Running: There’s an app for that!

Yep, I finally caved and decided to invest a whopping $0.99 into a running app: MapMyRun. I plan on using it for the first time on my long run this Sunday. In my weekly training reflection post, I will talk about my initial thoughts on the app performance.  In the meantime, I’m learning about all the bells and whistles…and how to maximize the use of the app.  I know I can look online and have someone nicely outline everything it can do, but I’d first like to play around with it a little, explore the app for myself (really I like just pushing buttons and seeing where they take me!). I know a multitude of apps exist on the market, but I figured I would give this a try!

What I’ve accomplished so far:

1. Hooked the app up to my facebook account for masters2marathons. This will allow me to post runs/workouts to facebook and then in turn, I can get the url and post it here!

2. On the app from my phone:

  • Settings: Split Distance to track my pace every mile (this will be good for me to know if I have a consistent pace or not; I can always alter the split distance later, but for now per mile is good!)
  • Nutrition: If you put in your height and weight, it will automatically calculate your nutrition budget and allow you to log your food intake daily.   I will have to experiment with this part for a while to see if it is worth using or not. My intention was to get an app to track my runs and pace, so this is just ‘extra’.
  • Found the ‘record’ and ‘log workout’ buttons. That will come in handy on Sunday. Maybe I should give it a ‘test run’ to see how it works! Yes, I know a bad running pun. You can’t blame me for it, I couldn’t resist!

3.  mapmyrun.com:

  • I learned I can hook up my Polar watch system to this app. It says it is compatible with Polar, but before I can test it, I need to get new batteries for my watch and HRM. It will be a while before I try that part out.
  • After looking for running maps, I learned that nobody has created a mileage map/running course yet for where I run.  I guess I get to be the first! I know of a 2 and 3 mile loop that I like to combine to make different longer distance runs: 4, 5, 6 miles etc….so maybe it will come in handy for someone in the future.  I currently use Google Earth ‘path’ maker in order to painstakingly trace my approximate route, to get an approximate distance. It will be interesting to compare the distances they each come up with.
  • Log workouts: I can manually type in workouts and it will keep track for me on a calendar. It will also calculate total mileage per week.

Anyone want to shar their favorite running app? What’s your favorite feature?

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