In my previous post I referred to my running logs of the past 9 years. I log very detailed information about every run I do and I've been doing this since I started running in 1981. Unfortunately I don’t have my logs of 1981 to 1993 anymore. They were mostly in small diary style log books that we used to get at running and sports stores.
I do however still have all my logs from 1994 to 2012. I logged all my runs and races in A4 size exercise books from 1994 to 2000. I still have the books and they make for very interesting and entertaining reading.
My running logs from 1994 to 2000.
Towards the end of 2000 I made the transition to MS Excel. I created a very good log that keeps stats for anything you can think of. This log evolved into a huge maze of spreadsheets and graphs over the years, including detailed training plans as well. I also captured every run from my 1990’s books in this log.
My very detailed MS Excel Log
Earlier this year my wife bought me a Polar RS800CX watch with GPS and heart rate monitor and this added a new dimension to the stats and details I can log.
The Polar came with good software that uploads run data and produce graphs and other statistics. It also has good planning features and I am in general very happy with this.
Polar ProTrainer Software
However, I am a stats geek of very high proportions…J I also log my training on dailymile. This is mainly for my virtual life as I use it to feed through to my blog and FB. I also enjoy all the friends I connect with on dailymile.
Dailymile is another great log!
Still, my stats-geek-ness (no there is no such word) reaches a lot further than this. I keep extremely detailed stats of my races. I have run 1369 races since July 1981 and have the time, race time, date and every detail of each race logged. I can pull stats for any race related query in seconds. How many at what distance, PB’s for all distances and basically any race related query I may have.
The Polar ProTrainer software is not great for race and shoe history and stats. Having my runs logged in Polar ProTrainer and Excel is OK but far from ideal. I want all the info in one place.
So I’ve been searching the Internet for the best running log that can keep all the stats I want plus the info from my Polar watch…all in one place.
There is one more requirement I have. I must be able to access all info while offline. I want the info on my Laptop, not on the Internet. Living in Africa means Internet connectivity is not very reliable and usually quite slow.
I have tried many programs and I’m still experimenting. There are many good ones.
SportTracks is brilliant and there are many plugins available. Importing data from the Polar model I have is however a bit of a problem including many steps. I need some plugins but will certainly experiment with these.
SportTracks is very good but not the best for Polar.
TrainingPeaks have everything, but the offline version (WKO+) is not as great as the online version. It is expensive in comparison to the others as well.
TrainingPeaks is good but expensive.
Then there is Runner’s Studio…
This is a great app and with a great user interface. It is perfect for keeping and pulling my race stats from all the years and there is nothing my spreadsheet does that Runner’s Studio can’t do. Runner’s Studio gives me everything my spreadsheet has as well as the info from my Polar.
Runner’s Studio is currently on top of my list.
I am trying Runner’s Studio at the moment and I am very impressed so far. The only thing I can’t view in Runner’s Studio is a route profile with altitude as this supports Garmin only at the moment. I view my route profiles mainly with Google Earth anyway as it gives all the information needed.
Google Earth is perfect for routes and profiles.
I am almost sold on Runner’s Studio and if I buy it I will do a full review as soon as I feel comfortable with it.
Do you keep detailed logs? Which application do you use?
Keep it going!