App Review: Road ID

Does your significant other worry when you are on a training run? Do your friends check in with you about workouts? Are you a little uneasy about training alone?

The Road ID app provides a simple and easy way to give friends and family peace of mind. My mom usually worries when I go for a run alone, but thanks to Road ID I am able to send her a link to track me during the whole run! All athletes (runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers, etc.) should use the Road ID app when they go out for a workout. Log on to the app, choose how long you expect your workout to last, and personalize your message. I use something pretty simple: “Going for a run”

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Road ID uses eCrumbs (electronic breadcrumbs) to track you on your run. Pick loved ones and they are sent a text with a link to a map for tracking. You can also set up a stationary alert that notifies your contacts if you stop moving for five minutes.

My dad, mom, and step-dad receive a text with a link to track me on my workout. Below shows you the summary screen that you click as you get started. During the run (or bike ride, hike, walk, etc.) you can quickly add 5 minutes if you think it will take longer than you originally predicted.

Road ID screen shot to start eCrumb screen

At the end of the workout, you “stop eCrumb” and you’re done! Unfortunately the app does not notify your contacts that you have finished training, but they can go into the link and see that you are done. My dad uses this when he goes out on long rides and it really is helpful, especially if you are wondering when someone will be returning home. The app has been in Beta testing lately so it is not perfect but it’s definitely a good solution and compliment to the Road ID I wear when I am running. You never know what could happen and  it is always good to be safe.

Do you take any safety precautions when you train? Try out the Road ID app and let me know what you think!

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Meg’s Miles

megsmilesThis morning I joined with my Athens Road Runners group to run for Meg. Meg Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver on a morning run earlier this week. I finished 6.2 miles with positive thoughts in her honor. The Facebook event created for Meg’s Miles describes it like this:

This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, no matter where you live, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it–for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment.

I read that statement multiple times. I read it slowly and I read it fast. On our cold run today I was better aware of my surroundings and grateful for my ability to run. Very grateful.

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2013 Goal Recap

Last December I set goals, not resolutions, for the year 2013. My goals fell in two categories: Health/Fitness and Personal. I am excited to turn annual goal-setting into a tradition. Setting goals helped me make small (and big) positive changes in my life. So on the last day of 2013 I am taking a look back on the past year. How did I do?

Health/Fitness:
I started running in the fall of 2012 when I moved to Georgia for graduate school. I set a goal to continue running and log 250 total miles in 2013. Guess what? I overachieved on the running goal and ran 830 miles in 2013! I’m amazed at the amount of running I did, with September (the month before my half marathon) being my highest month, a total of 98 miles! I also set goals to run a 10K and a half marathon. I met both of those goals and even finished with a sub-2 time on my first half! These accomplishments will be tough to beat in 2014.

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830 miles – 1 half marathon – 3 10ks – 1 8k – 4 5ks

Personal:
My personal goals did not get as much attention as my health and fitness goals. I saved $500 in 2013, but I wanted to save $100 a month. Saving $100 a month would have meant collecting a savings of $1200 dollars. I also withdrew money from savings to pay for my fall graduate school fees. Savings is overall something that I can improve on in future years.

I did not keep a professional journal as planned, but I went to 2 concerts and stayed in touch with friends. It has been difficult to stay in touch with friends from a distance, especially with everyone getting settled in jobs and graduate school, but I made intentional efforts to text, call, tweet, and visit my friends more often in 2013!

5 pictures of me and friends

middle right photo by Carrie Richardson Fry

My last personal goal was to blog regularly (once a week). I posted 54 blog posts (including this one) in 2013. Although they were not as evenly spread out as I hoped, especially during my summer NODA internship, I am excited to continue the posting momentum started during the first year of this blog.

Thanks for reading my 2013 recap! What were your goals for the past year? Share your accomplishments below. Let’s celebrate 2013 together…

Happy New Year!

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Running Dreams

“Dream big! Your dreams are your own and they are not silly. Dream of a marathon, a 5K, or to run a mile without stopping. Dream to help other runners learn from your mistakes. Dream to find more joy in the time you spend giving your body the gift of exercise. Dream what you will but do not stop there. Happiness and satisfaction are not found in dreaming alone, but in intentionally moving in a direction to make your dreams come true.” –Run the Edge

A year ago today my friend Evan started his running adventure. As he says, it “all started with a pair of shoes last Christmas.” I am inspired by his commitment to running, and thankful for a running buddy that wakes up early to run with me in the dark in Athens at 6 am (and sometimes even earlier). I would not be as committed to my health and running if it was not for him.

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CSAA Ath Half Finishers: Evan T., Dr. Linder, Lenet R., & Me!

I saw this quote on my Facebook feed today and it reminded me how much joy I get from running. Are you thinking about starting to run or want to create new fitness dreams (resolutions) for 2014? I hope this quote and Evan’s story inspires you to make your own! Share those dreams below.