Believe in your training; believe in yourself. Get motivated to become the runner you were meant to be with the upcoming Believe Training Journal (Electric Blue Edition) by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas.
Drawing from their own training and racing methods, Lauren and Ro offer a training journal that has it all: designated grids for recording data and times as well as space to process and dream. The journal offers a full year of undated weeks, an annual calendar, worksheets, quizzes, lists, and plenty of space for notes.
Lauren and Ro share their wisdom and experience throughout the journalwith thought-provoking insight on how to define goals, how to respect your body, how to deal with adversity, and how to get mentally tough for competitionall to help you find balance in your running and become a healthier, happier, and better athlete.
Top runners know a good training diary is invaluable for the insights they can reveal. The Believe Training Journal will help you explore your athletic side and pursue your own running journey.
About the Author
Lauren Fleshman has been a runner since she was 13 years old and 78 pounds of scrawny, scrappy tomboy. A top high school recruit out of California, Lauren went on to win five NCAA titles and 15 All-American honors while at Stanford. In her 12 years as a pro she won USA championships and international competitions, represented Team USA many times, and finished as high as 7th in the world amid many years of injuries and setbacks. Lauren is passionate about the pursuit of embodied performance, authenticity, and courageously creating your own definitions of success as a pathway to joy through sport. She is married to pro triathlete Jesse Thomas, and they are the proud parents of Jude and Zadie. They live and train in Bend, Oregon, where their performance bar company, Picky Bars, is based.
Róisín McGettigan-Dumas grew up running the beaches, trails, and roads of Wicklow, Ireland. She left home for a chance to compete in track and cross-country at Providence College, where she was a four-time All-American. In 2008 Ro represented Ireland in the 3K steeplechase at the Olympics. She was awarded the bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships and still holds the Irish record for the indoor mile. While she’s retired from running competitively, Ro remains invested in the sport as an entrepreneur and certified sports psychology consultant in Providence, Rhode Island, where she lives, trains, and juggles family life with her husband, Myles, and 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, Body Talk, Health and High Performance
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.