Online exercise logs – what’s your poison?

After I got hold of my Garmin Forerunner 305, I tried to check out the best tools to retrieve and analyze all that recorded data. There are tons of websites and standalone tools for creating/importing your exercise logs. Every tool has a few plus and minus points. Some of the tools have great support for some of the popular devices out there for importing training data – like the Garmin or Polar watches, as well as the iPhones.

I am listing some of the popular tools/websites below:

  1. DailyMile
    Nice clean look. Connect with friends and read their updates Facebook style. Nike+ integration, but no Garmin support. Send workout notes to twitter.
  2. RunningAhead
    Nice, simple interface, great integration with Garmin. Weekly/monthly stats, log shoe mileage, etc. Great google map integration for routes. Highly recommended in the running community. Trying it out currently. 
  3. MotionBased
    Garmin integration, has free and paid memberships. Integrates weather data along with other run metrics. Since Garmin acquired MotionBased, they are migrating the technology to a new platform – Garmin Connect. So, will soon be phased out (Garmin uploads stop June 30, 2009).
  4. SportTracks
    Standalone tool – highly recommended by runners. Garmin support. Has interesting plugins for things like elevation correction, etc. Equipment tracking. Yet to try.
  5. MapMyRun
    good with maps, not the greatest with exercise logs. Interface bit cluttered with ads. Has Garmin integration, GPS data import, etc.
  6. Garmin Training Center
    Standalone tool, for Garmin users. Not very impressed using it. Has Mac support too. Seems to be slow as well updating screens. Has to core stuff though, distance, pace, HR, elevation, splits, etc.
  7. Garmin Connect
    Garmin’s website based tool, derived from MotionBased. Interesting features include a ‘Replay Activity’ using which you can play back your run. Has also got ‘goal tracking’ and report generation.

All these tools and websites can be used for recording your exercise data, either directly, or from a supported device, so even if you do not have a Polar or a Garmin, it makes great sense to put the data there. Do you use any of the tools to store your training logs? What’s your favorite, and what makes it stand out? I think we can all learn from our experiences here, do share.

You can check out a bigger list of tools at larry’s blog, maybe your favorite one is hiding there.


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