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RunKeeper Rocks My World!

by Courtney on November 2, 2010

Today, I planned on heading to the gym after work, but I just wasn’t feelin’ it; I had a headache, I wasn’t in the mood to drive, and I just didn’t feel like having to fight for a treadmill. Not sure what I was going to do instead for a workout, I headed home, trying to rack my brain for a different Exercise on Demand video I could do…

But on my drive home, I couldn’t help but admire all the beautiful landscaping all around me and I finally realized, “Hey, it’s a beautiful day. Enjoy it while it lasts and go for a run outside!”

So I did…and while I was at it, I discovered a brand new “toy” on my phone that I am SUPER PSYCHED to share with you all!!! :-D

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I forgot that when I got my new phone back in August, I had downloaded an app called RunKeeper, which tracks your running/activity stats. Since I just recently got back into running after my foot injury, today was the first time I’ve had the chance to use it. I simply carried my phone with me as a ran, checking periodically at my time while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Once I was finished, I simply hit “Save Activity” and was then given a Google Map route of my run. Unfortunately, the GPS must not have picked up right away, so I drew in the part (in lighter red) that the program didn’t catch. I’d say that’s probably an extra 1/4 mile or less? But besides that, I am totally impressed with this app!

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NOT ONLY was my summary given to me over my phone, but as soon as I saved the activity, I was sent an email with a link to even MORE stats and information about my run:

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Yeah, you see that elevation change around mile 1? That hill is KILLERRRR! I really had no idea that this app could track so much information! If I had more time, I probably would have gone back out just so I could track some more info. :)

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Looks like I can save a couple hundred dollars on that Garmin I had my eye on! ;)

Breakfast

Rewind to breakfast, which brought back an old favorite…Pumpkin Oats!

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In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp raisins
  • cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice

Topped off with some reduced-fat granola with raisins…

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It had been far too long…these babies were AHHHH-mazing! :-P

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Lunch

Today I finally finished up the last of my Minestrone Soup! It takes a while for one person to finish off an entire batch of soup. ;)

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Along with my soup, I brought the last of my beloved Kashi crackers, a crisp gala apple, and a Stonyfield Farms B-Well yogurt which I bought using one of my coupons from the Healthy Living Summit. I don’t usually choose Stonyfield yogurts because of their high sugar content, but this little guy is quite tasty!

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There may or may not have been a mystery cookie and a mini box of Nerds included at lunch today…I’ll let you decide. ;)

Not sure what’s on the agenda for dinner tonight? Once Jay gets home, we’re headed out to do our civic duty and VOTE, then take care of a few errands. One of which is checking out some new treadmills(!!!) :-D

Question for the Evening:

Do you use any stat trackers (i.e., Garmin, phone apps…) when you run/walk/bike/etc?

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1 Laura November 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Thank you for sharing the android app! I have been testing out apps on my phone for running, and I’ve yet to find one I like. I will definitely be checking runkeeper out.

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2 Michelle November 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I am a minimalist when I run–no iPod or GPS of any sort. All I have is a watch to keep track of my time.

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3 Amy T November 2, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I use the cardiotrainer app for my droid and I <3 it!! it's a lot like run keeper. after you run, it calculates your splits for you and its fabulous!!

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4 Blubeari November 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I recently got a Garmin 305 and since, I have absolutely been killling my runs!! I love it. But I love all things techy. :-)

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5 Jen is Green November 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I use my garmin, but then log my miles on DailyMile.com, you should join! :-D

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6 Courtney November 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I’m thinking about it! I’ll have to check it out again soon. :)

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7 Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm

What a great app! I tried on our your recipes, tonight, it was AMAZING! I’ll be posting it this week. :)

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8 Shanna, like Banana November 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I have a stat tracker on my road bike which is great, but sometimes I end up competing with myself ;)

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9 onehungrymonster November 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I use my polar watch but that is to track my heart rate, calories burned and time. I use mapmyfitness.com

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10 Jaclyn (Ananda Prana) November 3, 2010 at 9:31 am

I use RunKeeper on my Droid, too! Plus, I have a playlist downloaded on there, which nixes any reason to carry an iPod.

I did have to get big cover for the phone though…. it was getting kind of gross while I was running from my sweaty hands ;)

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