I began logging my training runs and workouts in 2011. Why? To keep track of the mileage on my shoes.
During the past 3 years, my training log has served as a time to reflect and go back on what has worked and has not worked. It has helped me keep my mileage in check. During my injury phase from September - December, I logged very few of my workouts. Something was missing, if I could not record a run.
Now, that I am back to training, I am more diligent about my training log than every before. It has served several purposes.
1. Keeping my mileage in check to ensure I am running encough but most importantly for my Dr to ensure I am not running too much.
2. I have entered into the speedwork and tempo run phase, I can keep track of my workouts and hopefully, see progress.
3. It is such a misconception that post-injury an athlete can pick up right where they left off. So wrong. I want to show everyone that it's like starting over, but one has to keep moving forward. I won't wallow in my misery, but I will be honest in how I feel. As I continue to progress and work my way back to where I was, I can look back and say, "hey, a month ago I was doing X and now I can do X"
I encourage all of you to keep a log of your training. Use it as a source of inspiration and motivation. If you do keep a log, what do you use? Spreadsheet? Online?
I use DailyMile. You can follow me here
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