10 Years of Mapping My Fitness

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.

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