Strands

During my 3.5 years of running, I have tried out many different training logs to keep track of my workouts. I went from straight pencil and paper, to Runner’s World log (which has since become Training Peaks), to adding workouts into my Google Calendar, to Excel spreadsheets, and even a Training page on my blog.

 

When Strands sent me an e-mail asking me to check out their website, I didn’t really jump on the bandwagon immediately. I have a history of not really using workout logs once I start them, and I figured why even bother create another account. I am rarely at my computer and don’t have time to sit there and enter workouts in.

 

When I found out that Strands has a mobile app for my iPhone, I decided to give it a go. Why not? I’m constantly on the go, and being able to keep track of my runs is something I would like to do. I liked using other web-based tracking programs, but I can’t commit if I have to go to my computer everyday.

 

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Strands has a ton of great features that I love. I’ve been using it for about a month now to keep track of my runs, and so far it’s been very useful. You can follow my log at www.strands.com/meganerdruns

 

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Pros:

  • Personalized webpage for easy tracking 
  • Race Time predictor based on your recent runs <—can’t wait to see how accurate this is!

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  • Connected to Facebook and Twitter, making it easy to share with friends or blog readers. Social networking and running combined! What great motivation. 🙂
  • Keeps track of weekly/monthly mileage 
  • Tracks your progress over 5 week time periods to see if you are improving
  • Allows for uploading of GPS files directly from Garmin, Nike+ and more

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  • Has space for tracking weather, weight, gear used, heart rate, etc.
  • Post Race Goals and Personal Records on your profile

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  • iPhone app feature includes GPS

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Cons:

  • No Blackberry App
  • Off-brand GPS not supported for uploading
  • No place to link Blog from my profile (that I have found, at least)
  • No place to track nutritional stats (con if you care about this)

 

In my opinion, it’s a great all-around training log. They pretty much thought of everything you could need in a training log. My favorite feature is the fact that I can enter my workouts from anywhere from my iPhone or online.

 

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They claim to be “the ultimate training log for active people,” which I believe (so far) that it’s possible!

 

Have you checked out Strands.com? What did you think of it?

How do you keep track of your workouts?

 

❤ MegaNerd