Running is not easy work, and neither is trying to access your smartphone during a workout.
Generally speaking, runners will go handsfree as much as possible—especially when they don’t have the support of a treadmill to place their phones on.
A striking idea occurred to me on a recent 13.2 mile run. On this unseasonably warm winter day, I was going for distance, not speed. With all that time to focus on form and breathing, I also conjured up a way that RunKeeper could better integrate with Foursquare.
Foursquare and RunKeeper already play nicely together. In fact, not that long ago, RunKeeper partnered with Foursquare to come out with a couple badges. You can link up your Foursquare account with RunKeeper, just like the application lets you do with Facebook and Twitter.
My point is that the Foursquare integration already exists.
I think RunKeeper would be doing a huge service to their Foursquare-addicted users if they allowed a walker, runner or biker to map their routes beforehand, then provide turn-by-turn audible directions and auto Foursquare check-ins as the person arrives at certain locations along the course.
I am the type of person who checks in everywhere I go. Not that it’s necessary—it’s just something I do. Mapping routes would give people, like me, a defined running path.
Oftentimes, I don’t plan my route. I just go. Creating a route in advance, and knowing exactly how many miles that route is, would definitely help me stick to a mileage plan.
Think about it, RunKeeper. (Because I assume they read my blog.) No need to thank me later!