Running Logs For Beginners
One of the most essential tools that every runner should utilize, especially beginners, is a running log. Training journals are as diverse as the runners who write in them, from a simple excel spreadsheet keeping track of daily mileage to a detailed, handwritten journal that tracks distance, time, feelings, weather, route, etc. There is no right or wrong way to log, but listed below are reasons why keeping a log is right for everyone.
Many runners fall into a trap of inconsistency, which can negatively affect running performance. Keeping a log helps runners be more mindful in their training, whether that is not taking too many days off in a row or realizing that a day off may be required.
Keeps Injuries at Bay
Logs also help runners track patterns in their running. If you consistently note that your shins feel sore after particularly hilly runs, a log can help you identify that you should either avoid routes with big topography changes or work towards rehabilitating your shins. You can also look back and see how long certain aches or pains have been bothering you, which will promote taking proper care of your body.
One of the best uses of a training log is to track your progress as a beginner. In the beginning it can be easy to become overwhelmed with training, but being able to look back and see how far your running has come since you first began is rewarding and affirming.
Once you develop the habit of logging, the training journal can serve as a useful motivational tool. It is much harder to decide not to go for a run when you know that means you will be forced to write a big “0” in your log for the day.