Saturday, April 20, 2013

On The Go Map!

So, you have an iPhone or iPad or iSomething. And let's say you're on vacation, somewhere warm and delightful. Maybe you're not familiar with the area, but you need to get out for a run and you don't want to go in circles or do another out 'n back. 

Wouldn't it be nice if you could map the perfect run with your desired mileage and/or interesting scenery without annoying ads filling up the screen? Folks, the solution is here. 

On The Go Map lets you map a run, ride, drive, walk, skip or trot around town on your mobile device or computer.  

Here's how it came to life... MarathonMike and I bought iPads about a year ago. I could do most of my computer stuff on the iPad, except for one thing. This one thing was super annoying and frustrating. It was something I needed to be able to do. And I didn't want to fire up my laptop for just one thing

So, you know what? MarathonMike saved the day! 

He put his smarts, his running and biking expertise and his good looks into the creation of On The Go Map. Now, I use On The Go Map to help me plan all of my runs on my iPad or iPhone with no frustration! 
You simply touch the map with your finger and away you go!

Add OTGM to your Home Screen on your iPhone or iPad and it functions just like an app in full screen!
(The little white dots on the map are places where I touched the screen to drop a point on the route.)
Here are some reasons to use On The Go Map
  • Easy to use on any mobile device or on your computer
  • Perfect for planning a route for your desired distance - "Where can I go for a 5 mile run? On The Go Map will help me plan a route!"  
  • Find current location or type in an address, city or place 
  • Switch between miles or kilometers by tapping on the distance
  • Share maps with friends via a shortened URL or embed maps into your blog or website like the one below. Name that course! :-)

To map your next adventure, go to on your mobile device or computer. Add it to your home screen on your iPhone/iPad and map it up! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On the Boston Marathon

Like many, I am sad, angry and confused about what happened at the Boston Marathon. I am also grateful and blessed that my husband and I were safe, along with our many running club friends.

And yet, there are many, many people who can't say the same today. 

As I left for a run yesterday, I couldn't help but think about the runners, the spectators, the volunteers, everyone. I thought about the people who lost a leg or an arm. The people who will struggle from hearing loss and emotional trauma. The people who lost their lives. 

My running can't save them. But, showing up to the starting line and running my best might help to honor them. I look forward to that opportunity in just a few weeks. 

Despite the awful ending, the Boston Marathon still wins. Millions of dollars were raised for charities that will prevent cancer, support schools and provide resources to families in need. Thousands of runners were empowered through their training and found a strength and purpose they didn't know they had.

I like what Jim Walsh says in his article
"Boston is not the biggest city in America; it is not the most politically powerful. But it has an inner determination and power that only the foolish ignore. Next year, at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, I confidently predict there will be more runners and more supporters than ever before.
The attackers, whoever they are must be incompetent.
They picked on the wrong city."

Before the tragedy, I witnessed the excitement of the Starting Line in Hopkinton. Here are a few pictures of the HOPE and JOY that started the day. 

 :: I n s p i r a t i o n ::
Dick and Rick Hoyt 

:: D e t e r m i n a t i o n :: 
Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher

:: R e s p e c t :: 

:: J o y :: 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

4 Weeks to Providence

Providence Marathon is just a few weeks away! Honestly, I love checking the weeks off knowing that the race is getting closer and closer. The finish line, both literally and figuratively, is just ahead! 

I don't want to speak too soon, but my training has been feeling good. Long runs have been slow and easy and my mid-week runs have been a little faster than they were just a few months ago. I'm hoping for a good time and good weather. 

And here's proof that I ran 20 miles last weekend... 

... an empty plate of Fettuccine Alfredo from Olive Garden! One more 20-miler and then it's time to taper! 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Why Run #15

Running gives freedom. When you run, you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. 
- Nina Kuscik
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