Why Keep a Running Journal?
Everyone is different. It is important for you to know what training works best for you. Your journal will help you figure this out. As you look through your journal you will be able to see causes and effects. You will be able to determine how your fitness level has changed and what types of workouts are best for you. It even helps you to see that you are progressing towards your goals. Your journal will also help you determine the cause of some injuries (which will help keep you from making the same mistake).
Keeping a running journal is easy and it doesn’t take a lot of time - you just need to record distance, duration, and a description of your workout. You should also have a weekly mileage (or time) total so you can accurately and safely determine your mileage for the next week. You may also want to include things like aches and pains, when you purchased your shoes, what type of shoe you are running in, how you felt during your workout, and sleep, hydration, and nutrition information.
Added Bonus - If you keep a running journal that shows you have been training consistently during the summer and attend a minimum of 10 summer conditioning days with the team you will earn an awesome summer running prize!
Running Journal Options:
1) BIXC Summer Training Calendars:
These calendars have been created by the coaches and have some important BIXC
dates as well as valuable information. Just add a brief description of the
workout and the number of miles or the amount of time that you ran to each day.
At the end of each week add up your total miles or time for that the week. Click the links below to print out the calendars.
- BIXC Training Calendar: July 2016
- BIXC Training Calendar: August 2016
2) Online Running Journal: To set up your free online running journal:
A) Go to www.runningAHEAD.com.
B) Create your own account using your email address and a personal password.
C) Join BI Cross Country by going to User Groups, High Schools, BI Cross Country.
D) Our password is BIXC running.
E) In your running journal, log your runs, hikes, swims, bike rides, using either the estimated miles traveled, or the amount of time you went, or both.
F) Use the comment section for how you felt, who you ran with, any aches/pains, accomplishments.
G) Don't worry about all the many details available unless you want to.
3) Regular Journals or Notebooks
4) Calendars or Day Planners
5) Specialized Running Journals or Training Diaries can be purchased
6) Whatever method works best for you