Monday, February 10, 2014

Where people run

First things first, I had a really solid week of running last week. I clocked in 52 miles which is the first time in a month that I had cracked 50.  I'm going to try to stay above that and continue to push to 60 as I look to the New Jersey Marathon.  (Note to self, sign up for New Jersey Marathon. Also buy tickets to fly to New Jersey. Finally, schedule spray tan appointment to fit in while in New Jersey. Come to think, I'm not very prepared at all....)

I've tried to continue keeping my speed up while building miles. Last week my "main" speed session was a 37 minute 6 mile tempo run averaging 6:15/mile overall.  Not too shabby.

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If you are a data geek like me (I think most runners are?) you're going to love the link that my buddy Chad recently sent over.  Somehow the guy tapped into RunKeepers source data and mapped out ALL the runs for a handful of cities. You can check them out here.  The list of cities that he mapped was somewhat random, but I included the picture for New York City below.

A few things surprised me and made me slightly question his data set.

  • First, there isn't much running in central park which is in the upper right hand corner of the pic. That doesn't seem right at all....but maybe people don't like dodging tourists and horse poop while they run?
  • Second, it seems that all of the running is along the greenbelt path in southern Manhattan or in the financial district.  Hmmm....  Nothing says "fun run" than dodging people eyeballs deep in their blackberry!  (Just kidding, people don't use blackberries anymore)
  • Finally, one cool thing is that you can totally see the NYC Marathon course starting from Staten Island in the lower left curve up and around - ultimately landing into central park at the finish line.

Check out the website - do they make sense based on where you run/live?  

New York City's running routes



17 comments:

Chris said...

As a pale white Jersey girl, if you miss the tanning salon you'll be fine. ;)

Chad Chisholm said...

Does the NYC Marathon skew that data?

The Boring Runner said...

Chad, possibly. It is 50,000 runners of which a lot have RunKeeper I'd bet. I just assumed that central park would be lit up like a candle. Unless the date range he used was the week before the race or something?

Here is the course map:
http://one4themoney.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/nyccoursemap.jpg

Lisa said...

I've heard about this but hadn't looked at it yet. As someone who used to live in NYC (specifically the UES and Financial District) I can tell you that a lot of people definitely run in Central Park and along the Hudson River, but not so much those cross streets through downtown. I would run down there, but usually stayed along the river, and only sometimes on the street since you can get stopped at way too many stop lights. So I agree with your questions about the paths.

Do you know if this was data was from a specific time period around the marathon? If so, maybe those were tourists running downtown near hotels. Really interesting though!!

Erin (Running Tall) said...

I feel like all the runners of NYC just collectively flipped me off...anyone else?

Christina said...

IT'S A GIANT PENIS!!

Sorry to yell.

One Crazy Penguin said...

I'm just going to assume that St. Louis isn't on there because there aren't enough people here who run. It's pretty much a whole city of beer drinking and standing still :/

Kudos on a 50+ week!

fueledbylolz.com said...

I live 30 minutes west of the Jersey shore. Actually I basically live in the forest of NJ...bet you didn't know there were a bunch of farms in this state LOL? I'm really impressed with how awesome your running is coming for NJ full. I know you'll do well. I can't wait to see you!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Whatcha mean people don't use BBs anymore?!?!?! You trying to say I'm ancient???!!!! LOL!

Actually we're only approved to use IPhones or BB for mobile work devices and I must be the 0.01% who chose the latter. But I'm moving to IPhone in a few weeks when my current contract ends. 5C or 5S you reckon?

Gracie said...

You walk around without a shirt a lot, so I think you'll fit right in in New Jersey.

The Running Shlub said...

52 miles, great job, keep up the good work.

http://runningschlub.blogspot.com/

Angela said...

This link has been passed around among my running friends lately, & we too have noticed that the darker lines seem to be in more downtown areas rather than the ideas where we tend to run a lot. Several people suggested that this might say something about who uses which system for tracking their data, & maybe this one is skewed more towards busy professionals who run on lunch breaks or immediately after work. Because yeah, otherwise I can't think of a reason why in San Francisco the downtown / Embaracadero area is super dark & Golden Gate Park is really light!

Running Through Phoenix said...

Oh cool, I can see my house. And the graves....all the graves!!

Lorenda said...

What Erin said...that was my first thought! I guess what Christina said could be too! LOL

HalfCrazed Runner said...

NYC! Can't wait, this November! I definitely see phalic! May be my inner Fraud?

Michaela said...

Seattle isn't an option. Fail.

Kayla Moothart said...

Do you think a lot of walkers are using the app?