Map my Run is an AWESOME App! So let me start by saying, I hate to run. H-A-T-E it. But, I went for a jog the other day with my friend Sarah (who runs 6 days a week!), and she uses this app for her runs. So, of course when I heard her phone tell us how far we had gone and what the pace was my curiosity was peaked. I love numbers. That’s why I have a Bodybugg (now BodyMedia), when I see how many calories I am burning it makes me feel like I have accomplished something.
So I downloaded the app, ‘May My Run’, and have used it the last few weeks. I usually walk/jog and it has an option for power walking which is what I normally choose. It’s nice too because even if I go for a relaxing walk in the evening I can see how far I have gone and that is motivating to me. Today, I took the boys and I asked them how fast they though they could ride a mile? They were sold. I mean who doesn’t like a challenge? It took us 11 minutes 30 seconds to go one mile as a family. The boys loved it. And I love it.
Then for myself, it was awesome because I found myself checking my phone to see how close I was to 2 miles, or 3 miles. Even if I wasn’t training for a race or something, I could make sure I kept my miles to under 15 minutes each, even if I was walking. And then at one point I was almost at 3 miles and being able to see that if I went just a little faster I could make it in 40 minutes was inspiring to me. This photo are the numbers from one day when I was out. (Don’t cringe at my times, remember I am NOT a runner! And the hills around here are crazy!)
I haven’t explored all the cool things about the app yet but I will in time. It records the ‘climb’ you did, and even has a feature that someone can follow your walk/run if you are out doing it alone.
The app also tells you how many calories you are burning and I am usually VERY skeptical about this kind of stuff, that’s why I have a Bodybugg now Bodymedia. I used to have a Polar f4 heart rate monitor and it actually told me I burned more calories than I did on a consistent basis. But the Map My Run App was right in line with my Bodybugg read out. I wore it at the same time I have tracked with the app and it was correct. Now, my body is not used to running so I wonder if it would be an accurate reading for someone who has conditioned their body to run, but that I am not sure of. I just know for me, someone who’s body is not conditioned as a runner, it was really accurate.
So if you are new to walking or running I would suggest this app. It’s a great way to have accountability, and know how far and fast you are going. (And it might just even turn a non-runner like myself into someone who enjoys it!)