When I started running in 2002, I marked each run on a wall calendar as a visual reminder of my progress. This was the best tool to keep me motivated to do more each long run or just for the week in general.
Around 2007, I caught on to this whole if you log it digitally you don’t have to do so much math thing. It also meant that I could start seeing trends in my pace or how I did one month compared to the next. At that time my workouts consisted solely of running, no cross training, so I started using LogYourRun.com on July 1st, 2007.
Since then I have logged in that system over 7,125 running miles. Now unfortunately I know during the first couple of years I wasn’t diligent about logging every single run or I would know the exact number, which for me is oddly exciting! I love thinking about numbers while I run and have considered that maybe I should have been an accountant.
Anyhow, what I realized this year with the abundance of strength training, yoga, tabatta workouts and such…umm LogYourRun let’s me define those when I enter them, but I can’t in anyway report the out!! So I have hundreds of hours logged, but no easy way to see what type of workout they are related to unless it was specifically run, bike, swim, or walk. BUMMER!
RUNNING LOG (MILES)
2011: 1600.3 –WHAT?! crazy
Highest Mileage: 158.7 October
Lowest Mileage: 97.6 March -all about cross training month
Avg pace over 12 months: 9:30
Running shoes purchased: 10 (3 Kinvara’s)
Running shoes hated: 2
New activities tried: 4 (Core Fusion, Boxing, Spinning, Stand up paddle boarding)
Treadmill time: Almost non-existent this year
Best new running item: Oakley Drizzle glasses, no slip and no fog
Best continued running item: Body Glide and arnica gel
Favorite Run: San Diego
States Run In: 6
I really had no idea I was on pace for the same mileage as last year since this was a rough year physically. My goal in 2012 is more about remaining healthy and enjoying as many runs as possible than hitting a certain mileage goal.
My log looks phenomenally different this year because there are all these non-running days. Instead of lots of short runs, I spent the first part of the year with many more long runs and that is actually when I felt my best and was running my best.
Do you track all your workouts? What tools do you use?
I am grateful for FB tagging
I am grateful for lunch invites
I am grateful for free yoga
I am grateful for perfect running temps
I am grateful for vacation excitement