Fitness/ Injuries/ Motivation/ Running/ Triathlon

2013 Running in Numbers and Pictures


Times I ran: 119


Total Distance: 902.6 km (560 miles)


Average Pace: 6:33/km (10:32/mile)


Time spent running: 98 hours


Pounds lost: 0

I'm sure there was some fluctuations throughout the year but my scale has been broken for months. I weighed myself at the gym before the holidays and I weighed exactly the same then as I did last January. My body composition definitely changes through the year – I'm much more muscular during race season.


Running Races completed: 8

Chilly Half Marathon:


Ragnar SoCal:


MEC Half Marathon 1:


Toronto Monster Challenge 5k:


HEROS Obstacle Race:


The Color Run:


Run or Dye:


MEC Half Marathon 2:


Triathlons Completed: 2


Iron Girl Canada Sprint Triathlon:


Ontario Women's Triathlon:


Races run with friends and or family: All except 1.

I either raced with friends and fmaily (including two races with my daughters) or literally ran into friends at every race I did except for the first Mountain Equipment Co-op Half Marathon I ran in May. I'm finding that the more active I am, the more active friends I meet. Opposites don't always attract.


Money spent on race entry fees: $420

The average cost per race was $42, which is misleading because my race entry fee for Ragnar, and The Color Run were compensated and two half marathons were only $15. There were definitely some expensive races in the mix bringing the average cost up. Race fees are getting ridiculously expensive!

Pairs of Running Shoes: 2


Cost of running shoes: $0

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Both my Saucony Virrata's and my Saucony Kinvara's were provided to me free of charge in return for reviews through FitFluential. I've loved and worn both of those shoes so much that I'm very due for a new pair.


Races I volunteered at: 2

I was on the organizing committee for the Ontario Women's Triathlon, and I volunteered at Ragnar Niagara Ontario with my friend Emma.

Injuries: 4

I suffered a lateral heal injury during/after Ragnar which was either a stress fracture, or a tendonitis. I'm leaning towards calling it a stress fracture based on how well it responded to conservative treatment of rest and ice. I was back running after four weeks of complete rest. Then in June I strained my hammy trying to dig out from some heavy gravel to sprint to first base in a softball game. A week and a half of rest and I was back running. Over the year I suffered through a mild hamstring origin strain off and on (literally a pain in the a$$) which limited how often and how far I could run. And finally in early November I strained my other hammy doing a speed workout. A week of rest and I was back running again.


All in all it's been a fantastic running year, my best one since before having kids! I really hope to continue the upwards trend because I have some big plans in 2014 that I'll be sharing with you in a day or two.



How was your running year?

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  • Launna
    December 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Congratulations on completing so many races and for all the running… that is awesome!!

    I didn’t start until June 15th, I am at a little over 380 miles, I am glad I have something to track it… otherwise I wouldn’t believe I had done that.

    Happy New Year Janice, I hope it is amazing, I look forward the the news you have 🙂

  • Kim
    December 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Love your recap!! I haven’t ever tallied my hours like that now I sort of want to see how many hours I’ve spent running.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    December 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    2013 was a rough year for me, lots of injury. I am hoping to switch things up a bit in 2014. Hope it helps.

  • MIZ
    December 30, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Im with ABBY 🙂
    praying 2014 is better here too!!

  • Abby
    December 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Congrats on tallying up the cost. . . you are so brave!

    Looks like you had a great variety of races. One day I will get around to a Ragnar.

  • Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom)
    February 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I should pull together my running stuff from 2013 and take a picture! Thank goodness, no injuries for me this year – at least no real injuries – just shin splints and plantar fasciatis.