Last December I reviewed VeloPress’s Believe Training Journal (here). I’ve been using a new edition for the last few weeks. All due respect to the teal cover on my last one, I like this “Boston-inspired blue and gold” much better:
The souped-up journal comes from Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas. As I noted with the previous edition, this one has:
- a two-page spread for tracking run details each week… there are 54 undated weeks, so use them whenever you want
- each week has a small box for “this week’s focus”… I consistently benefit from thinking through this each week (I otherwise never would on Strava, etc.)
- similarly, each week ends with a few lines for a “rundown,” also the kind of reflection not built in to any activity tracking apps
- quotes from different runners to inspire (this week it was Shalane Flanagan)
- a guided goal-setting section
- pages for logging races
- what most sets this journal apart (and makes it more than just a blank journal): short articles on running-related topics like racing, recovery, community, setbacks, and more
Here are some pictures. You’ll see that I’ve been using the log so far to track my progress in injury recovery (I fractured my ankle in late October). I’d much rather be tracking runs, but right now recovery is my training plan:
There are “check-in” pages throughout, which has been a great place to record notes from doctor’s visits!
Here’s an article (this one was in the last journal I used, too):
As with other Believe journals, this one is undated (a year’s worth of pages) and includes an annual calendar where you could easily see multiple months’ worth of mileage at once.
This cover is “flexi-bound synthetic,” material which is a little stronger than softcover.
If your goal is to log your runs (distance, pace, mindset, weather, etc.), all you need is a blank notebook. Especially being in recovery mode, though, I’ve enjoyed having this journal with its additional reading material to keep me interested. I still appreciate the 6” x 7 ½” size and ribbon marker that keeps my place at the current week.
Thanks to the great folks at VeloPress for the review copy.