There is a balance between physically running and analysing the performance. It is essential to record running data to reach your athletic potential.
Below are four interconnected reasons to collect statistics about your runs.
1. Starts your running journey
Your first set of data is your starting point. It is a baseline that you can always refer to as the moment you made a conscious decision. It means you have taken your running seriously; that your running is worth reflecting on. It is.
2. Measures your progress
As you accumulate data you can view your performances using various parameters, such as pace, distance and heart rate. You can compare your current ability with your short and long-term aims, as well as understand whether you are running consistently.
3. Provides valuable feedback
Although there may be setbacks in your training, data offers some insights as to the reasons behind any injuries or below-par performances. This works at a macro level (examining changes in weekly mileage) and at a micro level (scrutinising similar workouts or courses).
4. Motivates in a personalised way
The data is yours, not anyone else’s. It should be a source of pride and inspiration not only to run more but to improve. It should offer you the momentum and confidence to explore your running further. Reflect on your past efforts and dream for greater outcomes.
Regardless of your ability, data creates in the mind a series of reference points. It makes visible what you have accomplished in a comparable and tangible way.
Believe me, you will not regret it.