Monday, December 31, 2018

Running the Numbers - 2018

Fall Photo Run on Trail #2 at Spring Mill on November 6
In many ways, 2018 was a rough year for me.  I dealt with an Achilles/calf/post-tib injury for the first five months of the year.  (That problem was due to running several miles in sub-zero temperatures. Dumb.) However, I also had a lot of really, really great times.

I chose to eliminate every mileage/pace goal and go with just one aim: Run Happy. That I did. I had so, so, so many fun runs with friends this year.  The first ones that come to mind are Eric's Carmel Marathon, Mitch's Mini, the flood run with Becky and Larry, the Lawrence County Torch Relay, PRing at the Tecumseh Half Marathon, PRing at the Monumental Half Marathon, my solo Fall Photo Run, the Give Thanks 4 with Jocelyn, and the Christmas Lights Run with Wendy. There were certainly some really bright running spots in 2018.

Running The 2018 Numbers
I always enjoy keeping data on my runs, and watching the mileage pile up as the year progresses.  Here's way more info about my running than you'll ever want to know.

Miles Run: 1,130.00 (avg. 21.67 mi. per week)
McCormick's Creek on June 10
Decrease Over Previous Annual Mileage High: 1,582.00 mi., 28.57% decrease
Runs: 178
Hours Run: 181.87 (7.58 days, or 2.08% of 2018)
Average Run Distance: 6.35 mi.
Average Run Pace: 9:39.40 min/mi.
Average Run Duration: 1:01:18.2 hr.
Average Temperature During Runs: 52.01°F
Temperature Range: 97°F (High 88°F, September 15; low -9°F, January 2)
Feet Climbed: 64,612 (12.24 mi.)
Average Feet Climbed Per Mile: 57.18, 1.08% grade
Miles Walked: 70
Walks: 48
Average Walk Distance: 1.46 mi.
Strength Training Sessions at Novus: 34
Cross Training Miles: 81.41 (biking, spinning, and elliptical)
Races Run: 7 (3 AG awards)
PRs Set: 3, 2:24:50, trail half marathon on October 27; 1:51:07, road half marathon on November 3; and 31:22, 4-miler on November 22
DNFs: 1, Brown County State Park Trail 15K (DINO Race), June 2
Falls: 2, July 25 and October 27, both the fault of Ryan Boyce! :-)
Pate with Mitch and Ryan on July 25
Injuries: 1, Achilles/calf/post-tib in the winter and spring due to running high mileage in sub-zero temps
Toenails Lost: 5
Surgeries: 0
Pairs of Shoes Retired: 3
Pairs of Shoes Purchased: 4
States Where I Ran: 1, Indiana
Pictures Drawn: 5: pi on March 14, crosses on March 28, 2018 on May 25, "Jo Is 39." on June 1, and a flag with USA on July 3
Longest Run: 14.02 mi., September 8
Shortest Run: 0.25 mi., May 8
Week With Most Running: October 14-20, 41.85 mi.
Month With Most Running: December, 158.00 mi.
Christmas Lights Run with Wendy
on December 20
Month With Least Running: April, 20.00 mi.
Favorite Runs: Eric's Carmel MarathonMitch's Mini, the flood run with Becky and Larry, the Lawrence County Torch Relay, PRing at the Tecumseh Half Marathon, PRing at the Monumental Half Marathon, my solo Fall Photo Run, the Give Thanks 4 with Jocelyn, and the Christmas Lights Run with Wendy
Percentage of Goals Reached: 100% (1/1, I ran happy.)
Total Lifetime Mileage: 9,100.00
Percent of Lifetime Mileage Run in 2018: 12.42%

Mileage By The Month
I did that weird number thing and made sure my monthly mileage totals were all whole numbers. It's very satisfying for me to see all that point-0-0!

January: 53.00
February: 67.00
Lake Monroe on July 5
March: 90.00
April: 20.00
May: 50.00
June: 73.00
July: 132.00
August: 135.00
September: 130.00
October: 120.00
November: 102.00
December: 158.00 (most monthly mileage ever)

It was a really great year for my running. See some more photos below. Thanks to everyone for the support! On to 2019!

Some Great Photos
Pi on March 14

Carmel Half with Mitch and
Eric (Full) on March 31

Carmel finish with Mitch on March 31

TCR Gals on April 29

Mini start with Mitch on May 5

Mile 2 of the Mini
with Mitch on May 5

The storied Flood Run on September 9
with Larry and Becky

LC Torch Relay with
Allen on September 15

Monumental Half PR on November 3

Seasons: Spring (May 28) and Fall (November 6) at Donaldson

Give Thanks 4 on November 22 with Jocelyn

Saturday, December 1, 2018


Every October, artists across the globe participate in Inktober, a movement created by Jake Parker. You can read more about Inktober here, but to summarize, Inktober's goal is to get folks to create art every day during the month of October. Originally designed for ink drawings, people create art with a given theme, then post their results online with the hashtag #Inktober.

You may remember (or may have tried to forget) when I participated in a Halloween #Inktober in October 2018. I posted my drawings, made with my iPad and Apple pencil, on Instagram and Facebook as stories.

My original motivation was to make people laugh. I'm infamous for my so-called artusually quick and silly renderings of stick people and puffy animals. While my art remained silly, I found I actually looked forward to creating and posting my picture every day. When October ended, I missed the daily fun.

So I'm bringin' it back, with a nod to Mr. Parker. I have decided to create a month-long Christmas/Holiday/Winter themed daily art creation invitation called Designember. Wanna participate? Download a full rendering of the official image here, and have fun creating! Post your art online for all to see with the hashtag #Designember.

Merry Christmas!


Oh, wait, what? You wanted to see some of my #Inktober stuff? I'm not surprised. I'm pretty good. 😉



Field of Pumpkins

Black Cat

Decapitated Person

Severed Limb


An Eye