The App Rap: Map My Run
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By Eric Pawlakos
Map My Run Developer: Map My Fitness
For: iphones and androids

One of the great things about California is the weather. It is easy to be inspired to go outside and enjoy it. Here is a fantastic app that will not only help you enjoy the outdoors but assist anyone who is looking to get fit, or become fitter.
This fantastic app is called Map My Run by Map My Fitness. This app is easy to use and offers a wide array of options. After downloading the app and picking a user name you can immediately begin recording your daily workout via GPS. GPA enables this app to include running pace, speed, calories burned and your exact route. A neat feature is the route map also shows the elevation, which can really vary in the Lamorinda area.
After you get used to the basics on the app it is easy to add and use other features. Some of the fun options are the ability to add friends to your app. It is like having the support and input from a running group and can be great to be part of a virtual running group. This mega fitness app also offers a nutition tap that has a calorie budget. If your goal is to lose weight you simply record your daily intake and Map My Fitness lets you know what calories you have remaining in your daily intake.
Map My Run also offers pre-determined runs mapped by other users. For instance in the Lamorinda area there are 22 pre-mapped runs in Orinda and Lafayette that range in distance from 3.4 miles all the way up to 10.6 miles. The routes are uploaded by local residents and some of the available routes are in Sleepy Hollow, Orinda Downs, and the Lafayette Resoivour. The Lafayette/Moraga area has an enormous variety to pick from offering 208 uploaded maps ranging from 3 miles to a whopping 68 miles. A helpful feature is the ascent is included on the routes, so if
​ you are looking for a challenging run or something that is mild the ascent feature is your guide.
Map My Run is a fun and easy app that offers a lot and easily motivates the user. Just in case running is not your thing, Map My Fitness also offers, MapMyRide, MapMyWalk, MapMyHike, and MapMyTri.

Eric Pawlakos is a senior at Miramonte High School. He is the technology field reporter on the radio program, Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network

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