Simply put, you can’t improve what you don’t track.
That’s why MapMyRun is such an essential tool for anyone trying to live a healthier lifestyle, whether you’re a beginner runner eager to track how many steps you’re taking every day, a seasoned distance runner looking to shave down your mile time or somewhere in between. And it’s not just for running and cycling. In fact, users who log gym workouts actually worked out more — twice as much, according to user data.
Becoming a better athlete isn’t easy. It takes hard work, commitment, time, patience and a plan. Whether you’re just getting started or are deep into training, MapMyRun’s free features help you stay on track, get insight into your progress and achieve your goals — and MVP premium takes it to another level. Every purchase of connected footwear comes with a free year of premium. No strings attached, no credit card necessary — plus it unlocks even more potential.
As important as it is to track how far and how fast you’ve run — or how many gym workouts you’ve done — there’s so much more to MapMyRun than simple logging, run tracking and route creating. To help you get the most out of the app, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks.
10 WAYS TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
1. ONE TAP AND YOU’RE OFF
We designed the app so you can start tracking your run with just one tap. (In fact, the biggest indicator of whether you’ll stick with it is whether you fire it up within a week of downloading it.) The launch screen has everything you need right there: Your exercise type, a map and a huge green button to begin tracking. Tap that green button and you’re ready to go.
Feel like something’s missing or like you’re getting too much info? Swipe up, and you can customize what data shows up on your home screen.
2. OWN EVERY MILE WITH GPS TRACKING
We use a state-of-the-art GPS filtering technology in MapMyRun to help athletes avoid major GPS errors and overestimations while tracking workouts. We’ve been testing this through multi-month studies and a range of methodologies. Throughout those tests we’ve seen the improved filtering delivers a very high level of accuracy when compared with measured courses, race courses and results from other products.
3. MAKE THE APP WORK FOR YOU
You can customize your dashboard and set the audio coach to update you on your split pace every mile, for example. With voice feedback, you’ll get basic audio updates like pace, distance and time of day. Track your walks and runs by distance, pace, calories burned, elevation and more. You can also break down your performance (and progress!) with graphs and charts and compare past runs on the same route. Metrics to look for: stride length trendline, cadence average and target range, cadence trendline and progress chart. Remember: It doesn’t get easier, but you can get faster!
4. LOG EVERY ACTIVITY (NOT JUST RUNNING)
Don’t let the name fool you — there are more than 700 activity types you can monitor in the MapMyRun app. Swimming. Power yoga. Even yard work. Whatever your routine, you can log it, track it and eventually improve. (You’ll still have to rake the lawn yourself.)
5. BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY
You can see the routes people are running in your neighborhood via the Community Feed. This is a great way to make friends and be inspired by the global community of runners. (You can see routes in, say, Ireland. Or Peru. But more on that in a minute.) Connect with friends, and you can help keep tabs on each other. Call it motivation or call it positive peer pressure: Either way, it works.
6. IF YOU’RE NOT CHALLENGED, YOU WON’T CHANGE
There’s literally a whole world of active app users who connect on Facebook to meet up IRL, create challenges and more. Join the You vs The Year challenge (where you attempt to better your past performance alongside others who are doing the same) all the while trying to track more than 2,000 kilometers for the year. You can also join the active community on Facebook.
7. BROWSE AND RUN NEW-TO-YOU ROUTES
Every runner knows how important it is to break up the monotony and run somewhere new. And every traveler knows how hard it is to find somewhere more exciting to run than a hotel treadmill. With the route explorer, see nearby new places to run anywhere, any time. Best of all, you can find a route that’s right for you. When you search, you’ll simply indicate a few preferences (avoid highways, desired distance, etc.), and get one that’s just your speed. When you find routes you love, you can save them as favorites.
8. CALORIES IN, CALORIES OUT
You can sync the app with MyFitnessPal to track your nutrition before, during and after a run and all the times in between. With this feature, you can send your calories burned to MyFitnessPal to help keep your calorie counts accurate and up to date to achieve your fitness goals.
9. STAY CONNECTED
We’re all interconnected and beyond being able to sync with MyFitnessPal to track nutrition, you can also connect with third parties via MapMyRun. MapMyRun connects with more gear and more apps than virtually any other fitness tracker. You can export workouts into an .xml format to make sure it’s filed and stored wherever you need it.
Here’s just a few examples, all via Bluetooth:
- Samsung Health and Apple Watches
- UA HOVR connected running shoes track your running cadence. (Read why that’s important here.)
- Trackers (including FitBit, Garmin, Suunto, Misfit and Withings)
- Heart monitors (including Polar and a special set of headphones from JBL and UnderArmour)
- Smart headphones (Extra cool, since Apple Music is integrated into the app.)
10. REAP THE REWARDS
Beyond the gratification of keeping your training on target, being consistent with your workouts and getting healthier in the process, you’ll earn some real-world perks as well, including discounts on Under Armour products, based on your level of engagement. It’s not that you need those things to be your best self … but they sure don’t hurt.
7 MVP FEATURES TO UP-LEVEL YOUR TRAINING
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the ultimate way to get the most out of MapMyRun: Upgrade to MVP status. This unlocks a bevy of features and add-ons that will help you maximize your potential. Here are a few things you can do once you’re an MVP:
1. TRAINING PLANS
Train for a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon and get to the finish line strong. In MVP, you can get custom fitness plans based around your goals. These are created for you by MapMyRun and based on your current level of activity and the ultimate goal you are working toward. They also adjust week-to-week based upon your tracked progress.
2. LIVE TRACKING
Working out in a new city? Going for a nighttime run? Want to share your progress during a race? Turn on live tracking to let your friends and family see where you’re running in real time. Share your exact location and route with them and get peace of mind while you run.
3. HEART RATE ZONES
Do you know how hard you work? Your heart does. As an MVP, you can connect a heart rate monitor to track your heart rate zones. Train at the right intensity with detailed heart rate graphs and customizable heart rate zones.
4. PRIORITY SUPPORT
Have an issue? Don’t hesitate to contact us: Your MVP membership gets you priority status on our support line, which means our customer happiness team will respond to your question within 24 hours.
5. MOBILE COACHING
It’s like having a coach running alongside you on every run, ride or walk with real-time audio feedback that keeps you motivated. With in-workout audio guidance, you can achieve your customizable goal (e.g., pace, speed, distance and calories).
6. POST-WORKOUT ANALYSIS GRAPHS
Have you ever wanted minute-by-minute analysis of your cadence or power? With MVP you will get detailed charts and graphs and how it relates to elevation.
7. CUSTOM SPLITS
You choose how you want to view your workout data. See your splits broken down to whatever distances you want.
7 CONNECTED FOOTWEAR FEATURES TO ACHIEVE ELITE STATUS
1. REAL-TIME FORM COACHING
Monitoring your cadence, or steps per minute, is an important tool in your running arsenal. Receive audio and visual cues during your run to know when you’re in or out of your target cadence range.
2. POST-WORKOUT FORM COACHING
Receive personalized coaching tips on how to improve your running form based on how you performed during your current workout as well as past workouts. In the app, you’ll see how your cadence varies with your pace and duration during a workout and work to find the ideal number to run farther and feel better. You’ll also see your average stride length for each of your runs and a target range for your stride length based on your pace.
3. ADVANCED RUNNING METRICS
Discover your average foot strike angle and ground contact time. Then track these metrics throughout your run to further assess how you perform at various points in your workout.
4. HIGHEST DISTANCE ACCURACY
Connected footwear is consistently more accurate than any other GPS-tracking device including most common devices like Garmin and your phone.
Earn badges to encourage you to continue on your fitness journey.
6. DEVICE-FREE TRACKING
Never be stuck without a way to track again! The shoes track your runs automatically and you can sync to MapMyRun later.
7. FOOL-PROOF AUTO-PAUSE
Never get stuck not knowing your real pace or distance was because you forgot to stop your workout. The shoes track only when you run and stop tracking when you’re done.
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