I am not a journal writer these days, but oh how I treasure my written tomes from the days I used to be one. There's the page from 8th grade, when I gave each swear word a number (#4=sh&*, for example), so I could swear in peace around the house. Or so I thought. "I don't give a number 4!" I'd yell at my mom. She quickly caught on. Smart lady.
Or the many, many pages from high school in which I chronicled all the comings and goings of my friends that I was sure would affect me forevah. In college, my writings were sparser because I actually had to work, but still, reading how desperate I was for a boyfriend or a social life makes me feel sorry for myself. (In more ways than one: I should've appreciated the quiet while I actually had quiet.)
I only have a few running logs and training plans, but I've saved those as well. Especially when I'm in the throes of being totally unmotivated, I love looking back and seeing my progress and how I trained for something, I sat on the bike for 150 minutes to train for a marathon? I ran 8 x 800's for three weeks in a row? And now I can't even sit on the bike for more than 40 minutes? Seriously, Dimity?
So for today's giveaway, we're going a little old school--but firmly hanging in 2012. The Complete Runner's Day-by-Day Log 2012 Calendar by Marty Jerome is an actual paper book (we like those around these parts) in which you record your daily activity. The daily entries are uncomplicated: a few lines for the workout, plus where & when, distance, and comments. The weeks have slots for distance carried forward, distance this week, and weight, if you're so inclined to record that number. At the end of the spiral-bound book, you can record your races, weekly mileage, and plan your 2013, if you're so inclined to think that far ahead.
Simple and smart advice, sprinkled throughout the log in both tidbit and essay form, can provide a boost to lace up.
A few of my faves:
"Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator, and spiritual communion." Lorraine Moller, Bronze medalist, 1992 Olympics
"The half-marathon is terribly underrated for the courage it requires and for the competitive satisfaction it brings to mortals and average runners."
Marty Jerome, author of the Log
"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
Frank A. Clark
If you think like I do, you're thinking; sounds great, but there's no way I could find time to log my runs with a pen! Here's what I do when I do record my runs: store the log right by my running shoes, so when I come home and deshoe, I write my miles down immediately; or store the log right next to my bed, so I write the workout down before I snooze.
I pinky promise, having a hand-written log that you can flip through as the year progresses—and when it's 2014 and you're wondering if you really did do those hill repeats on an Everest-esque hill—is worth the 30 seconds it takes for an entry. Seeing your work in your own handwriting, instead of on a screen, makes it feel tangible, memorable and important. (And think about when your kids find it in 2032: Mom ran a marathon when we were just 4 and 6? She is such a rock star!)
Like our other BRF giveaways this week, we've got three sets of two logs to gift to mother runners out there; to remind you, the idea is one for you, one for your best running pal. I love Lorraine's quote so much, I'm going to crib it for the contest entry; in order to enter to win a log for you and your BRF finish this sentence: Running is my ______________ in the comments below.
Also, we've left out a slightly important detail of this week of giveaways. Like when we'll announce the winners. We'll award a whole boatload of you--15 winning mother runners in all--this Sunday, so tune in then. But don't miss tomorrow and Friday for two more giveaways.