As well as keeping track of my marathon training schedule here on the blog, I’ve also been logging my runs and cross-training achievements in my Runner’s Journal, a present from Nige, which I actually didn’t think I’d use! It’s come in really handy and I have made writing down my daily activity in my journal part of my bedtime routine.

On a Sunday evening, I look at my training schedule for the upcoming week and take a mental note of what I need to achieve, as well as
adding my planned runs to my phone’s calendar. I keep my journal, training schedule and a pen on my bedside table and every evening before I turn off the light to sleep I write down the day’s efforts.

A run? Tick! Time, distance, pace, weather, how I felt overall on a scale of 1-10?
A fitness class? Tick! Again, time and just briefly how I felt about it? Good, bad, a new move to master, a new teacher, better than normal, just different?
Nutrition? Can I remember what I ate – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks – and how much water I drank? Well or poorly fueled? Healthy choices made or was I feeling a bit lazy and my diet suffered?
Mood? On a scale of 1-10, how was I feeling in general today? Was there something that made me happy, sad, even angry?
Sleep? How well did I sleep the previous night? Number of hours slept, did I get to bed before 11pm or rise before 6am? Feel tired or energised?

A page a day and at the end of each week there is a summary page. Every four weeks there’s also a monthly summary to log endurance building and set goals for the next month.
I’ve found the journal really useful to look back at my training days and see where I’ve deviated from my schedule. It’s good to get into a habit of writing down your daily activity and it often gives me a little push to do something active when I’m not feeling it, even if it’s just a walk or gentle yoga class.

Do you use a diary, running-focused or otherwise, to track your training? Or do you have another way to plan and look back on your training achievements? Let me know and maybe we can share tips!

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