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Keeping Records to Break Records

Posted Jul 12 2012 7:00am
Keeping Records to Break Records

It's no secret that I'm a list-making, note-taking fool. For someone who doesn't, like, do math, I really like data. A lot. I honestly love wearing my GPS watch while running so I can look at exactly how far I went and how fast (or slow) I ran during each mile. One of the redeeming qualities of the treadmill is the fact that I can look at all that information in real time and factor whether I need to go faster (which is pretty much always the case) or slower to hit my goals. But then, after the fact, what do you do with all that glorious data? Right now, I'm using a couple of different sites/ apps to track my workouts. I'm working with a coach (hi, Patrick!) to get back into my racing groove, and we use TrainingPeaks . He puts my workouts on there, along with any notes I need to keep in mind (i.e. effort level, target heart rate, focus of the workout, etc.), and then, once the workout is over, I put my notes in. It's super handy because, for one thing, he can then base my future workouts on how prior workouts went. Plus, I can look back and, based on my notes and times, get a great feel for how much I've improved. And you know I love that. I've also been using Daily Mile , which, now that I'm also on TrainingPeaks, seems maybe a little excessive, but I have good reason. While TrainingPeaks allows you to track a ton of awesome stuff (equipment, heart rate and more), Daily Mile has a bunch of super user-friendly options for tracking things like weather and temperature, effort level, and equipment (which I've been using to accurately track mileage on my newest running shoes). Plus, there's a community aspect to it that I'm not super involved in, but I like seeing what other people are doing. I just can't quit you, Daily Mile. I have lots of friends who use a bunch of other cool programs to track workouts, and now I'm curious about two things. First, what do you use, and why? And second, are you able to use just one? —Kristen

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