MapMyRun, find someone on your route

March 6th, 2007 at 12:00 am
 


Running, jogging or walking is probably the most common exercise in the world regardless of location. So it's not surprising that there are services that cater to running activities. Some discuss the benefits, some suggest new ideas, some sell equipment, and this one up for review maps the activity.

MapMyRun.com provides people of all athletic ability easy-to-use, comprehensive web-based tools to get healthy and train more effectively as an individual or group.

The primary web-based tool is its mapping feature. MapMyRun uses Google maps to let users track and measure their routes when they are running. Usually, runners or joggers only have a vague idea of how long or how far they are running. MapMyrun provides a bird's eye view with Google maps so any user from anywhere in the world can trace his route (through every street or path if you run in a highly magnified part of the world) and consequently measure to the last meter the exact distance of the route.

The map trace merely provides a visualization of the exercise as well as something to share with other users. The most useful and probably helpful tool on MapMyRun is the Workout calculator. This simple yet effective tool calculates users' pace, speed and calories burned based on distance, time, weight and height, and gender.

There is also a tinge of social networking in MapMyRun. When browsing other user's routes, there may be some overlaps with the user's route. Those overlaps mean that both users actually meet along their jog paths and although the site does not provide any discussion board or instant messaging, the crossing paths on the map is enough for two people to start getting to know each other.

Generally, like all web based fitness tools, MapMyRun can only provide metrics and probably motivation for its users to actually workout and be as fit as they wish to be. Again that is still dependent on religious dedication to the workout. Anyway, with the tools provided by MapMyRun, there is now less excuse not to run or workout.