Most of us have trained in one part of our lives. The chances are that if you’ve taken your training seriously, you’ve had a training journal or a training log in some form.
The main difference between a training journal and a training log is what you document in them after each workout or day, etc.
What is a training journal?
Journals for training are more like daily reviews than logs. Typically, they will include mental health and how you felt during the day. They may have some statistical data, but this is usually saved for a training log.
What is a training log?
The training log is usually based on some template. You might fill out the same form every day. A daily training log can include information such as weight, workouts, and diet.
There’s no point in choosing just a journal or just a log. Logging and journaling are both necessary to record your training history.
From experience, I have discovered that combining two is acceptable. It will be easy for you to remember to do both this way.
Benefits of recording and logging your training
One of the key benefits of recording your training is to have a detailed history to refer to in the future. Considering your training history is helpful when making a new training plan, such as figuring out what has worked for you and what hasn’t. It helps discover the reasons behind injuries or burnouts.
I would recommend keeping a journal for personal use and remembering different events in the past and looking back on them.
Use a training log to develop better training practices
A training journal is not enough; you need to have good training practices.
When you sit down to plan your training, do you have anything to work with? By looking back, you can plan ahead and decide how to increase your workout intensity, etc., to improve your performance in the future.
Training practices are more than just how you run; they involve how you live your day-to-day life.
Whenever possible, it is a good idea to seek out someone with more experience than you. There is no point in reinventing the wheel when others have already tested several methods, which saves you time and increases your training efficiency.
The key to becoming an experienced athlete is to keep your mind open to new ideas and feedback. Understand that you do not know everything and that you can learn a lot from more experienced people.
Take it slow
Setting reasonable goals will keep you mentally fit and motivated to keep training. You will burn out both mentally and physically if you try to take things too quickly.
If you want to prevent injuries while running, be wise. Use the right running equipment, for example. What is the point of training in running shoes that are a year old when it is recommended to replace them every six months?
Warming up and cooling down correctly can significantly reduce the risk of injury. The warm-up can include jogging, stretching, and other mobility drills to prepare you for your training session.
If you keep these things in mind, I’m sure you’ll succeed in whatever you’re training for.