Honesty Hour: I have kept a journal (diary?) since I was 12 years old.
Since the age of 12, my journals have morphed from dramatic entries courtesy of my High School boyfriend, to writing about the excitement and anxiety I felt in college, to mentions of my dreams and fears for after college, to travel stories, to transitioning into the workplace and the preasure to have it all (and some dating stories thrown in for good measure).
Needless to say, my journals have always been a little dramatic. (As all good journals should be, right?)
Here are the journals I could find in my apartment (2008 – 2012):
There have been many articles published about how keeping a food journal can help you achieve weight loss goals, and recently I have read an article on how keeping a journal can make you more successful in the workplace. That being said, it makes sense that if I really want to become more successful with my running that I should keep a Running Journal.
When Believe I Am asked if I would write about my experience with the Training Journal on this blog, my first thought was “I think you have the wrong blog?“ Once it was confirmed that I was in fact the right person they wanted to talk to (still debatable), my next thought was “Do you know how dramatic I can be in a journal?”
I understand I write a “running blog” (also debatable), but I try to keep this blog easy-going and drama-free. However give me a pen & paper, all of the sudden I’m an emotional basketcase – just pouring out all my thoughts and feelings. But after reading about the beliefs of Believe I Am, maybe being a little emotional in my training journal won’t be such a bad thing? PSA: You have been warned that future Believe I Am posts might be dramatic.
So with my new Believe I Am journal, I am creating Three Goals to document over the next couple of months:
1. Believe in Myself (Think Positively). Honestly, I have very low confidence when it comes running. Growing up I was told by coaches that “I wasn’t particularly fast” (I was never the slowest either), but the quote has always stuck with me and allowed me an excuse for not trying to run fast. So, after running a 6:35 mile at the 5th Ave NYRR Mile last weekend, I would like to think that maybe my coaches were wrong? Maybe I am faster than I think? While I don’t think I’m going to break any World Records any time soon, I’m hoping through changing my thoughts (believe I am fast) I can change my actions (become faster). I hope to accomplish this goal by writing (positively) in my journal.
2. Keeping Track of Gut Issues. I plan on keeping track of any stomach issues I am having before/during/after I run. Honestly, I am FREAKING EXCITED about this. I have been meaning to keep a ”stomach log” for running (to find out what gives me energy, what makes my stomach cramp, what makes me want to throw up, etc.) so starting this Training Journal is perfect timing. BOOM BOOM POW.
3. PR in a Race (Any distance) before January 1st 2013. I wanted my last goal to be measurable, so at least if I lied about accomplishing #1 and #2 (just kidding I would never lie), you would have to hold me accountable for #3. Since I want to see how keeping a journal can effect my racing, the race has to be in either November or December, to give me enough time to write in my journal, and process my thoughts.
On that note…
1. Do you keep a Training Journal?
2. Do you keep a Personal Journal?