By Amanda Brooks, Run To The Finish
In 2002, I grabbed my trusty digital Timex to time the length of my new running habit, strapped a big yellow radio to my arm and headed out without a specific route. Once home, I listened to the beep of my dial up as I logged in to MapMyRun to plot out the path I’d just taken and figure out my distance.
Luckily I’m a very consistent pace, so I generally knew how far I’d gone, but if not…man running took a lot more work back in the old days (ha!).
Now one gizmo, our smartphone, can do it all on the run: music, podcasts, tracking your pace, your location, ensuring that running in new cities you don’t get lost, really whatever you fancy.
So if you’re going to bring it, might as well make the most of it with the right apps, plus find out below why I’m toting mine in the Armpocket! Hands-free, meaning I’m not inadvertently swinging my arms across my body or dropping it as I sweat.
You’ve got to snap a photo for Instagram, track it to MapMyRun, log it for calories burned in MyFitnessPal, sync it to your favorite speed workout playlist and of course there’s the whole safety factor…(continue reading)
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