Measurement is a key to improvement

2014 was the year I started to seriously (for me) build my mileage and become a stronger runner. And by looking at the data I’ve learned a lot about how my body works.

When I started the year, I set a few goals (they’re listed on the right side of this blog). In order to hit them I’ve had to build my endurance and my pace.

What I’ve learned is that I build distance first and then pace. It seems I can’t do both at the same time. If you look at the graphs below, it stands out clearly. I build distance slowly and pace follow. In December 2014, I completed my longest runs but my average pace dropped by about 10 seconds per kilometre. But, now that I’m in a taper for the Two Bays Trail Run, I’m running shorter distances and my pace is up significantly.

 

2014-running-performance

 

I’ve also run about 300km more than 2013, improved┬ámy average pace by about 7 seconds per kilometre while increasing the length of my average run by about 1.5km.

In other words, it’s been a good year.

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