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Keeping a running log is one of the best ways to stay on top of your training and to help you become a better runner. Sure wearing a GPS watch and using an app is great, but what happens when you change the brand of watch. What will happen is you will lose a history that will be a pain in the butt to look back on and transfer over.
Another reason I like keeping a paper training log is the ability to write extra notes. I currently use Garmin for my watch and training app. BUT, I find it much more flexible and easy to look back on when it is in my paper training log.
Now you might decide that a paper log isn’t for you and that may be the case. They aren’t for everyone. However, you should be keeping track of more than just the numerical stats that your GPS device or app does.
10 Things to Write in your Running Log
- Planned distance
- Distance Ran
- Duration of Run
- Date/time of day
- Avg Pace
- Treadmill/route outside/temperature
- Details about how you were feeling ie: sluggish, fatigued, etc
- Food you ate before or during the run
- Run Specifics such as intervals etc.
As far as the format of how you keep it all down is completely up to you. Below you can see how I tracked last week but my style changes frequently. I use a bullet journal style for my everyday planner and use that concept for my running log as well. This is the book that I use for my log, the Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook, Ruled Pages, Black.
Some things that I like to include in the beginning and periodically are different milestones I’ve accomplished and goals that I’ve set. I also like to include my training plan.
Now….go get started on your log and go for a Run!!!