I read about BelieveIAm on Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal. She got the Relaxed Hoody-Dress as a gift, but mentioned the awesome training journal. I checked it out online, but only just recently decided to purchase it.
BelieveIAm is a little start-up by Lauren Fleshman & Roisin McGettigan. They met in 2003, but started collaborating in 2010. BelieveIAm was born. The Training Journal is printed in the U.S.A & made with 100% recycled paper & vegetable-based ink (if you care about that sort of thing).
I ordered the journal without thinking about putting special instructions to protect the paper from the elements. Oftentimes, our mail shows up soaking wet & the contents can be easily ruined. So when I saw the packaging, I kind of freaked out.
|Uh oh... is it safe?|
|There's a handwritten note & sticker!|
So what to do with it? I combed through the pages to become acquainted with the format. There's lots of nifty-girlie drawings, lots of motivation, & a whole lot of inspiration. The drawings? They're called "Visual Cues." I don't want to give away the secret, but I will say I feel super-smart when I'm able to figure them out. ;D
After going through the Training Journal page-by-page, I started to think about how to use the journal. So the first thing I did was make sure I didn't lose the handwritten note. The personal touch of that note struck a chord with me... I can't explain why, but the note really "got" to me.
|That's a lot of tape.|
|Half Marathon 6 May 2012|
I haven't used it yet, but based on the personal touches & the quality of the product, I'd recommend the BelieveIAm Training Journal to anyone looking for a new way to record their training. We're all used to the digital age; we wear our Garmins, log into our web sites, & record everything online. This is a more personal relationship with yourself & your running. And don't forget: there are personal notes. That's wicked sweet!