Want to see improvement in your training? Take the time to write it all down.
Organization is undoubtedly one of the biggest keys to training effectively. Put simply, when there is none, training quality suffers. Starting a journal or training log is one of the most effective ways to systematize your training and keep track of the highs and lows for future reference. “Journaling is the only way over time that you’ll know you’re improving,” says Dr. Barbara Walker, a sport psychologist at the Center for Human Performance in Cincinnati.
Even the pros know the benefits of putting pen to paper to keep track of their training. This is what led American 5K champion Lauren Fleshman and Irish Olympian Roisin McGettigan to create the Believe I Am Training Journal. “My journal is a daily pat on the back, kick in the butt and source of motivation,” says Fleshman. “I have places for goal setting, tracking and race reviews, which help me stick to the big-picture perspective.” She also notes that her journal helps her identify what does and doesn’t work in her training, as well as ensure she’s being cautious when coming back from injury. Check out a week of her journal, as well as Dr. Walker’s critiques, on the next page.
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