Keeping A Running Training Journal
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The most effective way to know how you are faring with your running training is by maintaining your own personal running journal. It will take into account all the details of your running training, your previous runs against the current runs; and therefore you will have an idea of where you have started, how you are improving and what else to do to improve and therefore fare high.
Jot Down Notes About Running Today
Tracking down your development as well as your past mistakes will teach you how to move on to the next level and therefore accomplish newer milestones. Creating a personal tracker or journal about your running training does not have to be very complicated or intricately done. You can simply jot down dashed notes or bullet points about the distance you have traveled as well as the time that you have accomplished running every day of your training program.
Add A Personal Touch To Your Running Journal
Should you want your journal to have a more personal touch, then make it more detailed adding on other stories about your running training. You might as well mention the exact time and distances that you ran each day with the route or itinerary that you ran. You can also match them with your emotions for the time being that you were running.
Keeping a personal journal of all your runs is truly a reasonable thing to do. You may include some of your thoughts at that time that you were running or the way you felt at that moment, so you could identify which factors have greatly helped you improve a particular run, or which have dramatically pulled your performance down. The words about how your one day of running started and expired do not need to be written in highfalutin words. Make it as simple as possible.
Fartlek or Simply, Speed Play
Yes, everyone knows the fun of running; however, not everyone is aware that there is such a thing called "fartlek" which in Sweden means "speed play" or a type of casual gap session used to integrate the concept of speed work into your running routine. Fartlek is the "bursts of speed" while halfway through a training run.
And as in every training run, warming up is a basic requirement before going full blast in running. Detail out in your personal journal how you did your warm-up exercises, and what improvements you immediately noticed when you did the warm up exercises before running. And eventually, you can compare by looking at your other notes as to the effects of running without performing any warm-up exercises at all.
Comparing Previous And Present Runs To Improve
Compare and contrast how well you did at which point and how poorly you performed or ran when you did not do any warming up or soft calisthenics. That way, you will see that not warming up can be a cause for injuries later on and so, you will know that warming up or doing soft calisthenics is something that needs to be performed before every other run to improve your time, distance and speed.
Making A Personal Account Of Your Bursts Of Speed
Also, you should make a listing of the bursts of speed you threw in the road tracks for the various distances you ran. You can also highlight the details on the time you ran them as well, then jot down the recovery pace or jog in between the bursts of speed you performed during the whole running training. Varying the time as well as the speed from as little as 15 seconds to a longer time of two to three minutes, will make a good journal accounting of what really transpired.