State of the runner, and goals

After an extended txt conversation with my dad, from whom I got the running gene, I thought it might behoove me to codify my running goals, as well as revisit how far I’ve come.

Goal 2008/Previous 2009/Current 2010/Goal
Runs/Week 2-3 3-4 4-5
Miles/Week 15-20 20-30 40+
Base Run (mi) 4-5 6-7 7-9
Long Run (mi) 6-13 8-20 13-30
Base Pace (min/mi) ~9:40 9:40-9:00 8:35
Long Pace (min/mi) 10:20 10:20-10:00 9:40

Specifically, by EOY 2010 I want to:

  • Have a 25-minute 5K time.

  • Have an 80-minute 15K time.

  • Have run a half-marathon distance, 13.1 miles, in under 2 hours.

  • Have run a marathon distance, 26.2 miles, in 4:15:00.

  • Have run 1600+ miles for the year, or 133 mi/mon.

Implications? That 1600 miles is going to take roughly 245 hours to cover, burning 208,000 kcal or about 60 pounds. My standard Chipotle meal costs a penny per kcal, so I’m going to spend more than $2000 just for the pre-run calories. Add in 4 to 6 pairs of shoes, 3 or 4 pairs of SuperFeet, countless gels and beans and bloks and drinks, and probably a dozen $10 pairs of running socks. Conservative budget: $4000 for 2010.

On the upside, I should get through between one and two dozen audiobooks just while running. Maybe I should start listening to foreign language instruction? The recitation would certainly make me think about my breathing …

By Rick Osborne

I am a web geek who has been doing this sort of thing entirely too long. I rant, I muse, I whine. That is, I am not at all atypical for my breed.