First of all, thank you so much for your purchase of the Digital Marathon Running Log!
I created this instruction guide to hopefully make setting up your customized running log as simple and easy as possible!
I will walk you through step by step what you need to know in order to get started plus share some Frequently Asked Questions here!
This digital running log includes a series of tabs which can be found and accessed from the bottom of your screen.
You can toggle between tabs by clicking on them.
Here's a break down of each tab:
READ ME: Read a quick summary of the digital running log. Input your different types of runs and workouts in this tab. Making changes to your workout options here will update the options everywhere on your digital running log.
OVERVIEW TAB: This tab is where you can see and automatic calculation of how many miles you have currently run throughout the year. You will also see an overview of how many miles your have run each month and how many minutes you have spent being active each month.
MONTHLY LOG TABS: There are 12 tabs that have the names of each month included. This is where you will log your runs! When you log your miles they will automatically be added up and shown in your monthly overview tab at the top of that month's running log and in the Overview Tab. Each of the Monthly Log Tabs also includes easy to use dropdown menus to make logging your training runs or cross training workouts a bit easier!
Now that we know more about the Digital Marathon Running Log, let's look at each tab in a bit more detail.
When trying to edit a protected field, row or column a warning will pop up.
This is so that no accidental changes are made to the formulas that would alter the functions of the spreadsheet.
If you know your way around using Google Sheets you can click “Okay” so you can go ahead and make the changes.
If you are new to Google Sheets or unfamiliar with the formulas I use I highly recommend not editing any of the protected fields so you can be sure that your spreadsheet will keep functioning as intended.
Step 1: Read the quick summary.
Note the links to this Instruction Guide and to my email if you need help.
Step 2: Change your Workout Types.
Set up the different types of workouts that you will most likely be doing over the course of the next year.
No worries if you can't think of them all right now, you can always come back to this tab and edit and add more!
Changing the categories here will change them everywhere in the spreadsheet!
To customize a workout type, simply click on the category, for example “workout type 1”, and replace it with a run or workout of your own.
If you would not like to use a category you can simply delete it by clicking on the category and clicking the backspace button on your keyboard! You can always use this space later.
Recommend Types of Runs/Workouts You Might Want to Include:
Other workouts (cross training workouts/activities that you regularly perform that you want to take part in):
The monthly log tabs is where you will log all of your runs.
Your miles will automatically add up in the overview tab and at the top of each monthly running log tab.
Your time spent active (runs and other workouts you perform) will also automatically be added up inside of the overview tab and at the top of each monthly running log tab.
For your time to be added up accurately, you MUST use this time format: 0:00:00
For example, if you run for 45 minutes and 37 seconds you must input this into your running log as: 0:45:37.
If you run for 8 minutes and 23 seconds you would input this into your time column as 0:08:37.
If you run for 2 hours and 13 minutes and 57 seconds you would input this into your time column as 2:13:57.
To log your run:
And that is it!
Both of the dropdown lists are based on the categories you inputted and customized in the Read Me Tab. If you are missing any subcategories be sure to add them here!
Now that your digital running log has been set up and you know how to log a a run, let’s talk more about the Overview Tab.
Your overview tab will add up all of the miles you have run each month and throughout the entire year in one glance!
This tab will automatically update for you and you will not need need to change anything in this tab!
You will also find some graphs that breakdown and give you a visual of how many miles you have been running month to month. These graphs will automatically update and start recording as soon as you begin logging some runs!
This tab simply gives you a visual chart for you to record, plan, and dream out your big running and marathon goals! There is also a race log included in this tab.
To record a goal, simply click on the space to the right of the month and begin typing!
This nifty tab will automatically calculate a finish time for you based off of your goal running pace in these categories:
It will also automatically generate a mile (and kilometers!) splits chart for you to use in your training and in the race itself!
To print a copy of this splits chart:
For whatever reason, you may wish to duplicate tabs.
This is easy to do!
Simply right click on the tab name (at the bottom of your screen) and click "Duplicate". You can also right click and choose to rename any tab that you wish.
If at any point in time you are experiencing issues with your digital running log, or for example, deleted formulas that alter the function of the log, be sure to reach out to me.
If your issue is specifically related to your digital running log, be sure to include a link to your personal log so I can assist you straight away:
After I have had a look at your spreadsheet, and possibly restored the sections that are not functioning, you can change it back to restricted so we won’t have further access. I do try to always get back to you within 48 hours.
While you will need an internet browser to edit your spreadsheet, Google Sheets has made it possible for you to edit and access your spreadsheet offline.
You can find more information regarding using and editing your spreadsheet online on the Google Docs Help Platform here.
I highly recommend opening and editing your digital running for the first time on your computer or laptop.
There are however no restrictions on which devices you can open or edit your spreadsheet.
If you would like to access your spreadsheet on your tablet or phone I highly recommend downloading the Google Sheets app (available for Android and Apple devices) to make accessing the spreadsheets easier.
I'll send you my free 24 Hour Timeline Checklist of Things You Should Do After a Long Run when you sign up!
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