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“Are you on Strava?” That seems to be the question I am asking folks these days and for good reason – I want to share the Strava love as well as give kudos! 🙂 I’m pretty new to Strava (see my first Strava post about my initial thoughts) so I get excited when I find new Strava friends! Usually when I ask someone if they are on Strava, I get one of two answers: “Yes! What’s your Strava name?” or “No, what’s Strava?” Well, if you are not on Strava – it’s super easy to get started (& free) and here are a few perks of being a Strava user!
- Garmin Connection – You can upload your activities a few different ways, including: opening up Strava to record from the app, manual entry, or syncing your fitness watch to the Strava app. I like that I can use my Garmin like I normally would to track a run and then it automatically syncs to Strava – easy peasy!
Early morning run through Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney World!
- Name runs and segments – Not only can you name your run/activity, but you can also type in a description of how you feel. It’s like a fitness journal so you can see patterns of what works best of you. You can also name specific segments of your route and when you make your activities public, you can sort of compete with others (and yourself) and increase your position on the leaderboard!
- Complete challenges – Strava offers lots of clubs to join and challenges to complete each month. You can find a local running club or join a global group. For the month of May, I completed the Bibrave Run Club streak. This meant that I ran or walked at least one mile each day in May. I also completed the Strava Virtual 5k for May and June. It’s a great way to stay motivated, find accountability, and earn some digital badges a.k.a. Swag! 😉
Walking around the airport to keep the streak alive!
My little one helping me with the streak!
Strava’s May 5k done!
- #StravaStats – Each month you can receive an email with your stats of the previous month. It shows you the combined mileage of the month as well as how many kudos you gave/received. If you are a visual person or really into graphics, this is for you! 🙂 Don’t forget to post your image on the socials with the hashtag #stravastats! Note: You have to choose to sign up for this email within your Strava account.
So far I have really enjoyed being a Strava user! I like the accountability and motivation to find new challenges. Next month, I am planning to do the Strava Virtual 5k and 10k! I hope you will join me!
*A note for privacy: You can choose who you want to see your activities: Just yourself, your followers, or everyone. You can also turn off the heat map.
So now here’s the question: Are YOU on Strava? 😉
“Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Summit subscription and Strava merchandise to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”
Strava (Swedish for “strive”) is a popular app used by runners and cyclists. I’ve had an account for a while but never really took advantage of the functions or interacted with the other users (I literally had zero connections or recent activity). Well I just started using the app again and have learned a few things over the last month!
Analyze your route!
- You can name your runs! Once your run or activity is uploaded, you can customize the description as well as the actual title of your run for quick reference.
Once your run is added you can check out your route and analyze how you could make any adjustments. You can track your pace, distance, heart rate, and set new goals for yourself.
You can join challenges and clubs!
- You can see more and change extra settings on the website (not the app). You can do a lot with the app, but you can do even more with the desktop version. I feel kinda “meh” about this. I prefer to be able to access everything through an app so I don’t have to switch platforms, but it’s not a huge deal. One cool thing you can do through the desktop settings is change your “Vanity URL” from a generic number to a preferred name!
Aside from connecting with other runners/cyclists, you can create or join clubs and also join challenges to help you reach goals. You can also set goals for yourself, keep track of your shoe mileage, and earn badges!
And my favorite thing about the app so far?
Stats overlay! Besides the ability to give kudos to other runners (who doesn’t love virtual encouragement?), my next fave app feature is the ability to upload photos and add the stats right on to your picture. Before this, I was using another app and manually inputting stats so I have definitely been taking advantage of this function. A couple of tips here: 1. You’ll have to make your activity shareable – it won’t work if it’s marked to private. 2. Horizontal photos work better so you don’t have to do any extra cropping for the social media platforms.
What about you? Are you on Strava? What do you love about it?
Looking for an upcoming challenge? Join the Bibrave crew for a streak in May! Streaking is a fun way to challenge yourself and find your stride. Run or walk one mile each day in May and track it on Strava! It’s a great time to streak because you will have lots of support! Post your streak on the socials with the hashtag #StravaRun so we can all cheer you on!
I’m excited to learn more about Strava so check back next month for another update!
Until then I’ll be adding stats overlay to aaaallllllll the running photos. 😉