This comes from this website http://www.runningusa.org
Typical U.S. Female Runner: Ever wonder how you compare?
This is the typical "core" runner. Core runners are active adult participants who tend to enter running events, train year-round, and purchase 2-4 running shoes each year.
- Average Age: 38.5 I'm older. I am 42.5
- 63.2% Married YES
- 78.2% College educated Yes
- 70.3% Earn a household income of $75,000+ yes
- Average number of years running: 9.9 years Just 1 year and 4 months!
- Average number of running events participated in during the last 12 months: 7.2 events 16
- 51.8% have completed 1 marathon or more in their lifetime Not yet..
- 70.4% Run/Jog 4+ hours each week 4-5 hours for me
- 77.7% run 12 months a year Yes
- Average number of days run per week: 4.0 NO, 6 for me
- Average number of miles run per week: 21.9 20-28 miles
- 66.1% describe themselves as ‘Frequent/Fitness Runners’ I guess?
- Favorite race distance is the Half-Marathon (39.0%) Yes
- Interested in entering next year: Half-Marathon (77.0%), 5K (57.3%), 10K (56.0%), Marathon (43.3%) Half- yes, 5k- yes, 10k-yes, marathon- not yet....I am thinking about it
- Primary motivation to start running: For Exercise (25.0%), Weight Concerns (14.5%), Needed a New Challenge (9.3%) Exercise and changing my lifestyle
- Motivation to continue to run: Staying in Shape (76.8%), Staying Healthy (74.2%), Relieving Stress (64.4%) All that plus having something that is just for me!
- Average number of running shoes purchased in last 12 months: 2.9 pairs 3 pairs
- Last running shoes purchased: ASICS (26.4%), Brooks (16.6%), Saucony (14.2%) 2 Mizunos and 1 mistake Nike.
- 65.3% spent $90+ on their running shoes and 47.9% purchased their running shoes at a specialty running store I spent less then 90! and I bought online.
- Favorite brands of running apparel: Nike (64.8%), Under Armour (45.7%), Champion (34.3%), adidas (30.7%) Under Armour and Nike
- 80.4% spent $100+ on running apparel in the last 12 months and 59.6% purchased running apparel at a specialty running store probably less than 100...and Sports Authority clearance rack for me!
- Average Weight: 137.6 lbs Yep close enough
- Average Height: 65.01 inches / 5 feet, 5 inches 5'11"
- Average Body Mass Index (BMI): 22.9 19.3
- 40.9% are content with their weight I am OK, my husband says too skinny
- 42.3% are content with their fitness level Yes but better is always good
I am older and taller. No surprise there.
I lack experience but race more then average. Living in California does help with the racing part. Experience..well I am way below average on that one!!!
Yesterday I did my long run.
My second 9 miles on my plan. I did a little faster this time. I am happy with both these runs. I easily stayed under the McMillan pace suggested for me for LR. I ran negative splits. I drank more and did not have any problems.
For those 2 runs I went with this plan for fuel:
- No coffee before running and I only drank water with small bowl of dry cereals.
- Took 2 salt tablets before leaving.
- Brought Nuun to drink: my 2 10oz bottles on my belt plus 1 extra 16oz in my hand.
- Brought a pack of Sports Jelly Beans Watermelon flavor with caffeine.
- Brought 2 salt tablets but did not take any during my run.
My last 2 LR have been great because I had a partner. Rebekah, my babysitter is now joining me for about 6 miles of my LR. This is GREAT. I love having her with me. First, it goes by faster. Also I run faster with her there. Mentally it makes a huge difference. I still struggle with the mental part of the LR. I know the pace is good because I can talk to her and not be out of breath. She is training for Long Beach so she will stick with me! She told me she started running because of me and that I inspire her. That is always nice to hear right? Her dad is an experienced runner and she got some of his talent for sure. I am sure she will be WAITING for me at the finish line in LB!!!
I signed up for that 5k race next weekend!
Last week of summer vacation for my boys....am I sad?
Will have a lot of free time...a work at home job would be good for me now. Any of you work from home? What do you do?