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Running 101: Keeping A Training Log

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Aug. 29, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 30, 2013 at 8:20 AM UTC
A simple notebook is all you need to start a training journal. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Motivation And Accountability

Training can be a real grind. It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to build peak fitness for an important race. It is difficult to consistently maintain a high level of motivation throughout this process. But the price you pay for losing your motivation can be severe. Your training diary can help you avoid motivational dips by reinforcing your investment in your goals. It’s a source of accountability to the standards you have set for yourself as a runner. When you look back over all the training you have done, you can’t help but think, “I can’t stop now. Look at how much work I’ve done already! I owe it to myself to keep my momentum going until the very end.”

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