Sunday, June 30, 2019

Bro, do you even Strava?



Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Summit subscription and merchandise 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! MID YEAR BIBRAVE AMABASSADOR APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED! 
When I got the opportunity to check out Strava as a running platform to record my training, I had a vague idea since I was an off and off user a few years ago. However, I was anxious to see what I could do with the platform and how it had evolved.  

FIRST, Signing up!  
I have an Apple iPhone so I went to the App Store, typed in Strava and BOOM, there it was. The download was fast and next was creating a new account. There are a few ways to go about doing this but I opted to use my Facebook info to sign up for a new account. I literally just pressed the button and by verifying basic info, I was all signed up.  

Now what?  
One of the features of Strava is all of the clubs and challenges that are available. I joined the BibRave Run Club and Strava club but there may be groups for local races if you explore.  
 

Run Clubs can host great activities too, like the BibRave Run Streak in May! The challenge was for the entire month of May and focused on either running or walking at least 1 mile per day. What I found with this type of activity is that it was great to be involved with a group of runners all moving toward the same goal. I saw someone that ran in the rain and I knew I couldn’t be lazy and not run in pristine running conditions. You can give each other kudos which really reinforces the running culture of inclusion for everyone, all the abilities, all shapes, all sizes, whoever you are. It turns out, I was not able to complete the month. However, I would be more inclined to try a challenge ON Strava than not, because the community environment is amazing.  
 

By the way...did you guys see Strava for Pride Month? During the month of June any activity that included a 🌈 emoji turned the run segments into different colors of the rainbow! Very cool.  
 
This is a great example of how Strava isn’t just for the roads but you can Strava off-road too! In fact, Strava is great for riding as well and if you are into cross-training a little riding is great.  

So give it a try and tell me what you think! I really like the social aspect of Strava. 

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