Sunday, January 14, 2018

Riddle (fun) Run Continues

The annual Riddle Run is coming up on January 27. It's a 28 mile (7 x 4-mile trail loop) fun run. It'll be the 19th year of this event. No fees, no (real) awards, no support, no goodies. Just run. Try for the full 28 miles, but do whatever you want. Jeff started this back in January of 2000. I've continued the tradition the last few years. Hopefully Mr. Riddle will be back for the 20th anniversary run next year!

There is a ton of interesting history for this event over the past 18 years, but only two facts that are truly important. First, only two runners have participated in all 18 events so far--me and another guy. Second, I have more "Riddle Run" miles than anyone on Earth (427 miles). I'll keep my streak alive and add to that total in a couple of weeks.

Here are the Riddle Run winners from the past 18 years. The Riddle Run 28-mile course records are 3:39 (men) and 4:18 (women).

2000JeffJeff Riddle8:39--
2001JeffSpencer Nelson4:40--
2002JeffDave Scott3:52--
2003JeffDave Scott4:06Becky Dey5:45
2004JeffDave Scott4:28--
2005JeffJack Pierce3:49Marla Luckey5:34
2006JeffJeff Kelly3:48Marla Luckey4:31
2007JeffBrett Graham3:54Marla Luckey4:28
2008JeffMatt Condron3:39Ellen Erhardt4:18
2009JeffRob Raguet-Schofield4:56Becky Kasten5:32
2010JeffMatthew Small3:58Kristy Powell4:18
2011JasonBrian Kuhn & Elliot Brinkman4:57Andrea Stack5:37
2012JeffBrandon Smith (& Elliot Brinkman)4:00Ellen Byron5:25
2013JeffJason Elliot3:45Andrea Stack5:00
2014ChrisMatt Halfar6:32--
2015ChrisSteve Butler4:41Andrea Stack6:14
2016ChrisSteve Butler4:29Jen Burton4:38
2017ChrisNic Carter5:30Sarka Petrickova4:40

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Running Goals for 2018

It's time to set running goals for the new year. They need to be specific, measurable, achievable, and time-bound. I can't just say "Run more miles" or "Run Clinton Lake trail more often" as goals. Those goals would need to be specific--like run 1500 miles in 2018 or run the Clinton Lake north fork trail at least once per month. Lose wight? Nope. How much weight in what time period? Similarly, I can't say "Run faster in 2018." What does "fast" mean? Maybe "Run at least 3 miles under 7:30 pace once per week." How about "Be more social with my running"--is that a good goal? No. Needs to be specific and measurable. Transform it into "Run with a group (at least two others runners) once per week all year." I'd love to proclaim that I'll "Run across the Grand Canyon and back in less than 6 hours" but that is not achievable. Doing a R2R2R in one day (less than 24 hours) would be doable.

Goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, and time-bound.

My goals that I'd like to achieve before the end of 2018:

1. Run more than 1,500 miles.
2. Complete at least 24 long runs (10+ miles).
3. Don't take more than 2 consecutive days off from running.
4. Complete at least 2 ultra-marathons (>26.2 miles).
5. Have one run longer than 36.56 miles.

Basically, 2018 will be a year of consistent running that involves more miles including regular long runs and a couple of ultras. I'd like to set a personal best in the half-marathon (currently 1:32:35), but I cannot commit to that time goal. With more miles and long runs, that HM goal may take care of itself. Right? If not, at least I'll beat Joe at the Illinois half-marathon in April! And I'll beat Jeff and Gregg. And Mark and Nicole.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Did I Meet My 2017 Running Goals?

Last year I was wise and set only process-related goals. Four of them. No outcomes. I was aiming for steady progress from one year to the next, not perfection. Not personal bests. Whatever I did in 2016, I wanted to do better in 2017. If I met my progress goals, maybe a personal record would fall. New records were not the focus of 2017--although I did try to run faster and more often. Did I meet those four goals I set last year? Let's see...

1. Run more miles. In 2016, I ran 1,269 miles.
In 2017, I ran 1,376 miles. Goal achieved! 

2. Run more frequently. In 2016, I ran 235 times.
In 2017, I ran 266 times. Goal achieved!

3. Run faster. In 2016, I averaged a 9:41 pace.
In 2017, I averaged 9:23 pace. Goal achieved!

4. Do more long runs (13+ miles). In 2016, I did 11 runs of 13+ miles.
In 2017, I did 9 long runs of 13+ miles. Goal not achieved.

I met three of my four goals for the year. Not bad. I really need to get in more long runs in 2018. I'm very pleased with the other metrics. More days running, more total miles, and a faster average pace. Sweet! I consider 2017 a successful year of running. I wanted a PR in the half-marathon, but that didn't happen. Now I just need to add in more long runs. Maybe that half-marathon PR will come this year? Goals for 2018 will be published soon.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Summary of 2017 Running

Looks like 2017 is coming to a close. To end the year, I got in a nice 10K run on the treadmill this morning at sub 8:00 pace. Felt good. I've enjoyed the faster running...but I miss the long runs and ultras. I'll shoot for a better balance between speed and distance next year--including races.

Here are my running statistics for 2017 with a comparison to last year. This year was not great, but better than last year. I expect 2018 to be even better. I'm getting wiser. More disciplined with less injuries.

266 Activities
235 Activities
1,376.42 mi
1,269.25 mi
Max Distance:
32.79 mi
36.56 mi
Avg Distance:
5.17 mi
5.40 mi
215:45:13 h:m:s
205:06:48 h:m:s
Avg Speed:
6.4 mph (9:23)
6.2 mph (9:41)
Avg HR:
134 bpm
131 bpm
158,606 C
157,926 C
Elevation Gain:
52,867 ft
52,997 ft
Longest Streak:
27 days
26 days
Longest Break:
3 days
9 days

My longest running streak was 27 days. My longest non-running streak was only 3 days. That happened once. I was consistent this year. No real injuries (except for a trip and fall on the road that beat up my knee). No extended illnesses--just one common cold. I worked quite a bit on speed (instead of slow distance). Even with the focus on speed, I stayed injury-free due to my attention to morning heart rate and heart rate variability. If these were off, I took it easy. When those HR stats returned to normal, I could push a little more.

Goals for next year? I'll post those next year!