I’ve been using RunKeeper to track of my training the past few months and I absolutely love it. It tracks time, elevation and pace all while graphing it out and providing mile splits.
If you’ve ever wondered why you speed up during one mile and slow down during the next, this app provides the picture answer as to why.
Because I have an iPhone, I downloaded the RunKeeper app, but if your phone isn’t compatable with any of the RunKeeper apps, you can manually enter your running route at: http://www.runkeeper.com.
If you can download the app, it is incredibly easy to use. I simply press the “Start Activity” button on the RunKeeper App, and it uses GPS to track exactly where I run. During a race, during training, or just to track distance, this gadget is a useful way to track, record and compare performances.
This data, over time, can help those training for marathons track their weak spots, and target which areas of the run to concentrate on during practice. From my race, I see that I start and end strong, but lag in the middle. This isn’t news to me, as I normally try to conserve energy during the middle of the race, but to see the numbers, provides a goal to improve those times.
Below are my splits and the map from my half-marathon in Philadelphia in November:
As a final note, RunKeeper is offering free downloading of RunKeeper PRO during the month of January. More information here.
*For the record, I have no relationship with RunKeeper at all – it’s just an awesome running app that I love using, so I thought I would share it with you!