Running Route Planner - An Article on the Benefits of Using a Running Route Planner
Route Planner Can Be Used for Many Activities
A running route planner is a great tool to use for all runners and casual joggers. I'm a fairly frequent runner, I usually run about 2 or 3 times a week. The problem that I used to run into is I would use the same route for each of my runs. Having a running route planner to do this for me back then would have been very beneficial to me. Unfortunately, I didn't take the time to research what products were available. I'm glad I finally did, because it has energized and diversified my runs.
A very popular running route planner is called MapMyRun
RunningMap is a website that has a route planner for runners, cyclists, hikers or others who want plan a route outdoors. With this route planning tool, you start by entering your address or city in the address field, click Go, and a map of your area will load on to your device. You can then plan your route by clicking on the map of your area. Other than the website, you can also download an app onto your phone.
ActiveTrainer is another online running route planner. It customizes routes for runners, triathlons, cycling, swimming and walking. What's great about this tool is you can use it to measure the distance, pace and elevation of your routes. Elevation is an aspect of route planning that I never would have thought of. That's probably because I live in the Midwest and it's not really a factor. However, for those who live in places with higher elevations, that would be very useful. You can also view training plans for each form of exercise I mentioned earlier, as well as weight loss. You can also get a personal coaching plan.
These are just a few examples of a running route planner that's available for anyone to use. I highly recommend taking advantage of one of these tools, or one that I didn't mention. I spent a lot of runs just going on the same route over and over again, because it was familiar. I didn't track mileage or how long it took me to finish, which means I never knew if I was improving or not. No matter what the distance is, using a running route planner will make your workout more efficient and effective.