As I talked about yesterday, the mental aspect of running and training is tough. Many of you agrees with me too. This is one reason that after reading such good reviews, I decided to purchase a Believe I Am training journal. This journal was made by 2 pro runners (Including Lauren Fleshman–> Oiselle Athlete!) as a tool to help others get the best out of their training. I decided hey, why not? I definitely need help in preparing formula first half marathon, whether it be physically or mentally.
There was a page for goals as well as 12 months to keep track of your training daily. I have enough space to write what my workout was, miles, pace, how I felt..etc. There’s also a blank journal part if needed to write more about a specific training.
Not to mention the awesome goals sheet and even a map to get you started on setting goals and accomplishing them!
My favorite sheet was the goal setting sheet. Its a great place to write something specific and ways to achieve them. I’ll share a little peek of my goals…
I loved sitting down and writing this out. Just thinking these things in my head doesn’t compare to how it feels now that I wrote it down and have a plan of action to see these things out.
The book encourages you to check in every so often to check back. I have loved logging workouts and reflecting on them. I easily add up my miles, and get to look back on paces I’ve ran over the week, to see if there is improvement or anything I can change. On Sunday I sat down and wrote a lot, which helped..especially after that terrible run Saturday!
So even if you DON’T use the BIA journal..I encourage you to get your creative juices flowing, and write about your training and/or your workouts. Set some goals, writing them down makes them seem REAL and ATTAINABLE!
- Do you use workout logs or journals?
- Do you have specific goals in mind when training for an event?