After submitting my Laural Highlands report last week, I noticed that it was my 300th post on this blog. Being someone who loves to comb over statistics (my love for baseball is to blame for this), I thought I'd take a few minutes to go over some other random ultra stats of mine now that I've been running these things for 4+ years:
Even though I don't race as much as a lot of other runners, I've already run ultras in 13 different states and 2 (soon to be 3) foreign countries. These numbers actually surprised me since it doesn't seem like I've been running these things that long. I mean, I've raced 377 miles (4 races) in PA alone in the past 20 months...how did that happen?!
I started keeping track of my miles for the first time while training for my first 100 miler (July 2007). Since that point I've run 12,712.1 miles. Not nearly as many as lots of better runners than me, but still enough to cross the country 4 times!
I mentioned it in my last post, but for some reason 3rd place and I get along really well. I've run 16 "real" ultra races (not counting my solo adventure runs or club Fat Ass events), and I've finished 3rd in seven of them...that's 43% of my races! Proving my mediocrity knows no limits, I've grabbed the good ol' Yellow Ribbon (how many of you even knew that was the color for 3rd?!) in two 50Ks, one 71 miler, one 77 miler, two 100 milers, and one 24 hour race (139.22m)!
After destroying myself over 150 miles (in 60 hours) of Vermont Long Trail mud last summer, I figure I took 2.3 years off my life expectancy. That run was by far the hardest ultra I've ever done. The good news, between that effort, and a couple others, you all have helped me raise over $20,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in the past 4 years. How sweet is that?!
I ran my fastest single mile in 4:31 when I was 18. My fastest overall pace in any ultra was 7:48/mile (Andiamo 45 miler, 2008). I think I made the right decision to move up in race distances seeing as how I clearly recall how I felt at the end of Andiamo (tired, but happy), compared to after that high school mile (collapsed on the track begging the runners in the next race to trample me and put me out of my misery). Also, I didn't even win that mile...if only I knew about ultras then!!
Even though I don't run in any of their current models, I've racked up the most miles in Brooks shoes (4,380.4) since 2007. Second place goes to Saucony with 2,723.5 miles, and the Dan Rose place goes to Nike with 1,611 miles. Probably my favorite individual shoe stat comes from the pair of Salomon SpeedCross 2s I have. I wore them right out of the box for the 71 mile Reverse Ring this past February (having never run a step in this or any other Salomon shoe before). I have since worn them for all 261 race miles this year, but not for one single training mile. So much for people saying you need to break in a shoe before racing in it!
With gas prices being as high as they are, I should point out that I average about 20 cents per mile in my training shoes. The best economy in the past few years was reached by one of my just-retired pairs of Nike Pegasus 26+ shoes. Pair #5 (I've had 6 pairs in total) cost $49.99 and has racked up 421 miles, that's good for 11.8 cents per mile! I usually retire my shoes after 400 miles, so the extra miles and the low sale price helped Pair #5 go down in history as not just another number!
I'm now realizing very little of this is probably of any interest to you guys, so I'll wrap it up now. Feel free to share any favorite or freaky running stats of your own in the comment section. I love analyzing this stuff!