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I did some Christmas shopping last night at Nordstroms and got some pretty sick gifts for some lucky people! I love giving gifts, it’s my favorite thing to do. Sometimes Mr. R gets annoyed with gifts. (because he’s not a gift giver like myself) I’ve decided that that’s how I show my love to others. Anyways, last night my dad came home with a big gift! Our 9 foot tree. (9 feet, seriously dad, that was unnecessary) Here’s a picture of the beast and I. Remember, I’m 5’7″!


Anyways, today’s gift is for those who are super organized about their training schedule, like myself. I always am writing down what I need to run, when I need to run, how far, where, and all the details. The following three books are great options to keep track of your running schedule, ways to plan ahead and also give you the ability to look back on your workouts.

First The Complete Runners Day by Day Log 2009 is a great option and I’ve actually looked at it in person before. It’s spiral bound and a running log and calendar. The 2009 edition boasts a fresh, new look that keeps pace with today’s runner. (as opposed to looking like you were logging runs from the 1980s) There are tips and all new color photos can be found alongside inspiring quotes. There’s special space for tracking mileage, time of run, body weight and plenty of room for daily personal planning or notes. It’s great for competiative and non-competative runners alike. It’s only $10.39 HERE!

The next training journal can be one for a more intense trainer it seems like. The Runners World Training Journal has updated facts, motivational quotes, and more than 150 tips based on the latest scientific information. It also has heavyweight smearproof paper that stands up to sweaty hands and a handy spiral binding that guarantees ease of use. (Sweaty hands… Seriously people?) There is also ample space for readers to record facts about each day’s run—including route, distance, time, and cross-training—and to note how they felt at the time. It also includes a Week-at-a-Glance feature that helps runners summarize their weekly training quickly and easily and also has advice for runners on how to analyze their data and set new goals for the next year. It’s $10.17 and can be found HERE!
The last training journal is The Running Log. It again is spiral bound and is written by April Powers who is the head coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Northern California chapter of Team in Training. This log is another way to document the details of your training regime. It has space for logging daily and weekly mileage, as well as time, body weight, route, and weather. It’s also packed with training tips and will help you set and stay committed to your goals, organize your training program, and calculate your progress. It’s $12.95 and can be found here!
I have found that writing down my running routines works out well especially during training for a specific race or event. It keeps you motivated and also recording everything lets you look back at certain days and you can see that you finished your workouts, and you can also chart your growth as a runner. It’s a great tool to see how far you’ve come.
Keep up the running! It’s getting busy with the holidays, and tonight we are decorating the christmas tree! I’m going to go for a light jog before decorating, but I’m not working out too hard this week because of the 5k, and who knows how that will go! :) More gift ideas tomorrow!
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  • Reply With Love from New Orleans

    That is one huge tree… You look so pretty!!

    December 4, 2008 at 10:44 am
  • Reply *aron*

    YAY for christmas trees!!!! i LOVE them :) i thought ours was big at 8 feet – yours is huge!

    December 4, 2008 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Marcy

    OMG that thing is HUGE!!! Your teeth are looking as sparkling as ever (GAH! I hate you JK!)

    December 4, 2008 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Mojito Maven

    that is a HUGE tree BUT you look adorable!!!!!!!!!!

    December 4, 2008 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Shorty

    Just found your site! I can’t wait to learn from you and your discipline for running. That’s about the only workout I do other than rowing, and I’ve been out of the loop for about three weeks now. My motivation has evaporated. Maybe one of your book recommendations will be just the thing to get me going again and learn to push myself more.

    December 4, 2008 at 10:50 am
  • Reply BeachRunner

    Great gift tips. I’ll take one of each please. And dont hurt yourself decorating that enormous tree.

    December 4, 2008 at 11:04 am
  • Reply X-Country2

    Awww, you look so happy next to that giant tree. :o)

    Another great gift suggestion!

    December 4, 2008 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Jenn

    I love workout journals! I’ve never tried a running specific one, but since I’m doing so much more running these days, I might just have to!

    December 4, 2008 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Marlene

    That is a gorgeous – and huge! – tree! Cute pic.

    December 4, 2008 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    which one of these do you like best? i’m going to look at the first two i think and i’m leaning toward the first one. i’ve kept my own binder-notebook combo of sorts, but it’d be cool to have a streamlined book like this. i’m a write-it-down freak!!!! thanks D!

    December 4, 2008 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Legallyblondemel

    Great pic – you look so cute, and the tree looks like it’s giving you a bear hug!

    December 4, 2008 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Burger

    holy crap that’s a big ass tree..

    I do all my tracking online – technology baby!

    December 4, 2008 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    you have such nice hair!
    And cool tree too :)

    December 4, 2008 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Denise

    I keep track on a stupid calendar I print off from Word…maybe it’s time I upgrade to a journal…

    December 4, 2008 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply The Happy Runner

    Cute pic!

    December 4, 2008 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply joyRuN

    You look so daggone cute with that tree monster!

    December 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply D10

    First, I love the tree, it is great! Cute picture.

    I need to buy myself one of those books. I have tons of calendar sheets with all my workouts on it. Thanks for sharing.

    December 4, 2008 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Marci

    Wow, you are gorgeous! I love those ideas, and that tree rocks, have fun decorating it!

    December 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Love the big trees-we too usually get at least a 10ft’r-gotta love cathedral ceilings! Nice ideas for the runner journals-I keep track with BTT on my blog sidebar, but I also keep a workout journal for daily workouts-would be nice to keep a seperate one for running.

    December 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Mrs.B

    Holy moly! That is one huge tree! Can’t wait to see the decorations :)

    December 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Julianne

    That is one big tree!! But you sure do look good carrying it! :-)

    December 4, 2008 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Kappa Prep

    Lucky you!! I LOVE big trees. Oh, and you look so pretty in the photo!

    December 4, 2008 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Steve Stenzel

    Cute photo of you humping that tree!

    And I’m a “logger” too, when it comes to workouts.

    p.s. I just added you to my bloglist on my side bar. You’re too good!

    December 4, 2008 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply ECrunnergirl

    Holy huge tree! That picture is great! You look awesome girl! Are you sportin’ a tan?? If so, Im jealous :-}} I can’t wait to put my tree up!!!

    December 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Database Diva

    My daughter-in-law buys me The Complete Runner’s Day-by-Day log every year for Christmas. She is awesome! My son bought me a battery powered thing to scrub the grout in the bathtub. OK, so it needed scrubbing, but not a good gift. Well, not until Mr Diva used it to scrub the tub. Then it was an excellent gift!

    Men — do not give women housecleaning supplies unless you intend to put them to use (or have them removed at the emergency room)

    December 4, 2008 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Oh my gosh that tree is huge! You must have some high ceilings in your house!

    December 5, 2008 at 9:10 am
  • Reply J

    I have never had a written running log thingie – i might have to try it.

    You look so cute with the tree!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:17 am
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