Sunday, January 26, 2014

Runkeeper App

Last summer I began using an app for my Samsung Galaxie phone, called Runkeeper. The app works with the GPS on the phone to log my walking and hiking. I turn it on when I begin my walk or hike and it plots a map of my route, distance and time. When finished, it uploads the information to my profile. If you stop for a rest it will pause and resume when you begin walking again.
Runkeeper screenshots.
Here are the links to see the Runkeeper app for Android (Google Play) or iPhone (iTunes Store).

My hubby uses the app for his bike rides. I use it only for walking and hiking to measure distance. One thing to remember when hiking is the GPS measures "as the crow flies" from point A to point B. If you are going up and down steep hills, it may not measure the actual distance as the GPS may think you have not moved much. Doesn't matter to me. I know I'm getting a workout by climbing hills.

In the fall I was Nordic walking with a friend (see my post about Walking with Nordic Poles). We were able to record a 10 min 12 second kilometer. Then it snowed and we had to give up our outside walks, although once a week we still snowshoe with a group. We can't reach anywhere near that speed but get an amazing workout. But once we can get back out on the trails again in the spring, we have a goal to break a 10 minute kilometer.
Our 10:12/km pace and mapped route in November 2013.
At the bottom it displays total climb.
Here is a hike I did with another friend walking down the Niagara Escarpment in Stoney Creek. The distance is probably not accurate as we had a big descent off the escarpment and climb back up of 344 meters/1128 feet. As you can see, hiking is a much slower activity than Nordic walking, although I still use my poles when hiking.
Hike to the Devil's Punchbowl and back up the escarpment. Hamilton, Ontario.
I've logged hikes on our trip to Ireland. 9 km on the Cliffs of Moher, 12 km through the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney and 9 km through the hills of Glendalough, just south of Dublin.
Hiking the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
The following chart shows my walks and hikes since last August (when I got my new phone and the app). The total distance for 2013 was 167.8 km. There are some walks missing but I'm learning to manually add walks or hikes when I don't turn on the phone app.
2013 Activities. Hikes in orange shading. Walks in green.
I've caught the hiking and walking bug. And when the snow hit, it was hard staying motivated. But I jumped on the treadmill and to paraphase Nike, I Just Did It.

Winter. Bring it on!


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The Furry Gnome said...

That sounds really interesting. I might look into that.

MandaPanda said...

I had hit a good stride with hiking but then moved to FL. No mountains. Need to start beach running or something. LOL

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