The Runner’s Diary

A Daily Training Log

By Matt Fitzgerald


The Runner’s Diary is much more than a record of past training; it’s a tool to help runners improve.

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Next to running shoes, a training diary is the most important piece of training equipment a runner owns. Whether training for a PR or just staying in shape, runners of all abilities will gain insight into their fitness and performance with The Runner’s Diary by running coach Matt Fitzgerald. This two-color training diary offers plenty of space for key data like mileage, workout time, pace/splits, heart rate, intensity, aches and pains, notes, and workout enjoyment ratings.

The Runner’s Diary is much more than a record of past training; it’s a tool to help runners improve. Guidelines help runners design their own season-long training plan while Fitzgerald’s Target Pace Level and Intensity Factor systems help runners make sure they are on track and gaining fitness from every run. The Runner’s Diary also includes handy pace charts, weekly tips, and a daily nutrition monitor.

Best of all, The Runner’s Diary is undated, so runners can pick up a copy whenever their season begins.

Paperback with semi-enclosed wire-o binding. 2-color interior with charts and tables.
6 1/2″ x 9″, 232 pp., $15.95, 9781934030363

The Runner’s Diary: A Daily Training Log

Matt Fitzgerald

Shipping Dimensions: 7.02in x 8.94in x 0.72in pp $15.95, Inventory 9781934030363, Shipping 1.13lbs

How to Use This Training Diary
How to Plan Your Training
An Experiment of One
Long-Term Planning Calendar
Undated Diary Pages
Appendix A: Running Workouts
Appendix B: Target Pace Level
About the Author

Preview book.
“Throughout my career I have benefited from keeping a running diary yet I never had an orderly way to track everything, leaving me with a jumbled mess of tattered, lined paper in an exploding notebook. The Runner’s Diary is the perfect solution.” — Ryan Hall, 2008 Olympic marathoner, 2007 U.S. Half-Marathon champion, 2006 U.S. Cross Country champion
”I’ve used a training log for my entire career, and I’m really impressed by The Runner’s Diary. It’s organized in an easy-to-use format that is accessible to everyone from beginner to the seasoned runner.” — Mary Decker Slaney, world record holder and Olympian
The Runner’s Diary recognizes that running is not just about the day-to-day itself, it’s about using each day to work towards long term goals. The planning tools and weekly summary help athletes keep the big picture in mind.” — Shannon Rowbury, 2008 Olympic team member, 2008 USATF Indoor National Champion
“I really liked having separate sections to track my weight, resting heart rate, and workout effort.” — Dathan Ritzenhein, 2005 and 2008 U.S. 12km Cross Country champion

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