If you've ever been to athlinks, you know it's a website that compiles race results. I've never registered with them, so a few races are missing under my name, several have an incorrect age, and there are a few results that don't belong to me, but that's beside the point. One of the guys I run with during the week emailed the link to me and commented that I've been running for a long time.
Just for kicks, I decided to tally up my race results from my spreadsheet (I've kept a racing log (separate from my training logs) since very early on). Since I started running, I have spent 142 hours and 41 minutes racing. Admittedly, several races were run for fun (I think about a 5k with a co-worker's daughter once, a first post-baby 5k with another friend, etc.). But that's still 142 hours where I've been running on a race clock. Wow! And that doesn't include one of my very first races, a 3.5 mile corporate race challenge where I didn't keep track of time. But I could safely say I'm over 143.25 hours.
And I have run 97 races -- 97 times I've paid some kind of entry fee, pinned a bib to my shirt, and toed the line. Just over 894 miles raced (again, counting races where I was running just for fun, and this time counting the 3.5 mile no-time-recorded race). 894 miles!! That means I could have run all the way from Dallas to Milwaukee, and then some!
Perhaps the coolest thing about all these statistics -- I just realized that this weekend's race will be no. 98, next weekend will be no. 99, and my 100th race will be on Thanksgiving -- at the same race that was my first about 7 years ago!
Kind of makes me feel old... but happy all the same!