While blogging I was also keeping a running journal, as the advise I'd read from CES' Coach Jenny Hadfield and her husband/author/fellow penguin runner that a running log/journal was useful in looking back over time to see your success, to gauge what factors made some runs easier/harder than others over time, etc...
In 2006 I used one from their book, but I don't know where it is. In 2007 i used another one geared to women. This one I wrote in the entire year.
And like running, it's not always about running. When you're out on a run, sometimes it's not about the run, but sorting through life: work/love/family/etc. So too is this journal. It's mostly about running...
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I still remember this run like it was yesterday, as a pace leader for CES Winter Warriors half marathon training program, there had been an icy storm a day or so before. We made our way from Fleet Feet/Piper's Alley over to the lakefront. As we turned onto the path there were loud, audible gasps from our small crew. Ice as far as the eye could see.
Here's another. I had a treadmill at home, but with two little ones (then 1 and 3 years old) it was still hard to get runs in without disruptions. And then there was this other "child". I look back at this and it brings back bad memories that I'd completely forgotten all about. But at the same time makes me glad I left. What took me so long?!?!?
And here I am trying out a Garmin. Ha! (Who knew 6 years later I'd be using my phone with equal accuracy. AND music, all in one.?!) and Lou, remember that chick Rebecca who would always wear her headphones and go ahead of us, and we'd have to chase her non-paying-attention self down? Hahaha! (I also have little food references here, too.)
I generally have blogged about my long runs but have nixed a running log for quite some time. I'm re-thinking and may bring this practice back. It's inspirational and also an entertaining window to my past.
Just thinking out loud. Do you journal?
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