Social Networks and Smartphone Apps Keep Runners On The Go

Photo by: Yutaka TsutanoHow do you get motivated or continue to get motivated when you are training – specially when running alone?

No one to chat with on long runs is a challenge. No company…it’s tough.

Well, thanks to the internet and smart-phones. Human interactions maybe tough to replace but now we have some tools. Social networks on any sports activity are popping up almost daily.

Here is one runners experience and secret weapon;

Topf isn’t alone. Social networks devoted to working out are emerging as popular companions to more widely used sites like Facebook and Twitter.

RunKeeper — one of the original apps — already has more than a million users and is growing rapidly, the company says.

Users of, a social network that ties runners and tracks their progress, have logged more than 13 million miles, the company says.

Fueled by a basic tenet of his medical background, Topf says RunKeeper has offered him valuable data to keep him focused and informed.

“You can’t improve what you don’t measure,” he says.

Having the workout tracker tied to an online community has helped keep Topf accountable.

“When you don’t run for three or four days, your friends notice that,” Topf says. “The fact that it’s public is a great motivator.” Read FULL ARTICLE…

Keep running. Be healthy and have fun.

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