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HeyWhatsThat Path Profiler

13 April 2009 2 Comments
HeyWhatsThat Path Profiler

I like to run and when I have the time I’ll run about 30-40 miles a month. There’s a couple of great free tools out there to help improve the analytics of your run. The first is appropriately named “MapMyRun.com

Map My Run lets you draw your run on a Google Maps like map and measure the distance. It let’s you store your runs and share with others. This is nice as you can sometimes find a track in your area.

May My Run does a nice job but it just gives you linear distance. It doesn’t give you elevation. I live in a hilly area so elevation plays a big factor in how far I can go.

Enter the “HeyWhatsThat” Path Profiler. This thing is just like MapMyRun in that it lets you draw an overlay on a map but it also shows the elevation changes. For instance, the last half mile of my run from Cedar Road up to Park Place goes through a rise of 425feet in less than half a mile. It’s brutal.

And when I’m done I track it with http://TweetARun.com

2 Comments »

  • Catherine Shanahan said:

    Hi Fran,

    I use Mapmyrun most days, good to hear there’s another good tool out there, must check it out. I do get some elevation info on Mapmyrun by ticking the ‘show elevations’ box, I don’t think its as detailed as path profiler, the info is in a different format.

    I’m training at the moment for the Bay Run in Cork on May 3rd, http://www.bayrun.ie. Ran 11 miles from my house in Ringsend to Dun Laoghaire yesterday evening, all very flat but very pretty. I do my hills work in picturesque Foilagoul at the weekends.

    Hope you’re getting some time to run and destress these days.

    Love,
    Cousin Catherine.

  • Francis (author) said:

    Ahh what happy memories you’ve brought back. Karen and I used to meet in Dun Laoghaire when we were first dating. I’d work in the ESB all day on Stephen’s Green, then stroll down to my apartment on Usher’s Island/Pier 19 beside St James’ Gate. Then wander up the Liffey on a glorious summer’s evening to Tara Street station. We’d meet in the pub on the corner in Dun Laoghaire and get dinner and a movie. Happy days. I miss the big smoke.

    And what I wouldn’t give for a trip up and down the hills of Foilagoul right about now. Someday.

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