I’m excited about 2015 because it will be the first year I keep track of all my miles run. Sometimes I get asked how many miles I have run in a year. I really don’t know. This is the year I will find out and I want YOU to do the same. Ready set go.
When I started training for my first marathon, I had to drive my car along my route and use my odometer to measure my routes. I am old.
Then, I heard of the Nike+ iPod accessory (pretty sure I was one of the original purchasers.) You put a chip in your shoe and a plug-in in your iPod and you had to calibrate it ever week. Even then it was always off. It’s possible my last long run before the marathon wasn’t 20 miles. Maybe it was 10.
Tracking runs is so easy now.
To keep track, you need to be consistent, but there are some apps out there that make it so easy. Here are my two favorites:
Strava: This app is so cool. It not only gives you detailed stats of your runs (elevation, pace, calories, etc.), but theres a feed of all your friends’ runs and you can “give kudos” or leave comments. They also compare your running routes to all other Strava users so you can hold course records. (Nothing worse than getting your course record getting stolen!)
Nike+: tracks your runs and track your friends’ runs. You can also set goals and earn achievements. There is a huge Nike+ running community- so cool.
For racing, I highly recommend a watch. It’s the best tool to help you keep your goal pace since it’s right there on your wrist.
Here are a few that I recommend:
1. Garmin 110: This is the one I have. It does everything you need plus you can program interval workouts. For instance, this morning ran three 1 mile intervals with a .5 mile recovery jog along with a warm up and cool down. This can be programed into the watch and it will be beep for the beginning and end of each interval and recovery distance and keep track of speed of each interval.
2. Garmin Forerunner 10: This watch is perfect for beginners. It does all the basics- pace, time, distance, calories. At the end of each mile, it tells you how fast you ran the previous mile. It comes in lots of colors, it’s easy to use, and easy on the wallet.
3. Bia Multisport: This one is on my wish list. It’s so cool. It does everything the Garmin 110 can do plus it has a slim design and is waterproof. It can text family members your exact location- perfect for post-marathon chaos (no more, “where are you?” “I’m by the bag check.” “Where’s the bag check??” Cringe.) It also has live tracking so loved ones can follow you while you are running a race. I love this.
4. Garmin Forerunner 305: This watch holds a special place in my heart because it was my very first GPS running watch. I know this watch backwards and forwards and inside out. It’s roughly the size of a brick. However, it’s the only Garmin watch that has the option to have four data fields on your screen. I loved to see my current pace and my average pace- two very different things.
5. Nike+ Sportwatch: This watch has all the benefits of the app on your wrist. There’s nothing it can’t do. Set goals, run reminders, get training programs, track mileage, calories, workouts, pace, and watch yourself improve. All runs connect to the Nike+ website. It’s also an alarm clock and stopwatch. I want it!
Can’t wait to keep track of my total mileage in 2015. I think it’d be cool to run 2015 miles in 2015.
Let’s do this.