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Why should I keep a journal of my training runs?

A journal of your training run, including detailed workout logs and periodic goals, can keep you from overuse running injuries. Keeping a journal of how you did and how you felt during your long training runs can help you determine if a trip to the doctor is necessary.

For example, you may notice during one weekend run that your knees started aching. If the ache worsens, you then have a precise record to share with your doctor regarding the start and duration of the pain. Monitoring progress and setting realistic goals are important tools for keeping the proper training pace and avoiding common injuries.

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