Fun with Apps
Friday, February 22, 2013
So, I'm kind of a techy geek. I like my gadgets, and like to find new ways to use them. When I started running, I was heavily influenced by a priest podcaster I like to listen to, who is also a techy geek. :-) He had reported on his success using various apps to track his runs, and how there were even apps out there for people who had NEVER run before. Well, that described me to a T! The most I had ever run before March 2011 was around the softball bases. No lie! My mother had told me that "girls should not run" for a variety of reasons, and I had followed that advice although it seemed that there were many perfectly healthy girls out there who DID run. Anyhow, my neighbor is a runner (and it was one of the keys to her losing a LOT of weight) and I decided that if she could do it, I'd like to try. Then I was introduced to the world of C25K by Father Roderick, and I thought I had it made! Well, I did... until I started my first run. Lo and behold, the 60 seconds of running I was calmly told to do by my iPod "trainer" just about laid me out cold. The 2 minutes of walking in between wasn't NEAR enough time to recover! Well, I stuck with my workout/training schedule set by my C25K app and ran my first 5K race in October 2011. My techy geeky side LOVED that I could accomplish that with the handy dandy help of a running app!
Well, I've since upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone, which meant more running app options since now I have GPS! Woooie! I'm cookin' with gas now! I can map my runs, track my pace, and keep a record of all these things. I downloaded a Bridge to 10K program and succeeded in increasing my endurance and hit my 10K goal last month!
Most recently I've downloaded Run Keeper, which is an app that many of my friends use, but I hadn't, for reasons unknown even to me! LOL. Anyhow, I've been using it now to track my mileage and time when I have to run on a treadmill, but will be able to also map my runs when I'm out in the open. RunKeeper has a social network interface allowing you to share with RunKeeper friends, and also post to Facebook or Twitter. It also has an option for adding mileage goals, so I was able to enter my 500 miles in 2013 goal, which then shows how far I've gotten. Tonight I discovered another fun option in RunKeeper--training schedules. Since I'm working on losing weight AND just starting an 8 week challenge, I fittingly chose an 8 week workout schedule called Running 4 Fat Loss and set it to start on Sunday.
This is definitely motivating for me! It challenges me, yet fulfills my techy side. I'm looking forward to seeing how these workouts differ from my C25K and B210K apps. And more than that, I'm looking forward to continued weight loss and increased health!