Note: This post is the first of ten that will delve into getting and staying motivated to run stronger.
Every successful runner uses some form of a running log.
Here’s why a running log will motivate you to run:
- Track your Progress–you can easily look back at the last week, month or year and see how you have progressed or not. This will motivate you to continue progressing.
- Goals in Stone–put your goals on the front page or cover. Seeing your goals often will motivate you to run.
- Analyze–running logs help you analyze what has worked and not worked. You will be able to see what types of workouts have been beneficial, what time of day you run your best, and what types of runs make you happy.
- It Feels Good–no matter how much or little you run it feels good to look back and see some scribbling in your log. Don’t feel bad if you don’t get as many miles or runs in as you wanted to. Start fresh every month.
Running Log Tips:
- Start Simple-track miles and times.
- Slowly add stats-how you felt, time of day, weather, which shoes you wore, type of workout, heart-rate.
- Review every week and month-look back and see what worked, then readjust your goals for the week or month.
- Record Strength training or cross training-these training sessions will play a big part in you being a stronger runner.
- Make it Fun-running should be fun. Enjoy the process, and don’t rush progress. It is a lifestyle, so make it what you want it to be.
- Turn it into a Habit-after each run write in your log. Do this for 60 days and it will be a running habit.
Call for comments:
Do you keep a running log?
What tips do you have?