The Believe Training Journal by professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas is much more than a running workout log; it’s a secret weapon.
Lauren and Ro created their first Believe I Am training diary when they couldn’t find a workout log that inspired them to keep using it. Now matching the interior of the charcoal and lavender editions, this new updated Believe Training Journal in the popular Classic Red color will help runners set goals, see what works and what doesn’t, keep their heads in the game, stay honest when no one’s looking, and prove when the work’s been done.
With a smart, functional design, the Believe Training Journal guides runners through their season, helping set goals, plan training weeks, record daily workouts, and keep runners focused.
The Journal includes: an undated annual calendar, undated daily and weekly running logs, how to use a training log, how to set goals, how personality affects performance, how to design a training plan, a dozen key workouts, tips on fueling, a new way to think about body image, mental tips for competition, dealing with adversity, setting good mental habits, recovery strategies, reflecting on the past season, and creating positive running groups.
This updated Classic Red edition comes with the series favorite photographs and design, hand-written notes, practical advice, and the hard-earned secrets and lessons that Lauren and Ro have learned on the pro running circuit. Also new in this edition are Lauren’s killa core routine and Ro’s favorite post-run yoga poses.
Top runners say there are few training tools as valuable as a good training diary for the insights they can reveal. Runners of all abilities will be amazed at where a year can take them with help from the new Believe Training Journals.
About the Author
Lauren Fleshman is considered one of the greatest middle-distance runners in American history and one of the most influential women in running. She is a former professional runner, running coach, writer and co-author of five books, and cofounder of Picky Bars, maker of real food performance snacks. On her popular blog Ask Lauren Fleshman, she answers questions about being a pro runner, giving advice to runners of all abilities on battling injuries and overcoming plain old bad luck.
She is considered one of the greatest middle-distance runners in American history with state championships, 5 NCAA titles, 15 All-American honors, and a spot in the Hall of Fame. Her professional racing career brought tw• USA Championships and five World Championship berths for Team USA.
Lauren’s pro racing career has been defined by a series of injuries and comebacks. These obstacles shaped her philosophical exploration of running, human potential, and transformation. Her mark on the sport has been defined by her authenticity, activism, and a desire to inspire confidence and connection through sport and creative expression.
In 2015, Fleshman won the Best Athlete Shorty Award for her social media presence and was named one of the most powerful women in running by Runner’s World and Women’s Running magazines. She has been affiliated with Runner’s World, Oiselle, Strava, Roka, Jaybird, and Stance. Lauren lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Jesse and their son Jude.
Roisin McGettigan-Dumas is an elite professional runner and cofounder of Believe I Am, maker of running products inspired by self-affirming sports psychology. McGettigan-Dumas was a four-time All-American runner and European Indoor Medalist and represented her homeland of Ireland in the 2008 Olympics. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology, an M.S. in Educational Counseling, and is a certified sport psychology consultant. Ro lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband Myles and their daughters Hope and Ava.
Table of Contents
Meet the Pros
Introduction : Your Training Log, Sample Training Log, Your How-To Manual, Your Workbook, Dos and Don’ts for Beginners
Goal Setting | Dare to Dream : Defining Your Goals, Supercharge Your Chance of Success, Dare to Dream, Goals, Make Your Goals Take Shape
Approach | Make Your Mark : Personality & Performance, Personality Quiz, Tips from USA Champion Molly Huddle, Make a Plan for Personal Growth
Physical Training & Workouts | Turn the Screw : Putting in the Work, Components of a Successful Training Plan, Workouts, The Dozen
Mental Training | Face Your Foe : Meet Resistance, 10-Minute Weed Removal
Nutrition | Fuel Right : Feed the Machine, Lauren’s Top Nutrition Tips
Body Image | Respect Yourself : A New Way to Think About Body Image, A Four-Step Plan to Loving Your Body
Racing | Compete : Rise to the Challenge, Reframe Your Threats as Challenges, Head Games for Mental Toughness, The Mind’s Role in Performance, Sample Race-Day Plan
Setbacks | Stay Grounded : Dealing with Adversity, How to Come Out Stronger on the Other End of a Setback, Practice Gratitude
Resolve | Go Big : Think Like a Pro, State of Mind Quiz, New Habits
Recovery | Hit Reset : Relax & Recover, Dealing with Stress, Our Favorite Recovery Strategies, Yoga Poses to Enhance Recovery
Community | Unplug & Connect : Moving from Me to Us, Do Your Part to Make a Great Running Community
Self-Assessment | Take It In : Looking Back to Move Forward, Reflect on Your Season, Troubleshoot Your Goals
Race-Day Plans, Race Reviews, Race Calendar
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have used this journal for almost a full year now (started mine in Feb.) and it is fantastic! I like the open layout that lets you choose what to record, and it is so nice to be able to flip through it and see patterns of what worked and what didn't. For instance, I've used an online running log for a few years but it wasn't until I started using this log that I made the connection that "doing an interval or tempo workout 2 days after long run" = "my knee hurts". I don't think I ever would have made that connection looking at one logged workout at a time on a screen. And more specific to this particular journal, I really like the exercises/writing prompts that get you thinking about your goals and how to approach them in a healthy way. I had never considered the value of having process-oriented goals before, but the authors explain it well so I have been working on shifting my thinking. And I loved the section on tips for relaxing and being confident before a race; I have been putting those into practice too! And overall the journal is just so motivational. You can tell that the authors really love both running and sharing that with others. So it's an awesome journal. I purchased the purple version to use when I run out of space in this one. And even though this log is meant for running, I actually think it would be useful for anything you might want to improve at! Other sports, or learning an instrument or language...you could easily set goals and track your progress for those things too in this journal.