Running and keeping track: Maps and more

Map Your Run As a new or seasoned runner alike, it’s important to map out your runs so that you know how far you’re running. You can simply look at a map or utilize a device to keep track of your distance. No matter how you do it, running and keeping track of your distance is…

Running and keeping track: Maps and more was originally published on Self Evolve

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Map Your Run

As a new or seasoned runner alike, it’s important to map out your runs so that you know how far you’re running. You can simply look at a map or utilize a device to keep track of your distance. No matter how you do it, running and keeping track of your distance is a good idea.

Running and keeping track

Back before there were smart phones or wearable GPS devices, runners were forced to use a paper map of where they were going to run in order to know the distance of their runs. If you didn’t plan ahead, you risked the chance of getting lost unless you were running a known trail or track loop distance multiple times. Being a runner meant that you had to know the areas where you ran pretty well. Over time, you learn how many blocks equates to a certain distance. For example, that two mile loop around your neighborhood that you run consistently.

Tracking devices

running and keeping trackNow that there are many different types of smart devices and running apps, you have more running freedom. Freedom to set out and run until you hit your distance (or rather half so you can run an out & back). Also, with technology, you have instant feedback in regards to your pace and timing. And sometimes, even heart rate. I wrote about tracking your fitness, but running is an exercise that you can improve upon with a proper tracking device.

The consistent and instantaneous feedback can help you learn how and when to change your pace and/or distance. Some runners focus on increasing their distance whereas other runners focus on increasing their speed. It’s important to choose either distance or speed to focus on since it’s difficult to work on both simultaneously.

Devices that help me run better

These are the devices and apps that I use to track my runs in order to run further. They also helped me get through Chicago Marathon training.
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What do you use to keep track of your runs? I also use the Nike running app in addition to the Garmin app to track my runs.

Running and keeping track: Maps and more was originally published on Self Evolve

Breaking 2: Superhuman Speed

Last weekend Nike attempted to break 2 hours for the world record of fastest Marathon time. They took the world’s fastest runners (Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese, and Lelisa Desisa) and had them run at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Milan, Italy. Many years of planning went into this pursuit of breaking the 2014 world record of 2:02:57 for fastest…

Breaking 2: Superhuman Speed was originally published on Self Evolve

Last weekend Nike attempted to break 2 hours for the world record of fastest Marathon time. They took the world’s fastest runners (Eliud Kipchoge, Zersenay Tadese, and Lelisa Desisa) and had them run at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Milan, Italy. Many years of planning went into this pursuit of breaking the 2014 world record of 2:02:57 for fastest marathon (Dennis Kimetto). No detail was left out, including flying in a hand-picked group of 11 Kenyan and Ethiopian runners for the sole purpose of setting the pace and blocking the wind for the chosen three runners.

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Over the past few years, these three runners trained to run 26.2 miles at a superhuman pace of just under four minutes and 35 seconds per mile. This raises questions regarding testing the limits of the human heart and can be seen as a Holy Grail barrier. While the record of fastest marathon has been getting closer to 2 hours over the last ten plus years, 2 minutes and 57 seconds is 2.4 percent away from the barrier of 2 hours. Which is quite a barrier to overcome. But last weekend, Eliud got close. He came in at 2:00:25, 26 seconds over the goal time of 1:59:59. Despite not quite making the goal, the fact that Eliud took 2 minutes and 32 seconds off the world record is amazing. While not 2.4 percent, 2.16 percent is still a huge jump. Of course, this is only one of the first attempts at sub-2 hour marathon, and there are other attempts being planned for the near future.

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What are your thoughts on this pursuit? Are these runners really superhuman? I look forward to seeing what other records we can break, not just in running but in other avenues as well. What’s your favorite sport to watch? Did anyone watch this attempt and think that these runners make running that fast look natural? These men were born to run, there’s no doubt about that.

 

Breaking 2: Superhuman Speed was originally published on Self Evolve