That’s right, I’ve found enough gibberish to fill 300 posts over the past few years. I have a grand total of five Bloglines subscribers, attesting to the wild popularity of this blog among runners (and my family members) the world over. Won’t you join me in celebrating my bloviations, which are anonymously spewed into the echo chamber that is the blogosphere?
The reaching of milestones often leads to philosophical ponderings and the seeking of perspective. Or it should. So, rather than “waste” this post on a workaday subject (my weekly training log, an interview with someone much faster than me, or a funny story about what I saw a squirrel do today), I’ll make some observations.
When I started writing this blog in 2006…
… I had a 32-33 inch waist. Now it’s around 28 inches in girth.
… A 10 miler was the week’s big workout; a “long” run that would knock me out for the entire day. Now it’s what I run on my recovery days.
… My resting heart rate was around 60 bpm. Now it’s at 42 on a good day, 48 when I’m tired.
… My 5 mile race pace was 8:00. My marathon race pace today is around 30 seconds per mile faster than that and dropping.
… I had shin splints. All of the time.
… I had just run my first half marathon. I was still too intimidated by the full marathon distance to conceive of running it myself.
… I was happy if I placed in the top 40% of all female finishers. My goals have gotten significantly more ambitious since then.
… It was a year in which I would run just over 1,100 miles. For 2008, I will have run over three times that distance.
… I designed my own marathon training plan and, even though I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, still managed to break four hours on a challenging course for my 2007 debut at the distance.
… I couldn’t drink water from cups during races. I still can’t without inhaling it through my nose and/or spilling it down my front.
… I thought coaches were only for the pros.
I could go on, but I won’t. It’s 5:40 PM on the Sunday after Christmas, and I think that’s as good a time as any to raise a glass in honor of Post 300.