How To Measure Your Progress In Running

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September is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop running. Last month in our fitness challenge I asked you to walk or to run, and if you took even a little bit of my advice, you’ve gone out a few times and probably gotten stronger and faster — even if you haven’t realised it yet.

If you kept records or measured any benchmarks, take a look at them now. Can you run at a faster pace than you used to? Was your longest run this month a particularly long one for you? Did you rack up more total kilometres? Or perhaps you hit some other important milestone:

  • If you were a total beginner, did you hit your stride? Maybe you can walk farther or faster than before. Did you perhaps become a runner or a sometimes-jogger? (Fun fact: Running and jogging are two words that mean the exact same thing. If you jog a little, congrats, you’re a runner.)
  • If you weren’t comfortable with running when you started, did you get more comfortable? Did you find ways to make running more fun? Did you find a new skill or a new strength or a favourite new trail?
  • If you were already a runner, what did you discover about yourself this month? Did you get better at hills, did you improve your kilometre time, did you decide to sign up for a race?

Whatever you did this month, if you participated at all, I’d count that as a win. Feel free to keep running as this beautiful spring weather continues, and consider hitting the trails if you don’t already. The new challenge for October is deadlifts, but you can easily work it into your schedule on days you don’t run. Sound off in the comments and enjoy your next run or walk!


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