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Keeping Track of Your Work

by on Feb 19th, 2009

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I love training logs.  In fact, I collect them.  I have nearly every mile, every workout, and every pain, recovery mode, or day off I have ever done written down and sitting on my bookshelf.  I have bits and pieces of current and former elite athlete’s logs, I have logs of jumpers, sprinters, throwers, golfers, you name it, I have it.  Hell, I might even have a Captain’s Log or two.  But why am I so obsessed with logs?  Well, they allow a look into what built or what broke an athlete.

Recently, I’ve been having some hip pain, which is the same hip pain that kept me off of the trails for the first time.  To my (now better) knowledge, I was doing everything right that has kept me pain free and running strong since the last occasion.  But, after a cursory review of my logs, I realized I was missing something very important.  I had not been doing enough work on a slideboard.  When my volume of work in the past on a slideboard was relatively high, I never had hip pain.  When I stopped, however, it seemed that a few months later, I’d have another little run-in with this hip issue.  So what did I do?  I built a slideboard, and am going to start to up my lateral movement volume along side all of my soft-tissue, strength, and mobility work and get things ironed out again.  If it weren’t for my logs I’d be on the road to some unplanned time off at the wrong time of the year.

Bottom line, log your training, if something goes wrong (or goes right), read it and adjust your training.

Best regards,

Carson Boddicker

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