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This thread came in handy over the weekend. Friday and Saturday I had really draggy runs... I looked back at what the earlier part of the week looked like, and sure enough... Monday, Tuesday and Thursday I ran fast tempo runs. No wonder I was out of juice by the weekend!

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I log my miles on the SP fitness tracker. I also just started logging my miles on an excel spreadsheet ~ date, miles, comments (how I felt, ran on treadmill or outdoors, pre-run food). I will add on as I run more.

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FRANCLYN and PERRYR:
Let me have a stab at your question - it's a GREAT one.

First off, you are absolutely right. Simply logging each and every run will not make you a better runner. It may make you a mileage freak which, IMO, is most definitely not the way to go. However, where logging shines is when you want to see trends and track long-term changes in fitness. I'll try and illustrate this using my log as an example.

I've been running for 3 years. For the first 2 years I've been following pre-set plans that I've swiped off the net (beginnertriathlete, RunnersWorld, C25k, etc etc) while I got to grips with the nuts-and-bolts of training and developing my own training philosophy. Last year I bit the bullet and designed my own plan.

What I did first was stick in my tentative race schedule. Then I'd go into the planned log and work backwards to divide my training blocks up (Base, build, peak etc). From my actual log data I could figure out trends based on prior workout composition and subjective data for what worked well or what wrecked me. Flicking back through the logs also made me aware of my limiters as a runner - for me, it's endurance - and gave me something to focus on in the next training phase. A more concrete example: This year I discovered that once I get above 1:40 for my long runs I can only do them once in 10 days as opposed to 7. I'd had hints of this before but it was only when I stopped to look at the dates of my longer long runs over the years and my comments, pace, and HR data that I could actually pin it down.

To design my day-to-day training I dove back into my 2 years of accumulated data to find out what sort of average miles, what sort of pace, and what sort of training mix - when to start speed, when to build. I knew what sort of volume I could tolerate, how long I needed to go between long runs, what sort of pace I could hold for cruise intervals, and when to schedule testing (I prefer "testing" to "R&R") weeks. I also could figure out how much to build the long runs, build the speedwork and stick in the recovery days so that the plan became rounded to fit my strengths and weaknesses and started at a load that I knew I could handle.

I've just finished my winter training plan and even though it worked well last year, this year I'm looking to change it up totally. It took much log-combing to figure out how to do this but I think I've got it now. I'd have never been able to make such a change if I didn't have the years of accumulated data behind me.

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There were some follow up questions that I saw:

How do I use the data to make me a better runner? How do you know when you have to scale back? Run harder, longer, etc?

I really think this will vary by the individual and what your situation is. When you say 'better' runner...do you mean improve your pacing? That will come as you gain strength and endurance. Or, if you don't fear injury...speedwork. My shorter run pacing has improved as my longer distances have extended for my marathon training. I am happy that I got this result from the adding of mileage. I have stayed away from speedwork so that I get to the start line of my event injury free.

As far as knowing when to scale back...you would be able to see a deterioration in your average pace in your logs. If you tracked how much sleep you were getting, and logging your diet details in SP or elsewhere...then you could review that as well and consider whether sleep, diet, or too much training (or all of the above) was the culrpit. Some folks who are training for long distance events become fatigued from running too many days, or not allowing enough time for rest/repair.

You don't have to run harder or longer if you don't have specific goals associated with either. If you have personal goals, then you would want to mix up what types of runs (and strength training) you do throughout the week to achieve your goals. Galloway and Higdon, in their training plans for half/full marathons, suggest regimins for achieving a specific finish time. This might be a good starting point for you to review. However, if you don't have a long distance event in mind, then review a few sources and see what works best for you (schedule, goals, etc.). I found a good read for you www.runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?Ar
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The original question: Do you keep a log of your runs? If you do, what do you include? If you don't, then why not?

I do not use a log. I have looked into them. I do not know if you would consider Nike+ a 'log' tool. I do upload my run details.

I do blog about each run. I include how far I went, my average pace (not pace at each mile split...some to include that), how long I was out, and how many calories I burned. Sometimes I keep track of the weather conditions.

I do this because it gives me perspective, allows me to reflect on the information later, and maybe (not sure on this) it is helpful to others that review it.

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Maybe I'm just not seeing it but it seems like no one is answering the whole question. Everybody's telling us what they log and where but not how they use it (with the exception of TurfGirl). I guess how to take this data and actually learn from it is something we'll have to figure out for ourselves.

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i log in 2 different place now. here on spark and a spread sheet i made myself. i tend to log just distance and run type lately. i really want to start logging again weather, weight and how i feel.

logging my miles has helped pinpoint when my injury really started (huge dip in splits/distance). also helps me track my shoes.

i rarely download my garmin stuff. i look through my splits at the end of my run.

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All of my outside runs get uploaded to my Garmin software. I also log all of my fitness minutes (including running) in sparkpeople.

My main place to log running though is runningahead.com. I can enter the type of run (long, intervals, tempo, etc.) and if I run outside I can upload the data from my garmin to the site. It also has a place to enter the temp. and check boxes for sunny, rainy, etc.), a star system to rate the run, and a big area for notes. It automatically keeps everything summarized on the front page. So, for example, if I were to go there now I can quickly see that I've run 472 miles this year, 6 miles this week, x number for october, etc. :)

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Great, helpful answers all!

I'm going to check out some of those logging sites I haven't seen yet.



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I really appreciate all the responses. Wongerchi - Thanks much.

I think I'm looking for, as well as FRANCLYN, and probably many others, is - How do I use the data to make me a better runner. How do you know when you have to scale back? Run harder, longer, etc?
I have a great HRM and it collects all kinds of neat looking data including heart rate, VO2, respiration, max, min, in range..... The point is so far, so what?

None of that tells me what to do tomorrow to help my performance.
I never thought of collecting things like weather, sleep, meals, time of day. Don't know, at least not yet, how to turn that into something good. If I'm going to spend an hour contemplating the numbers, would I have been better off running for the same time?

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I think Perry was asking what I'd like to know so I'll rephrase and hope that helps.

I would like to know what you generally include in your log other than time, miles...statistical stuff. I know it will be different for each person but I'm looking to set up some sort of format for a log for myself and know that I'm more likely to bag out on logging if it's convoluted and/or takes a lot of time for each entry.

I can see logging if you try a different type of running outfit (long sleeves vs. short, shorts vs. running pants) and whether you had a snack, meal or nothing before. What else might help me to better analyze my runs?

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I log all my mileage on SP, with a small note about each run. I also keep a detailed runners log on my computer. Details include temp, distance, what I wore, how hard I ran, how difficult it was, my hr, where I went, etc.

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I log EVERY mile. Yesterday, my club had its annual half marathon; I didn't run it so I helped out. One of my tasks was to direct runners on the course to make sure thay took a particular turn. That post was just over 1 mile from the start so I ran to it. After all the runners had passed, I ran back. Guess what? I logged those two miles.

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I am still Susie Simpleton with my running since I am a newbie. I log my runs in SparkPeople for the points, baby! I also upload to Nikerunning.com since I use the Nike+ system.

With the running addiction it makes me wonder how I would respond to this thread a year from now.

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I log all my exercise on Sparkpeople. I have a Garmin 305 so that gets automatically logged in my training program. I only wear it when I run though. I enter all my running on runnersworld. I also have a training calendar to keep track of my runs and what I have coming up such as long run on Friday, Race for the taste on Sunday, etc. It also has my time I should run and what I actually did.

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I log the distance I went and the days I ran. I have a garmin, which automatically records my speed for me. But I really should log more, like how I felt, what I wore, what the temperature was, what I ate, etc....Maybe I'll make that my New Year's Resolution.


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I log general stuff on Runner's World.
Calories burned on Spark
Mileage on Spark
and upload GPS course info to runsaturday and Garmin Connect.

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PERRYR:
This is a bit of a pithy answer, no offense meant, but...

Ever had a bad run and want to avoid the feeling? Ever had a good run and want to see what you did to get there? Ever want to plan a good taper for a big race? Ever want to keep track of your mileage builds? Your speedwork progressions?

Do you want to see if you need a break? Do you want to design a well-structured running plan? Do you want to keep track of your regular fitness test results? Do you want an ego boost by seeing how much you've improved over the years? Do you want to know when to think about a new pair of shoes?

Answers in the log.

I've used mine for all of those things and much more. I'm very much a "science of training" person (i.e. anally retentive) so numbers and calculations are very much part of my training logs. But so is the notes section - how I felt, how fatigued I was, how much sleep I had etc. Some logs, like mine, are very detailed. Some are simple scribbles in a notepad. Both ways work.

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 10/5/2009 (12:03)
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Perry, I can't speak for anyone else, but I log obsessively b/c I'm anal retentive. No other reason.

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I log every run, no matter how short it is. I use activetrainer.com. Originally I was using the coolrunning log but it switched over to active trainer. I also log them on spark! I'll have to go check out some of the others that were mentioned. I log time, distance, shoe (to track mileage), weight.

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I'm not as good as I should be with my logs. I tend to only write down what went wrong. But I do use them as mental boosts, so I can look back and see how far I've come, and how much faster I've gotten, when I feel discouraged.

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ditto on the sporttracks. sporttracks is great if you use a garmin type unit.

i have logged just about everything since 2006. i even have old hand written biking logs from the 1990s. but, hey, thats me. i can over complicate anything.

edit: one thing, i use a customized spreadsheet for planning. planning involves monitoring time and mileage, tracking weeks till goal, and overtraining avoidance.

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OK - So how do you benefit from logging your runs?
I like the idea that if I did this I could pin down the best time to eat before a run, but what else?

Seems like a lot of work and time to create a history of what you did. I'm interested in becoming a better runner. What data will help me do that? I can track time, mileage, heart rate, etc, but how does that information help?

Thanks

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I log my runs in several places as well. RunnersWorld online log (I like the graphs) and SportTracks are the two I always log in, and then the fitness tracker on SP when I think of it. Lately I also started using TrainingPeaks online software through RunnerWorld, as it allows you to enter your food (I don't really like the SP food tracker). I'm not sold on it yet though. I have problems with my feet, so I rotate through several pairs of shoes, so I really like to keep track of the miles on each one.

Nancy, that was a great RT, I have the article on Lydiard principles yet to read when I get some time!

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I love reading "Running Times" - it really does have great usable articles. Both Articles that Nancy was talking about are very good reads.

I like to log my runs on runnersworld.com. I love the way I can see an over all summary of my runs - the type & pace to see how I am improving or what I need to work on. And it's FREE!

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Carolyn,

There is also a GREAT article about master runners in there as well...wow, very insightful. And the Lydiard principles...one of the best RT I have read in a long, long time!

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No, I don't log my runs other than entering carido minutes in Spark. I know I should because it will tell me a lot about my good runs and my bad runs, but I just don't make the time.

I downloaded a free log from CNET.com, but I can't recall the name of the program. I downloaded the program a few years ago when I first started running, and was really good about keeping up with it, but then fell out of habit. A couple of times I tried to create my own log in Excel but dropped it after awhile.

I'll look at the article in Running Times and maybe it will inspire me to start keeping track again.

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I must be old school, too. I have a spiral notebook that I log my runs in. I include pre-run fueling, what time my run occurred, how my legs felt, my pace.

It really has helped me. It helps me key into why a nagging pain has developed (shoe mileage creeping up, maybe a switch to new shoes, maybe a previous week of heavy miles, etc...) And also helps me repeat strategies that work well. I.e. logging my fueling time and what I ate has helped me to zero in on the optimal time to eat (for me 3 hours before a long run); and what foods work best. By tracking, I found that oatmeal made me feel sluggish, but a bagel with peanut butter worked great.

I think logs are a GREAT idea.
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OK, so maybe I'm still old school, but I use a paper log. I, too, use a Garmin, but I transfer my distance, time, and splits to the paper log. I am a visual person and like to 'see' things from day to day...also helps me to see progress....
I also track shoe mileage on my log
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Melinda,

I log all my runs...I just received the November issue of Running Times and Greg McMillian has a GREAT article as to what to include in your running log. What is so fascinating is that he mentions your running log can help you determine why your bad run say last weekend may not have had anything to do with the previous week but what transpired the PREVIOUS 3 weeks...it's a GREAT read that I hope many runners will check it out. I went back and discovered that one reason my 20 mile run may have been so bad was not sleeping well the 2 weeks before and being under a little more stress. I felt great the week of that run which is I was so bummed when it was harder than I expected. Now I know why.

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I log my runs. And keep notes of everything, duration, pace, HR, splits, type of run, etc, etc...

I use a Garmin so I log it there but my main logging software is SportTracks. Awesome and free.

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MUMMYLICIOUS's Photo MUMMYLICIOUS Posts: 795
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HA HA ... ok .. truth be told, I'm with Shaz ...
Not only do I log my runs @ runninglog.com because it gives me my pace, I also use SP's fitness tracker to mark my mileage, then I log it on my SP mileage tracker & then on this team ... doh!

You know you're addicted when .....

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MBSHAZZER's Photo MBSHAZZER Posts: 18,442
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I log my runs in 4 places!

First, I download my runs off of my Garmin, so they are stored on my Garmin software.

Next, I log them in mapmyrun. I use this site b/c I can track the distance on my shoes (I run in 2 or 3 different pairs at a time)

Next, I log my fitness minutes (all minutes, not just running minutes) on the myfitness page of Spark.

Finally, I log my mileage on the Road Runner's mileage forums!

It's a wonder I have any time left for running!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

2012 Running Mileage: 2,065


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I use www.runninglog.com/ and like it ... it's very basic. I'll have to look into yours! Thanks for the tip!


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MRS.MELINDA's Photo MRS.MELINDA Posts: 1,083
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Do you keep a log of your runs? If you do, what do you include? If you don't, then why not?

I just found the site logthatrun.com, and so far I've been pleased with it. I'm new to logging runs.

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