I still have my running log from 1985. The only year that I kept an actual log. Yep, it's all hand written as the internet and all that goes with it wasn't around yet. Glad I didn't use a computer as it would probably be on a floppy disk or some other such external drive that wouldn't be compatible with anything today. It's in a box somewhere in the garage. Last time I looked at it was about five years or so ago. It's kind of cool to read it and the little notes added in. I always recorded the weather conditions for the day and the temperature.
Get a running log. It is super easy to write in and track your mileage! Also motivating.
Here it is a perfect example of one:
$24 is insane.
Get a nice notebook, draw the lines yourself and you are set for years.
I use a simple excel spreadsheet. Each week gets two rows. The top row is used to describe what I did, the bottom row is strictly for the total of number of miles for each day. In the column at the end of the row, I insert a formula to total the miles for the week, and then at the bottom of that column after the last week of the year, I have a formula that keeps a running total of my total year-to-date miles.
I typically put workouts in bold type; races in green type; off days in red type, This allows me to find pertinent information pretty quickly and easily.
It is nice to have the data there to manipulate, and once you prepare the spreadsheet once, you can use the same base form pretty easily each year.
I do this in addition to Garmin Connect/Strava, which is the simplest way to handle this.
This. Or a sheet of paper.
geniuses among us wrote:
Holy crap you some sort of Excel genius??
Now this is one funny shiite right here! If I had been drinking coffee I would have spitit all over the place!