The first product for the 5 Days of Taper Giveaway (background) is a new-to-me tool I’ve been using this training cycle. Training and running can so easily become all about numbers and times and distances, and we forget about the qualitative parts of the sport. What our brain and heart say are just as important as the watch!
(so I’m beginning to learn)
The Believe I Am Training Journal is a product of USA Champion Lauren Fleshman and Irish Olympian Ro McGettigan. It includes space for daily workout logs, race recaps, goal mapping, open journaling, and more. Other features like hand-drawn visual cues and motivational quotes are scattered throughout.
Check out my BIA album for more “sneak peek” looks at the inside
This marathon cycle has been different in so many ways, mostly being that I left my “abbreviated training” and committed to a full 16-week, high-intensity training plan. With burnout tendencies I knew it’d be especially important to keep my head in the game and focused on my goals to make it through the long haul.
In a (quite unfortunate) turn of events, the journal has now become my place for venting about this nagging anterior tibialis strain. I got sick of talking about it (here and in person) and all of the negativity it was emitting towards running, but knew it was important to get my honest feelings out in order to process and move on.
Many, many of those lined journal pages are filled.
With lots of four-lettered words.
But it helps to flip back and see those goal flowers, and immediately remember WHY I’m putting myself through this. And that the journey, with all of it’s ups and downs, is just as important as the glory at the end.
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Want a BIA Training Journal from Lo & Ro of your own? Or maybe you know someone who’d love it as a holiday gift? Answer the question below.
- What is your training/life/relationship motto? The phrase that simultaneously grounds and inspires you to be better at whatever it is you’re trying to be?
Mine is “BELIEVE” – it can be as simple or complex as I need it to be, and applicable anywhere. And thankfully it’s really short because I got it tattoo’d on the inside of my wrist. (long before the journal – I love BIA but not THAT much) :)
* don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another 5 Days of Taper giveaway! *