Running Stats 2015

A year in review for my running in 2015, see previous years 2011, 2012, and 2014.

Another weak year of running, the encouraging part is I’ve been more motivated late in the year. I’m aiming to be more consistent for 2016, and hope to get another race or two in. I’m getting much slower too, but I expect that is due to lack of consistency.

Summary 2015

Total Miles: 46.6 miles
Total Time: 9 hrs 9 min 57 secs
Avg Pace: 11:48/mi
Total Days Run: 13 days

Races 2015

No races. 😞

Year Totals

2006: ▇▇▇▇  62.55
2007: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 229.50
2008: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 245.76
2009: ▇  16.43
2010: ▇▇▇  56.22
2011: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 532.22
2012: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 144.52
2013: |   0.00
2014: ▇▇▇▇  72.17
2015: ▇▇▇  46.63

2015 Calendar View

I switched how I’m displaying the year view to a calendar heatmap, ala Github. This allows for packing a dense amount of information into a relatively small area. Now you can see all my past running stats on one page. See my calendar heatmap Running Stats.

You can see the previous calendar code on CodePen

Running Stats 2014

A year in review for my running in 2014, sadly I didn’t get a single run in 2013, you can see 2011 and 2012 stats. Two kids under two does not leave much free time.

I got a bit back on track in 2014, but still a bit behind my previous year, though I did get a half-marathon in, see my Long Beach Half Marathon write-up for the details.

Summary 2014

Total Miles: 72.2 miles
Total Time: 12 hrs 24min 27 secs
Avg Pace: 10:19/mi
Total Days Run: 17 days

Races 2014

Date Race Distance Time Pace
Oct 12 Long Beach Marathon 13.1mi 2:24:28 11:01/mi

Year Totals

2006: ▇▇▇▇  62.55
2007: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 229.50
2008: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 245.76
2009: ▇  16.43
2010: ▇▇▇  56.22
2011: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 532.22
2012: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 144.52
2013: |   0.00
2014: ▇▇▇▇  72.17

2014 Calendar View

I switched how I’m displaying the year view to a calendar heatmap, ala Github. This allows for packing a dense amount of information into a relatively small area. Now you can see all my past running stats on one page. See my calendar heatmap Running Stats.

You can see the older view of a single year calendar with the code and larger size on CodePen.

Long Beach Half-Marathon

I signed up with my family to run the Long Beach half-marathon in December. The race was over 10-months away when we planned, so plenty of time to train and prepare for it. I’ve run several half-marathon’s previously but didn’t run at all in 2013, so a good excuse to get back at it.

The deadline was too far in the future and I kept delaying getting started, my first training run wasn’t until June; adding it to my running spreadsheet the previous run was Sept 2012, a 20 month gap!

For training, I only got out and ran 16 times over the next 4 months. My total training was 54 miles, the longest run being only 5 miles, the average run just over 3 miles. So going into the race, I felt a bit under-prepared and a little nervous but since I committed to doing it I was going to give it a shot, at the worst I could walk.

My training plan, start slow and taper off

The day before the race, my daughter said she wanted to give me a sticker to wear during the race. You can see it in the above selfie, she just got a pack of Frozen stickers, so giving one up was kinda of a big deal. She gave me the sticker of the family, so I’ll have my family with me while running. Sometimes 3-year olds can really surprise you.

Later that night, while sitting quietly getting ready for bed, she said with all seriousness, “Daddy, I need to tell you something”. I was curious what was so important that she had to tell me she was going to tell me something, “What is it, honey?” She said, “I can do this with my tongue” and preceded to stick it out and wiggle it all around. Too funny!

It was remembering this, and my family was to be at the end waiting to cheer. Remembering advice from Crazy Running Guy to take it slow, and co-workers wishing me well. Confidence that I’ve finished races before and trusting somehow my body still remembered how, even after such a long break.

All of this got me to the finish in 2 hours 24 min 28 secs, my slowest half-marathon to date, but considering my lack of training I was happy to finish. The donut holes at mile 10 also helped, thanks Long Beach Triathlon Club!

I’m sore today, but feel good I finished and looking forward to getting back into a better training cycle. My next race I’m aiming for a PR!

Here are my times from the seven half-marathons I’ve completed:

Date Race Time
Oct 28, 2001 Silicon Valley Half Marathon 1h 53m 03s
July 31, 2005 SF Half Marathon (2nd half) 1h 51m 16s
Oct 30, 2005 Silicon Valley Half Marathon 1h 58m 52s
Oct 14, 2007 San Jose Rock ‘n Roll 2h 00m 22s
Aug 3, 2008 SF Half Marathon (1st half) 2h 03m 42s
Oct 9, 2011 Long Beach Half Marathon 2h 9m 30s
July 29, 2012 SF Half Marathon (2nd half) 2h 07m 41s
Oct 12, 2014 Long Beach Half Marathon 2h 24m 28s

Running Stats 2012

A year in review for my running in 2012, see last years review

This last year was not as productive running as the year before, though equally productive in the new children department, for I welcomed my second daughter which added to the challenge of getting out and running. I ended up running about a third as much, plus a 10 second slower pace.

Summary 2012

Total Miles: 144.5 miles
Total Time: 22 hrs 14min 4 secs
Avg Pace: 9:13/mi
Total Days Run: 29 days

Races 2012

Date Race Distance Time Pace
Jul 29 SF Half Marathon 13.1mi 2:07:40 9:44/mi

Year Totals

2006: ▇▇▇▇  62.55
2007: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 229.50
2008: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 245.76
2009: ▇  16.43
2010: ▇▇▇  56.22
2011: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 532.22
2012: ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ 144.52

Here’s a graph of the cumulative distance throughout the year, you can
probably guess when my daughter was born, hint: when does it flatline?

distance2012

Running Stats 2011

Being the data minded guy that I am, here are stats and numbers around my running in 2011. This year I ran my first marathon as well as a couple of other races.

Summary

Total Miles: 532.2 miles
Total Time: 80 hrs 10min 58 secs
Avg Pace: 9:02/mi
Total Days Run: 87 days

Races

Date Race Distance Time Pace
May 15 Bay to Breakers 12k 1:01:38 8:16/mi
Jul 31 SF Marathon 26.2mi 4:25:37 10:08/mi
Oct 29 Long Beach Half Marathon 13.1mi 2:09:30 9:53/mi

Here’s a graph of the cumulative distance throughout the year.

distance2011