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