I’ve managed to do a couple of my short, 10-minute, runs this week, instead of the 30-minute daily runs I was hoping for. Tomorrow, I’ll do at least 30 minutes at a local park like I did last Saturday, and then leave this week behind.
Also related to the CPAP machine: I thought the aerophasia was getting better and nearly a thing of the past. Boy, was I wrong?! I’ve woken up every morning this week feeling like I shouldn’t move for about an hour. If I don’t adjust soon, I should probably consider adjusting my running schedule instead.
Finally, this week is finals week at school. Even though I took a light load, two computer classes, I really didn’t attend class regularly because of my familiarity with the subject. This means that I don’t know the expectations of the instructor of those classes, so I have to actually study for the exams.
With all of the above going on, I’ve taken to running every other morning this week. While I’m a bit disappointed by it, and with only doing the 10-minute runs that I started with last week, I’ve stuck with it and run what little I can. In the past, I would have called this week a bust and pushed everything off until next week (making it easier to push it of until the next week, and then the next, and so on…) So maybe this week has been progress after all.
Creating a new route
It’s pretty straight-forward to create a new route. You’ll enter a name for the route, which is the only required field, followed by the city, state, and country that the route is in. There’s also a field for you to enter a description of the route into. Following that is a field for the type of route. Your choices are running, cycling, walking, other, hiking, and triathlon. You can also set the route to private or upload pictures.
Finally, there’s a map, centered on the location you enter as your starting point when you sign up. You simply click on the map to create a waypoint. Create a second waypoint to create a leg. Be sure to create waypoints at bends in the road if the route is along one, otherwise the leg will be a straight line between your waypoints. If this the route is a loop, just keep entering waypoints along the way until you’re back at the start. If you want to run a route that takes you to a location then back along the same path, once you’re at the end waypoint, you can click on “Route Back to Start” to do so for you. And if you create a waypoint in error, you can click it to remove it. Once you are satisfied with the route, click on “Save.”
Log an Activity
It’s also pretty straightforward to log an activity. First, you chose the type of activity from a list of the same types available for creating a route. Then, enter a duration. It’s a required field, but you can leave it at all zeros if you’d like. The next required field is the distance, or you can optionally choose a route from a dropdown to fill it in automatically. You can also enter a description, the date and time, and whether to set the activity as public or not.
The final option I’ve used, though there are many more options available with a free account, is option to view my logs. This shows all the activities that I’ve entered in a nice report, including my pace for each activity if I didn’t leave the duration as all zeros when I entered it.
Overall, not a bad site for keeping track of your running (or other activity). There are lots of other features that I haven’t checked out yet, and even more if you upgrade your account to a premium membership. You can upgrade your account for $2.49 per month or $11.95 per year, which includes a bunch of features that look useful. Even with the free account, it sure beats logging everything on paper.
(Update: Please note that this is *NOT* a sponsored post.)
However, I suffer from aerophasia (which occurs when you swallow air) caused by the CPAP machine which is being used to treat my sleep apnea. On days that the discomfort is significant, which is thankfully less and less often, I have two options. First, I can skip a run. If it’s been awhile since I skipped a run and it’s mid-week, I might chose this option to give myself a second recovery day. If it’s the beginning or end of the week, I’ll take my second option, as two days off in a row is a real motivation killer for me.
My other option, the one I prefer to take, is to run in the evening on those days that I can’t run first thing. It’s harder to motivate myself for an evening run during this summer heat, but not as hard as it is to motivate myself after two days off in a row.
So, what time of day do you run?