Running with GPS

Lately i’ve taken up running to try and stay fit during the late winter and early spring months.  I’ve attempted run on a regular basis in the past, however i’ve always had a hard time maintaining an interest in it.

This time I’ve started tracking my progress online.  I’ve found that this is very helpful for keeping motivated.  With my performance data available, I can see how I am able to run faster and farther every week.

A number of online services exist which offer this functionality.  So far I’ve been trying Garmin Connect and Strava.  Both sites track cycling and running activities, as well as others.  TrainingPeaks is another one that I have read about, but have not tried yet.  These services offer many more features that I’ve not mentioned here so check them out if your interested.

Statistics can be gathered via a smartphone application, gps based sports watch, gps enabled cycling computer, or even a handheld hiking gps.  I’ve been using the Garmin Edge 200 for cycling and the Garmin Fenix for running.  The smartphone applications work equally well, unless you are interested in gathering heart rate data, however that can be achieved with some smartphones paired with external sensors.  It’s also worth noting that the Garmin Edge 200 will not pair with an external sensors and only tracks basic distance, speed, and position data.  I’ve found the DC Rainmaker site to be the best source of information on these devices.

That’s all for now, hopefully this helps others take a greater interest in running.

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