After I completed Sarasota Music Half Marathon yesterday and was enjoying my post-race brunch, a fellow runner stopped at the table I was sitting at, solo, and asked if she could join me.
“Of course!” I exclaimed, as I love meeting new runners, “not a problem! How was your race.”
She smiled and replied, “it was my first one! I had a good time, but obviously not as great as you did.”
Of course, she was referring to my festive get-up, but I had to chuckle – because she was right: running does make me happy, and I truly do enjoy so many aspects about racing.
We chatted for a while, and she asked me how many half marathons races I had run, and at the moment, I guesstimated more than 20 (“maybe 22?” – which, after checking over my list, was actually correct!) and I had to just take a minute and let that sink in.
I can hardly believe it myself.
I started thinking more about numbers, and thought it might be kind of fun to compile some other personal running figures, and other numbers of significance:
- 1 = international races completed (Tokyo Marathon)
- 2 = ultra-marathons completed
- 3:40 = my current marathon PR!
- 6 = states I’ve completed marathons in (California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Utah)
- 7 = years running, officially, in May
- 15 = marathons completed
- 20.16 = most miles completed in one training run, outside of a race
- 22 = half marathons completed
- 30 – minutes -the goal I set for myself in my first 5K (I completed it in 27:39!)
- 50 = miler, my next distance I’d love to tackle!
Are you a “numbers person” when it comes to running/racing?