One tip that I always read is that you should keep a running log. Now, I’ve been keeping a log of distances and times (and shoes) on RunningAHEAD.com since I started running. The site is amazing, and the workout logs have plenty of room for me to track things like weather, how I felt, etc.
But I don’t do it.
I also use DailyMile for tracking workouts, but it’s definitely a more social thing. I do track how I feel, but not necessarily the weather (unless it is amazingly good or bad), and I try to stay positive because it is a social site.
I tried the free log from Runners World that came with my subscription to the magazine. Used that for about two weeks, then forgot about it.
While cleaning this weekend, I came across a health and fitness log I started in a blank notebook in January of 2012. I made it through about three weeks. I think it may have been sitting on my kitchen table since then (but not anymore).
So for 2013, I bought myself something new – the B.I.A. Training Journal. So far, so good (yes, the photo is kind of old, I meant to write this post earlier).
What has worked for me is that it’s just a simple one-liner of what I did every day. If I want to write more, there is space for that starting at around the middle of the journal. So far, I’ve only written there twice, once after the marathon and once after a very sluggish day where I just needed to vent to myself. One thing I’ve noticed is that this forces me to take note of the days where I don’t workout. Since the marathon, I’ve been terrible about skipping workouts. I’m hoping my new triathlon training schedule prevents that.
While I love the B.I.A. journal, I’m not writing this post encouraging you to buy it (unless you want to). I bought it myself and am getting nothing for putting this in a post. But what I like is the simplicity. You could do that on your own, if you want. A blank notebook is really all you need. Or even just a blank text file on your computer, if you want to go the techie route.
Do you log your workouts anywhere? What’s your method?