Jason Cullinane, Palo Alto: RunningHat.

For the systematic trainer, a running log is a basic tool for managing running. There are a number of runner’s logbooks available, but – why bother? A simple monthly appointment calendar is adequate.

LogbookONE is different, and worth considering. There are two reasons.

It makes recording training and health-relevant information convenient. The simple layout encourages tracking not only miles or minutes run, but other training, weight, both length and quality of sleep, resting heart rate, sense of general fatigue, will to train, massage, appetite, injuries, and so on. Sounds like a lot, but the format makes it convenient and easy.

Second, it makes creating monthly summaries easy. This is not just mileage summaries, but sleep summaries, “tiredness feeling” summaries, and more. Take sleep as an example – no-one remembers sleep three days later, and our sense of whether we’ve had enough or not over the past month is vague. By making it easy to visually check sleep hours and sleep quality for a month, insight into what we’re really doing is easy.

In both of the above, Cullinane recognizes that convenience counts. It’s easier to do things that are easy to do. By making it easy to record useful information, he greatly increases the chances that we actually will record it. By making it easy to see the longer-term patterns, he makes this useful form of self-knowledge ready to hand.

(A comment that may apply only to Maggie Mason, Martha Blackwell, and a few others – as with many self-published authors, Mr Cullinane was his own copy editor: its effected it’s English usage. Oh, well.)

A practical note: LogbookONE is calendar-neutral. You don’t have to start on January 1st.

While it’s possible Socrates wasn’t thinking specifically of training logs at the time, his recommendation on knowing yourself is as applicable at the physical as at the spiritual level. This is a recommended tool.

–Jim Kornell, October 2004

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