"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

GPS Art!

I recently read an article on a contest where runners submit their best Garmin "GPS Art." In others words, try to run a route in the shape of an object or the spelling of a word(s), then see how it looks on the downloaded route tracker. The samples were really creative and I imagine there are many miles that go into perfecting an award winning entry. (see samples from a bicycle gps artist below).

Anyway, that got me thinking; have I inadvertently "drawn" anything interesting from the hundreds of runs over the past few years? After searching the archives, I came up empty. However, I did recently complete a 6 mile run within a 1/4 sq mile area that not only looks pretty cool, but also demonstrates how you don't really need a set course, or a long distance path, to squeeze in a good run. 

I was staying next to a convention center while traveling on business, when I decided to see just how many miles I could get in by way of the parking lots. As you can see in the photo above, I looped up and down the parking spaces and around the facilities. The intent was to not repeat the same path from the same direction. I'm pretty sure I succeeded.  It was a really enjoyable run and kept my mind occupied.

By the way, I have also found that early morning shopping mall parking lots make great tracks. Give them a shot, and while you're at it, see if you can run it in the shape of an Auburn Tiger.  Now that would be a winner for sure!
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  1. great run through the parking lots! I'm always particularly amused by the GPS output from my track workouts. Just dozens of overlapping ovals.

  2. Thanks Miss REN&D! And to your track comment, I also always wonder what exactly happened when you have dozens of lines that are perfectly in sync with the track and there is a single lap that makes it appear the entire track shifted 50 yards in one direction? Just me?