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Dailymile.com January 31, 2011

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I was recently introduced to www.dailymile.com (you may have noticed the new widget on my sidebar).  It’s a neat website that allows you to keep track of your workouts: running, fitness, cycling, swimming, walking, weights, yoga, cross training, spinning, rowing, commuting, eliptical, core fitness, hiking, crossfit, cross country skiing, or rock climbing.  Whew . . . that was a mouth full.  I’ve only been using it to keep track of my running as that’s pretty much all the exercise I’m doing right now.  I’ve found it very motivating to be a part of a community of like-minded individuals and seeing how many people run is inspiring.  In fact, there is one woman I’ve met on there who is 61 years old.  She’s running around the same pace and mileage I’m running.  Truly inspiring and I certainly have a goal to be doing the same when I reach her age.

Here’s a link to my profile.  Try it out and see how motivating it can be!

Keeping Track July 19, 2010

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A little while ago, I met someone that was really into cycling.  When I say he was really into cycling . . . it’s an understatement.  This guy admitted to me that he had spent close to $20,000 in one year on bikes and cycling equipment.  WOW!  Was I ever glad the tool of my exercise/hobby came with me out of the womb.  However, he did show me one thing that really piqued my interest . . . because I’m a total gadget guy.  He has a Garmin GPS sport watch that has a heart rate monitor, plots your course and uploads it to the internet, shows you your pace, calories burned, climb . . . I think it even does your taxes for you.  I started thinking of how I could justify the $200 price tag.  No matter how I looked at it, I couldn’t figure out how to justify it on my in-between-med-school-and-residency income . . . which is, in round numbers, zero.  Then it hit me!  There’s gotta be an app for that!

Sure enough, here it is: Runmeter

Obviously it has a prerequisite . . . the iPhone, but who wouldn’t love to justify that into their hands?  As I’m learning from this incredible app, it’s super smart and does a ton of things while you’re not even thinking about it.  One of my favorite features, that I haven’t experienced yet, is that it will post your run to Facebook and when people comment on it . . . Runmeter will read their comment to you!  I guess that could either be good or bad . . . depending on your friends. 🙂  The only feature it doesn’t seem to have is the wireless heart rate monitor.  This app is definately worth the $4.99 on iTunes.