Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?
Odeta: I’m using 5K Runner. 5K Runner is an app designed to help you go from sitting on the couch to running a 5K in eight weeks.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Odeta: I used to love running in college. It was a great way to get my cardio in. I started using a tracker to train myself as a runner. I come from a family with a history of chronic hypertension and heart disease. Heart health is very important to me. My goal is to be able to run for 30 minutes straight without feeling like I am about to pass out. I’m also hoping this might help me to keep up with my four year old niece. She just drains me.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Odeta: I learned that I was out of shape and that I would really need to stick to a plan this time if I was to succeed. I realized that my biggest hurdle to good health was just getting started. Once I had started, and allowed myself to learn, my body responded positively in ways I could not have imagined. I exceeded my own expectations. You will thrive if you give yourself the chance.
Wellocracy: What do you like best about your tracker? What do you like least about it?
Odeta: I love that my app allows me to progress gradually. For instance, the first week it only pushes me to run for one minute followed by two minute intervals of walking. It starts out slow but by the next week, and each week thereafter, the regime intensifies!
The thing I don’t like about the app is that it is a three day a week program. It asks you to run one day and rest the next. This may be best practice, but for me, it doesn’t work. I wish the app would let you choose how many days a week you want to run. When I take a day in between runs I find I am much weaker when it comes time for my next interval. It would be great to have the option to spend more time in a certain running interval when/if my body feels the need. Sometimes I will repeat the days of the week so that I can get the benefit of a six day program.
Finally, I don’t like that my phone has to be on and the app has to be open for it to work. I’ll be playing with my music and the next thing I know is I have missed my next interval.
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Odeta: I don’t share my data. I am not interested in how much I am running. I can usually get that information from the treadmill. I don’t think that my family would know how to read the data or even care about it. All that matters to them is that I am going to the gym and exercising to get healthy. They really don’t care how I do it.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Odeta: Do your research. Know what you want and look around. Ask other people who might have used trackers or apps for advice. Figure out exactly what your needs are. Don’t get pulled in by the fancy and latest gadgets. I find that stuff to be all hype. If you stick with what you need you’ll find that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get where you want to go.