Achieve Your Resolutions: RunKeeper
Over the next few days, as people draft their New Year’s Resolutions and 2012 predictions, I’ll be providing tools to help you Achieve Your Resolution – valuable webapps and web sites that I’ve found in the past year that help achieve popular New Year’s Resolutions.
I’ll never forget my middle school PE coach. “Congratulations, son,” he uttered, as I finally finished my mile behind the rest of my other classmates. “You just broke the All Souls record for slowest mile.”
I’ve never enjoyed running, even as I had to continue doing it in high school for the JV sports I played: baseball, football, wrestling. It was just a necessary evil. As barefoot running started becoming trendy, more friends started doing it for both the health benefits and performance enhancement. I preferred to run on the treadmill if I had to.
Then, running became technological. There was Nike+, but it required a financial commitment I wasn’t willing to make for running about once a month. Then came RunKeeper.
Like all things fitness, RunKeeper relies on tracking. You get your runs tracked, via GPS in your mobile phone , or you can add your runs after the fact. There’s a social element: through Street Teams, you can add friends, and you can compare your friends’ popular routes to join them on their next runs.
For those who want to get out and learn how to run more, RunKeeper is the perfect app to track your progress. You’ve just gotta get out there and run.