Good Morning!! It’s a gorgeous Friday morning here, if you like rainy, dark skies that is. I’m counting down the hours until this cold front comes through and drops 70* temps this weekend!
A co-worker showed me this video and I can’t resist posting its’ happiness:
I feel like I’ve fallen off the blogging train for the past few days but my mind has been elsewhere lately! I’ve been trying to soak everything up at work, and poor little personal blog has been neglected. So, let’s play a little bit of catch up and then I’ll tell you all about a cool app that might make you feel a little safer when running alone!
Tuesday night after work I set out for a quick and easy 4 miler, but ended up loving the weather so much that I did an extra lap at the lake and made it a 6 miler. It. Was. Perfect. Long runs make my heart happy, especially when I don’t feel like I’m suckin’ wind or dying a slow death via heat exhaustion! All of my miles were under 9:00 pace, so I was super proud of that! And, when I ended, one of my favorite praise songs played and I sat for a minute and enjoyed the last few bits of light by the water. When I got home, Adam put together some awesome BLT’s, and grilled asparagus.
This weekend I’m reallllly hoping to do a 9 or even a 10 mile long run, but we’ll see! The thought of running those long miles by myself is somewhat daunting, so I’m tempted to recruit a biking buddy to join me!
Wednesday night I took as a rest day, and proudly didn’t do a thing. Even though I just did 6 the night before, I don’t want to wear myself out during the week and over-do it! So, I stayed home and made a delicious taco salad, and enjoyed an evening on the couch with the hubs, catching up on Property Brothers. Sounds like a pretty eventful night, huh? Not going to lie, HGTV is probably in my top 5 favorite channels…lame? Maybe. Care? Nope.
Last night I also took as a rest day. I really did have intentions of running, but we were STARVING after work so I listened to my poor, hungry tummy and stayed home and ate an early dinner instead of leaving for a run. And we all know what happens if you don’t run right when you get home from work…you curl up on the couch and watch last season’s finale of Grey’s Anatomy and finish off the batch of cookies you baked the weekend before.
Since today is an icky, rainy day in Little Rock, AND it’s pizza night, I’m just going to jump the gun and say that a run will mostly not happen again until tomorrow’s long run!
Ok, now onto today’s topic!
A while back, the maker of React Mobile emailed me asking if I would be interested in reviewing his mobile phone app. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure how well it related to my blog, but after downloading it and testing it out myself, it makes total sense! This app is PERFECT for anyone who may be hesitant to run alone, or who runs in the dark, or who just wants to feel a bit safer while they’re out running in general! Basically, the app allows you to quickly get in contact with contacts YOU pick out, as well as 911 or your local police. The app will send a text message, email, and facebook message with your gps coordinates and exact location to your emergency contacts, and gives you the option to then contact 911. You can also add a “group” to your emergency contact list, and the alert will be sent to everyone within that group. They can also follow you “in real time,” ensuring that they could find you should they need to.
I tested it out first, after putting in my information and adding Adam as a contact, and when I activated the alert, a message when straight to his phone, an alarm went off, and his phone showed him my emergency message I had entered, along with where I was. It was super fast!
Here’s a preview of what the app looks like…
So first you would add who you want your contacts to be. Pretty self explanatory.
Next, you can pick out what you want your message to say. I was a little confused about this because I feel like in a REAL emergency I either wouldn’t have time to type out a message or I would just send him a text, but if that were the case then you would just activate your emergency alert in general and it would send to your contacts a “hey she’s in trouble, this is where she is” type message and warning.
So, this is what the actual screen looks like in the app. In an emergency, you could open it up, and simply activate the alarm.
It would then alert your contact(s) that you had already designated.
And there’s the option to dial 911 or not!
It’s a neat concept, and it does make me feel a little bit better about running by myself, knowing that in a REAL emergency, this app could quickly contact everyone I wanted to contact, and I wouldn’t have to mess with it myself!
So, you should definitely download React Mobile it to your phone, play around with it, get used to how it works, test it out, because you never know when you might really need something like this. As runners, we have to be 110% aware of our surroundings, and always assume that people don’t see us, or that somebody DOES see us and we don’t see them. Better safe than sorry, I say! I know my husband appreciates this app a lot, because it does worry him sometimes if I’m gone longer than I said I would be, and the ability to quickly send him some sort of warning and exact location in case I really were in trouble is huge. Obviously I’d be running with my phone already and could call or text him, but if I was in a big, big hurry, or was hurt and couldn’t even do that, by being able to alert him with just a swipe and a touch is a fantastic idea!
What do you think? Would you put something like this on your phone? What do you use to be safer while you run solo?
All in all, I think it’s a great app, worth downloading for sure!
I guess you could say it’s, “pretty cool.”
P.S. Billy Ray is played there by Bryan Cranston..as in Walter White. As in, holy breaking bad batman!! Who’s watching the final episodes?!
What are you plans for the weekend?! Long Run? Going to download this cool app?