August 13th, 2021
What to Keep in Your Journal
“The palest of ink is better than the fondest of memories.” Jud Logan
This week I’ve spent a lot of time discussing the importance of journaling. The art of keeping track of one’s training and throwing sessions. Others have written and spoken about the significance of journaling and what it has meant to their throwing careers.
One of my coaching mentors, Jud Logan, has stated in numerous podcast episodes, Instagram posts, and blogs about the significance of keeping a training journal and what they meant to him. On one such occasion I visited Ashland University a few years ago. At this time, Jud’s office was being renovated. Outside his office were boxes and boxes of stuff. On top of one of the boxes was a yellow notebook with the year 1987 sketched on the cover. Before I had the chance to pick up the notebook, Jud walked in, startled me, welcomed me, and suggested I pick it up and look through it.
While Jud was in his office preparing for his athlete’s practice session, I stood there for what seemed like hours. In fact it was probably a few seconds before I picked up one of the famous notebooks that I had heard so much about.
In my opinion, what I found inside was pure gold. For those that don’t know, Jud is maticulous for this stuff. Day by day and week by week he had notes for every throwing session. I mean everything. How each throw felt, distance, the time of day of the session, what he did before, how he felt, nutrition, etc. As I was going through this notebook I realized that these boxes contained all of his notebooks. I saw 1988, 1989, 1992, 1998, and 1999. Just stacks of notebooks with similar thoughts and ideas sketched into each one. When I see Jud, I still joke with him about releasing some of his notes from the 2004 season when he attempted to make his 5th team. For context, in May of 2004 I watched Jud throw an 18# hammer 70m to win the Akron Open.
With all that said, what should you keep track of in your journal? Well, that is going to depend on a couple of things. How detail oriented are you, how much thought you will put into your journal, and how much thought you think you will put into your journal. This is a sample of what I encourage my athletes to keep track of:
Dr. Charles Infurna
Charles Infurna, Ed.D., is the owner and lead coach of Forza Athletics Track Club. Dr. Infurna has coached National Record Holders, National Champions, All-Americans, and Conference Champions at the Post-Collegiate, Collegiate, and High School level.