Tracking Workouts

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Tracking my workouts long term is one of the most motivating parts of getting me to workout! If you are walking or running outdoors, tracking can easily be done with free iPhone/smart phone apps like Map my Run or Run Keeper, or with a little more expensive option like a Garmin GPS tracker. I’ve compiled a few tools I’ve personally used to track my workouts. I have used Run Keeper for several years, and found it to be a really great free app, but I really like how Map my Run allows your loved ones to track where you are (if they are concerned about your safety).
RunkepperRun Keeper –

  • Add friends and share workouts on Facebook for extra encouragement
  • Set goals and track progress as the app keeps track of your mileage
  • Run reports and track your weekly, monthly, and yearly workouts
  • Calculate average pace, calories burned, climb, and viewable map of the track you just ran

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Map my Run –

  • Similar to Run Keeper, with different interface
  • Use food journal to calculate calorie intake compared with calories burned to assist with weight loss, maintenance or gain 
  • Set goals and track progress as the app keeps track of your mileage
  • Add friends and allow them to track where you are located while on a run (this is great for allowing loved ones to know when to meet you at the finish line!)
  • Share workouts on Facebook for extra encouragement

 

Garmin GPS –

Last fall I purchased the Forerunner 10, which is simplest of the Garmin GPS tracking watches. I decided to upgrade so that it wasn’t necessary to run with my phone, didn’t have to use my data plan, and the Garmin watch GPS is generally considered more accurate than a phone GPS. PS. I LOVE my Garmin watch!

  • Tracks distance, pace and calories. Set your pace on the watch and it beeps to let you know if you are on pace while running
  • Start running with the press a button
  • If used continuously with GPS, the battery life is 5 hours, which should be enough for a marathon
  • Identifies personal records
  • Virtual Pacer™ compares current pace to target. Also has a run/walk feature that’s helpful if you’re just starting out or your running plan includes walk breaks
  • Plan, review, track and share runs at Garmin Connect™. Garmin

What are your favorite tracking tools? What are you favorite features of your tool? Do you use an app on your phone or use a watch? I’d love to hear how you track your workouts, or if you need some advice on starting to track…

Race Weekend Update

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Keeping on Track with my goal to run 700 miles this year!

Keeping on Track with my goal to run 700 miles this year!

Well, I haven’t been a great blogger, but I HAVE been keeping up with my running goals that I set for 2013! I wanted to run 700 miles this year, and I’m still on track for that (what a miracle!). I always kind of take some time off in the summer, since I have trouble running in the heat, so I’m happy to be ahead.
So, I was assigned my Bib Numbers earlier this week for my 8k and Half Marathon, and I was SO excited to get them 🙂 This weekend I will log 18.1 miles. OMG!!

We got into Williamsburg last night, and toured around the town a little bit… my husband took the photo with a little sun flare. Mmmm, he’s got a good eye!IMG_7671 IMG_7677

Anyways, back to race talk- we ran the 8k this morning, and they thought they’d add a few more hills to the course. I found out the hard way! How am I supposed to run a half marathon when my muscles are shredded from running hills for 4 miles today!? Needless to say, I’m a little worried about 7am tomorrow morning when my half marathon starts, and it’s supposed to get up to 90F weather. It’s supposed to be an incredibility hilly course and I’m a little nervous about running it in this heat! So I’m spending the evening off my feet and hydrating. Race updates to come!

Race Bib Numbers have been assigned!

Race Bib Numbers have been assigned!