I never used to consistently record my runs. I can’t tell you how many times I would purchase running logs and use them for about a month before they started collecting dust. It’s not that I don’t understand the value of keeping data on your runs, but rather I just got lazy about recording the details.
Enter the digital age. I really can’t believe how easy it is now to log all your miles on the computer, tablet or smart phone. There are a number of different programs including RunKeeper, Map My Run, and Daily Mile (see my widget in the sidebar) that make it a lot easier to enter the details of your most recent workout. It’s even easier if you use a Garmin, you simply upload the data to the Garmin site and it keeps a perfect record of your runs.
I admit, I am excited to get my new Garmin FR70 (had to return the FR60 for a defective wrist strap) next week simply because it syncs wirelessly to your computer when you get within 10 feet of it. That’s my kind of running log! I like that the Garmin crunches all the numbers for me and gives me a monthly view of my runs. You can also sync your Garmin data with Daily Mile if you like using that program.
There are a number of reasons for keeping track of your runs:
- It’s always fun to reflect on the sheer number of miles you log in a week, month, or year.
- You can start to see patterns in your running performance when you compare training runs and races.
- If you become injured, it is helpful to look back at your training and see if there might be a connection.
- Running logs help you to see your progress as your work towards a training goal(s).
In terms of relevant data to include in your running logs, you can consider: date, time, pace, total mileage, weather, pre-run or post-run nutrition (this can be helpful if you are having stomach issues during training), route information, and also how you felt during your run.
Do you keep a running log? If so, do you use a computer program/app or do you prefer a hand-written log?