Well, the good thing about being recovering is the fact that I get to blog more. Yay! Life has been so busy up until the accident that I haven’t had much time to think about blogging. A sabbatical can do wonders for your outlook though.
Before my encounter with the deer, I had started investigating several running apps for my iPhone, instead of purchasing a Garmin watch for the workout. A Garmin watch is a lot of moola (money, Benjamins), and I just didn’t feel justified in making such a huge purchase, especially when I am working hard to pay off student loans. I have an iPhone, so why not just be satisfied with the apps from that. So, I tried, and yes, I will be succumbing to a Garmin in the near future. Why? The GPS with many of these apps are not accurate. Despite using some of the major ones (MapMyRun, RunKeeper, and Strava), I have not found an accurate read of the overall distance. It could be the areas where I run, or it could point to a significant flaw in the app design.
Let’s rate the apps I currently use:
When I first started running with my iPhone, I used RunKeeper. It seemed fairly accurate, and I loved the split breakdowns. However, with the updates, it didn’t quite work for the other workouts I tracked, like cycling. It also did not have a yoga specific log either. That being said, I think it is one of the better apps for running.
MapMyRun is one of the more popular running apps. I thought I would give it a try after running alongside my friend during a training group run. My only issue is that the GPS is slightly off, and I disagree with the information on my running splits. This was especially true, when I used this to track the Leesburg 20K in August. It clocked me at 12.77 miles, when the race was 12.4 miles. Something is not quite right with the GPS unit. Again, this could be a satellite issue with Sprint, or it could be a flaw with the app software.
I was beginning to love Strava. I had used this for my cycling, and I was loving the fact that the GPS was better than MapMyRun and RunKeeper. However, I had just begun using this for my running. In fact, I was using this while running the night I was injured. It was great for the most part and actually provided some good split feedback.
Nike+ Running: B
Nike+ Running is another great app for running. While I am not buying the foot pod, I found that the GPS was just like RunKeeper. Also, the software provided good split feedback as well. The fact that it synchronizes with your iTunes playlist is another bonus.
While there are so many apps to use for running and cycling, there is still a need for accurate GPS tracking. Until this is resolved with the individual’s wireless carrier, this will continue to be an issue.