breaking up with daily mile

For the past 12 years I've logged my mileage and workouts in the Vermont Life Engagement Book. Each week has it's own page accompanied by a random picture of Vermont. Why? Because I get one every single Christmas, that's why. And actually that unlined space is perfect for mileage and notes. I have about half a book shelf at home with those books filled with workouts. Some half blank because of injury.
This sport has been a very personal thing to me for years because... well... no one gave a flying eff about it. But every day I got out there anyway, even when my friends thought I was crazy. "You're running 9 miles?!?!" So to find all you people and the 100,000,000,000,000,000,054 running blogs out there I was excited to revel in all the running community goodness. I wanted to go digital! Social! 

But Daily Mile is over for me because...
  1. I'm sick of updating it
  2. I miss adding up my mileage the old school way
  3. The features are lacking
    • No app?
    • When I try to look back at weekly mileage from over 28 weeks ago I can't (I have to go and add it up)
    • It's not easy to look at the past in a useful way in general. I want to know at a glance what each week was made of. 
  4. I'm not very social on it. I just post my workouts. I barely ever talk to anyone else...I don't do daily challenges. So I'm not really using it "right".
  5. I think #runstreaks are meh. (Not really here nor there)
What will I miss
  1. Socializing (I did when I had time!)
  2. Seeing how many donuts I burned or TVs I powered
I know this is riveting, edge of your seat blogging. But really it leads me to questions I have for running/blogging community. 

Do you like seeing other people's training? Why? Not?
Do you use Daily Mile? Why? Not?
Do you want to see my training on this blog? (All about me! ;)

As for me, I'm going to start a combination of Believe I Am (more for racing/goal setting) and Vermont Life (for day to day) training tracking...




Comments

  1. I'm weening myself off of Daily Mile and only using Beginnertriathlete.com. I get more data from the later and I love me some data.

    I like to see other peoples training, but then I just start to compare myself to them and feel slow. For people that are the same pace as you, I find it beneficial because you can find new workouts to do.

    Few people take the step backwards to pen/paper. I commend you for it!

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  2. I have never used Daily Mile, because I like to log my miles either by hand on my training plan or on my blog...mostly for me to keep track. And quite frankly because the last thing I probably need in my life is ONE MORE social media outlet to suck my time away! I do like to read about other runners' training on their blogs though, especially in a "weekly recap" type post. It gives me ideas for different workouts and I can usually learn something through seeing a summary of what others are doing.

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  3. I used Daily Mile for a day or two. I just didn't like it. I currently only track pace and distance through my Garmin. I know I need to work on tracking how I feel because I know it will be helpful. I do like seeing others training experiences though because I feel like it gives me ideas.

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  4. I log mine elsewhere and it just seemed like one more thing. FB, twitter, and my blog are more than enough. No Pinterest, Klout, or DM for me thanks! Personally I don't want to post that I haven't worked out in a while or am not as fast as others. Way too much room for me to feel bad about myself...

    Don't mind reading people's stats on their blogs because that's kind of why they have one :)

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    1. I know it! I have social media overload. It can become a real beast unless you pick and choose which channels jive with you. I have all but abandoned Facebook, but love Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest (though I rarely pin, hmmm)...

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  5. I liked DailyMile at first and now it's a bother. I used to like using a log very similar to your Vermont calendars. As far as posting training on the blog, I like it when people do a quick weekly summary and maybe have a post about a particular noteworthy workout or two or three. Maybe it was a total ball-buster and they killed it or it killed them. Maybe they saw junkies shooting up under the freeway in the twilight and it was freaky. Maybe they were running in New Mexico and were abducted by aliens in the middle of the workout. Something special. Some people do have a gift in being able to make any workout (or any situation for that matter) either entertaining or informative...those workout recaps I enjoy.

    I have long since given up comparing myself to others, so I am much more often inspired/motivated/awe-struck by fasties such as yourself. I like hearing about the awesomeness you accomplish :)

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    1. Hahaha! I agree. There's so much run/race recaping in the running blog world ... let's keep it to the highlights homies! And more alien abductions recounts please.

      And as far as comparisions go, Ben Folds said it best, "There's always someone cooler than you"

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  6. I started using DailyMile for 2012, and I like it well enough. Before that I was using a Google spreadsheet so it's more fun. :) I like seeing other people's workouts and training because I can learn from it. For my own reference, I have been doing a weekly recap on my blog. I know it's not super interesting for everyone, but I like to have it to remember how I felt or how things went.

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    1. Cool! I like reading peoples training. It's fun to spy on what people are doing and why...

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  7. I tried Daily Mile but got bored. I'm not super good at logging my mileage. I just set a plan for the week and I know if I hit it or not. I should probably get some grand overarching scheme going, but I'm too lazy right now.

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  8. I log my miles using the RunnersWorld training log and have done so for the past 3 years. I have never had any interest in Daily Mile, possibly because seeing the little DM widgets on the sides of blogs is inexplicably annoying to me. Plus I don't want my training log to be a social networking site. I do update my training once a week on my blog, although I kind of doubt that it's of interest to anyone but me (perhaps that's a sign to stop including it...).

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  9. funny-i’ve been really annoyed with DM lately too and haven’t felt like “commenting” on everyones workouts. i just want to log mine. i do put my plan for the week on the blog just so i have something to hold me accountable. i will occasionally post about one of the workouts if i feel it is worth writing about.

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  10. Ah but it does have an app! Electric Miles.

    I use both DM and a paper calendar like yours. I never follow a strict training schedule -- even when training for a marathon -- so I don't like to have a spreadsheet taunting me. But for some reason I like the paper + digital aspect... why? I don't know!

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  11. I use DM just to log the miles. not commenting or posting anything usually. I like to use it to get the totals for the months and the year. I also write my training on paper and I keep my plans for each races. I like to go back in time also to compare what I did different from race to race.

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  12. I'm into paper and pen - still use an old fashioned planner and everything. So, I stick to the Believe I Am training journal (and the google doc the RC and I share, but that goes into less detail.)

    I don't like always seeing other people's training because I am too quick to compare myself to them, thinking "is my training that good? is it worse? do I run my easy runs to slow? do I not try hard enough? am I doing enough?"

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  13. I am terrible at recording mileage, so I started using daily mile recently but I'm bad at updating it! I didn't know you could only go back 28 weeks - that's pretty lame.

    I just don't know if recording mileage will make me a better runner, or just make me more obsessive?

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  14. I am kind of getting over DM. It just adds to the amount of accounts I have to keep up and I am running out of time to keep everything updated. The donut thing is kind of cool, but since I don't eat donuts I guess it doesn't really matter. I would rather just keep my garmin connect account up to date. I haven't used DM since Eugene, but then I haven't been able to run since Eugene either. Boo. :-(

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  15. I don't like my own intense competitive streak, so it's better for me not to have something else I need to win. I do like reading tweets of workouts, though, because I love breaking out of my college coach-Jack Daniels rut, both for my own training and for the kids I coach. Seeing how many miles/donuts/TVs/minutes another runner has conquered, though, is likely to lead me to grumpy self-doubt, and at 29, who needs that?

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  16. Great post! I never logged my mileage until a few years ago. For so long running was just something I did for fun and I didn't want to think too much about it and risk losing the fun part. When I felt it was time to keep track and use a log, I used an online program a friend made, but I didn't share it with others because I felt it's personal, like a journal, and it's something special just for me. I started using DM in 2011 but never got into it and it was taking up too much of my time because I was still writing in my normal log, posting some workout details on twitter, and trying to keep up with DM. It was driving me insane so I decided to go back to the running log only.

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  17. I too think daily mile isnt the best but I am the WORST at keep track at writing my workouts down. So far DM is the only thing that has worked for me. Any other suggestions? Maybe I need to just find the RIGHT place to write it...

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  18. I broke up with Daily Mile a while ago. I always still used my excel spreadsheet as my main log and utilized Daily Mile mainly for its social aspect. But I started to find it tedious to always be typing, "great run!" "Great job!" "awesome!" on everyone's workouts. My comments were always sincere but when you type the same thing over and over it starts to feel a little pointless.

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  19. I am not a Daily Mile person. I think I created an account a couple years ago and maybe logged one run there. But the fact is I'm totally old school too and love to write stuff down and record it the old fashioned way. I started my Believe I Am journal this year and so far I really love it so much. I also use a calendar really similar to your vermont one. i record everything both places and use a good ole calculator to do the math myself. it's just the way i roll! and to be honest, i'm not really all that motivated by seeing other peoples workouts - it sort of bores and overwhelms me all at the same time. that said, i absolutely love and am inspired by the running blogger community and really enjoy reading the ones that have more substance to them besides just "this is the workout i did at these paces" and "this is what i ate on wednesday".

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  20. I broke up with Daily Mile at the beginning of this year. I hated that they rounded every run up. I ran 4.6 miles, not 5 miles. If I wanted to put 5 miles in for the distance, I would have. ugh. I also hated that I could only look back so far. I did like the social aspect of it, but that wasn't enough to keep me around. I use garminconnect & runningahead.com - I started the year writing in a running log, but then i took a week off for injury and I never started writing in it again. bummer.

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