Blaze your own trail; draw your own map.

iFit and Google Maps™ have made it possible for you to travel the world from your own living room! No plane tickets, no questionable hotels, no sketchy taxi rides…just gorgeous views on your morning run. Programs like Wonders of the World, Pacific Voyage, Backpack Europe, and Tour of Asia will take you places you may never get the chance to visit in person. And while traveling has its own appeal, sometimes there’s nothing better than your go-to run in your own neighborhood, or at your favorite vacation spot.

My personal favorite is to head down to Zion National Park when snowy Northern Utah weather keeps me indoors. So whether you’re avoiding the cold weather or you want to share your gorgeous hometown with the rest of us, creating your own map is a must!

Draw your own map

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Once you’re logged in to your account, go to the top menu bar where it says Create. Select Map Based Workout.

First, you’ll need to name your workout and select an activity type: running (select this for an elliptical, as well as a treadmill) or cycling. You can schedule the workout now or create it to save for later.

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After clicking Next, you’ll end up at a screen much like the one below. Search the location where you’d like to draw a map (I chose Zion’s).

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After your map pulls up your location, the first thing you’ll want to do is click the Street View Availability toggle to ON. This will show you where Street View is available on your map in purple. If you draw a map outside of these lines, you may get a gray screen while you’re working out.

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The Snap to Road toggle defaults to ON, so you’ll be good to go there. This tool is extremely helpful for creating a map on paved (and some dirt) roads. However, if you’re going off the beaten path, like on my Zion’s River Walk Trail, you may need to turn the toggle OFF in order to draw your map.

There are two other very helpful tools you can use, if you’d like. The Out & Back tool takes you back the exact way you came. I used it here to make my run a little longer. You can also use the Close Loop tool to take you back to the start on the fastest route.

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How do you know if the workout was created? Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to let you know with a banner!

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If you’d like to check out my favorite weekend getaway running trail in Zion’s, then be sure to schedule it!

Happy running!

Emily Wiley
iFit Trainer

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