What is a Training Diary?
Diary or Running Log is a book or spreadsheet used to record your running times
and experiences. They are excellent for motivation and provide useful historical
information which you can use to look back on as you improve and see what works
running log, people might record:
how far they ran
the time they ran for
the time of day that they ran
how they felt
what shoes they were wearing
their average and peak heart rate
any other special factors
people also record the weather conditions, their weight, pulse rate, how much
sleep they had, who they ran with, where they ran, their menstrual cycle, and so
Why have a Training Diary?
Diary will help you track your progress and/or help keep you to a pre-determined
training programme, where you have columns for intended miles to be run and
actual miles ran etc. Over time, it will be a useful source of information to
trace the origins of a period of good running, or of injury / poor health or
boredom. For many runners, keeping a running log is a very important part
of their motivation.
Running Log will also give you information about how often you need to change
your running shoes, early warning of over-training, the relationship between
your performance and your menstrual cycle and so on.
Ways to record the information
people keep their running log in a notebook or in their diary. Some use an
electronic diary, such as a Palm Pilot or a Psion Organiser. Some
use a spreadsheet on their PC.
also a wide range of bespoke software available on the internet designed for
athletes to track their running.
whatever is most convenient for you.