Open sourcing your morning run with MapMyRun.com

MapMyRun.com makes running social through an array of tools.

Running used to be a solitary sport. MapMyRun changes this.

MapMyRun is a Web service that enables users to track their miles run by mapping out their route. It then allows you to calculate calories burned, among other things. I'm in London this week and have been planning all my runs using the service, figuring out in advance my six, 10, and 13-mile runs.

MapMyRun helps make running social Matt Asay

That, however, is not the most interesting use of MapMyRun. Despite its name (MapMyRun), the service becomes more useful as you share your runs with others, and share in others'. It makes it easy to make running social, rather than an individual affair.

The service enables you to find other runners in your area, either to become friends online or to run together offline. It's a great way to get motivation to run through others; to make running more than a way to simply burn calories.

If you're a runner, check out the service and let me know how you like it.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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