Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A matter of perspective {believe I am}

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
Check-in 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!
And my $50 Stella & Dot giveaway will end at midnight tonight!


Megan said...

Cute journal!! Before i got pregnant i was good about tracking exercise and food but now not so much! :) too tired! Hopefully i can get back in the habit again!

Taylor said...

One of the best things I've ever done is record my runs and add little notes underneath about how I felt like "side cramp around mile 3" or something simple like "felt great!" When people accidentally read it they're like But it really makes sense to me because I can look back and understand why I ran better one day and not another day.

Emily Nickles said...

Added you on DM! :)

Beka said...

I love this book and how it's so tailored. I'm sorry your run on Tues sucked, but it just makes the good runs that much better! I actually just delved out on the Lisa Frank journals from UO for this very same purpose!

KatSnF said...

Cute journal! Looks like it's pretty nifty too; I'm more of a virtual/online tracker myself ;)

SarahJane Miller said...

What a great idea to keep an exercising journal! I never thought of that. I really bet it will help you and motivate you so much! Good luck!

jennifer said...

I love my Believe I am Journal! I thought I would only get use out of it for running since that was kinda what it was designed for, but I'm going to use it to document my next lifting program!

Emily grapes said...

That journal looks like a great idea. I love how it looks inside. I'm not a die hard w/working out (and definitely don't run) but I think I'd enjoy tracking it all in that notebook if I did.
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife said...

awww that journal is so cute! I never heard of one of those! sounds like a great idea!

Tiffany said...

Wow. That is a really great journal. I do track my workouts too. I tend to track them online at Team Beachbody. I click on the workout program I am doing and then it has all the workouts listed, click on it, then press start. It keeps me accountable and on schedule. Which I need. I tend to get scatter-brained. Ha! I will look into this journal too because the wood cover is just calling me!

Karen said...

I keep my own version of a running log in a journal. It doesn't have how I felt unless I was sick or something, but I like keeping track of how many miles are on my shoes and how many I do each month and year. I also keep a list of goals and how I plan to reach them.

I began tracking all this stuff about 10 years ago when none of the tracking sites existed, so I've just stuck with what I have been doing and don't use Daily Mile (etc.).

Kristin W said...

I love this! While I don't need another place to {not} write things down, this is an awesome idea!

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