Trying to Find the Best Running Log
Yesterday I started checking out different types of running logs.
I currently track my workouts in a special calendar that my coach provides. In it she posts my runs for the week and then I post the details.
Usually I just post the distance and my pace per mile, but sometimes I include a paragraph or two about how I felt if it was a particularly good/bad day.
I spoke with someone yesterday though who mentioned a few cool types of training logs that have more features than the calendar that I currently use with my coach.
These include the cool stats and charts that Garmin Connect provides, but can also accommodate treadmill runs (which I have been doing more of lately).
I’m currently checking out Training Peaks and the Runner’s World logs. I like both and am trying to decide which one I want to use long-term.
The cool thing about both is that they include specific areas to log your duration, distance and pace unlike my current calendar (they’re both also free).
Here’s a peak at the log activity screen for Training Peaks:
I love that you can connect your Garmin to this too and not have to manually enter all the data by hand. Convenient for the days that I actually go run outdoors in this heat!
That’s the only thing that I noticed that TP does that the Runner’s World log doesn’t do.
What I really like about the RW log is the area where you can quickly rate a run.
That Additional Info section seems like it would be really helpful when working with a coach.
Both include a dashboard/summary view where you can easily see your stats all totaled up. That’s also something that my current log doesn’t do (although I manually track the numbers anyway).
Overall, I guess I am leaning towards using the RW log going forward…. BUT of course there are ads all over the place and that kind of annoys me. I get that the product is free so it makes sense that they need to recoup money in some way, but that doesn’t stop the blinking banner ads from driving me a little crazy though : )
How do you log your runs? Any recommendations?