This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.
Just one link this week but I think it’s a very good one.
We’ve probably all heard by now about the importance of keeping a training log. I hope we all are keeping a training log.
In addition, have you considered writing before a race about not just your training but also your upcoming race? Especially if you’re nervous about the race, it could be helpful.
This article about writing about your running makes a good case for writing more about your running.
It covers the training log aspects. The idea of reviewing your training to gain confidence in the work you have done, seeing where your strengths and weaknesses lie and so on.
In addition, it puts a real focus on writing about your race ahead of time. By getting your aspirations, apprehensions and other feelings about a race down on paper (or, I suppose, pixels) before the race, I believe that allows you to deal with your emotions ahead of time. As mentioned in the article, it also allows you to remember what your goals are, why you set those goals in the first place and plan out the best strategy, including backup plans in case something doesn’t go as originally planned, to accomplish those goals.
Writing out your plans and reviewing your logs also allows you to ensure your goals truly fall in line with where you are in your training. Maybe you find that your original goal was too aggressive and you can back off it a little. Or it was a little too conservative and you can bump it up a little.
So, if you’re not keeping a training log right now, what are you waiting for? Get started! If you are, great but are you doing more? Try writing down your goals and your plan to accomplish those goals before your next race.