I’m a bit of a late adopter when it comes to technology. Right around the time people were starting to get Facebook pages, I finally caved in and created a MySpace page; I carried around my Discman, chipped and dirty, like an old-school badge of honor for too long before getting an iPod; and I finally turned my flip phone in for a smartphone a few months ago.
I admit I’m a bit scared of change, but the sad part is that once I finally join the rest of the world in the 21st century, I get mad that I allowed myself to miss out on all the cool benefits some of the technology has to offer. Take, for instance, all the awesome running and fitness apps on iPhones and Droids.
I have a giant app crush on RunKeeper, which, using GPS, tracks your course, how many miles you’ve run, your pace and how many calories you’ve burned. You can also take notes on how the run went, so you can go back later to determine if there’s a correlation between, for instance, how many margaritas you had the night before and how well your run went. I have friends who are partial to iMapMyRun and those who use the Nike + iPod system that uses your shoes to track your information. Mashable has a nice list of running apps that all do essentially the same thing but that each have their own unique features.
My new favorite running “app,” jog.fm, isn’t really an app — it’s a website — but it uses technology to improve the running experience. Basically, you enter your average pace and it spits out songs that keep to the beat. For instance, I usually run (on a non-post margarita day) a 9:15 minute mile; the site recommends I workout to songs at 157 BPM, and gives me a list that includes Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” Nirvana’s “In Bloom” and Violent Femmes’ “Add It Up.” I like running to my own music most of the time, but on days when I’m feeling musically uninspired, I appreciate the suggestions.
I know some purists might argue that technology has dirtied the running waters and taken away from its simplicity, I think technology has vastly improved the way we run. Do you agree? What are some of your favorite running apps and tools?