Comment of the Week – 6.24.2013

We know you’re busy and so are we. Sometimes life gets the best of all of us, but no matter how busy things get, we never forget the most important people here at Salty Running – YOU! So even if we’re a week and a day (or two or three) late, we insist on bestowing the highest honor a Salty reader could ever hope to receive:


Who wins this week (and last week too. Oopsy!)?

The suspense must be killing you…

This week’s winner is loyal reader/regular commenter MG, whose comment on Licorice’s Training Log had us all impressed. She tracks her runs not one, two or three ways, but seven different ways!

When we emailed MG to let her know she’d won, here’s what she had to say:

Thanks! I’m glad my obsessive tracking was able to provide some amusement. When I started running, it didn’t occur to me to not write it down somewhere. I guess I’ve always been a little over the top with tracking – in high school, I used to color code my workouts to differentiate between running I did on my own, running I did with my team, and races HTML (here is a picture of one of those logs). The thing that drives me nuts now about the old logs is that I rarely wrote down the time I ran. I know I timed every run I did, and often used time to estimate the distances, but I mostly only recorded track splits and race times. I would really love to know how fast I did my training runs back then!

We wanted to know more about this impressive (or obsessive?) documenter, so we asked her to share some of her running goals and stats:

Why I run? After 19 years, I think running is just what I do. I’ve had a lot of breaks over the years, but I always come back. It’s my stress relief, it offsets my sweet tooth, and over the last couple of years, it’s my much needed alone time. I love the feeling that comes from a great run, especially a long one.

What are my running goals? I’m slowly working my way back to my pre-kids running. I was out for December and January due to a hip injury, and am trying to be cautious with ramping the training back up. I’m planning on running a 1/2 marathon in August and am thinking about running an October marathon. I’m not sure if my hip will hold up for that; things went downhill shortly after I’d reached 17 miles for a long run, so I’m going to see how the summer goes before officially committing to a full. My PRs are 1:36 and 3:36, but I’d be happy to run in the 1:42-1:45 and 3:45-3:50 ranges this fall.

What do I do when I’m not running? I’m pretty boring ๐Ÿ™‚ I work in the office of a food ingredient company. My husband and I will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary next month. I have two daughters (5 and 2) and a border collie, and they keep me pretty busy. My older daughter has started asking to run with me. I’d never push her into it, so it makes me happy that she is showing an interest. I signed her up for the kid’s dash as part of the local marathon weekend, and she was so proud to get her first “gold medal” like Mommy.

Congrats, MG and good luck! Keep us updated on running, racing and life!

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021 to raise money for Girls on the Run. Next challenge: Pinhoti FKT. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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