Guus Bosman

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Ten years of running

Now 2018 is behind us I have 10 full years of data on my running.

I started tracking my mileage and speeds in January 2009 and have been faithfully recording my runs since then: a combined 3,737 miles during 804 runs. In an average year I ran 80 times, with an average length of 4.7 miles.

Some observations:

  • My average mileage is 374 miles per year, so 7.2 miles per week or 31 miles per month. Or 1.02 miles per day.
  • The years after Nora was born, I ran more than average. Even in the year after the boys were born, in 2016, I ran a lot, but things have been slower since then. 2017 in particular was tough, with only 5 runs per month.
  • Thing were getting better last year. Even though I started doing more Pilates, which lowered my 2018 miles, I still made it to 339 miles.
  • My longest run ever was from the Dijkgatsbos to Middenmeer, 16 miles. My shortest run was 0 miles.
  • My average run is 4.7 miles. This make sense, since for years my training runs have been between 4 and 4.5 miles.
  • July through November is clearly the best period for running for me. December and February the worst -- funny enough January isn't too bad, the New Year's resolution effect I guess.
  • So in the average month I run 6 to 7 times -- in my top months sometimes up to 13 times a month. That might be a cool record to try to break.
  • Before 2009 I don't have as thorough data, but I do remember running in Haarlem and of course my first attempts in Durham, NC
  • Running brought me in some beautiful places. Some highlights? I ran with Gerben in Leeuwarden, many runs in the awesome William Umstead Park in North Carolina, on St Maarten, in Holland and Bulgaria, beautiful races in San Diego and Hickory -- too many to name. I ran with Nora in the stroller and later with the boys. I ran with the Raritan Valley Road Runners and the North Carolina Roadrunners Club. I ran races together with Sasha -- great times.

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