2015 Blog Stats

Last year around this time, I got a fun email from WordPress, with a bunch of fun stats about my blog for 2014.  Well, this evening I got another email recapping My Brave Wings’ stats for 2015!

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Here’s some of the fun stats from the WordPress helper monkeys:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

The busiest day of the year was October 27th with 474 views. The most popular post that day was KC 13.1 Recap.

In 2015, there were 150 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 208 posts.

Thanks for a fantastic 2015, I can’t wait to share more next year on My Brave Wings!

Thursday Thoughts: Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  We came back home to KC on Sunday after a whirlwind couple of weeks in Hays for Grandpa’s funeral and Christmas.

Jasper seemed happy to come back home and see all his normal things.  He spent a while staring out the window and watching the birds in the tree.

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James and I bought Jasper a water fountain drinking bowl – he always likes to sit in the shower when I trickle the water on and drink from the faucet, so we thought it would be a good idea to try out this bowl.  He wasn’t too sure of it at first, and after he played in it and got the floor all wet, he decided it was okay to drink from.

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I had my last run of 2014 on Tuesday (December 30), which was actually the first run I’d had in 10 days! I did 5 miles on the treadmill because the wind chill was crazy low, and parts of it hurt, but I got through, and finished 2014 with 845 total miles.  I’ve already written about my 2015 goals, I’m excited to hit the ground running this year!

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James and I had a low key New Years Eve, which was perfect after the crazy last few weeks.  We ate at Barley’s Brewhaus, then came home and ran in the new year from our comfortable and cozy couch.

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This morning, a friend and I ran in the KC Track Club New Years Day Fun Run, which was cold, but fun.  We got 4 miles in the books, then had some hot chocolate to warm up.  About 150 people ran this morning, it was a great way to start the new year! I even won a pair of shoes from Garry Gribbles in the raffle!

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This afternoon, James and I are going to a movie and will relax the rest of the day.  Did you party hard to ring in the new year? Share your 2015 goals below!

2015 Running Goals

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

– Christopher McDougall

Savannah Lion

Running Goals for 2015:

1.  Run 1100+ miles.  This year, I will come in around 850-870.  Adding 200+ miles will increase my mileage by about 20 miles per month.  In 2014, I have had 2 months over 100 miles, and my goal is to have most of the months in 2015 over 100 miles per month.

2.  Run a half marathon with no walking.  I currently have registered for 2 half marathons in 2015, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on April 11, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas on November.  I may add an early summer or early fall half marathon, it depends how the training cycle goes.

3.  5k PR of under 30 minutes and a 10k PR of under 62 minutes.  I have had unofficial 5k and 10k PRs this fall, but they have been in training runs.  I need to focus and increase my speed so it shows on race day.  I feel confident I can reach both PRs in 2015, especially if I continue running some speed workouts, with or without my KCRC group.

4.  Do a handstand.  I know this one isn’t necessarily running related, but it is fitness related, and it will help me improve on core strength and shoulder strength, which will help my running.  I also hope to practice yoga at least once a week, even if it is privately at home.  I miss practicing yoga weekly, like I did back in Hays.

5.  Enjoy the run.  I enjoy nearly all of my runs now, and I want to keep it that way.  I don’t want running to feel like a job, or a chore.  I love running, and want to keep my relationship with running a happy and healthy one.  If I need to take a week off I can, and if I need to get out there and run when I have housework to do, I can.  The run is stress relief, and it is a part of me.

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With 2 weeks left in 2014, have you thought ahead to your running or fitness goals for 2015? Share them in the comments below!