Well it all started with MapMyFitness in 2005, which turned into MayMyRun in 2008 which was one of Apple’s first 200 apps in their iTunes store. I must have joined back in 2009 since today I received my 10 years of being a part of MapMyRun appreciation email with the below stats. I know it’s not that much, but I’m proud, on average, I at least worked out once every week over 10 years! There were highs when I was training for a half ironman triathlon, multiple workouts were recorded on single days much less weeks. A few injuries also prevented me from working out after surgery.
Thinking back, I remember when I first started going to their website to search for routes and find trails or just simply measure the distance of a recent run. At the time I was traveling all across America, in a different city every few days for over four years. So wanting to stay somewhat in shape and my loath of treadmills, I wanted to get outside explore new cities hot or cold and excerise. But at the time I didn’t have GPS watch to measure my distance, but if I used their website route mapping, I could remember the roads to turn or cross streets to turn around when I hit a distance I wanted.
They evolved to the app as I mentioned and that was a game changer for me. I would sometimes be in a new city and forget the cross street to turn or see something shinny causing me to change my planned course but I wanted to log miles, so I could start the app and just go.
I don’t know if you’ve used this app or other fitness trackers, but I encourage everyone to set goals, large or small. A goal isn’t a goal unless you track it, so know what you are doing and what it takes to reach your goals.
Right now, I’m personally trying to get back in a running groove. My goal is small with 2 runs a week for the next 5 weeks. Then I’ll re-evaluate myself and set a new distance/time goal along with frequency.