When I decided in 2016 to make it a goal to never take off more than 2 days in a row from working out, I began a simple spreadsheet to hold myself accountable. It lists the date, exercise type (Running, DailyBurn, etc), duration and any notes which are usually just which running route I ran. I know some people make their logs very detailed including temperature, heart rate, etc. I like to keep mine simple so that I stick to using it, and until I see a benefit to adding more categories I’ll continue with my current ones.
I’ve never been one to set mileage goals. Over the winter and during track season just keeping consistent with running (ie 2-3 runs a week) is a big enough goal to tackle given the extremes in weather and the increased busyness to my schedule. For that reason I have never actually added up the number of miles I’ve ran in a month. Inspired by the last day of the month I thought it might be fun to do that for a change.
In January I took off 3 days from working out and had 11 days of running totaling 67.53 miles. That included racing the Indian Rock 10k. In February I took off 5 days from working out and had 9 days of running totaling 51.7 miles. That included racing the Springettsbury 10k. In March I took off 6 days from working out and had 13 days of running totaling 45.85 miles. That included racing the Northeastern 5k.
My mileage is certainly on a downward trend thanks to track season beginning the first week of March. It may appear odd since I had more total running days, but I often join the kids for part of their workouts such as a 1-2 mile warmup or on pre-meet days a 2-3 mile run. I coach mid distance runners (400 and 800m runners and 300m hurdlers) and their long runs don’t need to be as long as the distance runners’ workouts.
I’m not running the 5-6 miles on Wednesday evenings with the group anymore as they meet when I’m coaching. I’ve been able to keep a Saturday run in my schedule due to Jason signing up to run a 5k with me, dad and Armand in April and a 10k with me in May. He’s needed to build his mileage up and we’ve ran 6 miles the past two Saturdays. He should be running through the week as well, but that’s a lecture for another post.
I have been rather consistent with my core workouts thanks in part to making my kids do core regularly after their workouts. I have also kept up with at least one upper body workout a week. Normally I combine two 10 min DailyBurn workouts featuring chest/triceps and back/biceps to get 20 mins of work completed. My active recovery days are slacking a bit, but I still try to foam roll as needed. I find that with not having as many days of running or longer miles that I’m not needing as much mobility or yoga work.
Looking at how much my mileage has decreased, I’m very grateful I made the decision to run the Turkey Hill 10k instead of the half marathon. Sometimes I miss having more runs and longer runs in my week, but I enjoy coaching and feel it’s worth the sacrifice to my own training. I think it’s also good to have it built in as an “off season” for myself in hopes that it will motivate me mentally and physically to gear up even more for racing this summer.
Do you use a fitness log and if so, what do you track? Do you set weekly or monthly mileage goals? Do you plan an off season in your yearly training?