Milestones of Our Running Journey

October 18, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
This way to Boston (Marathon)

This way to Boston (Marathon)

Running is like any other journey and we need to keep track of our progress. We need milestones to assure us that we are on the right track. we should have milestones to ensure that you are getting better and stronger. Let us have a look at some of popular measures and their milestones.

Mileage
Most running gurus recommend that we keep track of our daily runs on a log. A natural milestone would be total mileage run or maybe total time you have run. Bald Runners 1000 Km club shirts is an example of a nice reward for meeting a significant mileage milestone.

Race
Many beginners progress from a 3K and slowly moving up to a 5K, 10K, 15K, 21K and on to a marathon or an ultramarathon. Each conquered race distance is milestone and each medal, picture and experience in the milestone races will be treasured.

Performance
Our Personal Records (PR’s) are some of our favourite milestones. Whether it’s sub 4 hour marathon or a sub-1 hour 10K or maybe even faster. Keeping track on how fast we run keeps us competitive and wanting for more.

Health
Many people run for their health. I personally know of some people whose blood pressure and cholesterol level have gone down because of running. Others have lost weight and are now in the acceptable weight range and they have reached their milestones.

Competition
Getting on the podium is always our goal. It may not be realistic to win when Team Bald Runner or other elite runners take part but we still harbour this dream. Winning your age group or any other running category is a more realistic goal. Even trying to be the fastest runner of your club or barkada could be fullfilling.

Special Categories
Some runners want to have the honor of qualifying for the Milo Marathon finals. In an international level, Boston Marathon qualifiers are usually seen with respect and envy by most runners like me. A unique category is the 50 States marathon finisher. You basically have to run a marathon in each US state. Maybe we should have a Luzviminda Marathon finisher. You have to complete a full marathon in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There is a Cebu marathon coming up next year. I have not heard of any full marathons in Mindanao but that should be happening very soon.

Benchmarks

You can also keep track of your running progress by keeping track of your performance against some runnningBenchmarks. I have a set of runners who I benchmark my performance against. They are mainly composed of the great runners . I believe that Bald Runner, Bugobugo, Jan I, Francis M, Baby B, Ka Totoy, Run Unlimited and the rest are the best runners to benchmark against. They are consistent and join most of the races so you can expect them to be running well and if you don’t bring your best to the race you can expect them to leave you behind.

Keep tracking your progress and see you at the starting line.

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