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My Favorite Training Tool: Strava

Happy National Puppy Day!

Three and a half years ago this ball of fun came into my life and she has brought me more joy, laughs, and snuggles that I could ever hope for.  Love you Lola B!

Even though this is a short week for me, I have Good Friday off because I work at a Catholic university, I feel like the days have been creeping by!  That always seems to happen with short weeks.  I think Lola is feeling the fatigue too based on her snuggle mode last night…

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So I want to share with all of you my favorite training app called Strava.  I previously used other GPS tracking apps such as Map My Run and RunKeeper, both of which were really good for seeing my routes and paces.  However, I came across Strava last spring and have really loved its additional training features.

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Before the New York Marathon, I signed up for Strava premium so that I could utilize their training plans.  For just a few dollars a month, I now have access to training programs that I can customize to my distance (5k, 10k, half-marathon, marathon) as well as upcoming races.

What I love most about the training plans is that they walk you through each of the workouts and send you a daily email with your training for the next day.  This takes the guesswork out of training and also keeps me motivated toward my goals.  A week of training typically includes easy runs, speed work, and long runs.  These have all definitely improved my overall fitness.

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Strava also provides a lot of data about each run, which if you are like me becomes really fun to track and analyze.  Here are some of the details from my tempo run Tuesday.

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Unlike other applications, Strava also allows you to track cycling and cross-training.  I typically add my spin classes and other workouts, which then allows me to look back over my training plans and see how often I cross-trained.

Strava is also a great way to connect with other running friends.  You can follow running buddies and give them “kudos” on workouts.  Overall I think this is a great way to stay excited about training and support others around you.

I would highly recommend you check out Strava if you are looking for a new tracking app.  And feel free to follow me and I promise to send lots of Kudos your way!

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