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Keeping a Running Journal or Running Log

When you take your running seriously, you can't go without a running journal or running log.

Many runners use them.

You could use your running journal to write about the details of workouts and summarize how they feel before, during, and after their workouts.

Keeping a running journal enables runners to discover their weaknesses and rectify them.

Running journals or running logs also gives you a chance to reflect back on which type of running program or conditions led to a certain injury.

What Information Do You Put In A Running Journal?

You can use a running journal / running log to record virtually anything you find important about your run. You would usually, as a bare minimum, use it to record each of your runs or workouts. In your entries, you usually record distance, length of the run and the type of running training. You may also include where you ran (e.g. the actual route or whether it was on a treadmill, track or forest trail), whether it was a morning, afternoon or night run, which food you ate before or after your run and how you felt the run went.

You can also record your heart rate, speed, pre-run and post-run stretches, and additional information in your running journal/running log. You would record this information to help you understand why a certain run may have proceeded better than another run. Running journals are key to helping you resolve those questions. Serious runners leave out no detail of their runs, since they strive to understand which conditions fuel their peak performance.

Why Do You Keep A Running Journal?

First of all, your running journal/running log serves as your own personal "athletic diary". You keep it to know where you have been and where you are going with your running training. When you are trying to understand your performance it is very important to be able to dissect the elements of that performance.

Besides acting as an "athletic diary", a running journal/running log may also contain your personal calendar. For example, you may enter the dates to purchase new shoes, or when it is time to add an extra mile to a daily run or a full running training program. You may also enter marathon/race dates and training group runs. Often, you use the journal to write down goals, which you can revisit as a motivation tool to overcome difficult moments in training.

A running journal/running log also acts as your personal reference book. Keeping a running log for each year of training allows you to revisit old journals and see how far you have come in their training. You are often surprised by your progress as you review old logs. This surprise typically re-motivates you to stay the course with your current goals.

Most of all, the running journal/running log is meant to act as an individualized guide to your peak training. It prompts you to learn when your mind and body is in sync for running. For example, athletes who are reviewing old journal entries may find that they train best running alone rather than with others. Furthermore, they may discover that certain foods cause indigestion and impede their performance. Reviewing this information prompts them to make necessary changes and modify their training.

A running journal is an invaluable tool to both recreational and full-time athletes.

It urges you to take your training seriously and achieve your goals.

Like many people, it may not be obvious to you which small details affect your running. A running journal / running log may well help you to notify you of issues and help you make corrective changes.

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