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The Runner's Diary: A Daily Training Log Spiral-bound – December 1, 2008
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Matt Fitzgerald is a certified sports nutritionist and the author of numerous books on running, triathlon, nutrition, and weight loss. His most recent books are Racing Weight Cookbook, Racing Weight Quick Start Guide, RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel, Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, and The Runner's Diary. Matt is a regular contributor to Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Outside, Runner's World, Bicycling, Running Times, Women's Running, and other sports and fitness publications. Fitzgerald is a featured coach on TrainingPeaks, Pear Sports, and Active.com. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) licensed by the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He lives and trains near San Francisco, California.
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It's sturdy: I carted it around for about half the year, before deciding to keep it in one place, and it's held up. In 2008 I just used a spiral notebook, but I like this enough that I've purchased it again.
This log helps me keep track of not only running miles, but the pace I ran, my heart rate, and the effort I put into it. I run a few races every year. This diary helps to keep track of dates, distance, and my position finished in the race.
If you're new to running or experienced on the pavement I would recommend this Daily Training Log. It'll save a lot of headaches if you have to go back and add up every day's progress like I use to off a notepad.
Go get it and happy running! You'll be glad you did!
The Runner's Diary takes care of this problem, with LOTS of room and spaces for time, distance, thoughts on how one felt about their run, what they ate and drank that day and the like. It is easy to just fill in the info and saves me from writing some of the extra category titles each day. A much more complete picture emerges through this format than others. I didn't realize how many sweets I ate every day, or how many glasses of water I drank.
Unlike other commentators, I enjoy seeing the cumulative miles as the weeks go by and I don't mind turning the pages to fill in the week (I think it takes 4 pages for each week with a section for the weekly summary which I really like).
The Lack of Set Dates:
When it comes down to it, my phone, my watch, my computer, they all tell me the exact day and time.
I almost avoided this calendar (or non-calendar) because of the lack of SET dates. In fact, I bought a copy of this product a few years back but defaulted to the Marty Jerome Calendar for this very reason. But really, The Runner's Diary is a superior format. When I first started keeping track of my daily run back in the 70's I used to write information on my wall calendar (REALLY hard to fit in everything there) and last year I experimented with on-line calendaring. For me it is easier to reflect with a pen than a keyboard and over the years I have added more details each time I recorded a run. When I look back, the more info I wrote, the more I could see patterns of what worked, what helped me recover from injuries and what was fun for me.
I will check in on this review occasionally to see how I feel as the year progresses, but so far so good. Glad I'm not doing it on a computer and glad to have the extra room that I have always wanted; I guess that is the difference between a log (Jerome) and a diary (Fitzgerald).
One last thing, The Runner's Diary doesn't use the glossy paper that the Jerome calendar does. It is much easier to write at length, and my pen doesn't clog up. Its just a little thing, but it does count...although it was kinda fun watching the Jerome clan grow up in those funky black and white pics over the years; God bless them and I hope they are still out there running.
Diaries rarely come with set dates, do they?
This running diary is a lot easier to write in and the potential is there for one to enter a lot more information more easily.
Still, my fastest mile ever is recorded in an old Sierra Club calendar from the mid 80's.
The only thing that's a bit odd is that there is no dairy section in the nutrition spaces but I add my own in the space under the nutrition header.
I would encourage you to "look inside" and see if you like the look of the layout/see if it's what you're looking for. Happy running!
I would def order this again for next year.