So, over the past few months I have been doing the C25K and loving it. As I work in Computers and work with statistics, I was interesting in tracking my progress and have been using Adidas MiCoach over the past few months. I found that while it was great to track my heart rate, pace, distance, and also my route thanks to the GPS functionality on my smart phone, I wanted to look at something that would allow me to see graphs showing improvements or drops. For example in Week 2 I found that I was running shorter distances than week 1, but that was due to maths. In week 1 we had more runs than week 2, but gradually as things improved and weeks went by that starting to right itself again. Then a few weeks ago I posted that the inevitable had happened and I had caught up with myself on my route and had to move.
I have done a number of ParkRuns now (well 2, but its a number greater than 1 so its a positive increase) and was glad to see that there was a partnership now with Strava.com. MiCoach has this too, so I signed up to Strava, and imported my historical runs into it last week and started playing today. What I found was for the initial weeks, as I ran the same route, it started comparing. I actually ran the same route 16 times over a 2 month period which was not bad at all. So it showed me the attached graph. What it showed was something positive that those of us that are getting to weeks 3 and 4 and struggling with can look at and see a positive in graph form even if we cannot feel it.
If you are tracking with your smart phones, and have not used Strava, its free and I do recommened it. I am still learning, but love what its got to offer.