I’ve crossed a line into keeping stats

I’ve read on running blogs and subreddits that people seriously into running keep spreadsheets to track their progress. I didn’t do any such thing. Until today.


As they say, now I’ve gone and crossed a line into crazy.

Honestly, I am a huge fan of data points. It’s what helped me through Whole30 (even though they tell you not to weigh yourself; I did the entire time as it motivated me), and its what kept me to adhere strictly to my Paleo lifestyle early on. Having immediate data points that I can use to measure my progress has always been helpful and motivating.

I have a Fitbit, and it has been an invaluable tool in helping me keep track of my running progress. Using the Fitbit, I can get (very close to) accurate measures of my progress including things like heart rate so I can see just how hard I’m working on those runs.

Plus, it’s just plain neat to see myself making progress. While my distance is likely to stay between 3 and 6 miles for the foreseeable future, it’s nice to see the pace going down over time. Admittedly, it’s not a very steep curve, but it is progress nonetheless. As long as I’m running mid 9’s, I’m happy.

Next up for the spreadsheet: tracking how the run felt. Maybe add the weather. Try to collect as many data points as possible.

Author: PaleoMarine

Former active duty Marine who went from 170 lbs to 328 lbs and decided that he had to change his life or die. He lost 130 lbs in 1 year through Whole30 and adopting the Paleo Diet without doing any exercise at all. Since starting running, he's lost an additional 20 lbs and is comfortably back in the 170 lbs range. He is a Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard and writes multiple blogs about topics he is passionate about.

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