2018 Numbers and Overall Balance

I’ve kept the last few years for comparison purposes… and my comments in Italics. I expect your comments below.
What do YOU think are the wins and fails? what about your wins and fails? What is the most important factor for you? Mileage, PRs, races..??
Total Miles:
2009- 678
2010- 1217
2011- 886
2012- 1241
2013- 1109
2014- 1081
2015- 1237
2016- 1502
2017- 1616
2018- 1724
— wow. simple: most miles ever. awesome. thumbs up
2009- 10 (9 in NYC, 1 in Nashville) 1 marathon, 2 halfs, one 18 miler, one 10k, one 5M, two 4M, one 3 miler and a Mile.
2010- 19 (13 in NYC, 1 in Boston, 1 in Boulder, 2 in NJ, 1 in Philly, and 1 in Buenos Aires)
2011- 12 (10 in NYC, 1 in DC, and 1 in NJ)
2012- 16 (13 in NYC, 1 in PA, 1 in Germany, 1 in Argentina)
2013- 11 (10 in NYC, one in NJ)
2014- 15 (12 in NYC, one in NJ, one in MA, and one in Argentina)
2015- 17 (16 in NYC, one in NJ)
2016- 13 (11 in NYC, two in NJ), 6 were half marathons
2017- 20 (all in NYC, 4 halfs, 1 full,5 5Ks!)
2018- 26 (all in NYC minus the Newport 10K -all short distances, longest were one half, one 15K and one 10 miler)
— Great and Interesting. This is the most races I ever run in one year. It’s weird because until May I had only done 3. It’s shocking that I only did one half though. Really weird. thumbs up
2009- Six! (Out of 10 races)
2010- Thirteen! (Out of 19 races)
2011- Six + 1 automatic (Out of 12 races)
2012- Three (marathon, 5K, mile) + 1 automatic (out of 16 races)
2013- Three (half mary, 4 miler, and 10K)
2014- ZERO!
2015- ONE – at the NYRR Hope and Possibility 5 Miler in June. I also came first woman in a 5K, but no PR there.
2016- ONE! at the United NYC Half.
2017- NONE. (one automatic, for a new distance, but.. whatever)
2018- none (of 26 races…!)
— not shocking at this point. thumbs down.
Highest Age Grading:
2009- 60%
2010- 69%
2011- 68.5%
2012- 71:29%
2013- 70.23%
2013- 70.20%
2015- 72.28%
2016- 72.68%
2017- 71.06%
2018- 71.37%
— can live with this. also, grading was updated (and got harder) last year. thumbs up
2009- 2 — retrocalcaneal bursitis (5 months out), piriformis syndrome (10 weeks out)
2010- ITBS (three weeks out right before the Boston Marathon!)
2011- broken shoulder, 2 broken ribs, torn rotator cuff (2 weeks before NYCM!)
2012- NOT ONE!
2014- just my will to run…?!?! So, yey, good!?!?!
2015- a little adductor strain. It took a few months to diagnose it, but didn’t stop me from running.
2016- NOPE
2017- NOPE
2018- NOPE. There was some weird ligament strain bothering me for a couple of months but I luckily didn’t have to stop running.
—most mileage ever and no injuries? #winning! thumbs up
Races Cancelled or DNFed:
2009- none
2010- One DNF, a 50K where I fell twice.
2011- Chicago, DNS because of 2 stress fractures.
2012- ONE DNS (snow storm!), plus the NYC Marathon cancellation.
2013- none
2014- none
2015- Did the France Run without bib chip as I didn’t want to race it and skipped the Newport Half because wasn’t sure what was happening with my leg…
2016- One DNS: Philly Marathon
2017- Many.
2018- a few. Mostly a few halfs. 
—Because of the knee strain that I didn’t want to turn into an injury, I skipped a few Fall halfs. But I still raced the most ever and even got a few AG wins and placings! thumbs up
Highest/Average Weekly Mileage:
2009- Highest: 40. Average: 13
2010- Highest: 40. Average: 23
2011- Highest: 36. Average: 17
2012- Highest: 40. Average: 25
2013- Highest: 43. Average 21.
2014- Highest: 43. Average 20.
2015- Highest: 40. Average 23.6
2016- Highest: 50. Average 28.8
2017- Highest: 49. Average: 29.4
2018- Highest: 49. Average: 33.1!
—YAAAAAAAAA! thumbs up
2009- One (NYC). PR: 3:45:22
2010- Two (NYC and Boston). PR: 3:42:33
2011- Two (National and NYC). PR: 3:37:57. DNS in Chicago for injury.
2012- One (Berlin). PR: 3:27:44
2013- One (NYC). A MegaMESS
2014- Two (Boston and NYC).
2015- NONE. isn’t that insane?
2016- No thanks.
2017- One. Mohawk Hudson River Marathon.
2018- No thanks!
— I really have no desire, so sticking to my guns here! thumbs up
Half Marathons:
2009- Two. PR was 1:45:55
2010- Six. PR is 1:42:47
2011- Two. No PR.
2012- Two. No PR. (though there was an unofficial half marathon PR in the second half of the Berlin marathon)
2013- Three. A 1:37:35 PR and two I did for training (1:45 and 1:42).
2014: FOUR! NYC Half, Brooklyn, Gretes’ Great Gallop and Staten Island. Not ONE PR!
2015- Three raced, one Paced. NYC Half, Brooklyn, More (pacing the 1:45 group) and Staten Island
2016- SIX. the most!
2017-Four. Raced only two of those.
2018- One. Ouch.
— this year just got away from me, I need to keep an eye on this for next year! thumbs down.
The numbers really speak for themselves. Lots of miles, lots of races… I had fun this year. I really did. I run with so many friends, groups, in different places, races I had not done before… I did the most and it shows there. In hindsight, it feels like it was a fun year and that I shouldn’t have had better numbers. Coulda, shoulda, woulda. It’s obvious that I need to focus a lot more if I want to see better results (PRs, AG wins, etc) -I am hopefully going be a more focused runner this year (well, maybe) I am not ready to give up on PRing yet (is this an age thing or what?), I will try to train smarter but, the truth is I would be happy with a similar year in 2019. Maybe also run in more places?!?! thumbs up
What was your biggest accomplishment in 2019?
Do you have any specific goals for 2019?

2 thoughts on “2018 Numbers and Overall Balance

  1. Why are there no comments? Don’t you have thousands of fans?!?!
    Well, congrats on a big year! And here are my stats:
    Miles: 1,513. Highest since 1980!
    Races: 7. Lowest in ten years. Cutting back…
    Highest Age Grading: 74.34 in a 5K
    Injuries: minor aches and pains constantly, but no major downtime
    Races cancelled: None, but I signed up for less than usual due to soreness.
    Highest Weekly Mileage: 55 (best in 37 years) Avg: 29
    Marathons: 2. LA (3:33 BQ!) and NY (3:46)
    Half Marathons: 1 Long Beach 1:41
    Biggest accomplishment: BQ!
    Plans for 2019: Survive Boston without bonking. Stay healthy. Maybe a 50K in the fall?


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