My Favorite Running Apps (& I’m Guest Posting!)

Happy Thursday everyone! The weekend is almost here…but for me it starts today, yay!! After I get off work, we’re heading straight to the airport to catch an evening flight to PDX for a long weekend in Oregon to visit Cam’s family. I’m excited for a few relaxing days of good food, good beer (Oregon is known for it’s microbrews!), and spending time with the fam. We had a great time celebrating Cam’s birthday last night; we went out to dinner at this restaurant in Longmont called Sugarbeet, and it was delicious!It’s a farm-to-table type place that focuses on using local ingredients and I had the most delicious dish ever; house made ricotta gnocchi  with chanterelles, butternut squash, leeks, sage, and toasted hazelnuts. I definitely want to try to recreate this at home ASAP! Sadly, I didn’t get any photos from dinner last night because I forgot my camera and it was way too dark in the restaurant to take good cell phone pictures. But since Cam detests my incessant photo taking anyway, it was my gift to him to pester him with pictures I suppose. He was super suprised by one of my gifts to him–tickets to see Jimmy Buffett in Denver next week!! Neither one of us have ever seen him in concert, but we’ve always wanted to go so it should be a fun experience.

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Anway, on to what I wanted to talk about today–running! My 10K that I signed up for is less than a month away, and I definitely still have aways to go on my training. So far I’ve generally been doing runs that are about 2.5-3.5 miles, however, a lot of that has been due to the fact that I have been running during my lunch hour and I have somewhat of time constraint. I know that I’m going to need to start incorporating some longer runs soon, but I’m really not that worried about it. When I’m running, the first mile always just sucks. I’m tired, I want to stop, and I basically just think running is stupid. But then once I settle into a groove, the miles after aren’t that bad and so I feel pretty confident that I could keep running…granted, I’m not running at a super fast pace, but I know I could keep going.
 
I wanted to take a minute and share two of my favorite apps for my Android phone that I find extremely helpful when I’m out on a run. I have the HTC EVO for Sprint and even though it’s a pretty giant, I typically always bring it with me when I’m running. I just feel better knowing I can call for help in case in get in a bind, such as tripping over my own feet and breaking leg (because I would not put that past me). So even though it’s annoying to hold it, I’ve gotten used to it and it really doesn’t bother me.

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The first app I always use is called iMapMyRUN, and if you’ve ever used the website Map My Run, it’s basically that, just on your phone. I have yet to buy one of those fancy Garmin running watches (I’m sure I’ll break down eventually and get one), so I use this app instead because it serves as a GPS to tell you how far you’ve run. But what I love is that in addition to charting pace, distance, time, and elevation, it also has an interactive map that shows you exactly where you are at all times. This is awesome if you’re like me and you head out for a run with no real plan of where you’re going, with this app you have a map to find your way home if you get turned around. (And yes, that’s happened before!)

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After you’re done, you can view your route and save your workouts to an online account where you can chart your progress. It’s a super handy app, and the best part is it’s free to download!

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The second app I always use is Pandora for Android. This is another free app that syncs up the Pandora stations you create on your computer and puts them on your phone. I have an I-pod shuffle, but I got really sick of all the music I had on it, and I didn’t feel like downloading a bunch of new stuff, so this app is perfect. You can create a station to match your mood, and I enjoy the surprise and variety when I’m running. If you’re using the free version of Pandora you will encounter ads every once and awhile, but for now they’re not annoying enough to me to pay for the premium version. My favorite stations for running are typically Lady Gaga or Katy Perry because they’re a mix of upbeat dance songs that keep me motivated. If I’m in a more relaxed mood, then I usually listen to my Adele station, which plays a good variety of people like Sara Bareilles, Jack Johnson, and Ingrid Michaelson. Perfect for a leisurely run on a sunny afternoon.

I figure that if I’m going to lug my phone around with me when I’m running, I may as well make it worth it, so I really love that both of these apps alow my phone to multitask and serve as an Ipod/GPS. Another benefit of carrying your phone with you when you run (besides that whole being able to call for help if you break your leg thing) is that you can take pictures! I like always having that camera there in case I come across something photo worthy while I’m jogging along…like this:

They launch hot air balloons right near our house all the time. It’s pretty much the coolest thing ever.
So that’s all I got today kiddies, I’ve just got to finish up this work day then I’m off to Oregon! But I wanted to let y’all know I’m guest posting today over at Sundresses and Smiles! You should really go check it out because sweet Allie’s blog is great, and I really appreciate her letting me share my thoughts. It was actually a really fun post to write because I’m talking all about marriage! (Does anyone else hear the clergyman from Princess Bride whenever they read that word? “Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday…” Just me? Ok, moving on…) I’m discussing some of the lessons I’ve learned over the past 2 1/2 years of wedded (mostly) bliss, so check it out!

I probably won’t be posting again until next week, so I hope y’all have a fabulous weekend!! xoxo
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