We all run for different reasons. Some run to lose weight, some run to keep fit and there are even those who run as a means to de-stress. Regardless of reason, you need to know how to track your running progress.
Track Your Running Progress
Firstly, in order for you to commit to tracking your progress, you need to understand what benefits it brings. A running log will undoubtedly give you a clear indication about where you have started off and where you are heading to, in terms of running ability. It will also give you a great inkling of what works for you and what doesn’t. A visual representation of your progress is definitely a must….
When you begin to keep track of your progress, you can perhaps in the first week, start off at a gradual pace and slowly pick up the intensity as you go along. This is a great idea as you can see a more defined improvement.
Carry a little notebook with you to keep record of vital stats. If you are not too keen on the idea of lugging around a notebook there are many running apps that have some highly beneficial features for runners. In fact, check out this piece on ten of the best running apps.
Whenever you run, make note of your personal bests for times and distances. It will help you understand if you are progressing or not. With each session you will try to better it.
On every run take note of every aspect that is relevant to your run. While you will obviously note the date, just as importantly you need to jot down the time. Some individuals feel strongest in the morning while others feel a lot peppier in the evenings. So it is possible that your performance could have a direct correlation with the time.
Take note of the weather conditions. Indicate if it rained, or it was humid or hot, etc. The more you train, the easier you will be able to assess what your performance translates into under various conditions.
Your running journal should also have information about your food consumption. Everything that you eat – meals, snacks, drinks, etc. If you are achieving certain results that are not desirable then there could be a direct link to your running performance. For example, if you pick up a trend of having flat days when you have eaten a lot of starches, you will know to adjust your diet accordingly.
Conversely perhaps when you are feeling full of energy it also could be related to your diet. It is a little tricky but when you analyse your food diary over a period of time you will be able to get a good inkling about what foods have a positive effect on you.
Take full advantage of your running log. It is the most concise method of figuring out what works for you as well as it will give you a visual representation of your efforts. You will be amazed about how much more structured and quantified, your running training will become and you will be able to evaluate and assess accordingly.
Do you every track your running workouts? How do you do so?