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by leandre on January 10, 2013 · 130 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

Congrats to Cindy who won last week’s GIVEAWAY THURSDAY! Cindy resolves to “surround myself with more positive people” in 2013. I read every single one of the 108 comments we received last week and I was both impressed and inspired by your goals.  For those of you with running-related goals, let us know how we can support you. Feel free to ask us your questions, share your successes and let us know when you need help moving forward.

If any of your goals for the New Year include a half-marathon or being in excellent shape for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, might we recommend RunVermont’s Half Marathon Unplugged.


Registration for this event opens Monday, January 14 at 6:00am, and you may just want to plan on getting up early for it. Last year the race sold out so quickly (in just a matter of hours) that we created a second wave to accommodate the demand.  We’ll offer both waves again this year (9am & 11am) in order to accommodate a total field of 1200 runners. (To be clear:  once we’re sold out, that’s it…we’re not secretly harboring plans for a third wave.)

While we call the Half Marathon “Unplugged” many of our runners tell us the race far exceeds their expectations. From bus service to the start line to the beautiful lakefront, mostly-bikepath course to excellent post-race food and complimentary post-race yoga, the race does have its share of amenities. That said, we don’t award any prizes, you won’t receive a medal at the finish line and if you require water every mile, you’ll need to carry your own.

Learn more here and don’t forget to set your alarm for Monday morning.

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If getting yourself your new gear is high on your priority list, today we’re giving away a KBVCM running jacket:

To Enter:

Tell us if and how you track your miles. Do you keep a fancy spreadsheet, rely on a Garmin, record every run on Map My Run? (Full disclosure: I’m asking for selfish reasons. Keeping better track of my mileage is one of my resolutions and I haven’t figured out how I want to do it.)

PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the rules below. Thank you!

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, January 16; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, January 17.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway using hashtags #rvt and/or #vcm and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 4 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)

The rules/fine print:
* We use to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize.  If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize.  If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.

{ 130 comments… read them below or add one }

101 Adam January 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Just followed the RSS feed. Anyways, I used Map my run mainly and will occasionally use my iphone.

102 Krissy January 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

i use Nike plus and my garmin.

103 Krissy January 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I’m a follower

104 Lesley January 13, 2013 at 3:49 am

I’m a follower

105 Rick January 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

I have a Garmin FR 610 with HR monitor. I love that it not only tracks my pace, location and heart rate every second but I can also send workout information to the watch. Then it can give me feedback if I’m going too fast or too slow or my HR is out the desired zone.

I’ve tried uploading the data to many online logs. Some are too complicated (Training Peaks) for me and some are too simplistic (Log That Run). Some are really nice and offer good features such as Strava and Garmin Connect.

However, I use RunningAhead. It has the best user interface in my opinion and has most of the features that I like. I like being able to see the effect that elevation changes had on my pace. I use it to notice trends such as I’m tending to go out too fast and then die or that I’m losing focus in the middle of my runs and my pace tanks. I like that I can log which shoe I’ve used on a run and it keeps track of the accumulated mileage on each shoe. I like that it tracks my weekly, monthly, yearly, and overall mileage. More than that I like that it keeps track of my average pace across those time periods so I can see if I’m getting faster or slower. I like that I can load my VCM training plan into RunningAhead and as I perform my workouts it checks them off on my plan. I like that it keeps track of my race PR’s and presents all of them to me on a single page. Finally, I like that I can create customized reports and graphs.

Did you notice that I’m a data geek? :)

106 Rick January 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

I’m a follower of The Run Down

107 Rebecca January 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

i use to plan and map. but i keep a log on a plain old calendar.

108 crystal neskey January 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I use my garmin and I LOVE IT! :) I love being able to see my pace and distance, it helps me challenge myself :)

109 Kimmy T. January 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I use a garmin and keep track of my mileage in a simple excel sheet that is set up like a calendar with one line for the training plan and the next with what I actually did and how I felt.

110 Kimmy T. January 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I’m a follower.

111 Jennifer January 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I use Map my Run. I find the app helpful but a little off on its measuring.

112 Donna January 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Map my run is where I have been logging, I just starting using WH personal trainer as well.

113 Victoria K January 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I have a journal I record them in.

114 Jenny Schwartz January 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

I keep track of time instead of miles. I use the President’s Challenge Program website to do it.
Create an account, track your time, join a group, buy yourself a certificate of awesome…

115 Jon Lynch January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

I use a Garmin FR-70 with a foot pod and HRM. In the past, I have used Garmin FR305 and iPhone 4s with RunKeeper.

116 Sarah January 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I track my miles on I don’t have a garmin or smart phone so I manually track my miles on their website. I like their calendar and mapping features.

117 Sarah January 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Also an RSS follower.

118 betty January 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I do not log miles – I do note on my calendar which days I get out there though.

119 betty January 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm
120 betty January 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm
121 betty January 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm

google reader bettycd

122 Zouhdi Hajjaj January 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I occasionally use MapMyRun, but since I usually stick with known distances, I wing it.

123 Michelle Schafer January 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I’m new and just use a pedometer for now

124 Erik January 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I use Training Peaks. It’s great if you’re a data geek like me. I can develop all sorts of charts and graphs of what I’ve done and can plan workouts on the calendar. It interfaces with just about any GPS watch and also can store HR and cadence data if you have a HRM and foot pod.

I just started to follow on the RSS Feed

125 Rachel Beauregard January 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I use the Nick Plus on my ipod to keep a record of what I ran and use Map My Run to plan out my route before I run.

126 Rob January 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

Usually my Garmin forerunner 305, occasionally iPhone

127 JulesVT January 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Whenever I’m training for a race I create a large calendar in order to map out my training schedule. The key is large kraft paper & bright colored sharpies! Everyday I look forward to writing in new my mileage and keeping track of my weekly total. I also use Mapmyrun during each workout.

128 Kevin January 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I track my miles on a spreadsheet.

129 Kevin January 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I’m a follower.

130 Kevin January 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm


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