2019: The Stats

Hey, it’s still January! So it’s still okay to post about what happened last year!

I wrote a “2018: The Stats” post last year and have been meaning to write a similar one. I got so bogged down in my NYC Marathon recap that I kept putting off writing this post. I don’t know how interesting this stuff is, but why not stick with tradition? Also, I like stats.

I keep track of my activity in a few ways:

  • Garmin: I’ve been using a Garmin Forerunner 630 since late 2017. Every run gets recorded on it. I keep track of shoe mileage and my weight on the app. My watch also tracks my steps and my sleep. I like Garmin.
  • MapMyRun: I starting using this in 2014 and it was how I tracked runs before Garmin. Now it transfers my Garmin data but I don’t use it for much else, except for some stats and occasionally to see what my friend Scott is doing.
  • Strava: I signed up for Strava in 2018 but didn’t pay it much attention until a few months ago. It has much of the same data as MapMyRun but I find it more intuitive, more pleasing to look at, and most of my running friends are on it (not Scott). They give me kudos and that makes me feel good.
  • My own spreadsheet: Since July 2018, I’ve kept track of every run, strength workout, swim, and yoga routine in an Excel spreadsheet. I started doing this after I used the NYRR Virtual Trainer to train for the 2018 NYC Marathon and wanted a place where I could store my records myself, not just rely on a website or app. I really love this method. I make tabs for each training/recovery season and keep track of miles, pace, shoe mileage, strength workouts, swimming, even the weather on the days I run. I just like having all of this info handy. Someday it will turn me into a millionaire. I’m just not sure how.

In 2019, I:

  • took 7,071,814 steps (up from 6,544,751 in 2018!)
  • ran 1533.09 miles (about the distance from NYC to Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
  • burned 155,952 calories running
  • spent 249 hours and 57 minutes running
  • ran 14 races (and PR’d in 4)
  • ran 1 great marathon
  • ran 1 terrible marathon
  • did 98 upper body strength workouts
  • did 63 lower body strength workouts
  • got into a swimming pool 21 times
  • ran on the AlterG 5 times
  • did 45 Yoga with Adriene routines 
  • entered a new age group!

RUNNING

Last year, I was able to see how I compared to all other runners on Garmin; this year it looks like you can only compare yourself against specific age groups. So I’ll compare myself against my own.

I still ran father than 99% of them.

2019 Distance Stats W45-49 IMG_3072

I spent more time running than 91% of them.

2019 Duration Stats W45-49 IMG_3073

But 14% are faster than me.

2019 Pace Stats W45-49 IMG_3074

Last year I ran faster than only 80% of my age group. So they’re slowing down, I’m speeding up, or both.

I was curious as to how I stacked up against the fastest age group: 18-24 men. I’m faster than 36% of them. Wow. And I’m… oh god, I just realized this. I’m old enough to be their mom.

2019 Pace to 18-24 Males IMG_3076

Old enough. To be. Their mom.

Anyway, last year that number was 34%. So maybe I’ve gotten slightly faster?

I am going to update this post tomorrow with my sleep and steps, but I had to get this out while it’s still January! So here it is, so far!

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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