Since my wife got me hooked on running over 10 years ago, I have been keeping a running journal. One would expect that I would use a fitness tracker and smartphone app to do all of this for me, but on this, I’m still stuck on pen and paper. Over the years, I’ve used a variety of Excel grids to keep track of mileage, time, location, and notes. On December 31 of each year, we sit together and tally up all of the miles from the year and see where we end up. This year was rather disappointing as I was almost 100 miles shy of last year’s total. It was a busy year and fitness took a back seat, unfortunately. I also did not run any races this year. This is the first year I haven’t raced since I began running. With no goals and no training plan, it’s no wonder my mileage wasn’t up to snuff. Despite my lackluster performance in 2014, the running journal provides a look back on what happened in the year, and not just related to running or working out. I use the notes section to indicate vacations, big events, and sometimes injuries and illness. It’s a journal of the day’s activity in less than 140 characters. Looking back on the year as it comes to a close is an opportunity for reflection and setting goals for the next year. In my opinion, don’t get hung up on resolutions that may or may not be broken. Reflect on 2014 and think about what you want to accomplish in 2015. At least you’ll be shooting for something.
For those that are looking for an old school, pen and paper log to print out and throw in a 3-ring binder, I have provided the Excel file below. Feel free to download, modify, and use to your heart’s content. It’s nothing special, but it gets the job done. Until then, I’m waiting on the Fitbit Charge HR to be released. I’m curious to see what happens to the 3-ring binder once I have that strapped to my wrist to track my every movement. I hope they have a printable version I can still archive in my binder. It’s a source of paper I still relish and I’ll want to reflect on 2015 the same way I reflected on 2014.