Cass; Thanks for the info about maymyrun.com I haven't bothered to use that site because I've been using gmap-pedometer.com to track my distances. I'll be checking that out.
I also have a beef with the calories counter. I doin't bother to log my exercise on Spark because I find it too much work sometimes. Especially to track strength trainging. I often do a workout video that is for strength so how do I track that?? I just write down each day in my day planner what I accomplished. It's nice to have a written record to look back on too.
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I've been running at 14 min/mile... but SP doesn't have that speed, so I do put down walk 15min/mile and count the rest as bonus. I wish that SP had more variances, but until they do that's how I do it.
www.mapmyrun.com DOES calculate elevation and calories burned. You need to click on "Map Settings" to get the elevation feature, and click on "Workout Calculator" to enter your gender, height, weight, age, etc and it will work out the calories burned.
The site has changed lots since I started using it last fall. Check it out again!
I don't think you have to spend 200 bucks on a heart rate monitor - there are lots out there that are cheaper and do the job. There are so many factors involved that it's nearly impossible to gauge calories accurately anyway. I have a Garmin and a Nike+ sensor for my iPod. The iPod always tells me I burned more calories than the Garmin - but I tend to believe the Garmin because it has a HRM built in - and it tends to be close to the 100 calories per mile.
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You bring up a very important point Cassie. I use mapmyrun.com but no it doesn't track calories and I have the same complaint with the fitness tracker. I wonder if there are any sites out there that can aggregate pace, elevation and distance to compute a more accurate calories burned metric.
Or should I really just shell out the 200 bucks and buy myself a heart rate monitor?
That is a beef with me too (that Sparks doesn't think it's running til 12 minute miles speed).
In the meantime, what you can do, is to enter the calories manually. Figure out by using mapmyrun.com (not sure if runningmap.com does the calorie count), and then use that amount in your fitness tracker.
You are running, even at 15 minute miles. Have you had a chance to check out our "Penguin Hangout" thread?
I've been running 3-4 miles three times times a week, and I'm totally loving it! Usually the 3 mile shorter variant takes me about 45 minutes, and the more like 4 mile variant takes more like an hour. That makes my pace a very poky 15 minute mile, which is comfortable but a workout for me, so I am happy with it for the time being - I figure I'll get faster as I get into better shape, all in good time.
However, the spark fitness tracker doesn't list anything slower than a 12 minute mile. Should I be entering walk/jog even though I am never walking?
Also,does the fact that my route is really hilly have anything to do in the matter? When I entered my route in runningmap.com, it has about 325 feet elevation gain overall. In contrast, I tried running on a treadmill when we were staying in a hotel, and the 12 minute mile totally felt, if anything, easier than scambling up and down hills at the slower speed.
Thanks so much for all of the inspiration you've provided on this board, everyone! You totally motivated me to go and get over my intimidation and get fitted for running shoes at a running store, and I totally love my new shoes!
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