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Old 12-29-2009, 12:58 PM  
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My virtual run across America, and a business idea.

So I'm getting over my little knee problem and have started running again, and I thought it'd be cool to plot my progress on a map of the U.S., running across the country. I've always thought it would be cool to walk across the U.S., but I can't figure out how to get my work done in that scenario, so this is my fallback.

And then I thought, "Hmm, this is a pretty good idea for a website. If I started a website, could I get enough people to sell some advertising and stuff and maybe make some money?"

So I went out looking to see if it's already out there. The concept isn't overly innovative, so I see a fair amount of sites out there that talk about it, but they all seem to be pretty lame. Here's a map, print it, color in your progress with a crayon kind of stuff.

What I'd like is a web site where you plot your progress and then see a google maps street view of your location, and then a virtual tour of towns that you walk through, and an atlas so you can pick your route as you go, and an interactive map so you can plot your route. That doesn't exist.

Is there money in this? What's the revenue model? Any web designers out there who would want to collaborate on this?

In my 15 minutes of looking, I found one web site that's actually kind of close, though it's still basic. http://exercise.lbl.gov/index.html is a federal government site, and they do the street view pictures, which is pretty cool, and the online log. However, they only give you one route, an inexplicable Yorktown, Virginia, to Florence, Oregon, route, and you can't vary from that. Also, you don't get local information along your route as far as I can tell.

I signed up for it, though, since it's the best option out there, and am now 11 miles into my journey. I've left Yorktown and am now on this nice road about 2 miles from Williamsburg. Anyone else want to wander along?

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Old 12-26-2011, 08:48 PM   #181
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:49 PM   #182
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Is there a reason you started on the east coast?
Yeah, the web site only gives you one route. So I really don't understand why I start in Yorktown, VA, and end in Florence, OR, but that's the deal that was on the table so I took it.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #183
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Okay, today marks the end of my second year of doing this. I'm currently at 2,722.3 miles, which is averaging 3.7 miles per day every day - 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

At this pace I'm barely on pace to reach the coast before my three-year anniversary, so my goal for 2012 is to make the coast by December 26, 2012 or before the world is destroyed.

I'm currently slightly more than halfway across Wyoming, headed toward Yellowstone National Park and Montana.
Congrats. I finished my first year at an average of 3.61 miles per day or 1318 miles. I'm about 1/3 of the way across Missouri as we head into 2012. This coming month may well be my worst mileage month to date since the Mrs and I are going on a week long cruise for our 25th anniversary and then pretty much as soon as we get back I'm going to be out of town for a week for work.
I guess I have the rest of the year to make up ground though. I'm thinking I may actually attempt a half marathon or something like that this year (though thouse words sound simewhat insane as they rattle aroud in my skull).
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:01 PM   #184
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Congrats. I finished my first year at an average of 3.61 miles per day or 1318 miles. I'm about 1/3 of the way across Missouri as we head into 2012. This coming month may well be my worst mileage month to date since the Mrs and I are going on a week long cruise for our 25th anniversary and then pretty much as soon as we get back I'm going to be out of town for a week for work.
I guess I have the rest of the year to make up ground though. I'm thinking I may actually attempt a half marathon or something like that this year (though thouse words sound simewhat insane as they rattle aroud in my skull).
Aren't cruise ships big enough to run on? Alternatively, do you log miles when you run on a treadmill or is that cheating?
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Congrats, old dog. You're making good time. You should do a half-marathon, too. I was rather unbelieving when I signed up for my first one, but they're fun and you get some cool t-shirts.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:39 PM   #186
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Aren't cruise ships big enough to run on? Alternatively, do you log miles when you run on a treadmill or is that cheating?
Back in 2010 I was on ferries and a cruise ship for about 17 days over the course of a month. I was doing my jog around the ship on the deck and was told to stop. They said that the corners are blind and put you at risk of colliding with someone. I think that was on the ferry, though, but I suspect the cruise ships might have the same rule.

The treadmill question is compelling. The only time I used a treadmill was on that same cruise ship since I couldn't run, and I didn't count it. But I suspect I'm in the minority on that, and most people would. My take was that I couldn't confirm distance, and I think that treadmill miles are easier than road miles.

The treadmill question is compelling.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:50 PM   #187
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Aren't cruise ships big enough to run on? Alternatively, do you log miles when you run on a treadmill or is that cheating?
The one we will be on has a small track (10 laps = 1 mile). I absolutely count treadmill miles....I would fathom that about 1/3 to 1/2 of mine since I started are on the treadmill.

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My take was that I couldn't confirm distance, and I think that treadmill miles are easier than road miles.

The treadmill question is compelling.
As long as yuo're not cheating by hanging onto the siderails I don't think there's much of a difference.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:50 PM   #188
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I'm in Montana now. 2,938 miles.

Old dog, are you in Kansas now?
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The treadmill question is compelling.
Full disclosure... I count my treadmill miles. That's not a big deal because I probably have less than 5 a month. And I typically set the incline at 1.1 or so to account for the easiness.

But I also count my bike trainer miles. I have a ton of those. But riding on a bike trainer might be tougher than riding outside. No coasting on the trainer. No wind resistance, either, though.
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Full disclosure... I count my treadmill miles. That's not a big deal because I probably have less than 5 a month. And I typically set the incline at 1.1 or so to account for the easiness.

But I also count my bike trainer miles. I have a ton of those. But riding on a bike trainer might be tougher than riding outside. No coasting on the trainer. No wind resistance, either, though.

Eh, I probably just don't understand the treadmill dynamics since I almost never use them.

What proportion of your miles are bike versus run? I count walking and running miles, though I only count walking if it's specifically for exercise, defined as "a normal person would drive". For the longest time it was almost exactly 50/50 between them, but for some reason my running is now about 100 miles ahead of my walking.
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Old dog, are you in Kansas now?
Nope, still in Missouri. Should hit the state line sometime next month. I did make my 100 miles in January though. 115 to be exact, though 48 miles of it was from the 1st through the 7th. I knew I wasn't gonna do much running while on the cruise.

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Full disclosure... I count my treadmill miles. That's not a big deal because I probably have less than 5 a month. And I typically set the incline at 1.1 or so to account for the easiness.
I have the incline on mine set at 2.0. Maybe I'm just the odd duck, but I don't find the treadmill any easier than the road/track except for the fact that I can do something else while on it. It takes me about the same amount of time to cover my four miles (treadmill takes me about a minute longer for the four miles total, but not a big difference).
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Crossed into Kansas yesterday evening and will shortly be on roads I have driven numerous times in southeastern Kansas when I was younger.
490.5 miles to the halfway mark.
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Crossed into Kansas yesterday evening and will shortly be on roads I have driven numerous times in southeastern Kansas when I was younger.
490.5 miles to the halfway mark.
Awesome. Crossing the Mississippi was big for me, but reaching Kansas psychologically started me thinking that I was now in the west.

I hit 3,000 miles this weekend, and am now in southwest Montana. For the first time I'm starting to think seriously about finishing this thing. I'm not sure what I'll do next, but I'm still roughly 10 months away.
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As an update, I'm about 40 miles into Idaho now. Currently at 3,338.2 miles.
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As an update, I'm about 40 miles into Idaho now. Currently at 3,338.2 miles.
Making good time.
I'm @ 1857 right now and should hit halfway (2031.5) sometime around the 3rd week of July.
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