How to Map My Run

It is funny to think that there was a time, not to distant in the past, where I wanted to give up on running. When I decided that I wanted to lose weight, I really had no idea that it would turn into a complete fitness and athletic overhaul. I thought that I would be treadmill running to lose weight, not running races and running over bridges.

To be quite honest, since I never seem to have trouble with that, I never wanted to BECOME a runner. I did it because I had to and I hated every minute of it. Sort of like taking a bath. But then I tried running a 5k (a mud run no less) and something inside me switched. I don’t know if it was the thrill of running with a large group of people (including lots of friends) or if it was my fierce competitive nature bursting forth in a new way, or if it was some weird alien bug that bit me. But what I do know is that I actually started to ENJOY running at that point.

I did write this post about running outside several months before the 5k race and in it I said that, and I quote, “I freaking love running on Daniel Island where I live.” I was totally lying to you. I wanted to BELIEVE that I loved it, but I didn’t. Running outside it tough and there are those irrational fears that I talked about in that post.

But now I DO love it. It is weird. I think that my desire has grown even more now that I am regularly running the Cooper River Bridge every week…

Let me get to the point now.

Last week I used some new technology (new to me, not new in general) to Map My Run (see what I did there I have the MapMyRun app on my phone and it uses GPS (which I think stands for geothermal psychoanalytical stuff) to make a nice little map of your run and tell you how long said run was and how long it took you to do the run in which you did.  Then once you are done, it sends all that info to it’s website (in which you should have already created an account before commencing on your run.) Then it stores all that info and allows you to review it and, if you so desire, share it across your social media networks!


It was like Stephen Hawking was right there beside me, rolling in time and using his robot mind and a handful of Higgs Bosons to calculate to an extreme certainty the distance in which we traveled. This is science fiction come to life.

Here is empirical proof that what I just said actually happened.

Eat my shorts Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.

9 comments to How to Map My Run

  • Krysten Siba Bishop
    Twitter: DarwinianFail

    I think a HUGE change happens in your motivation and enjoyment in exercise and running when stops being about weight. I noticed a bug change in myself when I started running to improve, to race, and to train rather than lose lbs. Losing weight meant that I HAD to run because I wasn’t good enough as is. But once I made the shift to training – I was running to get stronger, faster, and because I wanted to compete and get better! And then all of a sudden I liked it! Who knew?!

    I think all your training is amazing and I can’t wait to hear all about your upcoming Tri!

  • Wee Wifey

    just kidding. 😀
    So, you’re saying I shouldn’t quit. It sure would be easier if I had that dream play list…

  • Coco
    Twitter: got2run4me

    I have a few running apps on my phone that I use for backup if my Garmin gets knocked off the charger. While the Garmin is more accurate, I wish it were easier to use screen shots and share on social media. (Or maybe I just haven’t figured it out!)

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    Twitter: happyfitmama

    Map My Run is great for seeing all kinds of fun little things like elevation, pace, calories, etc. I used that before I got my Garmin.

    Great run – high five! 🙂

  • Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    Twitter: bananabuzzbomb

    After running for 5 yrs I still have running lulls where I just don’t want to run. I try different routes and things and that tends to help me get the fun back into my run. Keep it up, Hank!

  • Victoria
    Twitter: victoria_runs

    Some days I love running, some days I hate it. Yesterday I hated it on my brick run. This morning I loved it. I guess its like some days I love my outfits other days…. I wish I had a stylist!

  • Tamara
    Twitter: fitknitchick_1

    I love this idea!
    As a new runner (who doesn’t own a Garmin), I’m always asking other runners ‘how far is 5K?”. Gonna check this app out for myself!

  • Liz

    Woah, Hank, you’re fast! Check out that 8:22 pace on mile 2.

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