Do you keep a training diary? When I first started running back in 1995, one of the perks to subscribing to Runner’s World Magazine was getting their free gift — a tiny, simple, “to the point” running journal.
In the beginning of my running career, I didn’t really know what the point was. I was good about writing my time (back then, I often didn’t know my exact distance, especially if I ran off road), and the type of run and maybe how I felt.
Over the years, technology has changed, making those simple little running logs obsolete. Strava, MapMyRun, Nike+ Running, TrainingPeaks, etc. now all record your runs for you and more often than not, we’re too busy or caught up to make notes. But then they disappear into technology and we can’t review our notes the same way anyway.
Recently I purchased the Believe journal by Lauren Fleshman and it’s taken me back into the journaling phase of my life. I’m happy to be writing notes again.
My blog has also served as a great resource for my own training, particularly race recaps. In fact, last year’s Deschutes Dash race recap is giving me great insight into how I can improve this year. I even went as far as writing a “to-do” list, with things I needed to address before the next triathlon. I’m not ignoring them. In fact, I am happy to realize that without knowing it, I took care of them over the past year.
2014 Deschutes Dash ReCap
For Next Time
1. Train more. Just keep training.
2. Have a support system.
3. Wear a visor on the run (I do believe I cursed Bend and said, “why can’t there just be one little effing cloud?!”
4. Figure out digestive woes.. Was this truly nerves, or something I was eating?
5. Ride the bike in the morning just to make sure everything is RACE READY.
6. Figure out a 2-piece tri suit.
7. Practice positive mental thinking.
And guess what??
1. I’m a marathon fitter! I bike to/from work, and my training is so much more complete than it was last year, when I was coming back from ground zero.
2. Between Fleet Feet, my friend Ian, and Team 10 Barrel, I’d say I have an excellent support system.
3. Improving my fitness has certainly made my heat tolerance better, but yes, I do run with some type of visor on my head.
4. My digestive issues ended up being a candida overgrowth and I have taken care of it. It’s an ongoing process but I do believe I have I under control now!
5. Instead of that, I’ll just remain calm and figure out mechanical issues instead of assuming the issue is with me.
6. I have a tri kit all set! Team 10 Barrel!
7. I am in a much more positive place in my life. I have come the longest way in this regard. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and joy will burn out the pain.” – Josh Campbell
One last piece that I didn’t mention, LOSE SOME WEIGHT! I have lost 15 pounds since Deschutes Dash last year. I am feeling much more fit, mentally and physically. I’m also only racing the sprint this year, which is a different kind of race, and looking forward to it!
See the benefit of keeping a training journal? It’s great to look back and see what works and what doesn’t, how miles and training volume can help or hurt your progress. If you keep detailed entries, you’ll be able to learn from yourself and know what works and how to be the best version of yourself you can be!
What kind of journal do you use?