Looking Back to Move Forward
So yesterdays run I had to do without the Official Traildog as I needed to Pick up some pineapple on the way back and she’s not good at being left outside a shop. So I got back uploaded data from my Tomtom to Strava as normal. Checking out my run afterwards as I do (I wanted to have a look at the sprints I’d thrown in the middle) I saw the part that said ’20 runs on this route’ and ‘View Matched Runs’. I clicked on the link and up came a list of my runs on this route. Those regular people will know I’ve struggled this year with injury illness and motivational issues so at present I’m running slower and shorter than I have for a while. Anyway I had a look down the list and clicked on one of the fastest runs. This run was done in 2014 in fact the day after my birthday. I ran the route around a minute a Km faster. So why? So I then spent some time looking at my stats for that year.
2014 was my second year running I ran around 3000 kms which is about the same 2015. What was interesting was my consistency as much as I had a few big months generally I was running 200 to 250kms a month but these were spread evenly throughout the week and month. 2015 in comparison I was training for distance so I had a few days of high mileage then I would have days of minimal or no running. My Pace went down in 2015 and I think its because I didn’t find the balance between keeping the pace I already had and working on long distances. You then compare that to this years figures and my running is scattered there is little consistency some of it due to illness and injury some of it because I have been a little clueless about how to build myself back up. This has caused a few issues including I’ve gained a wee bit of weight which all affects running and motivation
My primary reason for running is enjoyment. I remember enjoying 2014. I’m not a fast runner and necer expect to set blistering times however I like to push myself and see what I can do. There were parts of 2015 I enjoyed but a lot of it was just a grind. This year has been hard with a few bright moments. So what do I take from looking at this data?
- Consistency – I need to be consistent on a daily weekly and monthly basis
- Monthly Distance – In 2014 my monthly distance was generally lower than I push for now so I need to pull back the pressure I put on myself. Stop trying to run 350kms a month because at present you’re not up to it
- Variation – There was a lot of variation in my 2014 runs, so vary it up
Overall it’s time to just enjoy my running again and make the most of what’s left of summer. I have some plans for the coming months including the second year of my Dawntilldusk challenge before my birthday.
So if you’re struggling it’s always worth looking at what’s gone before to help move you forward. As always you can follow me on social media (links at the top left) and my Strava if you want is linked at a drop down menu at the top or a direct link to my Profile is HERE
So do you ever look at past Data?