I started with my official Runner's World training log when I started training for my first half marathon and then just continued with it throughout the training of my first full marathon.
I moved to the Gone For a Run running journal when I started official training for the 2016 WDW marathon.
Neither the training log nor the journal are filled up, yet I was gifted with another running journal for Christmas. It is The Complete Runner's Day -By-Day Log 2016 Calendar.
I thought about
saving this journal until my other ones were filled up but I can't because this particular running journal is more like a calendar and every page is dated. So I figured I 'd make this my 2016 running journal.
As much as I like the training tips and full articles in this new journal, I just can not relate to the layout.
1.The days are already marked. In my other journal/log, I put the date of my run and therefor not wasting any pages.
2.The layout of course is different, and the log is more open to writing your own thing. I like the GFAR Journal where it already lists what things I should be tracking about my run. I feel this one is too vague. It just has When and Where, Distance, and comments. As most runners do, I like details. I want to know the weather, the pace, time of day, how I felt, which shoes I wore (all which of course could be completed in the comment section of this new journal but I like the fact that the GFAR journal already has it listed for you).
3. If I don't run everyday, then of course there are pages wasted in this new journal.
I often look back in my training journals and read them like a book (I know I'm weird like that). I feel like every training journal tells a story and usually I can vividly remember each run. For this reason I like to have the runs listed right after one another and not have to flip through pages to find my next run.
4. Of course this new journal has a weekly running log in the back of the journal so I guess I could use that if I wanted to see the progression of my runs all at once. It has a place to keep a record of the races you run as well. Since I will only be using this journal for one year I know I won't even fill a quarter of the page up!
5. Because there are only so many pages in my GFAR journal, I felt as if I could only use it to track "official" training runs. I wouldn't want to use it for just a lolly gag run or a jog around the park because I wouldn't want to waste a page on that. However, since this new day by day running log already has a spot for each day I don't feel bad logging a less than stellar run or just a walk.
So needless to say, although the there are some useful features in this new journal, I just have a hard time getting use to it. You know how it is when your brain is used to organizing information in one way and then BAM, you change it? Well, that does not work well for me. -M
We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5