I’ve always been a big fan of tracking my runs/races/workouts. It’s always good to go back and see what was working when you’re running well and what’s not working when you’re running poorly. Or, what you do that gets you injured. You can learn from this information to make yourself a better runner.
It’s nice when you’re running well to see the miles pile up and to see some good workouts going in the books. It’s a little depressing when things are going poorly. It’s important to putin life events that may be affecting your performance.
There are a number of ways to track your mileage. An running log is a great way to keep track of your training. I started out just using an old notebook. I’ve progressed to a running log. Either way, at the end of the year, you put it on the shelf in order and you can look back at it every once in awhile. A lot of people will use things like Daily Mile or Strava to log their runs. These are great resources.
Here are my feelings about logging training:
1-Be honest when recording your running. There is nothing worse that people who pad their miles or say they are running faster than they are.
2-Give good details, especially for races and workouts. There is not great benefit to putting in a race result with no splits or weather conditions. I recently saw a post where someone put the finishing time of a random distance triathlon or duathlon with no splits or distances. Come one. Show a little initiative.
Here are the workouts for the week. We’re going to sneak onto the track from the gate in the alley behind the home bleachers on Tuesday.
Milers: Tuesday-1000(3k pace), 600(mile pace), 200(800 pace) with a 400JR x 2. Friday-2 mile of tempo then 4 x 300 w/300 jr(Fern hill loop) Saturday-Long Run=7-10 miles.
Marathoners: Tuesday-4 x mile at 10k pace with a 200 jog recovery. Friday-7 x 2:00 w/:30 recovery. Saturday-Long Run=16 Mile. Run Til you drop=14 miles.
See you tomorrow.