13 January 2017
25 November 2016
I love maps. I sometimes spell words during my runs. I started to spell the many Brooklyn neighborhoods but life got in the way. At some point, I thought about how nice it would be to have all my runs/walks on one map. Turns out there is such a tool and it's called CityStrides. You connect your CityStrides account to Strava, MapMyRun, and Runkeeper then all your routes are in one map! So wonderful! Of course, in my case many of my carefully drawn routes are no longer recognizable because the many lines overlap but it's still a nice way to visualize one's activities. I love the tool so much I actually update this blog after a multi-month hiatus!!!
10 April 2016
I have good news and bad news. Good news is I am still on this ambitious project of "mapping" every Brooklyn neighborhood by running and spelling their names, in that neighborhood. Or somewhere close. Just this weekend I finally completed "Marine Park". The bad news is I took too long to do this Garmin web site finally got rid of Classic view so now any additional maps will look slightly different. "Marine Park" is one such. The lines are darker, which is fine, but luckily the underlying map is still the same. Whew. All the more reason I should hurry up and finish this before any more changes, whether with Garmin.com or with my own health. You never know, one day you can be healthy and all, the next day you can no longer run.
For "Marine Park", I broke one of my rules about running. I hate driving and when I go for a run, I absolutely don't want to drive somewhere just to run there. But I have to be realistic now. While I can certainly drive to Marine Park to do the run, it is just much faster when I drive. And there is plenty of parking at the park, so I really have no excuse not to. With this executive decision made, I plan to drive to Prospect Park etc some weekend day, really early in the morning for a better chance of finding a parking spot, and be done with those faraway places. Let's hope the map will be filled soon!
10 January 2016
Continuing my philosophy of "slow progress is better than no progress" today I resumed "writing" Sunset Park. I thought I only had enough time for two lowercase letters, so "un" it was, i.e. Sunset still needs the uppercase S. Below is the doctored image with "un" and "set" combined. There was a second green marker to denote the start of today's walk, but I don't like those things so I left it hidden in the lower layer. Only a trace of green shows in the combined image. The area was desolate and it was getting dark, the rain was coming down again, so it was good that I didn't attempt to complete Sunset. Any day now, any day now. We seem to go to Costco once a month so if I don't finish this in January, by February it will be done!
03 January 2016
What a great feeling it is once you are resolved to do something and make modifications to your plan to achieve the final outcome. So I decided I would walk if I have to, instead of running, just to complete my run-mapping of Brooklyn. Running is more interesting but not always optimal, like after a meal. Just a few days ago I churned out "Slope", for Park Slope, after a brunch with the track club. Today I was in the neighborhood of Sunset Park and had a little time for running. Not enough to do the entire "Sunset Park", or even the word "Sunset", but that is not a problem. I am already stitching together the map in Photoshop, no harm to do one syllable at a time, like "set" as in "Sunset". "t" didn't come out a straight as it should but it's beyond my control. I guess at different time of day the satellite can be uncooperative. Perhaps when I stitch "set" together with the other syllables it won't look so bad.