2018: The Stats

One year ago, just a few months into the existence of this blog, I posted about my stats from 2017. I thought it would be a nice tradition to do this every year. I like stats!

I’d only had my Garmin for a short time last year so last year’s post was based on stats from MapMyRun. This year, I’ve worn my Garmin all year (even to sleep) so this time I have lots of fun graphs that have tracked my running, sleeping, and steps. One nice feature is the ability to compare yourself against the entire Garmin community or simply by gender and/or different age groups.

In looking back at last year’s post, my goals for 2018 were to run more races and to smash all of my PRs. I had just gotten back into racing in the summer of 2017, so I easily achieved these things. I ran 16 races in 2018 and I think I PR’d in all of them. I can’t say this trend will continue every single year (I mean, it has to stop at some point unless I am a robot) but 2018 was a great year for me as a runner.

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The Best Stuff I Learned in 2018

At the end of each December, I like to look ahead to all the things I want to accomplish in the upcoming year and quietly proclaim “[next year], you’re gonna be my bitch!!!” This usually results in me looking back at all the things I did not accomplish in the past year, conveniently forgetting that one year ago, I also said “[this year], you’re gonna be my bitch!!!” This time, I’d like to look back in a more positive way and appreciate all the learning experiences, the positive, and the good that took place over the past 12 months. Most of it will be running-related because that is the topic of this blog. But maybe some of it won’t. I’m not sure, I’m writing this as I go. Let’s see what happens!

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Unbreakable: A Look Back at Three Years of Progress

It’s that time of year again: the time to reflect on the year past and evaluate how well you lived up to your expectations from this time last year, as well as look ahead and determine what you’d like to accomplish in the year to come. If you’re like me, you probably did not achieve all the things you wanted to. Which seems to happen every year. At least I’m consistent!

I thought about looking back to one year ago and seeing where I was, running-wise, and then remembered that I’ve been keeping track of my workouts for the past three and a half years – so maybe a dip farther into the archive would be fun.

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Giving It My Almost: 2018 Ted Corbitt 15K Race Recap

Last year’s Ted Corbitt 15K was not my first NYRR race, but it was my first NYRR race in 18 years. I still have trouble believing that, but it’s true. The last NYRR race I had done was a 5K on Halloween 1999 called “Not Quite the NYC Marathon.” I finished in 27:21. Not bad, but a few minutes slower than what I’d be capable of in my 40s. But of course I didn’t know that yet.

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The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: 2018 Townwide Fund of Huntington Thanksgiving Day 4 Mile Race Recap

I thought that title would be too long. I thought, “Don’t use that title. It’s too long.” And you know what? I was right. It is too long. Does that mean I’ll change it? Not sure yet. I’ll decide when I’m done writing this.

This was my third year in a row running this 4-mile turkey trot in the beautiful seaside town of Huntington, Long Island, one town over from my hometown of Northport. And it was my coldest race, ever.

First, a little history.

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