Time for some stats!

With the year coming to an end I thought I'd take a look back at this years running - bring on the stats!

This is one of the things I really like about running with a GPS watch, I can log every run I do and then look back at the numbers. This probably surprises a number of you that know me because I am useless with numbers! Maths was never my strong point! 

2015 vs 2016

In 2015 I ran 3,032 miles over 562 runs.  This year I've ran 2,950 miles over 490 runs, less miles and less runs but the average run distance has increased from 5.39 to 6.02 miles. Out of the 2,950 miles, I've ran approximately 520 miles on the track, give or take a week here or there!

As you can see from the table above, more time has obviously been spent in the Pentlands this year and running more hills but I've ran less time.  Only 9 hours difference over a year though which is pretty good! 

I've also had a year of PBs which is a nice way to finish the year. 

PBs in all distances that I've ran this year on the road and I've got a couple of distances on that list which I really need to race sometime soon e.g. the 1 mile race and the 10 mile race. The 8 mile is a bit more difficult because I only know about one 8 mile race and it was cancelled this year!

Unfortunately my trail races don't show on Power of 10.

A look ahead to 2017

In 2017 I'll be taking on Stirling marathon to hopefully get my marathon time on that PB list and I'll be running more trail races as well.  I've still got 3 more races to do for the Foxtrail events and I've signed up to the Devilla Forest trail race. I've really enjoyed running off-road this year but also just running up in the hills. I think I'll maybe venture a bit further and head in to the Ochil and Lomond Hills, both within easy reach from Edinburgh. 

I'd love to get my 5k time sub 17 minutes, I thought I might have managed it this year but it wasn't to be. I'd also like to target a half marathon maybe shoot for 1:15? To take 3 minutes off though is a big ask though. Lets go with 1:17 first. 

Next year I'd like to redevelop this website as well, when spare time allows. 

On top of all of this I'd also like to maybe get some more videos put online from my runs. Taking the video is the easy bit, editing and putting music to it is the time consuming part! I might start with putting a video together from 2016, that should take me until about this time next year to get online. 

I think tomorrow's blog will finish off the year talking about my trail runs and races. The highs and lows!

By this time next year, I hope to have hit the 3,000 mile mark. I hope to have a table full of PBs again and I hope to have ticked off some of the things on my todo list!


Owain Williams

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