There’s nothing like a quick flick through old training logs to provide a cold reality check on your training. When I was training for London this winter, I obsessively compared my training with its corresponding week from my preparation for 2008 NYC–it was rare the numbers stacked up to indicate a better performance in London. And, now that I am (literally and figuratively) getting up to speed again, my running journal tells me that my times aren’t too far off from what I ran pre-AB strain. What is off is the way I feel during those runs; instead of relaxed and joyful, I feel labored and focused (the log tells me this, too).
Every coach and seasoned runner will attest to the value of keeping a training log. I have a buddy from our relay team who keeps everything in a computer database he devised himself, and I do like having all of Little G’s maps and heart rate data loaded up into Garmin Connect. But there’s something about reading my old journals like a story that keeps me writing it down. Some of the notes in the comments section make me smile, or grimmace, and they bring back that day’s workout back in a flash. For example, “Tired/Reluctant,” or one boxed word: “SAD” (8.62 miles in 1:17:48). Here’s one I like–“Breezy. Dark. Relaxing.” And this is a run through Central Park I will never forget, “Cool temps. Reservoir view” (9.4 miles in 1:21:08).
Phil (@runnerlog on Twitter) recently offered me a box of 2009 training logs to give out at the next blogger meet-up. I also sent one out to each of my relay teammates, and am going to give some away here, too. Apart from my objection to the reporter’s use of the word “dude,” this is a great article which sums up the strengths of Phil’s training logs, and why runners love them so. I have a free training log for the first 15 readers to respond! There are two ways you can win your own training log:
1) link to Pigtails Flying in your own blog or on your Facebook page (post the link in the comments)
2) asnwer this questions in the comments to this post: What does “JJ” stand for in the title of a post, and what does it indicate when there?
True to form, tonight’s run went immediately into my journal, and this is what it read: 7-21 / 3.5 / 29:15 / Sunnyside Loop + / Hard effort, last 1/2 mile tough.