I wrote this as a comment on someones running blog that's been having some difficult times with their running. I thought it'd be good to share.
If you’re one that’s become obsessed with tracking things, you might
try switching to a more qualitative record of your runs than
quantitative. I rarely track my pace anymore, and found that I enjoy my
runs far more. Here is what I track:
Distance – given.
The following are all on a 1-10 scale, and I usually give some comments:
Overall – just a basic idea of how the run went
Enjoyment – Was it a “git r done” kind of work out, or pure pleasure
Experience – Did anything interesting happen or did you see anything interesting
Effort – leisurely jog or hardcore sprint work
Pain – anything worth noting about
You can take a look at mine for examples at:
As a side note, my gout attack is mostly gone but there has been some lingering inflammation. I opted to push back my 16 mile run until next week to give more time for healing. I've taken the entire last week off of running but did get a chance to follow in Rocky's footsteps...