August 2, 2010

The Imperative Of A Running Journal

For the first half of the year I logged in a total distance of 1,039.20 kilometers with a time of 119:54 hours. The peak of which was derived from my trainings for the 2010 BDM ultramarathon earlier in the year. The first three months were somewhat exceptional. I registered a mileage of 336km in January, 253km in February, and 154km in March where the ultramarathon was held. But at the fourth month onwards the decline was evident as I just gathered an average of 74km per month, managing just 296km for the last four months, just slightly above my Feb total.

In 2009, my first half mileage was 1,284km. The months of April to July averaged 185km per month with a total of 739km or about 60% more than my totals to date. I also did two full marathons at these dates as against nil of this year. Furthermore, a total of 10 races were joined during 2009 compared to just 6 of this year, majority of which are 5k's.

Why the decline? After the last 102km ultramarathon, I cut back on my running and concentrate on recovering my lost weight during the BDM saga. Diet is utmost at this time and I just contend myself to running 5km and limit my time to 30mins. Seldom I ran longer than this.

After reviewing my workout log, I found out that I'm in a deficit with respect to my performances from last year. I must get back into running to bring back those mileage left behind. This is one of the benefit of compiling a running journal, to map your training destinations and to track your progress along the way. I have no regrets in doing this, it's already a religious practice after my every run since I started my running. Somebody once said, "If you do not know where you're going, how can you expect to get there?" Silly, but there's truth in here. See you then friends, I have more works to be done, burning rubber best said. My log says I still have 1,183.10 kilometers to run, 98 hours to beat and 108 workouts to be done just to equal my accomplishments of 2009.

By the way the figure under the adidas logo is my total accumulated distance since I started serious running and recording mileage in particular; and one friendly advice to every newbie is to come up and start with your own journal now.


  1. Nice journal you have there, Vener. The record clearly shows the kind of runner you are - efficient.

    I hope Daily Mile could stand up to the standard of a good journal. :)

    See you, Vener!

  2. Hi Pojie, thanks. Daily mile is a good one too, I also log my accomplishments there and they also have the features relative to my adidas'. Nauna lang kasi yung adidas, wala pa dailymile 'nung mag-umpisa tayo eh, hahaha. See you again.

  3. ...then if you add your blogs into the logs it's like a trip back on memory lane :)

    It's nice that it's quite easy for us to do these journals anywhere, and I agree there are tons of info we can get just by looking back at it.

    - dhenz

  4. Hi Dennis, absolutely right, those write-ups were essential too, reminding you of the nostalgia. It kept on reminding us where we came from and where we're heading too.