Tracking Run Trainings Using Apps Without Mobile Data


Apps you can use in lieu of a GPS-enabled running watch.

Technology is evolving in a pace fast enough that a few people can keep up with, some can barely catch up, while others are not so lucky to simply get even with it. From home appliances, sports and personal gadgets to software and mobile applications. Name it! There’s a myriad of electronic gadgets that you would want to get your hands on. But frankly, as it is the reality, not everyone is privileged and has the luxury to indulge in keeping up with these new innovations. Well, except for those who chose not to.

In the world of running, a sport that many individuals love regardless of their social and economic status, technology has definitely found its way. And if you have been into this sport for quite sometime, you must be well aware by now of what’s in and what’s hot within the community and among the runners. And that includes running shoes, clothes, running watches with GPS and heart-rate monitor, eyewear, and the list goes on. And from a list of running gears, GPS-enabled watches are a top pick. Mainly because they help you keep track of your training mileage, pace, etc.

Have you always worried about not being able to track your runs only because you didn’t have a GPS watch? For most runners, keeping a record of their mileage helps them to ensure that they train within their fitness level, gradually increase their goals and get better in their race performance. One way to track your trainings and your race mileage is by using a GPS-enabled running watch, that is capable of measuring the distance, pace, total time, split times and other data.

You’re a newcomer in the sport so you don’t want to spend much on the gadget yet. Or maybe it’s not a top priority at the moment. You now ask how you can keep a record of your trainings to figure out if you’re actually making some progress. That said, all you need is a smart phone and a running app such as Strava, Runkeeper or Map My Run (there may still be other apps). Simply turn on your mobile internet to get a GPS signal. And you’re good to go.

What if you’re using a prepaid line and has run out of prepaid credit? No worries. This shouldn’t be a problem at all because the app will still function, as it should, without a glitch as long as you have a good GPS signal. Only you won’t be able to upload your data to the app’s server. The point is, you are able to track the distance you’ve run, your pace and your run time.

Run data collected on Strava and Soleus 1.0 GPS watch.

As to which running app does better? That’s really your personal preference now. Currently, I’m using Strava or Runkeeper simultaneously with my Soleus GPS 1.0 alternating with the Asics GPS watch. So far, these two apps measure the distance and pace pretty much accurately with my GPS-enabled running watch. You can enable the voice function of the app to provide you with your current status such as distance and average pace. Though this can interrupt the music being played. Please note, however, that location and limited cellular network coverage may affect the accuracy of the data. Also, turning on your mobile internet can drain the juice out of your phone quite faster. A completely charged mobile phone can last you up to a marathon finish. So that shouldn’t be much of a worry.

But at anytime in the future, should you feel like ticking off that GPS-enabled watch from your list, head on to a sports or running specialty shops like Runnr or watch specialty shops like L-Time Studio.

Stay fit and have a healthy new year!

Advertisements

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Year 5


Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Race shirt, finisher shirt and medal.

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Race shirt, finisher shirt and medal.

On its fifth year, Pinoyfitness puts up one more a challenge for the runners to take – the Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge. As the name implies, the race is all-exclusive to 10k race distance only. To cater to different fitness levels of the runners, there are three waves that they choose to join in – “Planet Sports Wave”, “GNC Wave”, and “Walker Wave”, released separately.

Whilst online registration is still ongoing, runners can head on to on-ground registration sites.

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge
26 March 2017
SM MOA by the Bay
Gun start (TBA)

Online Registration: ongoing until 28 February
Visit www.pinoyfitness.com

On-ground Registration: ongoing until 19 March
Visit the following stores:

1. Planet Sports

  • Glorietta
  • UP Town Center

*Enjoy the exclusive 20% discount on New Balance, K-Swiss, Arena, Adidas, Nike and Asics)

2. GNC Stores

  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Trinoma
  • SM Megamall
  • Alabang Town Center

*Get a Gold Card and avail of the 20% discount on all products valid within the year.

3. New Balance BHS

Prizes:

To reward the runners for their hardwork, Top 3 Male and Female in each wave will win exciting surprises from the race organiser and sponsors.

More exclusive surprises await the dominating Top 3 Male and Female of the race,

The Lessons Of The 7-Eleven Skyway Marathon


run-7-eleven-2017-race-kit-claimingSince the time I have come to understand and embrace running as a lifestyle, I have become relentless about my carefully chosen battles, which means training for the scheduled race, and properly gearing up on race day.

The Run 7-Eleven 2017 race village was all perked up when I arrived to claim my race kit. Roughly a quarter before the 11pm gun start for 42K, most runners including myself joined our respective wave groups. And being my first marathon for the year, I was excited to set the bar for this distance. I had a pretty good start running alongside my dear friend Rhina up until about the 5th kilometre.

Running through the Skyway was quite overwhelming I must say. But at some point, it has made me feel invincible. As I picked up on my pace, I realised I have missed my personal electrolytes solution (oresol). So I had to make sure I hydrate whenever necessary. Hydration marshals politely offered unli-water and unli-sports drinks along the way, and even went an extra mile of peeling off the bananas before handing them to us. It was actually a good idea to prevent banana peels from being scattered along the route, which when stepped on can cause someone to slip. A group of marshals were chanting giving life to the Skyway and giving the runners that extra push just when the legs started to feel heavy.

The Skyway became a rendezvous for me and my friends whom I haven’t seen for a long time, it was a good venue to simply catch up and say hello to, reciprocated each other when there’s no one to boost our waning energy.

At the 22nd kilometre, I could feel my calves locking in. I came up to the medics team and asked for a sachet of oresol to prevent further depletion of my electrolytes (although I already filled my personal hydration bottle with Lightwater, which is always available in 7-Eleven stores!). Lack of proper nutrition plan resulted to leg cramps. It prompted me to slow down and even walk to release the tension in the muscles, and started running again as soon as I could.

Literally hard-earned 42k medal. #Run711

Literally hard-earned 42k medal. #Run711

I was targeting a 4:30 finish time. Due to recurring leg cramps, I had to accept the fact that it was seemingly possible as I still had about five kilometres to go. Like what I would always advise to the runners I’m training with, “Always listen to your body.” I had to play it by ear, even if it means going beyond my target time.

Finally, as I was going off the skyway towards the finish line, a myriad of thoughts came into my mind. There were quite a few important things that I fell short on. Lessons were learned.

Back at the race village, I changed into my fresh clothes and had two bowls of the delicious rice porridge. Tucked my hydration with me and by 6 in the morning, I was back in the Skyway to fulfil my marshal duties to make sure that runners are off the Skyway before it opens for the motorists.

Marshal duties. #Run711

Marshal duties. #Run711

Capturing the sunrise as seen from the Skyway. #Run711

Capturing the sunrise as seen from the Skyway. #Run711

The race has brought me to a realisation that running is not all about the medal, the finisher shirt and the loot bags after crossing the finish line. Running a marathon has taught me how to value training, discipline, respect, integrity and self-worth.

Under Armour Launches Armour @ The Fort and Run United Exceed 2017


Participants work it out during the Armour @ The Fort.

Participants work it out during the Armour @ The Fort.

As the most innovative sports and fitness clothing line available in the market today, Under Armour continues to provide runners and fitness enthusiasts a platform to help them become better athletes.

That said, Under Armour gathered sports and fitness enthusiasts through a fitness program Armour @ The Fort on January 28th at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater. As the name implies, the program kicked off with a morning run led by coaches Titus Salazar and Dan Brown. As part of ActiveHealth’s partnership with the sports brand, Unilab conducted a fitness and nutrition symposium to help runners exceed themselves as they take the challenge of Run United Exceed 2017 Half Marathon.

Catering to active lifestyle aficionados, the afternoon schedule had a full swing of activities that was attended by the who’s who of the sporting community like ultra marathoner Ferdie Capiling and the UP women’s football team.

An afternoon circuit training was led by Under Armour-affiliate trainer “Mama” Kat Geronimo, a renowned celebrity fitness coach who mentors notable film and television actresses such as Marian Rivera, Danica Sotto-Pingris, Melissa Ricks, Megan Young, Bettina Carlos, Anne Curtis and Jessy Mendiola.

To cap off the event, Under Armour unveiled some of its plans for 2017, including the launching of the “Armour @” series. The fitness apparel likewise formalized its partnership with Kerry Sports Manila as the state-of-the-art facility opens its door for the Test of Will 2017 participants.

Make sure to follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter for more updates and announcements as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

%d bloggers like this: