Chances are you have some kind of running/smartwatch. You may also have a FitBit (or something like it), and I bet you have a couple running apps on your phone, too. Then, you may have a paper training log, an online training log, and probably a couple other methods of keeping track of your mileage and tracking your shoe mileage as well. So, let's explore some of the apps and software out there to help you as your strive to reach your goals in 2017.
- Garmin's online software can be a bit of a pain, but one huge perk is the ability to create workouts and upload them to your watch. You can set times, distances, etc so your watch will alert you when it's time to switch it up on your run. This is perfect for fartleks, repeats, etc. If you haven't given this a try, check it out and see what you think. If you have a compatible watch, it should be able to store several workouts.
- Garmin also has an app for your phone (see below) that makes uploading your info post run really easy. The connection feature is a fun way to see what your running friends are up to as well.
- If you use a Garmin watch/device, you might as well give their app and software a shot. See what you think.
- TrainingPeaks offers solid training plans for those who are willing to really put some work in and understand that faster results aren't handed to you from 2 or 3 slow runs a week. TraingPeaks plans really seem to stress consistency. The plans do cost, but they're pretty good!
- You'll find all different levels of plans for beginners to advanced. People who have followed them have seen decent results. Many are very similar to what you'll find in plans from The Fit Club coaches. Consistency, long runs (assuming you're training for something longer) and speed work. They're quite reachable and will help you get into good shape.
- The tracking software is compatible with many other apps/devices as well. So, if you finish a run with your Garmin (or other compatible device), that info will also upload to TrainingPeaks
- Track your shoes - we all know it's important to make sure your shoes are in good shape and that you should be keeping track of how many miles you have on them. TrainingPeaks allows you to do this.
- See your weekly, monthly, yearly mileage, etc.
- Track your other workouts (spin, yoga, rowing, strength training, hiking, etc). You can do this via their app as well.
- While it's not a running tracking software per se, you can set up your training log any way you'd like. Track your mileage, set yearly goals, keep track of the miles on each pair of shoes, and see your paces. Plus, keep notes of your workouts so you can look back and see how you're doing. For those who like to set up your own format, Excel is probably your best bet.
Garmin Mobile Connect
- Livetracking? Yes please! If you have a Garmin device with bluetooth, you can set your device to send your workout to your phone via bluetooth when the devices are in range. Then, if you use another training log (perhaps your workplace has something, or you use TrainingPeaks), Garmin will sync with that log as well.
- Need a cheerleader? Nike+ has created it's app to cheer you on every time you receive a "like" on Facebook or comment. Plus you get the basic time and distance tracking. Nike+ has long been a good app for new runners.
-Want to listen to a story? This app is for you. Pick a story close to the length of your run and head out the door.
- Track your calories and see the breakdown of your diet. This app is very helpful in staying on track with your weight loss goals.
Runner's World Go
- No matter what your goal may be, this app has a lot of features to help you along. Maybe it's your first race, or maybe you're training for Boston - whatever it is, this app will provide you with tracking tools and expert knowledge from coaches and runners who understand the importance of consistent training
- Compete against your pals in challenges. Plus, Strava hosts a fully featured GPS tracking device for safety and tracking mileage. Check out the segment rankings as well.
- New destination? MapMyRun will be very helpful to you. Check out nearby routes created by other runners when you're traveling, or take a look at your own routes in your hometown.
- Earn money for your favorite charity every time you run, walk, cycle, etc. Corporate sponsors agree to donate a few cents to these charities based on your activity.
- Tracking more than just your runs, this app is great for cyclists as well. It is quite accurate and has training plans as well as coaching features for those striving to get better at their sport.
- Compete with your friends, track your steps/activity, track your sleep, and set goals for yourself.
- Did you know you can use the app without a FitBit tracker? Although we have to admit, the tracker is fun.
- Create custom workouts for yourself based on your workout/fitness level
- This one is great for veterans and newbies alike. This is a great app for tracking calories, and watching what you eat (aka - don't be fast, fake, and cheap).
- You may have known of this app as GymPact. It allows you to wager money on whether you'll complete a workout, go to the gym, etc. How does it verify this? You have to check in to the venue. If you meet or exceed your goals, you will earn some cash. If not? Pay up.
Paper Training Journals
Believe Training Journal
- Created by professional runners Lo and Ro, this journal is a powerhouse of information. There are killer workouts in here (we actually use some of them). This journal stresses the importance of speed work and long workouts if you want to get faster. This is a personal diary and a workbook plus training journal all rolled into one. It doesn't disappoint.
- This journal will discuss nutrition, goal setting, psychology, recovery, competition, and more.
- This is a great chance to reflect on your attitude toward running, your running partners, your goals, your body, and more. Are you finding yourself in a rut or being particularly negative? This will help you sit down and think about why. Have your running buddies mentioned you're getting a big head and being a bit of a know it all? This journal will help you remember that humility is an admirable trait. Struggling with self-confidence? Record your workouts and explore why.
- This workbook/journal won't disappoint. Check out the different editions.
- Yes. The one you picked up from Target. Sometimes, it's beneficial to have a blank slate to track what you find necessary. Write notes about your workout, track your distance and time, and layout the pages however you'd like. It's fun to look back on your notebooks throughout the years and re-live your running journey.
We all have different goals and are on different journeys. Just because my training doesn't match yours doesn't mean I am wrong or you are wrong. Just because my tracking doesn't look the same as yours doesn't mean I'm doing it wrong. Just because we do different activities for cross training doesn't mean I am right and you are wrong. We are here to build each other up and to support each other along the way. Maybe your goal is just go finish a half marathon or maybe it's to run a 3:30 marathon. Maybe you're a little lost and you don't have a goal or you've given up on a goal and you're searching for something new. Everyone goes about tackling their goals in a different way, and all we can ask is that you are supportive of each other. We are all working toward different things, and hopefully some of the above tools will help in your training journey.
Some goals can seem daunting. You try and try to reach them and you fall a little short each time. Maybe it's a sub-2 half. You cross the line in 2:04, then 2:02. Then maybe it's back up to 2:05. Are you EVER going to hit that 1:59? If you give up, you certainly won't. If you keep trying, you might. Which do you want? Every time we fall a little short, we learn something to help us the next time. Every time we give up, we set a standard for ourselves that we aren't good enough or that we can't do something. Sometimes we do set goals that are a little unattainable (most of us are never going to run a sub 15 minute 5k), but what is the harm in doing the best you can? How do you want your 2017 to look?
So here's what we have going on so far this year:
JOIN THE SUB-7 CLUB
Join the Sub-7 Club. Dropping your mile time can only help you. Strive to run a sub-7 minute mile before 12/31/17. *This must be done at a TFC time trial or a 1 mile race and must be your official time. Yes, for some this may be one of those daunting goals. But what does it hurt to try?
We will give you several opportunities throughout the year to get a good mile time. You can also check out some local races that have timed 1-mile races
1. Havin' A Crappie Day 5k/Mile + Challenge (April)
2. Cox Health Medical Mile/5k (just remember the 1 mile has been a little off the past few years)
3. The Christmas Mile (December)
We'll do some fun Sub-7 Club shirts for those who meet the goal!
ROAD TRIP TO RUN OKLAHOMA CITY
ROAD TRIP! Well kind of. It's only 5 hours away. Run OKC with us! Many of our members and several friends and co-workers will be heading to Oklahoma City to Run the OKC Memorial run. There are marathon, half marathon, 5k, and relay options. This race is very well organized and large. It's a good opportunity to get that big race feel if you've never experienced it (approximatley 25,000 people). Plus, there will be a chance to shop at Red Coyote Running and Fitness - one of the best running stores in the nation.
DATE: April 30, 2017
HOTEL: We have chosen to stay at Hampton Inn and Suites Oklahoma City Bricktown, but you may stay elsewhere if you would like
TRAVEL: We are planning to travel to OKC on Saturday for packet pick up, and return Sunday after the race
We hope you'll join us - the more the merrier. Many of us are bringing friends and co-workers as well! It will be a great chance to widen your running circle. Plus, we'll hit up some good resturants as well!
TEAM RACES FOR 2017
We are putting together our schedule of team races for the year. We'd like to help you branch out a little bit and try to run something new in the fall, so we are definitley open to suggestions! Here's what we have:
1. OKC Memorial Run in April (see above)
2. Jordan Valley Community Health Center Bentley Fund 5k in July
3. Fall Race - we know many of you will probably want to run Bass Pro, but we are thinking something in October. Maybe Kansas City? Perhaps something a little earlier in October?
- A couple other races many of you are planning to do:
ShamRox 15k/5k (March)
Havin' A Crappie Day 5k/Mile + Challenge (April)
PLYOMETRICS AND SPIN
Crosstraining is important. Again, we stress the importance of cross training and proper form. Strength training is incredbly important (please make sure you're doing it properly) as is stretching/yoga. We will begin adding Plyometrics into our rotation. This means each 4th week of workouts will be a plyo routine. This will help those of you who are struggling with injuries due to form. It will also help aid your recovery if you are currently injured. This is a great chance to bring a friend as well!
Additionally, Coach Joy will be teaching a spin class at 5am on Thursday mornings (beginning 1/12) at The Field (The Gym 24/7). Spin is a great way to increase foot speed and studies have shown spin helps runners become more fit and increase speed in general! Sign up at the front desk during business hours - this is a great form of crosstraining.
If you're looking for a great class that combines a solid workout with some great stretching, check out PiYo at The Field (The Gym 24/7) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.
A LITTLE WRAP UP FROM 2016
Just a note to say thank you to each of you who was part of the group through 2016. We have a great, strong, base group of runners who are focused on their running goals! We saw many people set PRs and had a chance to wrap up the year together by having two relay teams at the Run for the Ranch Marathon Relay. Team Runners of the Ages (Lendall, Jody, Debra, Ed) and Team Feed Me & Tell Me I'm Pretty Fast (Malinda, Casey, Jamie, and Joy) completed 26.2 together. Congrats to each team on their well-earned finishes!
So here's to 2017 and to meeting our goals big and small. Here's to falling and getting back up over and over. Here's to grabbing the bull by the horns and saying this year is mine. Let's own it.
Happy Running. See you on Tuesday morning for 800m repeats and don't forget spin class on Thursday morning!
We know you have some awesome goals set out for 2017. So who wants to join the sub 7 club? Dropping that mile time will only help you reach your 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon goals. We know many of you are working through tough training plans to meet these goals, so why not give it a shot! After all, you have the entire year to get there.
So, here's the challenge - run a mile in under 7 minutes by 12/31/17 (must be in a TFC417 mile time trial or 1 mile race and it must be your official recorded time).
We will offer special Sub 7 Club shirts and awards to those who hit this goal by the end of 2017.
Maybe it is a lofty goal for you. Guess what? That's okay. You'll never know if you don't try, right? We believe you can do it, and the effort you put in will be well worth it.
Get signed up with your coaches today for a little little extra motivation and some training tips to help you along the way.
There are a few good 1 mile races in the area if you want to try to get a chip timed Mile result.
1. Havin' A Crappie Day 5k/1 Mile + Challenge (April)
2. Cox Health Medical Mile (May/June) - caveat here: this course is sometimes long
3. Christmas Mile (December)
Good luck. We know you can do it.
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