Here is how it works:
Ok, ready? Step one is to calculate the total miles of 2019. I get this figure from Garmin and Strava, where I log my runs. This year I ran and walked 1,714 miles, which is a surprising decrease from last year, considering I added a 50K to my races. I think this isn't a bad thing, though, for two reasons:
1. I was sick and couldn't run a step for over two weeks during the summer. It was all in my chest. We all know that when it hits your chest, you don't do heavy workouts. That is a loss of approximately 60-some miles.
2. I did a better job of incorporating other activities besides running into my schedule. For example, I like to rotate among cardio and strength training activities like Zumba, Tae Bo, Dancing, Kettlebell, and free weights. I also did more swimming this year.
|This is EXACTLY how I THINK I look as swimmer.|
|This is ACTUALLY how I look as a swimmer.|
Step 2 is to add up the racing miles:
April: Forget the PR 50K= 32 (I got lost)
May: Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon = 26.2
May: Medina Half Marathon = 13.1
July: Burning River = 17
August: One Hot Momma = 16
September: Race with Grace = 3.1
September: Akron Marathon = 26.2
October: Crowell Hilaka = 15.5
November: Home Run for the Homeless = 4
Total Racing Miles = 153.1 = 153
Step 3 is to subtract racing miles from total miles:
1,714 - 153 = 1, 561
Step 4 is to multiply non-racing miles by .50 and then add to racing miles:
1561 x .50 = 780 + 153 = $933
Step 5 is to add in $5.00 for every PR. . .and that would be one (FtPR): 933 + 5 = $938
Woohoo! I'm rich! I'm . . . Oh wait. I still need to add up my racing fees and subtract them from the total:
938-448 = $490
I am so happy with this! What this means is that I will be depositing $490 into my savings account dedicated to running the Paris Marathon.
As my smart-ass brother has pointed out to me, I am merely paying myself with MY OWN MONEY, which I completely understand. . . HOWEVER. If you are remotely like me, you may want to pay attention to this part.
I tend to be the person who takes care of everyone else around me: my family, my friends, my colleagues, my students. Running is one of the few ways that I take care of myself, and I have learned that I deserve rewards. Also, knowing that I have an account waiting for me to reach my goal of running the Paris Marathon gives me an incentive on the days that I don't want to get up at 4:30 AM to run or work out. I tend to punish myself pretty harshly when I don't achieve one of my gazillion goals, so I really use this system to remind myself that I am doing a great job.
How can you reward yourself for your goals, Peeps? One way you can reward yourself right away is by using my code, RUNCLESTEPHANI10, for 10% off any race entry for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. We can earn points towards our paydays together!
I'm looking forward to where my running year will take me. Wherever your running year takes you, I hope you run happy, Peeps!