Saturday, December 31, 2011

My year by the numbers

First of all, I have to start off this post with a disclaimer that writing a post of this sort is kind of hard for me to do, mostly because I am afraid of what people will think of me.  I don't want to appear egotistical or like a "show-off."  But ultimately, I have to remember that I am writing this for myself and my own family, and this is kind of a big deal to me.
It's no secret that I enjoy running and that I faithfully log my miles on a daily basis.  The Saturday before Thanksgiving, I tallied my miles and discovered that I had run exactly 700 for the year to date.  I had exactly six weeks until the final day of the year (today), and I made a goal to run 100 more miles before the year ended.  Well, yesterday I completed my goal and hit the 800 mile mark!  And just for good measure, I ran three more miles this morning.  :)  So my grand total of miles run in 2011 is 803, and I feel pretty darn good about it!  It's nearly 100 miles more than I did last year.  
And speaking of last year, remember that cake that Adam bought me?  Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised (but I was!) when he repeated the tradition last night:

He's so awesome.
I think I'm going into retirement for a little while.  I might have another month or so left of running in me, but as I am starting to "show," I feel like running might become uncomfortable very soon.  Elliptical machine here I come!

My second "number" accomplishment for the year is an idea I borrowed from my friend, Beth.  She is an avid reader, and logs the number of pages she reads each year.  I decided since I read quite a bit, too, it might be fun to try that, as well!  So my grand total of pages read in 2011 is 11,993.  That is strictly leisure reading; it doesn't include any gospel study (Ensign, scriptures, etc.).  And just for fun,  here is the list of books I read this year:

Book Title Author Date Finished # Pages
Les Miserables Victor Hugo 1/4/11 311
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell 1/20/11 299
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell 1/25/11 259
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café Fanny Flagg 2/5/11 403
Highest Duty:  My Search for What Really Matters Sully Suellenburger 2/13/11 340
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! Fanny Flagg 2/21/11 467
Inconceivable Carolyn & Sean Savage 2/25/11 296
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford 3/5/11 290
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 3/12/11 220
Peace Like a River Leif Enger 4/16/11 311
Ask Me Why I Hurt Randy Christensen 4/30/11 265
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand 5/15/11 473
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot 6/4/11 369
Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay 6/9/11 316
The Virgin of Small Plains Nancy Pickard 6/24/11 335
Midway to Heaven Dean Hughes 7/9/11 225
Before the Dawn Dean Hughes 7/15/11 297
Candle in the Darkness Lynn Austin 7/23/11 431
Heaven is for Real Todd Burpo 8/6/11 163
Journal of the Trail Stewart Glazier 8/13/11 189
Please Look After Mom Kyung-Sook Shin 8/16/11 237
Elizabeth Street Laurie Fabiano 8/19/11 386
Boys Adrift Leonard Sax 8/25/11 267
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd 8/27/11 302
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain 9/2/11 337
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 9/7/11 171
Caleb's Crossing Geraldine Brooks 9/15/11 306
Gift from the Sea Anne Morrow Lindbergh 9/16/11 134
Adrenaline Jeff Abbott 9/20/11 400
Debunking 9/11 Myths David Dunbar 10/15//11 107
The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton 10/21/11 552
The Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt 10/31/11 264
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer 11/5/11 333
The Candy Shop War Brandon Mull 11/12/11 404
Cheaper by the Dozen Frank Gilbreth, Jr. 11/20/11 180
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 11/23/11 374
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins 11/27/11 391
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins 11/29/11 398

Like how I didn't read anything at all this month?  It's been busy.  And truth be told, whenever I get free time lately, I am using it to sleep!
So, there you have it!  My year in numbers.  When I told a friend that I was doing this, she laughed and said, "So, you are recording both how active you are and how much time you sit around reading?"  Yep, pretty much.  But running and reading are two of my greatest hobbies.  In fact, I worked simultaneously at Seagull Book and Foot Locker while I was in college--pretty much the perfect jobs for me.  
Again, this is strictly for my benefit.  I am not trying to compare myself to anyone else or be a braggadocio.  It's just fun at the end of the year to look back and recognize that I did some pretty great things for myself--beyond the hundreds of meals I have prepared, the endless loads of laundry I have done, and the thousands of stories I have read to my boys.  Not that those things aren't great, too!  


Beth said...

Woo-hoo! I am glad you did this post, and not just because it makes me feel famous when I get mentioned on somebody else's blog. ;-) There's just something so satisfying as tracking your progress on something and seeing results and how things change year to year. Congrats on your "numbers" for 2011 -- I'm kind of in awe at those 800 miles! Wow!

Heather said...

I love this post. Following your blog, I have felt like a cheerleader anyway in your efforts. Congrats on meeting (and exceeding) your goal!

Amberly said...

Meggin, you officially rock. After reading your post, I have decided that I need to read WAY more than I usually do :) You are my New Year's motivation! I may even make a goal about it :)

Shannon Gish said...

What a great idea to celebrate a different number other than AGE on your birthday. Love it! So - which of all those books were your top 5 recommendations?

Kim said...

LOVED this post! Way to go Meggin!!! And you totally SHOULD brag, 800 miles!!!!!! That is incredible!