Run applications can reduce your progress

15 years ago, most likely, you would take on a run only wrist watch and a printout of a program found on some Runner’s World. Returning home, you would drink water, took a shower and recorded your jog in notepad (paper or in old good Windows 98).

A few years later you could get as a gift for the new year Miracle technique of those times – Hefty Super Technological Watch Like Garmin 305. Just imagine how you would be impressed with their ability to measure the pace right during running. You could even track down with the help of them when accelerated, and when they slowed down.

After another couple of years it happened something very magical. Smartphones appeared, and with them and the mass of applications that are not only able to monitor your movement, but also lead your run. Today some Runkeeper every kilometer tells you, whether you quickly fled enough and how many kilometers left. You can choose the interval program and get instructions when accelerated, and when to slow down. All data about your run is saved somewhere on the server, and you do not even need to look for a cable in order to transfer data from the phone to the computer – Thanks to cloud technologies!

And now serious. Practice shows that the more you run and generally do fitness, the less you should take care of all these numbers. Most of them will not help you train more efficiently. Some are quite harmless. But others can even be deceived and push to the wrong goals. For example, the desire to see the necessary numbers can lead to the fact that you lose control of your own feelings. This is the right way to fail.

Technologies can be a hindrance to progress

Where there are numbers, there is and the desire to improve them. Some lucky people are able to collect tons of data, but to treat them is judged by discarding unnecessary and memorizing only those that really matter. But many of us are unable to find a golden middle. This can lead to inappropriate actions based on numbers: "Tomorrow I can reduce the number of consumed kilocaloria to 1 000!"- Or disappointments in our own physical capabilities:" Why I can not run as fast as I calculated a clever calculator?".

Take, for example, the average pace, which the application tells you at the end of the workout. Based on the fact that the average tempo is one of all three digits that most of the crossing applications provide, it can be assumed that its meaning is very large. Surely you will seek to improve this indicator every run or at least after regular training for a long time. But this approach will not help you in the long run. Your slow runs should remain slow. And the quality of jogging on the speed is not measured by the general training time, which should include full heating and relaxation.

Instead, you should evaluate your training on the basis of the goals that you put. Including those that can not be measured.

For example, during restoration runs, it is important to relax, and kilometers are simply folded into a common piggy bank like coins. During the interval jogging, the goal is to achieve a certain speed. But it is necessary to do this in consistently, based on how these intervals are felt. In general, the correct impression of the jogging is not built on the numbers, but in the feelings.

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Thus, technologies can interfere with your progress. You have the days better and worse, there are injuries (including micro) and recovery periods. You want to improve in running. And applications can catch up, showing how "slowly" you run. At the same time, the improvement of some indicators today can delight you, although in the future they will not lead to progress.

Tools that will really help you run better

It is not at all about returning to the stone age and abandon the technologies. But it makes sense to rely on them a little less. For efficient runs, three things are enough: a pencil, paper notepad and wristwatch with a stopwatch. And only the clock needs you on the treadmill.

Pen and paper

Determine the goals and those numbers that really matter. If you do not put any goals in the run, there is no need to write something. But it is precisely tracking progress towards your goal day after day and from a week to week will show if you have to run better. Here is an approximate record plan:

  • In the upper right corner, write down the goal for the week: something global, but at the same time pretty simple, for example, "run 1 km more" or "spend a minimum of two jogging, despite vacation".
  • Spend a vertical line, dividing a sheet into two columns (in the ratio of approximately 1: 4) and six horizontal lines to separate every day of the week.
  • In the right column, write down your goals every day, leaving a place in each cell.
  • After each run, write the real results in the right column, and those that really matter, for example:
  • distance to the recovery day;
  • average interval time if you work on an increase in speed;
  • Own sensations (for example, when you returned to the track after injury).
Run applications can reduce your progress

Note, there is no need to fix the average pace. When working on speed, your progress will reflect the average interval time.

And your trajectory on the map? Is she at least somehow helps you in achieving the goals?

Figures that really help track progress:

  • Number of regular runs and gradual increase in weekly kilometer.
  • Brief data on interval jogs that clearly show speed improvement.
  • Joyful mood that motivates to continue running.

Wrist watch

Second necessary tool – watch. And it is necessary and enough so that they have a stopwatch. They are more convenient than a smartphone, and, as a rule, cheaper.

Wristwatches are suitable for most running tasks, but they are especially good in the following cases:

  • during jogging on technology 10-20-30;
  • During conventional interval jogs – the clock turns out to be more accurate than applying applications.

The only thing that inexpensive hours cannot do is remember the time of each interval. But in fact, accuracy is not so important here. Just evaluate, more or less time you spend than expected not to overdo it, but at the same time keep up with the plan.

Using a smartphone while running

Smartphone, of course, will be useful to:

  • stay safe – you can call close if something unexpected will occur;
  • listen to music that will help not bother while running;
  • Tighten the distance on the new route.

But no need to constantly check with the indications of the application. It is better to remove the smartphone in your pocket and try to forget about his existence, focusing on your feelings.

In any case, it is worth tracking only what contributes to your progress. Disabling alerts in running applications will help keep the focus on what really matters.

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