Sunday, August 11, 2013

Don't Panic, Keep Things in (Statistics)/Perspective!

This blog belongs to This Runner is all about my introspections to help me be a better runner, with the thought of helping others in the process.

Keep Calm & "Whatever Man"
from Google image
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.”
Harvey Fierstein

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi
“Where's your will to be weird?”
Jim Morrison

 ‘Whatever, man’. Let’s make our own luck. What do you say?” - Hurley, Lost

48 days to Berlin...

I feel I owe readers/followers/supporters an update on my training. 

If somebody can be motivated from my attempt to motivate myself, then the metaphorical and literal running pain, I have been going through lately, will not have been in vain. :)

My mind is stressing me, and I usually fall into silence when I am in this state.

Blogging is my way of not falling back into negative behaviour patterns, so here I am...

At a risk of being redundant - I need a new pair of shoes to safely run my long distance runs!

As much as I love and enjoy running barefoot, I don't want to risk injuries during a multiple marathon training by running long distances barefoot.

Something came up that made me delay the purchase of the pair of new shoes I had planned to buy this week. 

Hopefully, I will be able to finally get them Tuesday at the latest.  The situation is something I can't put into words now; I hope it would suffice to say, that it is not a big deal - it is just what it is, a simple delay.

Meanwhile, I am running short distances with my old pair of shoes to keep my fitness level.  Ankles are fine, and the shooting pain on my toe is not as prevalent as it was the whole of July.

Walking and running barefoot in the past weeks, I feel not only helped in my recovery but strengthened my feet as well.

barefoot running

Not being able to run like I want to, and go the distance I planned to because I have to be careful is driving me a little bit crazy.

The crazier I make myself, the more I get block from running - short distances is better than nothing at all! - and writing (cathartic writing is better than isolated silence!). Running and writing are activities, which both keeps me strong, and act as my shields in coping with the stress, daily life throws at me.

If I can't do both, I am in for trouble! How do I prevent a slowly annoying situation from getting worst?

The solution to this: put things in perspective!

Whenever I lose perspective regarding my running, I turn towards running stats, and eventually I blog about what I derive from all the stats staring I have done!

100 runs since I won my Nike+ Sportswatch with GPS in July 2012, delivered a couple of days before my 1st RUNniversary: 8th of August, 2012.

3 days ago, I ran my traditional 8K RUNniversary run.

10 km away from 1000K milestone on Nike+
(I ran more than 1000 kilometers since I begun running 8th of August, 2011 but I have no records on hand from August 2011 until August 2012;
I've recorded them manually in but I can't find my account there just yet)

It was a great run.  Below are the screen shot from my Nike+ stats of my 8K runs from 2012 & 2013.

8K 1st RUNnivesary 2012
8K 2nd RUNnivesary 2012

As "bad"as I was in mathematics in elementary school, and statistics in high school & university, as a runner, I love checking out my stats.  More often than not it reminds me clearly how far "I" have come, since I begun running.

Hopefully, next year, when I once again  train to run for Berlin Marathon 2014, and I read back on this post, I will smile. 

Smile or laugh (!!!) at how "silly" I worried about my fourth little piggy causing too much painful trouble, and making me panic into thinking I will be injured and miss on running for months or missing out on fulfilling the goals I've set for this year!

Meanwhile, I will read the quote below from a book that have inspired many; it is my belated positive affirmation to my 2nd RUNnivesary.

“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good as where we'd like to be. That's not to say that you need to be satisfied forever with where you are today. But you need to honor what you've accomplished, rather than thinking of what's left to be done (p. 159).”
John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running

This runner will keep on running slow, try to have fun with getting faster, and when I am finally able: run further.


  1. A belated congratulations on your RUNniversary. Hope you remain injury free from now on.

    I've never run barefoot before, seems interesting, but it's probably not something I'd do. I'm curious though, how did you transition to barefoot running?

    1. Thanks for the belated greetings, Shawn! I appreciate it very much. :)

      It was out of pain and necessity that I finally tried barefoot running.

      My husband wanted to cheer me up and brought us to the beach because I was struggling with motivating myself to run. Running the same route was draining my running mojo!

      At the beach, I suddenly felt energized so without planning it ahead, I announced, I'll run barefoot!

      Our oldest wanted to share a run with me, so we did the first 3 kilometers together. The distance was enough to revive the fun I have with running, and I ran 13 kilometers more.

      This is how I fell in love with what I feared before (running barefoot on the beach).


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