Nowadays, there are lots of fancy ways to keep track of running information. You can track distance, speed, vertical, maps, heart rate, calories, etc. Each year, it seems like there is a new thing to track! Not only that, social media allows you to share your workouts with others.
I don’t use Strava, although I’ve been considering it. I do like looking at other people’s info on Strava. For example, click here to check out Rob Krar’s splits from Western States (Mile 89 – 6:36 LOL). Click here to see Ian Sharman’s splits from Western States.
I do use MapMyRun occasionally. I usually take my phone with me when I run and MapMyRun is a really simple app to use. The GPS/speed/vertical aren’t that accurate, but they aren’t terrible either. MapMyRun will store your routes for you and you can try and improve on your times.
I do have a Garmin and I use it occasionally. I never look at it while I am actually running but I do like to put my workouts on my computer and look at splits, hills and maps. It is particularly useful if I’m going to be doing a trail race and I want to know where certain markers are on the course.
This is my go-to method of tracking my information. This training log is available here for $7.95. You can’t beat that!
I spoke too soon! You can beat that! Old school. Most of you are probably too young, but all of us used to keep track of our workouts this way! I definitely still have some of my old “records” around somewhere.
How do you keep track of your runs?
Do you share the info with others or is it for personal use?
How often do you go back and look at it?