How to be a better Runner…
Both concepts are fairly obvious. If you stay consistent in anything you will eventually improve. Nothing in life is linear, and training is never an exception.
You could be working your butt off and see absolutely no progress. Don’t worry, I’ve been there, and my training hit a plateau last summer and again in November and December. Those months were the hardest not to give up. It felt as if I was working hard but had nothing to show for it. I was putting in the time, mileage and recovery and not seeing improvements.
I consistently trained through the plateau. It’s easier to run when you are doing well, and everything seems awesome. It’s much harder to stay consistent when training is not going your way. The less consistent you are, the fewer results you see, and you begin a downward spiral. It’s important to stay consistent through both periods of good and bad training.
The second part is it’s important to track your progress. With anything in life, we often forget what we don’t write down. By tracking your progress, you’re able to look back at training six months from now. You can see what worked and what didn’t. You can see “was I really consistent”?
Do I remember what I ran February 3, 2015? Of course, not but now I can look back and see I ran eight easy miles.
Tracking your workouts is one of the single biggest ways to improve. You know your actual mileage and actual fitness level. It’s something you need to know to improve. You cannot improve if you don’t know where your starting point is. By tracking your mileage, you can begin that process.
The importance of tracking your mileage does not just include distance. It includes the minor details such as:
- How did I feel mentally or emotionally?
- Did I have any aches and pains while running?
- Are there any trends with how I feel after a workout? (For instance, if you are sore for six workouts in a row, there is probably an issue)
- Do you excel in particular weather? Do you excel after you’ve eaten a particular food?
Other blogging challenges I’ve written about:
One Mistake I’m Glad I made
Why Training for Shorter Distances Will Make You Better at Longer Ones
Deep Tissue Massages
Steps to Increase Mileage and Stay Injury Free
Questions for you:
Do you track your progress?
How do you stay consistent when you have hit a plateau?