After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Seeing Things Differently and a RunLog Template

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Sometimes all we need is a look at things from a different perspective, to get ourselves out of a funk.

One of the reasons that I love most of the online running community is that they are so supportive and see things from a different angle than I tend to at times. Especially, when I am in one of my running funks (which I am right now - I am at that point in my rehab that I have been feeling good enough to run, but not good enough to train, which frustrates the hell out of me), which makes this usually positive and spritely runnah, take a rather dismal view on things.

So when I put up my post about moving on from blogging and stuff, I got a couple of great reminders and views that I didn't really think about when I wrote that post yesterday.

Mario -- Hey, Harold, reader from Brazil here. Got to the blog through the 200 mile review of Skechers Go run Ride. Just wanted to say keep up writing. I think it's great. So what if is just the same thing over and over, so is Running. 
 sometimes contemplate the difference between a habit and a routine. Is one simply good and the other bad? I think there's a lengthy blog post there.

I need/want a running log and am enough of a geek that although a Pen & Paper log is okay, it is not what I am looking for. The spreadsheet is great for data feedback/analysis and Strava/Garmin Connect are good social spots and getting the GPS watch data into something that I can use.

Still they are not really what I am looking for in my primary running log either.

2. My runlog posts are always wordy, but in the past often didn't include some of the important stuff, that are part of the reasons for good and bad days. Which means that I needed to put together a runlog template that captures the information/data that I want to keep or share. 

Daily RunLog for Harold Shaw                                                     

Workout Planned:

Day of the Week:
Time of Day:
Distance Run:
Based on 7:40 pace
Type of Run




Graph Screen shot

Notes/Observations about the run:

Aches and Pains:


Weekly Run Total:
Monthly Run Total
Annual Run Total
It may not cover everything, but that is the beauty of having it electronic, I can change things on the fly to cover what I want covered and the template can be updated quickly and easily.

Also, I want readers to quickly see that it is a Running Log entry, not my meandering thoughts on running or some other esoteric idea that I decide to write about, so they can either read on or move on quickly and easily if that is not what they are looking for.

So I am not going anywhere and the blog will still be here for those of you who still read it. I just had to get by that black hole I seemed to be spiraling towards. Thank you Mike, Andy and Mario for your astute observations and giving me a reason to pause and look at things from a different perspective.

This is why I love the online Running Community so much. :-)

I will be doing a RunLog post a little later today and see how it goes :-)

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