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How to Plan Walking and Running Routes with Gmaps Pedometer

Before I had children and was training for half and full marathons, I planned out my running routes by driving around in my old beat up Chevy Celebrity.  Ahhh – those were the days – yanno, when I had TIME on my side!

But now that I’m a mom, I don’t have time, and really, why go to all of that work when there’s s  Gmaps Pedometer?  It ‘s an interface to Gmaps that allows you to plan walking routes in pretty much any town in the world! You can create your own walking routes, have them autmatically done, count calories, or throw in mile markers for interval training. By the way, interval training is sometimes known as Fartlek training. I just love saying that. “Hey honey, whaddya got your shoes on for?  “I ‘m doing some Fartlekking.  Tee hee, I ‘m so juvenile.

Anyway, here ‘s how to set a route with Gmaps Pedometer.

Step 1 ” Go to the Site

Gmaps Pedometer

Seriously, I ‘ve known people that would miss that step.

Step 2 -Start Planning the Walking Route

At the top of the screen, enter the town of place that you will be walking. Great idea for travelers ” plan your walk before you go. I ‘m going to use Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C. Canada You should go. There ‘s a world class aquarium, beautiful botanical garden, right on the ocean. Very nice!

plan walking route

Using the slider on the left of the map, or the drop down box next to the  Go button, zoom down a level that focuses just on the area you want to walk.

Step 3 ” Create the Walking Route

Click the Start Recording Button to, well, start recording. Now double click on the map the place you wish to start. Look down the road and double click a little further.

Aha! Now you see the red line and you know what the program is doing. It ‘s creating your route and measuring it at the same time.

Step 4 ” Check the Effect

I ‘ve mapped out a route that is about 2.2 Km. Just fine for my bumpy buttocks. But what sort of damage will that do? To find out, I ‘ve entered my weight in the  Weight field and it automagically approximates how many calories I ‘ll burn. The calculation isn ‘t terribly accurate, but it certainly gives you a good idea.

Step 5 ” Save the Route

If you are subject to a poor short term memory like I am, you can print the map, save it and put in on your GPS or simple bookmark it by clicking on the  Save Route link, or any combination of the three. Then, If you are subject to a poor short term memory …I typed that already didn ‘t I? Well, now you ‘ve got your marching orders and there ‘s only one more step to go.

Step 6 ” Get to Stepping

Map in hand,  repaced tunes on the iPod, get out that front door and take care of business. And when your fitness level is up and the route is too easy, come on back to  Gmaps Pedometer and make a new route, or several. The problem for a lot of people is that exercise becomes boring and routine. Change it up!

If you want to connect with other walkers, check out  Walker Tracker. It ‘s a fun community of like-minded walkers to encourage each other and track progress.

How do you plan your walking routes? Know of any good ways to add routes to your GPS? Got a success story to share? I need all the motivation I can get. This is a lot of inertia to overcome. Let me know in the comments.

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  • Jon
    December 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    That looks like a pretty nice little application. I have CardioTrainer on my Android phone which uses GPS to trace my route, very handy. Cannot plan a route with it though. Although to be honest, never needed to plan a route as I do not go that far!

  • Kris
    June 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I will SOOOOOO check this out! I gotta find me some more routes – TY!

  • rexdigg
    September 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

    hmm a nice way to set route by GMAP <a href=”http://www.pedometershop.co.uk/”>pedometer</a>.

    It looks interesting but final effect can be seen by using only.

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