VICTORY TIPS #3 – Track Your Progress

Training TrackingFrom a young age we are motivated by visual evidence that we are making progress. First it was the height chart on the wall indicating that we were getting taller and closing in on dad. Then our junior school teachers had  a myriad of progress charts from ones that we got to fill up with gold stars and smiley faces to the classic barometer that we got to color in bit by bit and watch it fill to the top. Next came semester tests, physed fitness tests, monthly sales target charts and annual performance appraisals.  All very simple tools that show, I was here, then I did all of this, and now I am all the way up here.

When it comes to our fitness and running goals, tracking and reflecting on your progress is just as valuable for maintaining motivation. Speak to any successful runner and they will soon be wowing you with statistics and charts of days run, days not run, weekly mileage, elevation gain, average pace, personal bests, weight gained and lost… the list goes on. Very soon you realize that these guys run their training much like the CEO of a large corporation, tracking every gain and loss to make sure they stay on track to make target.

With the current array of GPS devices, smart phones and community fitness applications and websites, it is not only super easy to track your progress, but also fun. Many come with motivational messages, fitness challenges, goal awards and more. My personal favorite is the way one is able to connect to a worldwide community of runners where the “average Joe” can compare, compete and challenge like a Pro.

So set some goals and get tracking!

Good luck and let me know how it is going.

Coach Kathleen

RUN.LAUGH.LIVE

About Coach Kathleen

Coaching since 2004, I have coached both young and old athletes from those achieving provincial and national medals in track, biathlon and cross country to runners running their first ever half marathon or marathon. I am a specialist in youth coaching and my coaching philosophy is to not only help each athlete achieve their best with their athletic talent but to guide each athlete in developing character and transforming their lives beyond the track. As an athlete I have competed at high levels across all the running disciplines, track, road, cross country and trail running as well as internationally in triathlon. I have a personal best of 2 hours 45 min for the marathon and have twice been part of the winning ladies team in the AfricanX trail race. Qualifications IAAF Athletics Lecturer Level II Distance Running Coach SAQ Fundamental Movement Certificate ACE Certified Personal Traininer Personal Running Performances
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