So, about that 5K I have on the schedule for this weekend… I’m getting pretty excited for it!
Earlier this week Jenny wrote an awesome Year in Review post complete with the best looking running charts I’ve ever seen. Not only because her running over the last couple of years is completely inspiring for someone like me hoping to get faster, but because her analysis is just … incredible! If you’re a data nerd too, you HAVE to read this post.
I’ve started using her charts as a guide and have begun working on my own so I can track my progress more easily through the years.
After all, I’m planning to be running until I’m at least 100 years old! 🙂
Since I’ve got my final race of the year coming up on Sunday and it’s a 5K I thought I’d share my stats comparing last year and this year (so far).
This exercise was actually a sharp reminder to myself that I’ve only been doing this thing for two years.
A lot of the blogs I read are written by runners who have been at this thing far longer than I have. Sometimes I find myself comparing my progress to theirs and wonder what I’m doing wrong.
Maybe I don’t have the competitive drive. Maybe I’m too lazy. Maybe I’m not focused enough.
You know, all the normal self-doubt stuff that I think most average runners face from time to time. Maybe all runners in general.
Seeing this chart, as ridiculous as it looks, made me feel a bit better.
The chart is OBVIOUSLY really misleading at first glance. It looks like I made a gigantic step forward in my running and paces for the 5K distance this year, when in reality I (so far) have made a 2 minute per mile difference.
That’s actually pretty good for the 5K distance though, right?
I’m hoping I can improve these numbers even further after Sunday’s race!
Time to get after that new PR to close out the year!
What are you up to this weekend? Anyone else racing?