Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 193 - RunKeeper

I think it was the fact that I didn't have a weekend during the weekend.

What should have been fun/relaxing/recharging time was spent in a classroom or in a parking lot.

Regardless, today I was without any functional memory. The synapses just weren't firing.

For example, when I got home, readying myself for getting ready for my run, I freaked for a few seconds. I couldn't remember when I'd run yesterday.

Then, when I was ready to get ready, I realized that I'd left my running gear at work. Just sitting there, behind my desk, waiting for a lunch run that didn't happen.

Luckily, I have spares of everything. Almost everything.

What I was missing was the GPS watch. For those who've been following closely, well, first of all, thank you. And I'm sorry for that one post that you thought was lame and that one time I insulted something/someone important to you. Second, you might remember that I'm really, like really really, anal about my run data. I have 15 years worth of data. Every run, documented.

Scary, and a little sad, or adorable, depending on your point of view (anal vs. not so anal) and your view of me (ex vs current).

Anyway, the GPS is a big enabler of this addiction. I have run a few times without it, but I don't like to.

Luckily, on my still-has-that-new-phone-smell iPhone 4, I have RunKeeper.

RunKeeper is an iPhone App that turns a GPS enabled iPhone into a pretty darn good substitute for a GPS watch that you maybe left at work.

It times your run, maps it all out, shows your pace, and remembers how fast you were going every step along the way. And magically, when you're done, it uploads everything up to your account on their website so you can fondle your data later.

And it's free, though there is a not-so-free version that has a bell and a whistle or two.

If you have a web enabled iPhone, load up RunKeeper. That way, if you forget your GPS watch, or it gets stolen, you won't be left without a data fix.

Good running,

Numbers: 2.6 miles on sidewalks.