Run, Write, Repeat

When I was in high school, Steve Scott spoke to my cross country team several times. If you have not heard of Steve Scott, he held the American mile record for 26 years and has run more sub-4:00-minute miles than any other runner. Steve Scott battled cancer, founded the Carlsbad 5000, and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He currently coaches at California State University-San Marcos, which was about 15 minutes away from where I grew up. With a reputation like that, I was very interested in what words of advice he would offer to my teammates and me.

One of the first questions he asked upon arriving was who on my team kept a running journal. Being at a new high school with a still developing cross country team, I was the only runner to raise my hand. He then expressed the importance of keeping a running journal up to date and offered weeklong running logs to everyone to get them into the habit.

Running journals are very important tools for runners of all ages. I have kept a running journal since the summer before my freshman year of high school.  I have used Jeff Galloway’s Running Journal, which contains many useful tips about predicting future performance, training programs, and an easy way to keep track of mileage, pace, and how you feel during every workout. It has been very useful to see when my training methods are generating good results and how to avoid injury in the future. It also helps you to keep track of goals and make sure you are taking the right steps to achieve them.

Jeff Galloway said, “A lifestyle change begins with a vision and a single step.” Because I run, I have learned the value of setting and attaining goals. I know the importance of keeping track of my workout regimen and I have seen it pay off when I reach my goal times. If you don’t already have a running journal, get one or create a system that works for you!