2013 certainly was full of adventures and I look forward to 2014 being even more exciting but first I thought I’d do a little different look at 2013: I’m a huge fan of stats. I like to know how far, how fast, how long, how tall and keep tabs on all the numbers. Perhaps it’s just the scientist, data-keeper in me. Thanks to Peakbagger.com and MapMyRun, I was able to find a bunch of fitness related numbers to play with for 2013.
Looking back on what you’ve accomplished in a year has two purposes. The first, of course, is to be reminded of all the good things that have happened. 2013 was certainly a banner year for me in some respects and I’m really proud of that. The second purpose is to figure out how you can improve upon your results for the future. There’s room in all my numbers for 2014 improvement. It should be fun to come back and check on these numbers next year!
I didn’t run much in 2013. Running was always something I should have been doing more of and just didn’t make the time for it.
Running mileage for 2013: 164mi (plus the run I’m squeezing in this afternoon).
At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to hike 100 miles. I’d never really kept track of my hiking mileage over a year and didn’t have a very good idea of what was realistic so I picked a nice round 100.
And looking back at my records, there were months that I did a horrible job of getting out to hike. They were some of the best months for hiking…they also happened to be the months I worked this year: May, June, and July. (September was pretty pathetic too.) Despite that I managed about 250 miles.
Hiking mileage for 2013: 247.7mi
I also embraced the fact that I like hiking for a goal. Specifically, I like climbing to the tallest point around (aka peakbagging or highpointing). 2013 blew previous years out of the water in this respect. Using stats from Peakbagger.com, I generated this lovely little chart (because I’m a giant nerd). This chart only includes data from summit bound hikes:
Look out 2014. It’s on.