Friday, April 4, 2014

Runner's Math? It May Not be Logical, But it Works For Me.

Runners aren't exactly known for being good at math. I'm no exception. That's why we wear GPS watches to do all the hard calculations for us. We say and do things that may sound strange to the non-runner or the math-inclined. I call it runner's math.



1. "I only ran 10 miles today."
2. Running is 60% mental  30% physical and 20% nutrition. No, wait. That's how abs are made in the kitchen. Forget it.
3. 3 miles = 3 beers. It's called balance.
4. But that same ratio does not apply to a marathon. (Thanks @henryhoward)
5. One marathon = one free beer and a pig out dinner.
6. The 2nd half of a marathon is longer than the first.
7. Running>sleep when your alarm is set for 4:30am.
8. 5 miles is almost six and twelve is almost twenty six point two. Keep going.
9. Only one more mile = 10 more miles when you tell yourself you only have to run one more mile.
10. Your last PR subtracted by your current pace, times the numbers of miles to go, plus the number of miles finished = too much math to do in your head during a race.
11. $100 running shoes, $100 race entry, and hundreds of training hours = one technical shirt, one finisher's medal, and a bag full of coupons you will never use.
12. Water stops can totally be subtracted from your mental time (but not your official time, unfortunately).
13. The number of curse words used during the last five miles of your race is equal to the number of minutes after finishing that you start thinking about signing up for your next one.
14. Two miles is almost half way to five miles in your head, but 4.89 miles is not five miles so you run around the block again.
15. A birthday is an opportunity to advance in your age group and kick those old people's asses butts, although technically you are now an old person too. (But who's doing the math?)
16. "It's all downhill from here" does not equal the actual elevation at the end of your run.
17. 26.2 miles is only 13.1 miles each way, which is only slightly more than ten miles, and ten miles is only five miles twice. I can easily run five miles. I can run a marathon.
18. The ratio of the number of legs on your running partner to the amount of enjoyment of your run.
19. One minute on the treadmill definitely equals (at least) five actual minutes.
20. A one mile tempo run is way longer than a one mile recovery run.
21. Running after leg day = walking.
22. Running = Love.

Do you have any runner's math equations to share?




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19 comments :

  1. Of course I love love this Lea! Definitely sharing :)

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  3. Okay, SO, I don't consider myself a "runner" but according to your quote on your banner I am :) I like to run here and there, but never long distances, usually HIIT sessions, but still couldn't help but laugh while reading all your Math Equations, because I am guilty of a few of my own:
    1. I'll only do HIIT for five minutes (three to four times repeated....)
    2. I'll only do one more mile (repeated two more times in my head)
    3. Suck it up with sprinting, it's only been 30 seconds (since you last looked at the clock)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. ha ha. I love your math and you ARE a runner. :)

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  4. Lea, this is great...#13 and #19 are my go to thoughts LOL

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  5. I love this! I so can't wait until I get old so I dominate my age group (always fewer runners the higher the age group ;) )

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  6. Oh, my! These are terrific! #10 and #14 hit close to home!

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  7. We are ALL about #18 in our house! Love and gonna steal it (with your permission of course! :)

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  8. But in Canadian = metric) you double it and add 30 :-) thanks for the laugh, I needed it!

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  9. The first two miles are just a warm-up and don't count, so the 14 mile run is really just 12. But it's only 5 miles out after the warm-up, and then I HAVE to come back, so it needs to be done. The last 2 miles practically don't count since it's just the second half of the warm up , so 14 miles is really only 5.

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  10. The first two miles are just a warm-up and don't count, so the 14 mile run is really just 12. But it's only 5 miles out after the warm-up, and then I HAVE to come back, so it needs to be done. The last 2 miles practically don't count since it's just the second half of the warm up , so 14 miles is really only 5.

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