If you're looking for an exact distance to run, you've come to the right place! iRunMaps allows you to narrow down your search results by using the Filter on the Search page. BUT, did you know you can enter in an EXACT distance and it will also give you the results that way?
Simply go to the Search Page.
Enter in the exact mileage you want to run (IE: 4.2 mi), be sure to input mi after the number.
Want to run on the beaches of Bora Bora? Hike the Andes or Everest and have the video match your speed? Here are some great websites that will do just that. Each website offers something different so you are sure to find something that matches your needs to keep motivation high!
Bitgym.com is perfect for those who like to stick to a routine. It offers videos via their free app across all platforms be it your laptop, tablet, phone or gaming device. Its accessibility allows you to carry your workout with you even when you are travelling. Priced at under $8 a month, it is also more reasonable than your average gym but more effective in its results and reach. Currently there are 32 videos available and new ones posted each week. You can stream the "tours" or download them to use offline. The tours play at the speed you are exercising and works on treadmills, ellipticals and stairclimbers.
Total Number of Videos: 32
Average Cost: $8/month
Virtual Active: This first-person and forward-motion video experience transports you to iconic trails, cities and landscapes, which are a feast for your eyes and also a great cardio workout option for treadmill or bike. The guided workouts include helpful instructions from a professional trainer. Fitness enthusiasts can try the basic workouts by setting their own pace and enjoying the scenery. Virtual Active has an impressive video library of over 72 locations to workout to for running, biking or hiking!
Total Number of Videos: 72
World Nature Video: This site offers you high-quality DVDs and has the most extensive collection of 45 Natural Virtual Walk DVDs. The virtual walk DVDs such as Tokyo Japan at Night, Virtual Cycle Rides-Through the French Alps, etc
Total Number of Videos: 45
Cost: $19.95/each or Buy 3 get one free
Outside Interactive has a large collection of national and international running routes. It features High Definition videos of popular courses that speed up and slow down according to your pace. Simply install the free app, Virtual Runner on your iPad along with selected course videos. You can run your favorite routes when you choose and learn racecourses and landmarks before you run them.
Total Number of Videos: 32
Cost: $8-10/each, longer routes are $19.99/each
Trek Ireland: You can virtually travel to Ireland and explore its rich heritage and varied nature trails through this website, which features forward-motion videos that highlight Ireland's countryside walking trails. Currently there are 5 different locations in Ireland. You can explore them on your own or with an interactive guide who pops up when you need him, and highlights historical features and local stories.
Total Number of Videos: 5 - each with several different routes on each DVD
Scenic Trex lets you gain all the motivation you need for an energizing workout by watching videos that transport you to exotic places during your workout. Filmed in continuous motion, the videos lend a feel of actually trekking in majestic outdoor locations right in your home when viewed on your TV or computer. Each DVD also contains bonus warm-up and cool-down segments which you can use for Yoga or stretching. Some of the locations you can explore are: Beachside Jungle, Southern California Beaches and the Rainforest.
Total Number of Videos: 3
Average Cost: $17.95/each
You may wander, but you'll never be lost. You can now choose to plan, track, study and share your running journey through a number of online networks focused on outdoor enthusiasts.
Boost performance, reduce your risk of injury and beat boredom!
Here's a list of exercises to do on your Cross Training days:
- Aqua Aerobics
- Balance Ball exercises
- Bocce Ball
- Body Weight Exercises
- Cross Country Skiing
- Deep Water Running
- Fitness Ball Workouts
- Horseback Riding
- Ice or Inline Skating
- Jai Alai
- Jet Skiing
- Jump Rope
- Jumping Jacks
- Kick Boxing
- Martial Arts
- Medicine Ball Exercises
- Mountain Climbing
- Mowing Lawn
- Raking Leaves
- Rollerblading/Roller Skating
- Shoveling Snow
- Snorkeling/Scuba Diving
- Snow Mobiling
- Snow Skiing/Boarding
- Stair Climbing
- Stand-Up Paddle Board
- Table Tennis
- Tai Chi
- Tricep Dips
- Wake Boarding
- Water Skiing
- Weight Lifting (free weights or exercise machines)
- Wii Fit (bowling, dancing, etc)
These are BASIC instructions for how to get started drawing a simple iFit map.
- Go to www.ifit.com and login to your account.
- In the top menu, hover over the CREATE button and click "Map Based Workout"
- Type a Workout Name
- Choose the Activity Type: Run or Cycle
NOTE: The term "Run"applies to walking, treadmill workouts, elliptical, incline trainers. The term "Cycle" is for all bikes and TDF bikes.
- You can Schedule a date and include more options on this page if you'd like or leave it as is. Click NEXT
- Enter Search Location where you want to draw your map (ie: Kona, Hawaii) and hit enter. You will see the location appear on the map to your right.
- For beginners, I recommend having "Click to Road" ON. This will make drawing much easier and quicker as the route you click will snap to the main routes/roads.
I also recommend having the "Street View Availability" ON. This ensures you will have street view as long as you are drawing your route on areas highlighted with blue. NOTE: Google has NOT captured all roads and trails.
Click on a road to make your starting point of your route.
8. Zoom in or out using the + or - and the arrow keys on the map to navigate in other directions. In the bottom right, you should be able to see the street view as your drawing. If there is no image showing, this means there is no street view available. Beneath the map, you can view the elevation of your route as you are drawing.
9. Keep clicking and you will now see a light blue path where the route is. In the top area, you will see the total miles, elevation, estimated time and calories as you add to the route.
10. Save Route. It will process and allow you to Schedule Workout on your computer and thus on your iFit exercise equipment.
Wondering which Phone fitness apps are worth your time and money? With the right fitness app on your iPhone, you can get the necessary boost you need for a great workout! Here are some essential fitness apps which are worth checking out.
My Fitness Pal
For Android, Blackberry and iPhone
Now you can log your food and exercise wherever and whenever you'd like - even if you can't get to a computer. With our mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7, your MyFitnessPal account is always at your finger tips. All our apps work with our website and have access to the same comprehensive database of over 2,648,000 foods and restaurant items. Any changes you make on your phone will be synchronized to the web and vice versa — so you always have complete and up-to-date access to your account. Track your weight, measurements and more.
For Android and iPhone
Turn your phone into a powerful fitness trainer that tracks speed, distance and calories burned. See data from your wireless fitness sensors if your Android is ANT+™ enabled or if you have an ANT+ adapter for iPhone.
Calorie Counter PRO
For Android and iPhone
Featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NPR Morning Edition, Health Magazine and more! The #1 Diet app in US, Canada, UK and Australia, this app packs a great deal of functionality in one app! With over 40 screens, a database of 430,000 foods, 500 exercises, bar code scanner, works with MyNetDiary and many more features. You can update and sync via the app or website as well.
Fitness Buddy 1700+ Exercises
For Android and iPhone
Recommended by ESPN Magazine, this app has 1700+ unique exercises at your disposal. This revolutionary app will help you maintain a training regimen. With this app, you will find the workout tracking process simple and easy in order to sustain your motivation and enforce your commitment to your fitness goals. Its quick and simple workout tracking and ability to build workout routines has drawn many. Apart from that, it contains detailed exercise instructions and muscle categorizations, 4000+ exercise photos and animations (retina display resolution), comprehensive exercises for all major equipments including barbell, ez curl bar, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, medicine ball, machines, and stability balls etc.
Cyclemeter GPS Bike
This app turns your phone into a powerful GPS-enabled fitness computer, giving you feedback and motivation while you workout. Cyclemeter continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed - years of workouts only take up the space of a few songs. Stop and start recording on-screen, with your earphone remote, or with automatic stop detection. You can also track heart rate, bike speed, and bike cadence with sensor accessories from Wahoo Fitness which need to be purchased separately.
Get Running (Couch to 5k)
For Android and iPhone
Just as the name suggests, this app is designed to move you from your couch to 5k in about 2 months time. This app helps you walk/run 25 to 35 minutes over nine weeks, increasing the amount of running each week, with the goal of being able to run for 3 miles (5K) at the end of the nine weeks.
For Android, Blackberry and iPhone
This personal weight dashboard helps you track your weight in the privacy of your iPhone in less than 6 seconds daily. All you need to do is enter your weight daily and the body mass index page will help you find out how much weight you need to lose. With a simple press of the target icons, you can set your target weight with this app.
Who exercises without music?! An essential addition to your fitness regimen, Spotify gives you instant access to millions of songs on your iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch. With the Spotify app, you can choose to listen for free, or subscribe to Spotify Premium. You can also create and share your running playlists with others!
Personal Running Trainer
For Android and iPhone
This free app offers training programs for 1 mile, 5K, 10K, a half-marathon or a full marathon. With this, you can choose the program you want to help you build endurance over a period of weeks. Apart from the free trial, you can choose to pay for full programs ($1.99 to $5.99). Coaching will guide you when you need to speed up or slow down.
Break out those foam rollers folks! Here are some great ways to use them for what ails your aching muscles pre-workout or afterwards.
It’s not easy to run outdoors during the winter in Anchorage, Alaska. So when Christine Clark trained at home in Anchorage for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon (which was held in early March in South Carolina), Clark did almost all of her running inside on a treadmill. She was not considered a strong contender to make the Olympic team but Clark surprised everyone by winning the trials and becoming the only woman to represent the U.S. in the Olympic Marathon in Sydney.
If running on a treadmill can prepare an unheralded elite runner to make an Olympic team, it can prepare you for your next outdoor running event as well. Use these tips to get the most out of your treadmill training for 5K’s, 10K’s, half-marathons and even marathons.
Don’t reinvent the wheel.
Running is running. Being indoors on a treadmill doesn’t require you to train differently for running events than you normally would train outdoors on the roads. In fact, you should try to duplicate the proven methods of outdoor run training as closely as possible on your machine.
What are the proven methods? First of all, to run well you need to run often—at least every other day. You’ll want to allow plenty of time to get in shape for the distance you’re planning to run, allowing at least eight weeks for a 5K and at least 18 weeks for a marathon.
Start with a few weeks devoted to gradually increasing the total amount of running you do each week. Then turn your focus toward challenging yourself with a couple of higher-intensity runs each week. One of these workouts can be a Strength Builder or Speed Booster. The other can be an Aerobic Maximizer. Finally, cut back on your running to let your body regenerate so you can run your event on fresh legs. In the final week before an event aim to run about 50 percent less than you did the week before.
Let’s face it: Boredom can be a problem on the treadmill. Distractions such as watching television and listening to music (or, if you have equipment with iFit Live technology, running virtually using street view) can help. Another way to keep things interesting is to introduce subtle variations into workouts.
While a 45-minute run at a steady, moderate pace in a beautiful park on a warm spring day is unlikely to be boring, the same run on a treadmill might be. A simple way to make the time go by faster is to break those 45 minutes into one-minute segments and change your speed or the incline at the end of each minute. These changes should be small so that you’re still getting basically the same workout. For example, at the end of the first minute you might decrease your speed from 6.2 mph to 6.1 mph; at the end of the second minute you might increase the incline from 1 percent to 2 percent.
Even though the changes are small, they make a big difference in how you experience the run because you’re never looking farther ahead then one minute. Your mind is given something practical to focus on, which makes the time pass faster.
Exploit the advantages.
There are some advantages to training on a treadmill for outdoor running events. Exploit them! One advantage is that on a treadmill you can run at very precise speeds. If you have a time goal in mind for your event, you can do some runs at the exact pace associated with your time goal to get your body and mind used to it.
A second advantage of running indoors is climate control. Not only can you avoid extremes in temperature that are unavoidable outdoors, but you can also manipulate your indoor climate to prepare for anticipated conditions in your event. One of the theories as to how Christine Clark won the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon was that this event took place on a warm day. Since Clark had done most of her training indoors in a warm room, she was prepared for it, whereas her rivals who had trained outdoors over the winter were not.
Don’t lose your “road feel”.
Running on a treadmill is not exactly the same as running outdoors. First of all, there are subtle differences in movement patterns. For this reason runners who train exclusively on a treadmill for a while tend to feel somewhat awkward when they run outdoors.
Surfaces are also different. Impact forces are greater on asphalt than they are on the belt of a treadmill. If you run exclusively indoors your legs will probably get beat up a lot more in an outdoor running event than they would if you did some training outside.
The treadmill is a great training tool for outdoor running events, but its best not to rely on it too heavily. Doing just enough outdoor running to maintain your “road feel” will set you up for a better experience in your next event.
Matt Fitzgerald is the author of Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance and serves as a Training Intelligence Specialist for PEAR Sports.