I like to walk, especially at night when I can see the stars. I try to walk every day, or at least every other day. I have a pedometer to help me track my steps every day. It also displays distance, but this particular one happens to be in kilometers instead of miles, so I have to manually convert my steps into miles. I first had to measure my stride, which happens to be very short (only 19.5 inches). Then, I multiply the number of steps by 19.5 and divide that number into 63,360 (the number of inches in a mile) to calculate how many miles I walked. It’s a tedious process and not one to encourage me to keep it up.

Then, last Sunday, a friend told me about the RunKeeper app for smartphones. What an amazing invention! It uses GPS to track your route, distance, pace, etc. It doesn’t count steps, but if I want to know that, I can calculate it manually by multiplying the number of miles by 3250. All the great benefits of RunKeeper outweigh that one missing feature anyway. Every time I go for a walk, it stores the data so I can see at a glance if I’m improving or slacking. It keeps track of my personal records. That’s a great feature since I’m very competitive and want to keep setting new records. There are several preset training plans to help train for various races (ex: 5k, 10k, half-marathon, marathon) and different levels of fitness. One of my favorite features is the option to receive reminders to workout. I have mine set to remind me every day. Last night, I probably would not have walked if I hadn’t gotten the reminder on my phone. Looking at it made me feel guilty for even thinking about not walking. I got up off my lazy butt and set three new personal records!

So, for all you runners/walkers out there, check out the RunKeeper app! The basic service is free, and that’s all I’ve used so far. If I ever decide to start training for a marathon or something, I may upgrade to the premium service, but for what I do, the free service is great.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alanna Guella on September 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    There are many free “pedometer” apps for iPhone and Android devices which also utilize GPS tracking to determine distance, pace, calories burned AND STEPS! Runtastic seems to work well.


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