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Saturday, December 7, 2013

I was crying too hard to really see the screens

I cried for 20 minutes today about my training log. I probably would have still cried even if I wasn't pregnant. But being pregnant certainly didn't help.

I've been using the Runner's World classic log since approximately 2009. That's about 5 years worth of data: shoes, miles, races, PR's, calories etc...

I'm not as hardcore as some runners but I need to know basics such as weekly, monthly, & yearly mileage to help me assess my progress and help plan future goals. I'm also a 500 mile "time for new shoes" fanatic so I need that information as well.

The classic log did all of that and in a clean, simple format that was easy to use. I could input my data in a matter of minutes, see what I needed to see, and be done with it. easy, peasy.

Yesterday, I tried to log on. Nothing. Cleared my browser cookies. Nothing. I kept getting the same annoying picture of a half naked man running with this ridiculous smile on his face. Like anyone looks that good while running. 

In a moment of insanity, I decided to import my data to Runner's World new training log. 

Yea, that didn't go well.

So many charts, so much information I don't care about. Too many choices, decisions I have to make. If I need to watch a how to video to figure out to log my data - we have a problem.

I started to panic.

Then I couldn't find my shoe data and that's when I started hysterically crying.

I called my husband who didn't answer (which in hindsight was probably a good thing. It's never wise to call your out of town husband hysterically crying over the demise of your training log. He probably won't be as sympathetic because he's too busy being relieved that you and your children are still alive) and this was our ensuing conversation via text.

There you have it people. I was crying too hard to see. I had to take my glasses off.

It's not so much the lost data (although that really aggravates me), or the new log. It's more the change, another reminder that things never stay the same. It's the adjustment I have to make when I was perfectly content with the way things were. Now, I'm going to go to bed like the 85 year old cranky old woman I am.


  1. Maybe not *worth* hysterics but I don't think it's irrational to be frustrated and, perhaps, a little angry that this happened with no warning. I know at least three others who have experienced the same thing and it makes me want to stow all my running info on paper instead of in "the cloud."

  2. with the start of the new year I might seriously consider going that route

  3. Probably won't help going backwards, but I duplicate all my training logs from Nike+ (my primary tracking app) into my dailymile page; I can also manually input to dailymile, for the runs I do without GPS, and other types of activity. It has been a life saver for me, maybe you could check it out? It's free too, a nice recommendation in my book!

  4. I'm so sorry. That happened a long time ago for me, so I also manually track my miles right after my run. It won't help me with pace, etc, but I like to know how many miles I am running. Good luck!

  5. This is really funny... really funny because I've been there too. I haven't cried so hard I could read the screen... but I used to use Nike+ and when they changed formats I lost everything and had to change over. I felt sick. I now use a combination of Garmin Connect and a simple google Doc. Back ups!

    I hope you were able to figure it out!

  6. google docs! Brilliant! I might need to do that. I used Nike before they switched to Nike + and lost all my data. Its crazy how much you rely on that info.