I was chatting with someone about the upcoming BAA Half (come cheer on October 9th!) and they politely inquired as to what my goal was, and my best prior time. The latter of which, I curiously couldn’t recall. Fortunately, the internet remembers everything so after some poking around I was able to compile a dataset of various races long since finished. Below is a plot of all my prior half marathon times (that upward-bound curvy purple line). For fun I’ve added in the last few years worth of Gobble Gobble Gobbles (in orange) and two miscellaneous points (in 2004, there’s a public record of a very fast 1/2 time that was in reality Nate running for me incognito, and in 2009 I’ve plotted a dot of my SF marathon split).
So for the record, my 1/2 marathon PR is 1:42:52 (a 7:51 split), running with team Dana Farber back in 2003. I don’t anticipate besting that this year.
Team HB helped me make number twelve into one of my best training weeks so far (notwithstanding today’s disaster of a run). I’m over my mileage target and am feeling confident about my goals for Baltimore. Now, to just focus all remaining psychic healing energy in the general direction of YJP’s all-broke-up feet and we’ll be good to go.
|MILEAGE UPDATE: week 12 (of 18)
|Three week rolling average
I have a somewhat unhealthy relationship with my flickr view statistics, in that I look at them far too frequently. Normally I get somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 views a day. So it was an oddity when I noticed this massive friggin spike on some random untagged photo I took during KPH’s recent surprise visit. This single unposted photo peaked at 5100+ views per day, then dropped back down to zero, with no referring sites (typically at least some referrals will come through if a flickr photo has been reblogged elsewhere). This photo now has 13,400+ views, some eight times more than my previously most viewed shot of Miss Maija. I don’t understand. I’ve tried various URL and reverse image searches, but no hits. A mystery.