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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Road Signs

I’m not a big believer in fate. I don’t necessarily think “things happen for a reason.” I do believe in the human need to make sense of things – I totally get that, and I’ve done it myself. Magic makes us feel good, and why wouldn’t we want to feel good? But I’m logical, and tend to look at the world that way.

So when I’ve been thinking about, talking about, and researching buying a more advanced and accurate run tracker – but also kinda putting it off – and then my phone GPS craps out on me during a run, it really makes me wonder about the unseen forces of the universe: is it telling me to stop procrastinating so much? Or was it just a fluke?

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