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SportyPal

A mobile application for tracking running and biking using GPS.

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Running with my SportyPal

  • Apr 5, 2010
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+4
“I am NOT an 18-year-old Marine in bootcamp anymore.”
I was reminded of that today by a phone app.

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Today was the second day of my new running program.  I hope I have better luck than I did with my BIKING program!  Let’s see if we can get this running thing going.  I hafta say that day #2 was WAY harder than day #1.  My legs felt heavier and I’m sure I ran slower and less distance.  Well, I’m not **sure** because I wasn’t tracking my progress.

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SportyPal.

I was on Facebook this morning and saw a friend on there and he was using some GPS/Tracking software to keep track of his running, but his was iPhone only and I am a proud iPhobe!  So, I looked around and found an awesome, free app that runs on just about any phone, called Sporty Pal. 

I didn’t think to track on the first day and I wish I did.  On that first day, I was motivated and excited and my legs didn’t really know what was happening, so I just ran.  This second day was a bit more labored and my legs weighed down my pace and my motivation.  I knew I was tracking myself, so I didn’t give up completely.  I did take a couple of breaks and hit PAUSE on the software and then RESUMED the software when I resumed running.  I’m not sure if this is the way that I should do it or not.  Should I let the clock keep ticking?  I also forgot to hit RESUME before one of my sprints uphill.

Using SportyPal

Well, I signed up for an account via their website: www.sportypal.com and then I downloaded the app to my phone and installed. 

The app uses your GPS, so it searches for satellites when you fire it up.  After thay you have a screen where you can choose to do a “New Workout” and from there you have choices of activity including running and biking.  Once you’re all set up, all you have to do is hit START when you’re ready to go.  When you are done with your run, you hit END.  It will then ask if you want it uploaded.  Say “yes” and yJD post running circa 2009our workout is sent to your SportyPal profile.  You can also choose to broadcast the results and stats of your workout to Facebook and Twitter.  Nothing like social networking your stats to say “Hey…I’m out of shape, but at least I’m working on it”!!

While you are running, you can watch the stats in real-time and maybe that will motivate you.  It kinda did me.  I mean, when you watch the average pace creep slower onscreen, you might want to get those feet moving along a bit quicker.  When you feel tired, but see that you’ve only gone so far, you might buck up and keep going.

OK, so here’s the 2.58 mile course  that I ran today, complete with stats.  SportyPal kept track, so I didn’t have to remember!   Lunch wouldn’t let me embed the iframe so you have to click on the link.  Booo.

So, if you see me running ‘round West Hollywood or anywhere else for that matter, the odds have just decreased that I’m running from the law.  I could just as easily be running for excersise and speeding up to impress the little application on my phone.

Running with my SportyPal

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May 18, 2010
Always wanted something like this to record and post to facebook but i dont use iphone either _ great this works on most phones and is easy to use
 
April 11, 2010
Whoa, that map thing is so cool!  I've been considering getting Nike+ to run outdoors (which I've still yet to do since I'm such a gym rat!), but I'll have to download this on my iPhone.  By the way, that post-run pic totally says to me, "Get off your behind and go for a run" :x  Great review, JD!
 
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review by . May 11, 2010
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Last weekend I did my 40th workout and I beat my first 500km with SportyPal. I always wanted to have an application like this where I can see my mileage and time when riding my bike. Now when I don’t have that much of a free time, whenever I’m able to take on some near hill with my bicycle I take my phone with me as usual and keep track of my ride as well. Which is very cool, because after coming home I can always know where I have been, how much I have cycled, see on which parts of …
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 Description from the overview page: http://sportypal.com/Home/Overview


SportyPal is an easy to use intuitive application for your mobile phone. You activate it when you start your running, cycling, walking, rollerblading or similar exercise. In two simple clicks it will start to log and map your position, movement, distance, tempo and calories burned. It will not affect normal operation of your mobile phone, so you can still listen to music, receive and initiate calls and messages.

When you finish exercising, the collected performance information will be stored on your mobile. Later you can review it, compare it with other exercises or check your best performance achievements. SportyPal will present each exercise in a map view, draw elegant graphics charts of your performance or present summarized information. SportyPal is intuitively designed to assist you improve your performance in running, cycling, blading, walking, skiing or other workouts involving similar activities.

The real brilliance of SportyPal comes with the web integration. You have a possibility to upload your workouts on the internet with a simple click of a button on your mobile phone. Registering to SportyPal web application will enable you to have instant access to your workouts performance and maps from anywhere. The web application provides additional functionality for analysis of your fitness workouts. You can also share your exercises with your friends, comment on their performance or ...

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