Plan for the future
But, Jess, I’m not training for anything right now, you say. Or maybe you’re saying Jess, a training log is only for people who are counting calories. Au contraire! There are tons of reasons to keep track of your miles, even if you’re not training for a race or trying to lose weight. Pick up your pen and notebook, or take a seat at your computer – heck, just download open one of the dozens of training apps on your iPhone. Here are a few reasons today’s the day you should start your new training log.
Track injury triggers
For example, let’s say your left calf has gradually hurt more and more over the last few days. You can go back through the last two or three weeks of your training log and maybe you’ll trip onto a few pain triggers you’d forgotten about.
Perhaps you realize you ran an extra day last week. Maybe you’ve had a couple bad nights of sleep and that could be impacting your run. Or maybe you realize your shoes have too many miles on them. The training log arms you with information so you can prevent minor pains from becoming major ones.
Pride, baby, pride
Logs are also useful to help you see what you’ve done right. Let’s say you had a stellar 10K in the Fall of 2009. If you had kept a log while you were training for that race, you could dig it out from your desk drawer and figure out what tricks made that run so successful. Then you could use that log as a starting block when you start training for the next stellar 10K.
The good news is you have tons of options when it comes to training logs. Some people use paper and pen journals. Others opt for computer spreadsheets or online databases. In the coming weeks, I’ll be talking about some of the options right here at 10k-running.com.
If you already keep a log, I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a line at the comments section.