Sunday, June 24, 2007

USATF Championships, etc.

This weekend, I had the pleasure of watching snippets of the USA Track and Field Championships, held in Indianapolis, on NBC. I am not very good with following the athletes, but I really enjoy watching this because it reminds me of how much fun the track used to bring.

You know you should be watching if you still feel a huge amount of tension when the starter says, "on your mark" and "set" as the runners are preparing to spring from the blocks (the metal thing where the feet are placed, for those of you who don't know). Interestingly, they put a speaker behind the blocks, so unlike me, they don't have to strain to hear the gunshot. In this case, the shot noise comes from behind, probably eliciting a faster/more panicked start, ha ha.

Anyway, while checking up on these championships, I noticed yet another place to map your runs online using Google technology. At the bottom of the USATF page, you can either search for routes or create your own. I decided to do a search for Los Angeles and actually came up with many hits. The interface is very much like the other mapping sites I have reviewed, so I won't go into details.

P.S. I will be reviewing another mapping site soon, due to a comment that was left. Ironically, I am not running much outside anymore due to the heat, leaving my Nike+ kit largely as a recorder rather than a distance tracker.

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