Pen and Paper Training Log

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The original training log still works, but it is hard to analyze the data you record. It's also hard to backup and easy to lose. It has no issues with software being discontinued. Ratings (out of 5)

  • Ease of use: "It depends" - If you naturally write things down, and don't use a computer much, then this is very easy to use. If you use a computer a lot and rarely write things down, this is very tough to use. All data must be manually entered and written down. Not viable if you can't read your own writing.
  • Reporting and analysis: 0 - no simple analysis. You can perform manual analysis, but this is error prone and non-trivial.
  • Flexibility: 5 for types of data recorded, 1 for access - You can record whatever data you like, but the usefulness of the data is limited by it's access.
  • Social: 0 - No option to share workouts online.
  • Data Capture: None - all data must be manually entered
  • Summary: Not a good option unless you don't have a computer ;}

See Also

  • The importance of a training log, which includes a list of logging applications and web sites
  • SportTracks - The best training log, with extensible functionality via plugins. This is my top recommendation for serious runners.
  • Dailymile - This is my top pick for social logging. Casual runners can use this site as their only training log, or combine it with SportTracks fir more sophisticated analytics.