I started keeping a training journal in November, and I absolutely love it. It’s empowering to look back on past months and see what I’ve accomplished…and where I need to improve! This month my goal was to come back from being sick all of December, build my mileage and start cross training regularly. At the end of January I’ve run 50 miles, practiced yoga 3x, rock climbed 5x and completed my abs set 7x. All in all, I’m counting December as a win.
You can use any journal to keep track of your progress, but I highly recommend the Believe I Am Training Journal. I love their philosophy!
“Believe I Am is a collection of transformative designs and apparel that share sports psychology techniques used by pro athletes to help aspirational women succeed in life and in sport by developing positive beliefs about themselves. Everything we make is designed around the use of ‘visual cues,’ eye-catching statements used by pro athletes all over the world to maximize performance and enjoyment by keeping them in a particular, desired state of mind. When you use visual cues, they help you form positive beliefs about yourself, and positive self beliefs make you brave enough to set goals, dedicated enough to put the work in, focused enough to make good life choices that support your goals, and confident enough to give your all without fear of failure.”
I am an absolute believer in setting goals. I have goals for work, running and life! If you don’t set goals, how will you know what you’re working towards? It’s important to write these goals down and revisit them. My training journal keeps me accountable to my fitness and running goals, and is a daily reminder to keep moving forward. As Oprah said (…and I promise not to go Oprah on you too often!), “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”
So I go out there and own it. Try and fail. Try and succeed. All I care about at the end of the day is that I tried…and one way or the other I’m working towards accomplishing my goals!
Super Shuffle 5k tomorrow. One step closer to my 14 races in 2014 goal!