Running Journals for 2018…Options?
Hello, November! It’s amazing just how fast a year goes by when you’re counting the days down for baby! So, in true Jess fashion, I’m already looking ahead to next year! Since my first run, I’ve kept a journal of some sort. I started out with a small little scratch pad noting how I felt, the elements, my shoes, how far and how fast. I am a details nerd!
Flashback to 2012 goals…and yes, I’ve far exceeded those! Reading back through these made me smile and remember just how far I’ve come. I’m now teetering on the 8th-month mark of pregnancy and running faster than these times! Well, except the mile…my fastest mile to date pre-pregnancy was a 5:50. So, I’ve come a long way, baby! And maybe if you start journaling you can relish in your progress too!! Just when you need a mental boost…re-read yesteryears…
I love all the stats too! While I do use Strava to track my shoe mileage (because I’m just too lazy to add that mess up), heart rate and various other fun stats there’s just something about a pen and paper. I will periodically read back through my first journal entry to remind myself just how far I’ve come…
So today I’m sharing with you my top 5 picks I’ve used over the years. I’ve used all the journals below with the exception of the first one. I saw this one through a Runner’s World runner’s Christmas gift giving type guide. I peeked at it and it looks well-organized with spaces to specifically note the time, distance, how you felt, what kind of fueling you used, and various other things. So if you need a fun, ‘fill-in-the-blanks’ kinda format choice #1 would work well for you.
1.) Gone for a Run Running Journal, day by day layout
$17.99 on Amazon*
- 7 x 5.5 inch vinyl protected journal with 160 pages
- Guided planner to set goals, daily and weekly runs, personal records, and races
- Features inspirational prompts, words, and quotes for motivation
- Includes 140 pages of daily log entries to track performance and running conditions
- Tracks Marathons, 5K and road race activity
2.) Compete Training Journal, 12-month layout blank so you can begin filling out anytime. (This one is by far my faaaavorite!)
$14.92 on Amazon
I’ve used this one for the past year, although I didn’t “compete” like I thought I would ((thanks, pregnancy)). The format is definitely geared to those who desire to be competitive with tips on racing and competition. I love the creative open format, the workouts listed, the motivation quotes on each page, the worksheets. It’s kind of like having your own personal coach in your hands. If you’re interested in racing more or competing I would highly recommend this one.
3.) Runner’s World Calendar 12-month pre-set dates.
$10.02 on Amazon
This one is pretty basic. More of a calendar format. It was my first ‘official’ training journal. It does have motivational quotes in it and places to log races but as far as simplicity this is it. Also, less expensive than the other options. It does have monthly blurbs and tips about running specific things. As mentioned, the dates are filled out already beginning with the first week of January.
4.) Runner’s World Training Journal
This training journal is similar to the one above except it isn’t pre-dated so you can begin filling out any time of the year. It also contains quotes and monthly pages with info on the basics like fueling, hydrating, weather, and tips like that.
$16.59 on Amazon.
5.) I used this one (except the grey and yellow version) prior to Compete. And since I enjoyed this one so much I then moved on to the Compete. This also has training workouts, worksheets, quotes and just so much motivation throughout. It has more of a creative approach to journaling so if you need more structure choice #1 above may work better. But, if you’re like me and like to free think on paper then you’ll absolutely love the layout here.
$14.92 on Amazon
I’m still undecided as to which journal I’ll use next year…I like Compete but I’m not sure that they’ve changed or added anything new to the book. And since I’ve already read and re-read all the worksheets I’m leaning towards the first one. Thoughts? Which one would you choose? I’m thinking about hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader!!! So let me know which one you’d love to use!
Runners: do you log your runs on Strava, pen and paper OR both? Which would you choose from Jess for a giveaway?!Click To Tweet
Do you keep a training journal for running and/or fitness? Do you use Strava? Or do you just kinda run without logging anything?
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