Tuesday's 4 miler was fine in pace, but it felt terrible (much like last week's Tuesday run...will it be a Tuesday thing). I blame my shirt and the temperature, but I'm not really one to make excuses (or is that what I just did). The lululemon shirt I bought Sunday fit just fine in the store and is plenty baggy, but that sports bra band was so tight I was having trouble breathing. I'm trying to stretch it now, but I'm not sure it'll be a go to shirt for a bit.
It was also terrible because I lost something and ended up retracing three miles of my steps after running four to find what I was looking for. And I didn't find it, of course. Overall, that just added fuel to the afternoon fire. Oh well. Some days are better than others! And I guess if I look at it positively, it did give me 7 total miles today, and walking three was probably good for me anyways.
And in the mail Monday I got something I'd been waiting on for a little bit! I ordered a Believe I Am Journal after seeing it on Once Upon a (L)ime. I was really excited when I saw in on her blog, because I love having neat notebooks and calendars and to do lists, and though I love DailyMile, I wanted a creative place to keep track of my runs, workouts, and goals. I'm excited to be able to use it for my marathon training cycle. I know it'll be something I look back on for inspiration in the future.
Here are a few pictures of my favorite pages.
The cover (which is made of wood...and I love)
The workout tracker pages
Places for goals, which I'm such a huge fan of.
Olympian Lauren Fleshman is one of the creators of the journal, and she somehow managed to make it to semi-finals of the 5k at the Olympic Trials after not running for months and months because of an injury, so I'll do what she's doing.
I know that visually outlining everything in a journal will be great for me, and the added journaling pages will allow me to track how my moods, energy, and perspective changes as the marathon training cycle picks up. I'm entering into a higher mileage week this week, and from here it's only up. I know there will be ups and downs, and I want to keep them recorded to save.
And although it sounds like it (I think), I definitely bought this on my own and didn't contact the company or get contacted by anyone to post about it. I wanted to share this with you because I know a lot of us blogger enjoy writing things down in the old fashioned way. I though maybe you'd be interested in keeping your thoughts in a journal like this as well.
I'm just hoping my entry for today will be a little happier and more positive than the one for Tuesday. 7 miles tempo is on tap for after work. Yikes. 7 will be the longest I've ever run on a weekday. Welcome to marathon training, I guess...
Do you keep track of your workouts/runs/WODs? Where? Do you just record what you're doing or how you feel about it as well?
If you're on DailyMile, add me! That site gives me so much motivation!