Be­lieve Train­ing Jour­nal

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Lau­ren Flesh­man and Roisin McGet­ti­gan-Du­mas Velo­press

The Be­lieve Train­ing Jour­nal is more than a place to log your miles. It’s a tool to show a run­ner how to train for all as­pects of run­ning.

When a run­ner gets to the start line, there’s so much more that goes into that race than just time spent run­ning. The out­come of any given race is an in­ter­sec­tion of spe­cific work­outs, a proper diet, a strong men­tal ap­proach, goal-set­ting, body im­age and over­all hap­pi­ness.

The book is co-au­thored by two women who know what they’re talk­ing about. Lau­ren Flesh­man is a 15-time ncaa All-Amer­i­can and has rep­re­sented the U.S. on many teams. Flesh­man has placed as high as sev­enth in the world amid many set­backs and in­juries.

Roisin McGet­ti­gan-Du­mas rep­re­sented Ire­land i n the 3,000m steeple­chase at the 2008 Olympics and is a Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship medal­list over 1,500m. She still holds the Ir­ish record for the in­door mile.

A train­ing log is an in­valu­able tool for any run­ner. Tak­ing the time to ref lect upon your train­ing on a daily ba­sis al­lows you to go back and eval­u­ate trends in your train­ing, draw in­spi­ra­tion from past work­outs, set goals for the fu­ture, and even catch bad habits as they’re form­ing. It’s eas­ier to iden­tify all of these things when they’re writ­ten down.

The spa­ces in the book for jour­nal en­try are punc­tu­ated with help­ful tips f rom Flesh­man and McGet­ti­gan-Du­mas, each pro­vid­ing their own per­spec­tive on train­ing, nutri­tion, men­tal health, body im­age and the sport of run­ning. Whether you’re a life­long run­ner or some­one who’s look­ing to get into the sport, the Be­lieve Train­ing Jour­nal is the work­out buddy you didn’t know you needed.— Madeleine Kelly

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