If you are like me and don’t feel like you have visited somewhere until you ran there or just love to run during your travel physical therapy assignments then MapMyRun.com is for you. This robust site for runners (with sister sites for hikers, cyclists, triathletes, mountain climbers and walkers) offers some great tools for the traveling runner.
It has tons of great features, but for traveling PTs one of the places to start is the “search for run” tool which is super easy to use, just input your city and voila mapped out runs with distances and descriptions. These runs are submitted by users like you, so when you discover a great route while out for a run during your next assignment join the community and share it with others.
Some of the tools available to all visitors of the site (without sigining up) include:
- Run look-up
- An event look-up
- A community forum
You get a lot more if you sign up for a free account, but you do have to put up with ads if you don’t sign up for a premium account, which costs $5.99 a month or $29.88 a year for the Bronze membership, $11.98 a month or $59.88 a year for the Silver membership or $19.99 a month or $99.96 a year for the Gold Membership. However, if you are big into your running and workouts then it is probably worth it.
Some of the other tools available to members of the site include (vary based on membership level):
- Workout History Archive
- Workout Reports
- Unlimited Mapping of your Runs
- Elevation Charting
- Gear Tracker
- Goals & Challenges
- New Blackberry App
- Printed Maps
- Training PlansPartner
- Virtual Event Discounts
- Virtual MapMyFitness Events
- Store Discounts
Some other cool stuff I saw offered on MapMyRun.com are:
- Import from Garmin – Import Map / Route Data right from your Garmin GPS Device.
- Nike+ Integration – Download your Nike+ Workouts right into your Training Log.
- Polar HRM Integration – Download your Polar HR Workouts right into your Training Log.
- Facebook App – We are building out our Social Apps: Facebook, Google Gadgets.
Signing up is simple and asks for:
- Basic info (gender, email, age, etc.)
- Fitness info, height, weight, resting heart rate,
- Starting location (which becomes the default starting point for your runs, but you can change it anytime
- Privacy options
- Newsletter Sign Up
- Sign up for discounts and promotions
Don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Twitter profiles too. They also have a new site cooming soon too, that looks like it will be a little cleaner and more intuitive.
So before you head out on the first run of your new travel PT assignment check MapMyRun.com out first.