#HeatmapMonday – March 16, 2015

#HeatmapMonday – March 16, 2015

Mar 16
#HeatmapMonday – March 16, 2015

Running every day as part of a #runstreak presents a number of challenges, both physical and mental.  One of those challenges, as simple as it sounds, is keeping myself from getting bored out of my mind from running all of the same routes over and over again.

Inspired by a conversation I had with fellow training addict Marvin Tabangay (who I come to find out is doing something similar in Santa Monica), I’m adding a bonus feature to the #runstreak:  Heatmap Monday.

Strava has this amazing feature that creates a ‘heatmap’ of every route you’ve run/ridden over the course of your Strava career.  Its a fantastic way to look back at your fitness history to see not only how many places across this city (among others) that you’ve worked out in but also color coats the routes that you do more frequently with ‘heat’ to give you an idea of your favorites and/or ‘go-to’ workouts.

My heatmap (zoomed in to feature just Manhattan Beach), currently looks like this:

Scott Clausen's Strava Heat Map - March 16, 2015

Scott Clausen's Strava Heat Map - March 16, 2015

As part of the #runstreak, I’m going to mix things up for myself by trying to run every single street in the City of Manhattan Beach.  So far I’ve focused most of my efforts on the northwestern part of the city, including North Manhattan/El Port and the Tree Section.  But I will gradually expand  further south and east as my run fitness continues to improve and my run distances increase.

I’ve got a LONG ways to go to knock out the entire city, but I’ve already discovered so many new hills, potential run routes, and beautiful homes in this area that I never knew existed and am looking forward to the challenge!

I’ll be posting updates every Monday to share out the heatmap expansion is coming along.

Happy Monday everybody!