Once upon a time, I used to use Google Maps in order to try and estimate how far I had traveled on any particular run. However, time (and friends) have brought me to my new favorite running “thing:” MapMyRun.com. If you don’t care about how far your typical runs are, then this is all a moot point. But most of us are curious to see progress, or to find pride in the distance we chalk up.
Although being slightly ad-cluttered, and thus not as easy to navigate as say, the cleancut Facebook, MapMyRun is quite userfriendly, once you can find the buttons you need to map a run.
Simply put, MapMyRun uses a map to let you draw out the route you took, and then tells you how far you went. It offers handy features such as letting you decide whether the path is supposed to follow the road, or if you want to loop a run so you don’t have to keep inputting it. If you can point and click, you can track your run (or walk, or bike), so I suppose even my Aunt Bonnie, who does not text message, would be able to easily check out her mileage. It is kind of glorious.
Of course, there is always the old school methods, that pre-date even Google Mapping. Lake Chabot actually offers mile makers every quarter mile on their paved trails — Kristin and I typically run the rolling hills on the west side of the lake, out to the 1.75 or so. “Turn around at the numbers?” one of us will say, and the other either agrees or encourages to go a little farther. “How about at that trash can?” with a wave of a finger in the green bucket’s general direction (those hills are pant inducing, which leads to uncontrolled finger-waggling).
Although less accurate, I am also prone to simply making an educated guess at my distance based only on the length of time I ran. I tend to run between an 8 and 9 mile pace when left to my own devices and on a mild to moderately hilly surface, so I’ll divide my run time by 9 and call it good.
I must admit, I am not often terribly interested in my times. I just like being outside, my heart pounding, and traversing the city-side.
MapMyRun.com – Map your Runs, Running Routes. Calculate Calories, Distance, and More.