury prevented running all together. I missed out on a few months of running more or less).
My running in 2013:
- 147 runs
- Total distance 1749.15km
- Total run time 177:17:27
- Total ascent 21490m, total descent 22535m
- Total calories 115,379
- Average distance 11.9km, average run time 01:12:22
So what was different? I did more runs; like I said usually 4+ runs a week and no gym. I did a lot more hill runs and a lot more intervals. My runs were a lot shorter on average (this is also due to the intervals). And I was constantly injured. In December 2012 I saw physio about my knee, then in April 13 about my hip and in December 13 it was the knee again.
In 2014 I have not needed any physiotherapy. I have not missed any runs (that I can remember…) due to injuries though I would be lying if I said there hadn’t been minor niggles. This is all due to balancing the impact of running out with the low impact cardio stuff I do at the gym. I have also noticed my pace getting faster of late. I always do a run on Christmas Day with my husband and I didn’t even realise we were going a lot faster than we used to. He did. He peeled off at some point, heading home just to get to slow down, looking rather peaky.
I feel I am fitter than I have been at any point before. I can easily do a 21+km run every day of the week if I want to. It would probably kill my knees but fitness-wise it would be a doddle. Currently I am doing two 22km runs every week. And most importantly – I am loving it. I am loving the feeling of strong legs and how my glutes kick in when running up steep hills. I love how my legs have the strength to still stabilise me even when they are getting a bit tired. How my lungs, after the initial 20 minutes of pain, ease into the run and how I am barely out of breath. And it may be vain but it still gives me secret pleasure to spot a runner who I think is going at a pretty good pace and then to realise I must be going even faster as I move closer to overtake them (without trying).
I think I have earned my stripes.. Or in my case the “whoosh”. I hope you will have a fantastic, healthy running filled 2015!