It’s that time of year again when, as the tick of the calendar approaches the final few boxes, the last clean-slate row of days hung on your wall under a photo of a puppy or whatever weird art you chose in your boxing day frenzy to buy a discounted wall chronometer AFTER they went on sale but BEFORE they get too picked over, its that time of year to consider the next one.
And as this wet fart of a year draws to a close, it is time to not only time to consider next year’s calendar, it’s time to consider what your goals will be, what you resolve to do, how many klicks you want to run or books you intend to read or kilograms you intend to shed.
I can’t help you much beyond all these free words of general encouragement I publish… aaaaaaaaaand of course my annual gift to all my running friends: a fresh, blank copy of the spreadsheet (updated for 2018, of course) that I personally use to track all my runs, plan my races, and set my running goals.
It’s a small thing, intended for casual runners who get out a few times per week, but it’s always a pain to set up your own, so… enjoy. Use. Share. Whatever.
I’ve been using versions of this same sheet for almost a decade now, and I think I’ve fine-tuned it for most of the basic variables you need to quickly and effectively keep track of what you’ve run and what you need to run. It’s not going to allow you to share on social media and get kudos or gold stars or whatever else motivates you to get out on the trails, but it will let you privately record your efforts and motivate you to manage your recreational hobby.
To do ONCE:
1. Make Your Copy (should be automatic)
2. Open Your Copy in Google Drive
3. Select your unit (km -v- miles) from the pull down
4. Change the 2018 GOAL # in the appropriate field
To do DAILY:
5. Run = Track Time & Distance
6. Record your distance in column E
7. Record your hours in column F
8. Record your minutes in column G
9. Record your seconds in column H
10. Repeat 5 through 9 daily for best results!
Share and enjoy… and happy running in 2018!