HARUKI Murakami ran 300 kilometers in July 2005. In his book “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” the Japanese writer said it rained two days that month and he was on the road for another two days, while there were a few days when “the weather was too muggy and hot to run.”
In the book, a running journal that serves as memoir, Murakami writes about his runs, including his preparation for the 2005 New York Marathon, his 100-kilometer ultra-marathon and his running, in reverse, of the original marathon route—from Athens to Marathon. The book provides details only hardcore runners and Murakami die-hard fans would appreciate.
TRAINING JOURNALS help you keep track of your progress and guard against doing too much, too soon in training. (Photo above was taken last year, that's why the journal is for 2010) CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE.
Not everyone can have his or her running journal published as a book, even in today’s do-it-yourself publishing and digital formats. Not all runners keep track of training minutiae or obsess over time, distance and pace. But all regular runners, however, should take the effort to record their runs and keep a running journal.
Running journals help people keep track of their training progress to guard against a common cause of injury: doing too much too soon. Many running experts advise people to increase either their mileage or intensity by not more than 10 percent a week. If your total mileage last week was 30 kilometers, you should do no more than 33 kilometers this week.
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“WAS that really 10 kilometers?” the girl in Nike LunarLites asked a male runner trying to catch his breath, “it felt like it wouldn’t end.”
The girl ran about 11 kilometers in what seemed to be her first 10K.
In the absence of a local certification body, you just take organizers’ word that their race routes really are the distances that they announce these to be.
MEASURING ROUTES WITH GOOGLE MAPS. Google Maps allows you to draw a line on its street, satellite and terrain maps to measure distances. CLICK ON PHOTO ABOVE TO VIEW LARGER IMAGE.
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Social training log dailymile has started rolling out its support for Garmin devices and can now retrieve total distance, time and map coordinates from your Forerunner GPS devices.
Dailymile is a website that serves as training log for runners, cyclists and triathletes. What differentiates it from sites like Garmin Connect is that it has a social networking component. It allows you to connect with other runners, cyclists or triathletes. You can view your workouts as well as that of your contacts and people near your location in a Twitter-like stream of entries.
MY DAILYMILE PROFILE PAGE. Dailymile is a cool social training log for runners, cyclists and triathletes. It now supports both Nike+ and Garmin devices. CLICK TO ENLARGE.
I used the site for a while in July but stopped visiting it when I discovered Garmin Connect. The site supported Nike+ but didn’t work with the Garmin Forerunner. Since I use a Forerunner 305 to track my runs, I had to manually enter records in dailymile and it was tedious. Without Garmin support, I didn’t have the incentive to continue maintaining my dailymile account. But for so long, the site indicated that Garmin support was “coming soon” so I didn’t delete my account.
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The long run, according to US Olympian Jeff Galloway, “will help you more than any other component of your training program.” It is an integral part of marathon and endurance training. But how do you plan and measure your long run route without having to go out and use an odometer, pedometer or global positioning system (GPS) device?
It’s easy. Use Google Maps.
PLANNING, MEASURING LONG RUN ROUTE. Google Maps allows you to plan ahead and measure your running routes. Above is the route I planned for our two-city long run this Sunday, Nov. 1. Click on photo to view larger image.
Google Maps offers two tools that allow you to trace a route on a map, satellite image or a composite of the two, and then measure its distance. To use the tool, log into Google Maps using your GMail account and then click on My Maps and then choose Browse Directory.
You will then be presented with several add-ons to your Google Maps account. You can either pick Distance Measurement Tool or Area and Distance Calculator. I’ve long been using Area and Distance Calculator but I recently tested Distance Measurement Tool and found it to be better. Click on the Add it to Maps button below the tool area.
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