I Am Chastised
I've hired a running coach. As you know, I'm really into trail running now, and recently ran my first 50K. I have big ideas, though (yes, bigger than my 8+ hour 50K), so I'm getting some expert help. I fully believe in getting help when I need it. I know that I can do a lot on my own - I trained for my first long distance race on my own - but I could use some help for the next stage.
My first task with my new coach was to give him a log of an average workout week.
Uh oh! I'm very good about making a plan. But it turns out that I'm quite bad about keeping a record of what I actually do.
I frequently recommend that you all keep an exercise log. I've written about the value of doing that here, I talk about it on the Life-Cise Beyond Treatment page. It's a great idea. It lets you track what you're doing and your progress. It's often hard to really judge progress, but with a log, you can go back and see what you could do a month ago compared with what you can do now.
Your log doesn't have to be complicated. It can simply be a note jotted down in a calendar - either in paper or on your computer. You can keep a notebook. It can be as detailed as you want, including things like heart rate. But most of the time, a simple note will suffice.
I will be doing a better job now. I have a detailed plan from my trainer, and now I'll be keeping track of my workouts, too.
I really do believe in the value of keeping track of your workouts. I guess this falls into the category of "do as I say, not as I do".
Now, to run....
- BY Julie Goodale | 01.31.2011
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