Keeping a running log is beneficial to record your progress. I’ve been running for almost 8 months (March-November 2010) and just started to log my runs last June.
One of the popular websites that runners use is DailyMile. This logs not only your progress in running, but also cycling, cross training, etc. You can also post a Note/Shoutout just like in Facebook. There are other sites that you can use, but DM is my personal favorite and it’s free.
So why is there a need to keep a running log? Your running log will be your personal diary as to your progress in the sport that you’re in. Like in running, it logs the total distance you’ve covered, your improvement in terms speed, pace, distance week-on-week or month-on-month, it motivates you to run better next time or can dictate when do you usually run best (time of the day, weather conditions, etc.), it can also tell you when to have rest periods. People you meet on DM keeps you motivated as well. I have DM friends from Southeast Asia, from the US, and Europe (did I miss anyone?) whom I never really met personally but have offered a great deal of motivation and tip especially when I had my debut on doing 21K.
There’s a lot of functions that is to be discovered on DM. But so far, what I know works for me. Here are some samples of DM:
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