There are totally cool maps someone has developed, tracing the running patterns of joggers in a number of major cities, like New York, London and elsewhere. They track the compilation of data sent by the bracelets (like FitBit Force and Nike's FuelBand and the like) worn by joggers who use them to track the miles they pile up every day along with other exercise data.
Here I was thinking that I am pretty much just talking to myself when I go out for my morning run. Wrong. I'm actually telling the world where I am. Well, not me individually, but me as part of the group of us who follow the same path. The map tracking for Manhattan shows almost no trace of people running around the Reservoir in Central Park. In fact, most of the data tracery is in lower Manhattan, from Wall Street up to the 20's streets. Why is that, you may ask? Certainly there are lots of people like me running around the reservoir daily. But I guess most of them aren't wearing data tracking bracelets like I do. (I LOVE knowing when I've hit that 10,000 steps a day mark!)
Does this mean the runners in Lower Manhattan are just hipper, that they wouldn't be seen outside their home without their FitBit or FuelBand? Or maybe they're younger and older people tend not to wear these things around their wrists? Whatever the reason, I feel compelled to view this as some sort of contest and want to do some cheerleading for the Upper East and West Siders who are running the reservoir with me. "Get a tracking bracelet, Guys! We need to get our numbers up and beat the Downtowners!"