MEASURING ENJOYMENT Alongside measuring confidence, as discussed in the previous chapter, one of the best ways to figure out the balance of repetition and variation that is right for youas well as the optimal weekly mileage, volume of high-intensity training, frequency of recovery weeks, and so forthis to continually monitor your enjoyment of training, because enjoyment (alongside confidence) is the primary experiential evidence that your training is effective, while lack of enjoyment is your unconscious brain’s way of telling you that your training is not working.
I use a very simple system for monitoring training enjoyment in my own training; perhaps it will work for you: After completing each run, assign it an enjoyment score of 1, 2, or 3. Rate the run a 1 if it was, on balance, not enjoyable. I say on balance because most runs have both pleasant and unpleasant aspects. So a score of 1 indicates not that the run was completely unpleasant, but that its unpleasant moments or aspects outweighed its pleasant ones. Rate the run a 2 if it was about equally pleasant and unpleasant. Rate the run a 3 if it was, on balance, enjoyable.
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