I calculated it all a little too late. My biggest year before this year was 3000 km. Back in November I was pretty confident I would break this record. In fact I did break it, by 5% (3161 km). I am very happy with this, but it could have been a “cooler” or rounder number if I had done some intricate planning a couple weeks ago. It would have been much more memorable to finish off the year with a number like 3500 km, or 3333 km, or 3210 km, or 3456 km.
Or 9 km per day average = 3285 km instead of 8.6301 km / day.
Or 60 km per week average = 3120 km instead of 60.5769 km / week.
Last week, I saw someone shooting for 2015 miles (3224 km) in 2015. That’s pretty cool, but I ended up being about 60km short by not pre-planning it.
I was born in 1971 which if it was miles, works out to 3154 km. This is pretty close to what I achieved this year. That’s a pretty cool number I guess.
I hope I am not becoming OCD to the extent that I pre-plan this next year. Don’t let me go over that edge!
Here’s to another great year of running to all you runners, wherever you are.
This will be my 8th consecutive year of running various distances of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon (SCM). Of course I am running it again. No one seems to ask me anymore IF I am running it. I just am. It’s such a great event and it’s in my backyard.
I have to thank this race for really kicking up my running fanatacism (craziness) a few notches over the years. I’m not sure my wife is so thankful for that fanatacism (and long hours of running) though.
What’s REALLY impressive is that this is my two daughters’ 8th consecutive year of running this event too. They are now in their early teens but they started pretty young. I seem to have inspired my daughters to run, and to even HAVE FUN at it – most of the time 🙂
I’ve also had a chance to raise 1000’s for charity through the Charity Challenge. Running has given me the opportunity through SCM to fund great causes. My favourite cause is Engineering Ministries International which designs hospitals, schools and orphanages in the developing world). Sponsor me again!
This year I am hoping to pace my older daughter to her first half marathon. I’m really excited about that. So far, she is too.
Come on girls, let’s do this again! You are amazing!
There’s tons of quality running podcasts out there that are worth listening to. Most of them are weekly and usually include interviews with runners, tips, and inspiration. Most are about an hour long so they can fit nicely into your running, commuting, or doing dishes.
After a couple years of listening, I have whittled the list down to my favourites. My list in order of which I usually listen to first:
Marathon Talk with Tom and Martin (wide range of topics with quality interviews)
Ultra Runner Podcast with Eric Schranz (featuring the biggest and craziest ultra runners out there). “Now, go out and run”
Runner Academy with Matt Johnson (clinical approach to running all distances)
I’ve joined the Calgary Trail Runners a bunch of times and they are an awesome group. Lots of crazy people, lots of varied trails, and definitely hard core when it comes to trails. Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff trails mostly, but some trails in the city. They are all-weather folks who can’t get enough of the trails. Not all the trails are really hard or long, but you can’t see the city or highway from most of them.