6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Monday, December 14, 2009

STATS let me explain

After reading a post of a Blogger who I LOVE... I realized that I may have given the wrong impression.. And I want to explain.

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!!

HAPPY MONDAY!!

46 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

Well said!! :-)

Velma said...

Nice. I don't post my stats because I am just to competitive, but I like to read about others accomplishments. Happy Monday!

Alicia said...

I totally get it. I'm a stats girl myself...

X-Country2 said...

Well said. (As usual. :o)

Allie said...

I completely get what you're saying, I've actually been thinking of including my stats in my posts too. For me it will be extra motivation to push harder when I know everyone can see what I did.

Lorian said...

Good for you! Love it! I post the good, the bad, and the ugly. But like you said, they are YOUR stats in relation to only YOU! Just because you may rag on your times, doesn't mean your are ragging on me for receiving the same time (because your bad times would be my GREAT times:) For me, in order to keep running I have to set a goal, otherwise I am not motivated! Got your back on this, girl!

teacherwoman said...

You're right! In the long scheme of things, time and distance are irrelevant!

Kasey said...

I was a college basketball player too and it is really easy for me to get caught up in the numbers of it too. I catch myself being competitive not only with myself but with my running buddies too (and my husband) and I have to rein myself in sometimes and remind myself that I need to chill. but the competitive voice in my head makes it hard sometimes.

Katie A. said...

AMEN sista'! So true!

Marlene said...

What a great post for a Monday!

I find stats highly motivating, although I do try not to obsess over the numbers every single time.

Can't wait for you to get your redemption and add a mew 26.2 PR to your stats! :)

Ashley said...

I've been MIA for awhile but I'm trying to be a better blog commentator again ...

:) I like seeing stats. I post mine too so that I can see how I was doing that day and reflect on it. I'm competitive but only with myself in running, if that makes sense. Other people's worst is my best but that doesn't matter to me anymore, I'm just looking to see how I'm performing and how I can get better.

Lacey Nicole said...

i TOTALLY hear you!!!! i love stats. i think they mean a lot and are super useful for goals and progress and tracking etc etc. even just great to look at and review.

what is your favorite distance to race??? i don't think marathons are mine :)

TMB said...

I love stats ... Yours, mine and everyone's push me to work harder, to run farther, faster ... I think they are great motivation!

Jen said...

IMO, no explanation needed! Stats as an athlete are important. If you want to compete (even if only against yourself) you need your stats, I totally understand. I also understand that my stats are going to be very different from your stats. But also, my goals are going to be very different from your goals.

Keep at it! You're awesome! :)

Janice {Run Far} said...

as always a GREAT post.

BTW- got your Christmas card today. i puffy heart it.

runningcommentaries said...

I know what you mean- sometimes I feel awkward complaining about times others would like but we're all different, we're all trying to do something different and the stats are important! For me the data is a key part of my development as a runner. It allows you to see progress and to key in on weak spots. So keep it up!

Kerrie T. said...

I think you can have the best of both worlds! Stats and fun! Great post!

J said...

I am a stats girl too! Totally understand!

shellyrm said...

How awesome that you played college ball!

I am a numbers person. I like to record what I have done. I have years and years of records from when my mother and I did jazzercise (I am not kidding) when I was a kid through every run, race, & workout I've ever done today. I post them now as another way to record what I am doing and to get feedback from others. But I agree with you 100% when you said the times and distances don't matter. I hope everyone running is doing it because they love running.
You always raise such good points.

Zoƫ said...

Stats are great because then you know when you are improving.

Melissa said...

I love stats. Even if I'm not up to the level of the person whose blog I'm reading, I love seeing what their times are copared to mine to give me a goal.

Lisa said...

Great post! Hope you and your family had a fun weekend!

Fran said...

I love stats too they help me reaching the goals I've set to myself. I do post time on my blog but I'm going to at pace I think.

In fact I'm so hooked on my stats that I track them in an Excel sheet, on the Polar site (my heart rate monitor), on a Dutch running site and on Daily mile. How crazy can someone be right :)

Yes it's true, in the end it's all about being out there but I've been running a couple of years ago and quit when I could run 30 minutes and I know now why: I didn't participate in runs then and I didn't have goals for myself. Now that I do I keep on running.

Thanks for the comment on the Garmin, I've read your post about it and decided I'm going to buy one for myself as a Christmas gift.

The Happy Runner said...

Keep on with the stats, Mel! What you've said here is right on. Some of us (ahem, me) just need to be bonked on the head occasionally ;-) (Or kicked in the butt, whatever works!)

Suzy said...

More power to you because you know what makes you tick and work harder. For some people it is stats, others it is finishing or having fun or just getting out there. The important thing is to find what works for you and go with it.

Alisa said...

As much as I try, I'm a numbers person even if comparably my numbers aren't great. They are great to me!

Croughwell said...

I tried to smile in some of my pics...not sure how they came out yet. I will post them when I can.

Denise said...

Everything you said makes perfect sense to me!

Irene said...

Well put!

Loved this post. It gave me a lot to think about. It really is all about doing it for yourself.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i keep track of my stats, and find that they're important to me, but just don't bother sharing them on my blog -- personal choice. The running/blogging community is an awesome one, we're all individuals, we gotta do what works for us! I got your Xmas card today... Thank you! Love it!

Britt said...

Girl, you don't need to explain yourself at all! This is your blog and I love the way you write on here. Everyone has their own style and what motivates them (I'm like you - I NEED Garmin!), and w/ a history like yours, I'm sure you're always looking for the next thing (since you've already acomplished everything!).

Thanks SO much for the card! I love it! Now, seriously, what blogger can say she does THAT!! :)

fancy nancy said...

Great post! I totally understand. Many people have said "Hey just be happy you ran a marathon!" but I just get stuck on the time! I have no doubt that you will ROCK your marathon!

Rio Runs said...

If numbers motivate you, by all means, use 'em! You are definitely not alone there. Without motivation, where would we be? :)

unathleticrunner said...

Great Post! I always say "It's about the journey" and the journey is whatever you want it to be :) Keep racing and keep having fun!!!

Badgergirl said...

Love the post! Very well said.

I Run for Fun said...

I totally understand posting stats and goals...tnhat's what a running blog is for...among other things...

I love reading other bloggers' stats and goals, because it's fun learning about how others run/compete and because it helps me set realistic and fun goals for myself...so please keep osting them. And when I get a Garmin, I am sure I will be posting my stats too!

Laura said...

Don't feel self-conscious about posting stats! I love to read other people's stats...I think part of the reason we all talk to each other online is so we can learn and improve...keep posting them! It will be beneficial to you too!

Jo Lynn said...

Pfft! It's your blog girl, that means you get to do what you want. ;)

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

I think individual stats are important - they are a way to measure your own progress. Each of us have different goals and different times. When I run a 7 minute mile now it's is as painful as a 9 minute mile was at one point. I think your post was very well said and I don't think there is anything wrong with using the word redemption. It's okay to feel like things went wrong even if your going wrong is someone else's good. Thanks for sharing!

You should enter my funny embarrasing moment contest ;)

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Ah, yes. I'm able to post finally! Mello you will do so well in that next marathon. There's no way you won't. You're putting in the training. You have the passion. You have the athleticism. I know in no time you'll be winning marathons, and I'll be telling people I interviewed you after your first.

You're the bomb!

Lisa said...

I read the whole post :-) and I totally get what you're saying. I can't say that I'm not just a little bit jealous of your speed. But at the same time I'm happy for you when you have a good run/race and it's obvious that you work hard to do the best that YOU can do. Keep posting whatever you want and I'll keep on reading!

RunToTheFinish said...

if i ever get faster i'll be a stats girl...until then i'm just a girl who gets sucked in to races

RunMishiRun said...

I think STATS are very important. They help us push ourselves further than we thought we could go. I'm always thinking about the next race I can redeem myself at when I don't achieve a PR.

April said...

I'm with you girl! I am a STATS girl...hey that could be a t-shirt!LOL!!

Amanda said...

I love the STATS. Even though I'm just not a fast person and I know I'll never BQ (well, maybe if I keep my same pace when I'm 80:)) or win a race but to me, that's what makes me a runner, being competitive with myself and aiming to improve my own personal STATS even though they're likely worse than lots of casual joggers who have no clue what a Garmin even is. I like to see those numbers, it motivates me in my training and racing.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Right now, since I am so new to the sport of running (only been running for 2 years), finishing marathons is my goal. As for half marathons, yep, I am all about the stats!