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!


  1. Hey Mike-

    Thanks for using, and writing about MapMyRun! Did you know that we have a new way to easily embed your route into your blog? Check out our blog post here for more details: http://mapmyrun.blogspot.com/2007/01/embed-your-route-into-your-blog.html

    Comment by Jeff — January 11, 2007 @ 11:42 am

  2. Thanks Jeff! I added the iframe you outlined in your blog in lieu of the static image I had before.


    Comment by Mike — January 11, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

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