KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS is one of the suggested methods for increasing adherence to a running plan, race training program, or exercise regimen. Keeping a log is often suggested. Most logs will be similar to a weekly or monthly calendar and very closely follow your plan/program/regimen. It can seem pointless to recreate the same information in a log. EarnedRuns has taken a bit different approach and designed a 3 year log.
You can find the JANUARY LOG added to the bottom of the website RESOURCES page. It's a printable PDF. If you print 2-sided pages the upper portion of the sheets are the first half of the month and the bottom portion are the last half (cut pages in the horizontal middle).
WHY A 3 YEAR LOG? Seeing your progress year to year is one way of getting a BIG PICTURE view of the effects of your hard work during the previous year. It also shows HIGH AND LOW points that might guide your efforts in the upcoming year. By recording in this log you are demonstrating your intent to make running a habit, and acknowledging that being a runner is a work-in-progress. This version(January) is a "draft" because it can be changed for February if user comments help refine it.
IN THE NOTES portion you can comment on the weather, sunrise and sunset times, and any other environmental conditions, if these influence the quality of your workouts. When I lived in Manhattan Beach in the Los Angeles area I tried to run barefoot on the beach every day. In order to get a fairly level (for the sake of my knees) firm surface I found the low tide times to be the very best for running or walking. I kept track of the tides on my log and the clearness of the day.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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