Large running races have hefty fees, you know? I only recently learned that “banditing” is a thing in the running community. Being a running bandit means jumping into organized races without paying the entry fee, sometimes even brazenly drinking the aid station Gatorade or smiling for a finish line photo. Banditing can also be as simple as running a mile or two along the route to encourage a friend - something I’ve done many times. Click on the link above to hear one runner’s story of a seemingly harmless 20 mile bandit run.
As a follow up to my post about Gym Pact, here is Huffington Post’s top fitness apps of 2012. I use Runkeeper on the daily but most of these are new to me and I’m hoping to try them out soon. One app not mentioned here is Sworkit - a great circuit training app that requires no equipment. Just type in the amount of time you have and Sworkit give you a great body-weight only circuit for your targeted are (upper, lower body, abs, etc.). This is a must have for anyone who travels or doesn’t have access to a gym or fitness equipment.
And of course no fitness lover could function without a simple Interval Timer app. Any one will do. Set intervals for running, cycling, cardio, anything.
See, technology doesn’t mean you need to spend all day hunched over a computer screen. Take advantage of your smartphone/tablet/laptop and get to work!
Click the above link at 8:30am on Saturday morning to “watch” me run the Rock n’ Roll USA Half Marathon. You can follow along as my little red dot moves across a virtual map of Washington, DC. And if I post photos at any point during the race (here’s me drinking a beer hand-up or here’s me at the first aid tent) you’ll see it there.
1) Click this link.
2) After I start (sometime between 8am and 9am), you’ll see the page refresh and a blinking red dot will appear below my picture and to the right of my picture.
3) To the right of my profile picture, you’ll see “Jenn Smith started a running activity with RunKeeper Live.” Click on that.
4) This will bring up a page that live-refreshes with my route, time, distance, and elevation on a map.
5) If you’re in DC, come out and cheer me on. I’ll post what I’ll be wearing and my race number soon.