If you've read my blog for a while, you know I'm sort of a "Stat Geek" & "Numbers Guy". I'm pragmatic. Rarely impetuous. And I love data because it often reveals the truth about a situation that is sometimes masked by perception. Actually, I'm pretty much an overall nerd ... in coolest sense of course. But I love keeping statistical data, if nothing else, for comparison sake for future training. For example, 2013 was my best running year yet. I was definitively faster and in better shape than ever before. So using 2013 as my baseline, I've put together a couple of side-by-side charts documenting all of my long runs from last year, and so far this year.
Why you ask? Well that's a great questions, and thank you for the interest! My goal is a sub 3:00 marathon in the Fall. With that in mind, I need to be faster during 2014 summer training than I was last year when I ran a 3:10 at Richmond in November. The two charts will basically be a quick comparison reference. Of course this isn't a perfect system, since there are several external variables that influence my long run on the weekend such as weather, health, course, races, tapering, etc. But from this snapshot, I should be able to draw a reasonable conclusion of my current fitness level compared to 2013 as race day approaches.
... be great today!