If you’re a list person like me, I think you’ll like keeping a log because a few months from now, once you’ve filled up some pages, it’s fun to go back and actually see the amount of work you’ve accumulated.
Plan for the future
So you got up early, you put in your six-mile run, and you did your cool down. Congrats. But you’re not done yet. It’s time to fill out your training log.
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
Training logs can be incredibly useful if you get hurt. Injuries don’t always happen in one definitive moment. Many times injuries in our sport can be from a combination of factors, and if you’re recording runs, it may be easier to track the origins of that injury.
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
Maybe you’re not training right now, but you might be in three months. The log will help you make a solid decision about what type of race best suits the type of training your body can handle at a particular time.
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.