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Still Walking…

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I’ve been using the iMapMyWalk application on the iPhone to record my walks. I’m sure there are very many of these things for the iPhone but this one seems to do all that I need. It can visually, and orally, show you the mileage, time elapsed, current and average speed.

To ensure GPS coverage I’ve been carrying it in my hand whilst I walk which no doubt makes me look like a prat but I figure it needs to see the sky. Battery life goes down quite quickly if you are listening to music at the same time though if you are out walking for 4 or 5 hours then you probably have something more professional to track your activity than this.

When the walk is over you can hit a button to upload your walk to the main site, and it will record the route, elapsed time etc and from there you can view it or share it on your blog like this:

They also have mapmyride, mapmyrun etc but they are all the same.

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July 8th, 2009 at 9:13 am

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So I’m certainly the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life, and most likely the least fit too. It’s time to do something about it. Small steps at first (ha ha, a pun!), going to do some walks here in San Diego in the evening and maybe try to get onto some of our exercise equipment at home (though the 110F temps make that difficult), get some weight off and get into better shape.

Tonight was Walk 1, and you can see the details at this handy map from, great site for mapping out hikes and bike rides. I’m not quite sure how to use it properly yet but I got it close.

There is an iPhone app to go with it that will record everything for me, so I will use that next time.

Just under 2 miles, I’ll grow that to longer and longer as the time goes by. Or give up and embrace my fat self!

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May 27th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

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