Tracking Your Workouts

10 Apr

Confession time: I used to be a DailyMile whore. I posted every single workout on DailyMile. I did one push-up? That goes on DM! I ran a lap on the track? Better put it up on DM!

And then I just stopped. Like any addiction, once you break it it’s tough to go back without over doing it.

But in an effort to seriously improve my running this year and do more than just cross finish lines, I’ve decided I have to start tracking my workouts again. This time around, I’ll leave out my one pushup workouts.

I put out a call to my fellow running friends on Facebook as DailyMile is hardly the only platform available to record your runs. I couldn’t decide if I should return to my beloved DailyMile or try out a new platform. I’ve decided to stick with DM, at least for the time being, because the devil you know is better than the one you don’t. Well, that’s what I’ve been told anyway.

But here are some other options if DailyMile just isn’t for you (for those unfamiliar with the platform DM is like Facebook for runners, you can post all of your workouts and your “friends” can comment on them and give you encouragement).

1) MapMyRun: I almost, almost switched to using this platform. Literally the day I decided I better start tracking all that ish again I received an invite from a runner friend to join MapMyRun. I signed up and was all, “Yes, awesome! This looks awesome!” (I tend to overuse the word awesome when I’m excited. Or when I feel extra sassy. Or really just all the time. Awesome). And then I couldn’t figure out how to do anything on the site, not because it’s hard, but because I’m tech-illiterate. Also, I’m easily frustrated; as in this is taking more than two seconds to figure out? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Many of my friends use MapMyRun and love it. So it does come highly recommended from people who have roughly five seconds of patience to spare, unlike me. Like everything in your entire life these days, you can link it to your Facebook account so it’s easy to set-up an account. You can also track your eats if you’re interested in monitoring what goes in your pie-hole.

2) Nike+. This comes preloaded on the iPhone. I honestly have never tried using it, despite being a proud iPhone owner since 2009. A friend of mine uses it and loves the app. It tracks your runs, can serve as a music player and will automatically post your runs to social media if you want everyone to know you so totally just killed the run!

As I’ve never used this app, I can’t speak to it’s consistency or ease of use, all I will say is that app has been on my iPhone since purchasing it over a year ago, and I have never once clicked it on.

3) RunKeeper. When I was a newbie runner I used to rely heavily on RunKeeper, especially in the dark days before Garmin entered my life. RunKeeper would track and save all my runs, so I could scroll back and look at my mileage, time, pace, etc. It was extremely easy to use and very handy if you only have your iPhone available. I believe they now offer a free and a paid version of the app.

This was about 3 years ago now, so things have likely improved, but I found the app to be very inconsistent. It would lose satellites and I would have run 4 miles but it would only have tracked 2 miles. Or it would tell me I had just run a 4:30 mile, which will never, ever happen no matter how much coffee I consume. Like I said, it’s been awhile since I’ve used the app, so some of those glitches have probably been fixed.

4) Good Ol’ Pen & Paper. What’s that you say? You want me to write by hand? On, like, notebook paper? What sort of dark, backwards magic is this?!

So, I grew up in a transition generation. Computers were prevalent when I was a kid, but they were still “special”, as in not every 5 year old child had one. For most of my childhood we just had one computer AND we had to learn how to print and write cursive in school. Outrageous! Cell phones became common when I was 13-ish, but for the entire time I’ve been a runner, smartphones and all their accompanying awesomeness have been available. I believe (although I don’t have confirmation) that there was a time when people had to record there workouts in notebooks. Notebooks! Who would do that?

Ok, in all seriousness, unless you’re wed to tracking your workouts in a notebook with an actual pen, I highly recommend switching to one of the above platforms, it’s easy, you have access to loads of features and, bonus!, there’s no risk of losing your prized notebook, which I would totally do.

Those are just the platforms I’m familiar with these days. Any others that I missed? What do you use and why do you like it?

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8 Responses to “Tracking Your Workouts”

  1. willrunfortequila April 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I use a notebook. It really helps since I’m a newbie and I don’t know what a specific exercise is called but I see someone else do it and copy it. Then I can write it down as ‘that one exercise that kills my abs’ and no one will know πŸ™‚

    • feetoffancy April 18, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      Ha! I do the exact same thing- give random names to specific exercises because I have no idea what they are actually called. I would be a terrible personal trainer calling out things like “Let’s do that thing that works your triceps, you know bend over, elbows straight, extend back. What is that called? Anyone know what it’s called?”

      And I think all the exercises kill my abs! I’d have label them “that one that kills my abs #1” “that one that kills my abs #2”.

    • feetoffancy April 18, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      Ha! I do the exact same thing- give random names to specific exercises because I have no idea what they are actually called. I would be a terrible personal trainer calling out things like “Let’s do that thing that works your triceps, you know bend over, elbows straight, extend back. What is that called? Anyone know what it’s called?”

      And I think all the exercises kill my abs! I’d have label them “that one that kills my abs #1” “that one that kills my abs #2”.

  2. Nina @ Sweating It April 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I’m so happy you’re posting again πŸ™‚ I use Nike+ and I like it a lot! It’s so simple and does all the hard stuff for me- all I need to do is make sure I turn it on πŸ™‚

    • feetoffancy April 18, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Thank you! I seriously slacked off for awhile, but it’s nice to be back in the swing of bloggy things! I should give the Nike+ app a chance as everyone seems to have good things to say about it. But I would feel like I was cheating on DailyMile.

    • feetoffancy April 18, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Thank you! I seriously slacked off for awhile, but it’s nice to be back in the swing of bloggy things! I should give the Nike+ app a chance as everyone seems to have good things to say about it. But I would feel like I was cheating on DailyMile.

  3. Amanda May 6, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I love Daily Mile! I am like you and track every workout. I love seeing all the logs of my runs. It’s just an easy way to keep track for me.

    • feetoffancy May 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Exactly why I love DailyMile! Being able to go back and look at all my previous workouts in a weekly or monthly time frame really helps me to track and appreciate my progress πŸ™‚

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