With the month of January complete, I compiled my January running stats and found the following...
Time: 22 hrs, 24 min
Gear: 3 pairs of running shoes used (1 racing worthy pair of Brooks Ghosts, 1 pair Ghosts for training, 1 pair Saucony Triumph for short training runs because they are still new but I'm not lovin' them)
Maintenance: 3 chiropractor appointments, 1 ice bath (my first ever ice bath)
Races: 3 half marathons (2:29, 2:36, 2:31), 1 new half PR
Days: Ran 29 of 31 days - Running streak didn't begin until Jan. 5 (Jan. 31 was Day 27 of the streak)
So this leaves me with 389.5 miles to my goal of 500 miles by June 30th! 22% of the way there! And I'm 3 half marathons of the way to my "10 halfs in '10" goal! 30% of the way there!
As other friends were also posting their stats on Facebook and Twitter, it reiterated something I already knew in my heart but thought I ought to consciously revisit. For the number of miles I'm running on average, I definitely seem to be one of the slower ones out there. I saw runners with 100-150 miles for the month but all had total running time of 3-4 hours less than my time.
I try not to compare my running pace to others - I know that I'm not genetically or biomechanically blessed to be a natural 8-9 minute per mile runner. I may someday reach that point, but it's going to take a lot of hard work to get to that day, and so, yeah, it's frustrating sometimes when someone goes and does their first half marathon, sometimes on not too much training, and runs it at a 9 minute pace. Grrr. But back on topic, it's continually frustrating when I hear someone going out each morning to run 10 miles before their work because I know they run a 7 minute mile, so it's only a little more than a 1 hour workout! Because if I'm going to go run 10, I'm basically blocking out 2 hours!
I was already proud of my biggest running month ever and of getting over 100 miles in a month. But now I realize I should be more proud of that 22 1/2 hours number than the miles run. Because as a mom of a 2 year old, this is a hard number to reach! So here's to all the runners like me who are working hard to put in the time... and recognizing that sometimes that's just as important as the quantity of miles!