There are a bunch of ways to track your workouts and runs. And most of them are very usable and helpful. They do what they set out to do: track yo’ stuff and see your progress. Which is motivational for sure, but it doesn’t exactly allow for a lot of creativity or daydreaming—especially for newbie runners who may be intimidated by a more serious training journal. It’s mostly just numbers, numbers, numbers. But Believe I Am recently sent us a new feel-good twist on the training journal, and we’re straight-up smitten with it. Straight up!
The B.I.A. Training Journal has some serious girl power going on. No matter what distance of race you’re training for—or even if you just want a place to record your sweat sessions—this little training log has just the right mix of structure and flexibility. Filled with positive quotes and areas for you to focus on (being grateful, fighting perfection and training relaxed, among others), the training journal takes you on a journey from setting shorter-term and big-picture goals to checking in on those goals regularly to visualizations to tracking your workouts, mileage and mood—with areas for you to customize what you want to track. The final third of the journal is filled with both totally blank and lined pages for you to journal, make more notes and doodle.
In a lot of ways, it’s like Believe I Am took the concept of a doodling 12-year-old girl in class and turned it into an empowering training journal. Filled with cute girlie illustrations of butterflies and flowers, it’s extremely pretty to flip through and you do want to noodle in it. I never really thought a training journal could be “friendly,” but this one is all “Hey, come on in and let’s hang out!” Like your very own little training-journal buddy. The training journal goes for about $20 and is made in the U.S. of recycled materials. The company also gives 15 percent of its proceeds to one of our favorite organizations, Girls on the Run in Boston—making us love it even more. We believe!
So, yeah, this training journal rocks! Do you keep a training log online or in print? What do you look for in one? —Jenn