The Importance of Taking a Look Back (with Video)

How often do you stop and take a look back?

This time of the year, it seems like everyone is looking back on the year that was.

But as runners, taking a look back at our training over several weeks/months/years can be vital to help us continue to grow and improve.

That is a big reason why I’ll be keeping a running journal in 2016, and if you’ve never kept a running journal before I’d encourage you to start one as well.

As we put a bow on 2015, I’d encourage you to take a few minutes in the next few days to look back on your running for 2015.

Note the good. Note the bad.

And use that reflection as a way to cement your running plans/goals for 2016.

Should You Keep a Running Journal? (with Video)

Do you keep a running journal?

I really don’t. For the past few years, my “journal” has been nothing more than a calendar with my mileage written down for each particular day.

So basically, I haven’t kept a journal.

But that’s going to change.

I’ve decided that next year I’m going to keep a better running journal, so I can look back with a bit more accuracy at past workouts and use those experiences to help me improve in the future.

In this video, I’m talking about the reasons I haven’t kept a journal, the quote that is making me rethink my lack of a journal, and the things that a journal can help me (or any of us) overcome.

Do You Keep a Running Journal? Why or Why Not?