How to Use Google Docs as a Running Training Log
In honor of this season of giving, we wanted to give you a very small gift that we hope will help you in 2014. As you prepare for the new year, I wanted to share how I used a simple Google Docs spreadsheet as a running training log, and why you might like it too.
What are Google Docs?
Google docs are one of the best things Google has ever done. They allow you to create and collaborate on documents with colleagues across all platforms. They can be used on any device, and you can track, in real time, changes as they are being made. This year, the group of guys who helped me crush a marathon PR and I shared this doc. It was a complex spreadsheet that had columns for a variety of elements of our training. The best part was that it did all sorts of magical calculations to show us how our progress was coming along, and we could track each other.
Why Google Docs Make a Great Training Log
You can certainly find a more robust training log out there. I also use Garmin connect to track the more technical details of my training. However, for ease of use and share-ability, Google Docs are the training log answer. Here’s why:
#1. Easily Track Miles and Plan your Running Week
When you get your weekly plan, simply input the miles you plan to run each day, and workout details. Then add the actual miles when completed. It automatically calculates how many more miles you need. If you have a smart phone, you can download the Google Drive app and do this the instant you get back (while it’s fresh in your mind). I’ve also included a simple chart that visually shows you your yearly progress. It will change the more you run!
#2. Easily Share Training Information
Because so many people use gmail (hands down the most widely used email client by the Minneapolis Running community), you don’t need to convince your friends to signup for a new training service. If they use gmail, they can access this log with just a few clicks.
#3. It’s totally Free!
I love free stuff, and this template is totally free. What’s also great is that since it’s just a fancy spreadsheet, you can modify it however you want. Add colors, pictures, different stats to track, whatever.
What’s Included in This Template
Some training logs I’ve used get too complicated. If you’re like me, you just want something to keep track of miles, plan your week ahead, and share it with people who are going to help you reach your goals. Here are the basics:
- Weeks Out from Race – How many weeks until your next race? This will help you (and your coach if using one) easily figure out where in your training cycle you are.
- Total Miles Planned – Total miles for the week.
- Actual Miles Run – How many miles you’ve actually run.
- Miles Left to Run – How many more you need to run to hit your target. Very helpful towards the end of the week when you need to know if you need to go 8 to hit your mark, or just 5.
- Cumulative Yearly Miles – Keep track for the whole year. Set a big goal and go for it!
- Notes – Maybe one of the most helpful columns if you use it.
- Legend – There’s also some color coding at the bottom you can add to better see what workout was what.
Get your FREE Running Training Log Template
To get a free copy of the training log, simply join the Minneapolis Running community and we’ll email you a link.
Have an awesome time using this training log!