Since 6th grade I have been a Basketball player and high performing athlete in a few other sports. As a Basketball Player STATS are important. How many points, rebounds, steals, etc..? I had to FOCUS on my STATS because my ultimate Goal was to play Division 1 College Basketball.
Well I met my GOAL and played for Gonzaga University. I learned quickly in college that I had to just focus on ME and not worry about what others were doing because my STATS did not measure up to those around me.
Fast forward to my life as a Runner
I have a Garmin which means I can plug in a see my STATS. This excites me, validates my workout and keeps me on track. When I first started running it was PAINFUL and just finishing a mile without stopping was a great STAT. As I progress I set new Goals for myself. Goals which I know are achievable for ME.
My "Marathon Redemption" (I need a new word) is something I seek because Marathon Day was not my day. Yes 4:11 is a Good STAT! And a respectable time for a first timer. But for ME, that was not the time that I trained to run.
I have always worked hard in PRACTICE to prepare for Game Day. And today I train hard daily to prepare for Race Day. When a Bad Running day falls on race day it is a tough pill to swallow.
OK RAMBLE RAMBLE I am sure you have all stopped reading by now.. What I am trying to say is that I post my STATS because that is who I am. And I will TRY for faster times because I know I can do it and owe it to myself to be the best I can be for ME. 2010 will bring new Goals, which I will post soon. Goals that are not STAT and time related, which I HOPE will help infuse some FUN into this uber-competitive-athlete.
In the grand scheme of things Time and Distance really do not matter. What matters is that you are out there and you are doing the BEST you can for YOU every day. The great thing about Running is that we all finish together!!