Running Logs

I have kept a running log for just over a year now, and it's been invaluable to me. Obviously now it's over a yearI have been able to look back and see the difference a year has made. It's been a great motivation tool.

i think it has to be the right one for you and personally I've found meets my needs more or less totally.

Anyone else out there use one on line?


  • what?
  • I'm just interested.
  • fetch was a turning point for me, i so wish someone had advised me when i started to log my runs! what a great motivation it is, oh and it's a great site besides that!

  • So true Santababy, so true.

    i was lucky enough to find out about it in the early days. I "met" Fetch on the Wokingham thread in early 05, so that got me started. I wish I'd done one from the very start of my training, when run 1 minute was hard work.
  • Katie, I have been known to visit that site and keep a record of my runs on there.
    Even with only a month or so's worth of data I can still see where I have improved.
    I like the idea that you can plan your training on there. If you do not train on a day that you have planned, you have to delete it from your training log and that is not a good feeling. It motivates you to get out and run.
    Also, the fact that others can support you and give you feedback on your training and races is really great, you feel like you are part of a team.
  • exactly! wouldve been so good to see me going from *running* say that very loosely this time last yr, to my mileage now! cant belive it myself until i see it in black and white...and red, and yellow...
  • Totally agree with you.

    If you want a place to log all your miles; have fetch tell you what pace you were doing; how fast you could run a marathon based on your training; provide a database of more races than you could ever run; answer mundane and extraordinary training questions; receive motivation; provide an outlet to motivate others; etc etc etc

    it's all there on fetch.

    3000 members can't be wrong.
  • I am a member of the Serpentine running club and their websote has got a pretty fancy excel log that I used to log my FLM training:
  • I wonder if there are people who use other training log sites on RW, be interesting for them to try FE and compare. I'm just wondering what another site could do that FE doesn't.
  • Oh sorry x post TAFKA PB5.

    Have you tried FE?
  • cant imagine!
  • Katie, I had a look at a few before choosing Fetch Everyone and it offers more features and analysis than any of the others that I looked at.

    Nobel prize for Mr Fetch!
  • hear hear
  • And don't forget the all important.....PB betting!!
  • I'm not so good at the PB betting. MrE is losing me plenty of credits at the moment.

  • I have only recently started *running* again this year after a break, I have used FE and found it really useful. It's great because you can also add in your other training sessions, eg biking/swimming. Great, also helped me see I had increased my mileage too much one week, and hence found out how come I was having shin pain!
  • Hey

    I'm another Fetch user! I tried the Serpentine log thing for a while before I tried Fetch, but as a relative beginner I found that the community thing on Fetch was a big spur to keep me going out.

    As for running logs in general - I used to run a couple of times in a week, and then fall away from it, and go for months without, feeling guilty and then getting enthused for a week or so - and so on. Until I started recording my runs, that is - it's a great motivator to see your self improve over a course, or be able to run longer/further!

    I'd also say blogging about your runs is a good indicator of how far you've come. It also helps you identify patterns etc in your training. I use a different one, but I think I'm right in saying that FE has a blogging side to it?

  • Yes, I had a bad run of results too.
    Last time I did the Bushy Park TT I had about 400 credits resting on me getting a PB. It was very motivating as I was going around, knowing that there was some much at stake (in a virtual sense). I didn't quite manage the PB but I gave it everything anyway.

  • shoeless- FE has a blog too.
    I didn't start to use it straight away though. Now, I blog most days and it has been usefull to see how injury, mood, weather etc has affected my running somedays.
  • Funnily enough Katie, I'm planning my diss next year based around doing something similar to Fetch but going further in certain areas. I've got a couple of ideas. Will let you all know more once I've got myself sorted for it!
  • Oooh, competition!


  • I use FE for tracking races, but I "grew" my own spreadsheet for training.

    I like to graph.....

    I say grew becuase built would sound far too organised.
  • I'm a happy Fetch user too!

    I have seen the prototype pages where Fetch lets you download the data in csv or XML (Please let the final version be xml) - once that's ready then I'll join Blackers on the graphing!
  • Blackers, you know about the graph facility on FE then?
  • Tell me more about this site "fetch" did you say it was called?

    I think I may have I've heard of it. Is it good? Are the members mostly 'hot' chicks and 'cool' dudes.
  • Max you are the hottest and the coolest chick on FE and you know it.
  • <<ducks out of the way of the thing that just went over Pixie's head>>

    I heard that the male members were all stallions, adonises (adoni?) who will stop at nothing to become the perfect runner, and the females all lithe beauties who bound like gazelles with a grace and beauty known to no others.

  • lol Hendo.

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