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.
I’ve also run about 300km more than 2013, improved my 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.