Learner-Shaped Technology

January 11, 2007

Google Earth and Running

Filed under: data visualization,general,google earth,mapping,running,technology — Mike W @ 10:04 am

mapmyrun.com is a really cool website for runners. It allows you to map your run using Google Maps / Google Pedometer technology, determine distance , share your route with others, and save the route with your profile. You can also put in your time, height, weight, etc.., and it will calculate your pace and calories burned.

If you’re running with a GPS unit, you can upload the data to mapmyrun, and it will automagically map your route. I don’t run with a GPS, so I haven’t tested it yet, but that would save some time.

Another nice feature is that the site will automatically create a kmz file, so if you have Google Earth and open this file, your route is mapped in Google Earth. Here’s my route from Furman to the North Greenville YMCA in mapmyrun and the kmz file for Google Earth.

And to think, I used to get in my car and use the odometer to gauge a route. How early 2000! 😉 Now if they could only add a feature that would map the location of ankle biting little dogs, and it would be perfect!

December 13, 2006

No Turning Back

Filed under: general,running — Mike W @ 10:34 am

There’s no turning back now. Last night I paid my 80 bucks and hit the submit button on the sign-up form for the Atlanta ING marathon. I feel like I have a decent base from running the Shut-In Ridge Trail Run in November, but I still have a lot of work to do. I hope the knee holds up! I started a running blog to keep up with my training, so I don’t muddy the edtech discussions here, but I figured by writing this here, I’d be ramping up my commitment level even further. There are quite a few people from Furman signed up for the race, and my brother-in-law is running as well, so that should be fun. The race will be a Boston qualifier, but I’d have to have an extraordinarily good run to hit that mark, but a guy can dream ….

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