Saturday, April 19, 2014

Two Award Update!

Remember I said that I self nominated myself for a dietetics award, 
Well, you're looking at the winner!
I will get my RD, one day!
Cool, right?
I also won another award this past month. The Essex County Running Club had its annual meeting. The President emailed me: 'Are you going? You won an award!' 
I did?
Of course I'm going!
I want that award!
My First Ever Essex County Running Club Award!
So, this is the first time I've ever heard of the "PLP". 
I hope I don't screw up the definition, but this is how I understand it .... You know when you see "age-graded results" on your race time, and think, "What does this mean?" 
Well this is the PLP: Performance Level Percentage.
Awards for older runners (that'd be like me) are in the form of age groups.Well, lots of older people are running these days - so an age graded system was developed. In 1989, the World Association of Veteran Athletes (WAVA) developed the first age-graded tables in one-year age increments. The tables are composed of world class standards as a function of both age and distance.
So, for every age starting at 8 years old to 100 years old, 
there are standardized tables for every long distance running event!
Who knew?
Using the information in the tables, it is possible to determine your age-graded time and athletic performance level, PLP. The classifications for PLP are:
100% = Approximately World Record Level
Over 90% = World Class 
Over 80% = National Class 
Over 70% = Regional Class
Over 60% = Local Class
For a local 8K run I participated in this past year, my PLP was 72.6%.
Regionally, I guess I did alright!
I was very honored to have won the award, but I must admit my heart sank a tiny tad when I found out it was for an 8K, and not a Half.
PLP Winners!
The best part about the night was spending it with such a great bunch of runners!
Thank you Essex Running Club!
July 1st starts my NYCMarathon training 
- and I will be looking to log some miles with all of you!
Train Smart Today!

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