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Runner's World Training Journal Spiral-bound – September 19, 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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“Training logs accept all workouts equally, the low key and boring as well as the sensational. Start to fill these empty spaces.” ―Amby Burfoot, winner of the Boston Marathon and executive editor of Runner's World

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After nearly four decades of running, more than 100,000 miles logged and something like 12,000 separate entries in my training journals, I have three favorite days: one, the day I won the Boston Marathon (of course); two, the day i got married (of course); and three, the day I got married again (hey, no one's perfect, and the second time around was particularly sweet).

Here, in short, is what I wrote in each of those three log entries.

April 19, 1968: "27 miles, including 26.2 miles in Boston Marathon. I won! Felt great the whole way until side stitch the last 2 miles. But I struggled through it."

November 1, 1970: "20 miles, really hard, with a bunch of my running friends who are here for the wedding. The last 5 miles, we were practically racing. What a competitive group!"

July 4, 1995: "3-mile jog in the Groton Long Point July 4th fun run with Cristina, Gary, Dan, Laura, Bill and Jeff. A gorgeous sunny, dry day. We couldn't have hoped for anything better." [Note--The names mentioned, in order: the woman I would marry several hours later; my brother, who performed the ceremony; my two teenage kids; my brother-in-law; my nephew.]

My changing priorities are clear. Once I ran for speed and distance. Now I run for health and friendship and release--to enjoy 30 or 40 minutes away from the phone and the computer. I still seek challenge on occasion, and still enter races when they appeal to me. But mostly I run to clear my head of the day's swirling activities and to enjoy the wondrous thoughts and images that rush in to fill the void.

I hate to admit it, but I've never been any good at keeping a journal--one of those personal diaries that chronicles all the highs and lows of a life. Instead, my best efforts have gone into my training logs. There's no screeplay or Pulitzer Prize int he dozens of these logs I've kept over the years, arranged a bit haphazardly across the bottom tier of a bookcase, but they're good friends, and that counts for a lot.

Thumbing through the pages, I'm carried instantly to the places I've run and the people who have sweated at my side. In high school, we ran through

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Revised edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594865205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594865206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Peters on February 22, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a great training journal! Not only does it have a space to record daily run info, but it has little tips and fun facts on every page.
For each day, there is a space to fill in the route you took, distance and time, any cross-training you did, how you felt, and thoughts. At the end of the week, there is a place to record your weekly total miles of running, and your total milage to date.
There are 52 weeks of log space in this journal.
Start recording your milage, feelings, and thoughts now... you will benefit from it in the future... and it may even give you some laughs to see how you felt starting out.
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The 2006 edition has been released. The earlier reviews were written about the earlier edition (2001 or 2002?) and the editors seem to have taken the feedback to heart and have come up with a much improved version this year. For this edition, instead of having the week start at Sun, they have decided to put the weekend together, starting the week at Mon and then ending with Sat and Sun. There is plenty of space to write. The pictures and captions are colorful, attractive and useful. There is half a page of notes for you to fill up with thoughts of your runs, nutrition, whatever you want at the end of each week.

I just started running 3 months ago and I found this journal really helpful. Just the thought of filling up the pages with my runs motivate me to do better each work. It feels great to see that your efforts are paying off when you go through the filled pages and see how your mileage has been going up. Also, I use the empty half page to put down my calories intake, my goals for the week (whether for running or for personal life) and my thoughts. It is like having a friend! I recommend this for beginning runners!
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This is my second journal so I've been using it for a year. It's pretty much got everything covered but it would be nice if there was a little more room to record daily cross training and more space for recording races in the back of the book since I do more then space allows. I've bought and tried other journals but they do not compare. I like the "Tip of the Week" and there is even a running quote to keep you motivated. Buy this journal whether you're a beginning runner or been running forever and want to keep a record of all that hard work as well as the good times.
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Fabulous running training book, or just to keep track of what you've done for the year. I'm so please because I bought mine used and it looks brand new. I cannot wait until 1 year has gone by so I can look at what I've chronicled. This is an accomplishment for me as I am into weight training but always afraid of any distance running because of arthritis in both knees adding patella femoral syndrome in right knee. Thing is, most people with arthritis don't know that weight bearing exercises actually "strengthen" your knees/joints. If I go too many days without exercise, especially running, that's when I feel the cracking and mild stiffness. But the working out and running just oils my joints up... "LITERALLY"

GREAT BOOK TO BUY!
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I used this journal, then tried another (the original Runners World Training Diary, red cover) and hated it. I'm back to this and will never stray! The format is cleaner and more inviting, I enjoy the tips and quotes, and like the additional information and spaces to keep track of shoes and races in the back.
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Great journal, plenty of space to record what run/exercise I did. I like that it does not come pre populated with dates so I can add my own. I like to not only record my runs but other work out routines I do at the gym. Has a great are to record race results, shoes you purchases, and lots of tips throughout the book.
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I had been searching for a journal after I filled up an old one that I got at a sports store. (Champion women's athletic products used to give one away.) I'm glad I found this journal. I can record all my exercise not just my running in it.
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Runners World has great information into anything one needs to know about before taking on the world of running. A good journal to keep track of how your running is progressing. Well worth the money and well worth the time to use.
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