I keep a training log, both paper and online. I've done so since 8th grade, and I have every log on my book shelf so I can go back through and look at previous workouts, notes on races, injury status, travel, mileage etc. (I use Believe I Am for the paper one, and Final Surge for the online one)
I was updating my January training log, and realized I accomplished my goal... Run every day the first trimester of pregnancy. I did it! Some days were only a mile, and nothing was fast of far, but I am proud of my training.
Then I looked at last year's log, and wow, what a dramatic difference. I was in the beginning stages of my racing season, running 80-90 miles a week vs the 30-50miles of this year. I am thrilled with what I was able to accomplish this past month, I am very grateful for every run (despite how terrible I may have felt doing it.) While my current schedule is such a contrast from my usual training, I am equally happy and proud of where I am. My goal next January is to say the same thing!
Time for a #fastfriday workout... You will see this one on the calendar from last year as I prepped for the Rock N Roll New Orleans Half Marathon.
-Cut down long run: The purpose is to teach the body to run faster as you fatigue. I did this one week prior to the race.
-The effort gets progressively more intense as the run goes on. Here are my splits as an example.
The purpose of my training log is not to compare myself to who I was as an athlete last year, it is to see how I have grown in my approach and in my ability to listen to my body and do what is best for me and my goals at that time. Do you keep a log? What are you proud of? Take a moment and pat yourself on the back!
Here are my online workouts from last year and this year at this time!