GPS & running: the good, the bad, and the art

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Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14753

“Exercise contagion in a global social network”, Sinan Aral & Christos Nicolaides. Nature Communications, 2017.

The Global Positioning System, or GPS, is changing the sport of running. Using GPS makes it easier to track, analyze, and share data about your runs. Some people, like Gene Lu, use the technology to create elaborate drawings, but you don’t need to be an artist in order to use GPS to improve your running.

Researchers at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted a study and determined that runners who share their efforts on social networks tend to run farther, faster, and longer than those who do not. With GPS, it’s easy to track and share data about your run. Along with the proliferation of GPS technology, the number of fitness-focused social networks has also increased. Now, runners have many options for where they can go to share their runs: Strava, Nike Run Club, MapMyRun and many others have all made sharing your run easy by developing mobile apps that users can download to their phones.

Whether you’re like Gene, who uploads elaborate runs mapped to look like Darth Vader, or just using the app to track your daily jog, social network sharing, made even easier by GPS tracking, can help you improve.

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41 Comments

Charles Wang · October 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm

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dschonsie · October 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm

so i need no training, just a watch with gps…….nice ; )

Ethen G. · October 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Notification squad rollin’ up.

Adam Chase · October 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Try Send Nudes Next Time

RotBotSkotj · October 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Hi mark

Madman Noname23 · October 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Ok gotta run gonna draw a Dickbutt

Naim · October 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Wait… americans run inside cities? Don't you have a park or something.

lolzorsPwnage · October 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Why does it always have to be about social media?

Our Founding Liars · October 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm

The reptilian monitoring devices make running easier so we’re in top physical shape for the reptilian conversion soldier training process…I guess. Keep asking questions.

Shoe Shine Boy · October 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm

I do the same thing but I do it on an Electric Scooter for quicker results.

YourLocalCheeseMan · October 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm

yes

InFAMOUSJM · October 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Great video keep up the good work

Austin Molitor · October 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

I have to use a GPS watch everyday. How else will the coach know my splits?

FOURTH RIGHT · October 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Willie the Coyote wil catch him.

GOOD SIMPLE IMPACT Sustainable Lifestyle Channel · October 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Very cool, but the only thing that would make me a better runner is a bear chasing me!!

viktya yurisky · October 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

so… how do you do this kinds of drawings? in google maps?

_Bob McCoy · October 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm

I use an Apple Watch 4 🙂

Skrooge Lantay · October 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Did anyone else notice the blatant product placement by Pepsi at 0:50? They really think they're slick lol

John919 · October 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Cool GPS personal mapping. 🙂 Much #ProLove to you all, Like and Share the Love.

TheMurmuringGolem · October 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Strava has a feature where it creates a large and randomly centred "dead zone" around your start-stop points so it's impossible to find those exact locations. I think this about how much data a person is willing to share without thinking about it, rather than how much data is maliciously taken from them.

Ketan Agnihotri · October 11, 2018 at 12:15 pm

In short, GPS helps you to track your run, which in turn motivated you to run more….then you run more, track more….sjndndndnsnsnsnnsnxnxnxnzkksnznzmzmsmsksmnxbcbxjs

Basically, technology is a art of converting simple things into complicated things!

Long live consumerism!

Remy Reijven · October 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

https://youtu.be/hUswGVftlIo

Jens-Kristian Nielsen · October 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Sponsered by Garmin

TheMurmuringGolem · October 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm

GPS tracking and online leaderboards is also a much better introduction to a sport than the physical reality. There's less potential embarrassment for a new user to feel and allows them to become comfortable in a "safe space" before, say, joining a club or taking part in an organised race.

Brendan Forde · October 11, 2018 at 12:18 pm

damn look at that pace, gotta be the pegasus turbo

Abhishek Balaji · October 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

I like how I can look up run data months after a particular run. It's cool.

iDunnoGames · October 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

I am a runner and to protect my identity what it do is i run to a mall turn on location and track my run

Shaik Affan · October 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

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Mário 565 · October 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

When does vox atlas come out? It is the best series everr

TeKaMOTO · October 11, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Isn't it more the soldiers fault that they used Strava in a military base than Strava's fault for releasing the data? One would imagine the US army had a rule prohibiting the use of personal mobile devices while on duty/in a base.

akidin06 · October 11, 2018 at 12:21 pm

running is already too much for me… drawing my run is just pushing it

wendel.f16 · October 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Vox over here theaching me that people go to museusms and run just so they can post on the Internet. Tha`s sad.

kazi samir · October 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

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Quick Fix - Thought Provoking Videos · October 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm

How much satisfaction can working out really bring you if you are just doing it to get some likes? What happens when no one notices? This obsession with what other people will think about what we do is so huge that we need to be validated for everything we are up to, how can we stay sane if we are pushing ourselves into doing things just for superficial reasons?

Ketan Agnihotri · October 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Veterans will be proud! They made sophisticated technology public so people can take doodling to next level…

Phenol Chow · October 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Does running on hard ground hurt the knees?

Daniboi · October 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm

3:51 Spa-Francorchamps anyone?

s.0nam · October 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Try walking, it's free.

BowenALLin:D · October 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm

1:31 this time line those not make sens there were way longer a GPS on your phone

SeeASquared · October 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

"I'll probably try making a dickbutt in this run."
Is a thought that crossed my mind while watching this video.

Ale Tello · October 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

"3/10th of a kilometer", you know what else is 3/10th of a kilometer? 300m, that's how the friggin' metric system works.

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