When I first started running in high school, many, many, many years ago, I simply ran. I think I had a watch. In college, I’m pretty certain I had one of those Swatch watches, and that was it. A few years after college, I found a stopwatch at Target that I could wear on my wrist. I used guessing to figure out my mileage, and my car. Yes, all very scientific.
Now I have the free app, mapmyrun, and I am in my glory. I admit to being geeky about clocking times and distances. As soon as I’m finished my run with the mapmyrun Droid app, I check mapmyrun on the laptop to make sure everything was entered correctly. If the phone’s GPS didn’t pick up my location initially, I’ll fix the route on the laptop and add any comments about the run or the weather.
On the laptop, I like to check my weekly mileage on the monthly calendar. I went from 9.46 miles at the beginning of the month to a possible 17 miles this week. After struggling with a hip injury at the beginning of the year, it’s so gratifying to see myself making progress.
For a month or so, I also tracked my weight workouts, stretching, water intake, and food intake. It was much easier to do all of that on the laptop through the website, though the Droid app worked okay for the food and water intake. In the end, I just didn’t care that much about tracking my food. I also know how well I’m doing with my weight workouts; I don’t need to know how many calories I burned.
I’m back at the beginning. Just running for the fun of it, and tracking my mileage with the mapmyrun app to ensure balance and inspiration. Maybe I’ll see you on the trails.
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