My Garmin started beeping over the weekend that it was full. After a little over a year of friendship and support, it forced me to purge some of the information I love gazing at.
Of course, we had our disappointments. All the times it didn’t get a signal until midway through my run, the times it unexpectedly ran out of battery within seconds into a run, or even the couple of times I made it out of the house without it.
But, as I was pressing the “delete all” button, I couldn’t help but smile at all the information it did register.
Since mid-March of last year, despite the hiccups mentioned above and all my breaks from running due to injury after injury, the Garmin still managed to track 512 miles worth of sweaty runs. That added up to a total of 104 hours putting one foot in front of the other, and over 64,000 calories burned.
There’s a reason I can’t go out for a run without it, and why when it’s acting iffy it ruins a perfectly good run: stats like these make me smile. It’s good to know all the effort you put in.
And on those days I’m struggling to run 5 miles, I have to remind myself that those 5 miles are nothing on the grand scheme of things.
I can’t wait to see next year’s stats. Here’s to a 2010 free of injuries!