Well, today sunday I participated in the race organized by BBVA bank. It was a 5 km race for beginners (obviously) and I went with the only purpose to exercise and have some fun… and it was! Although the idea of waking up Sunday at 7:30am is not very appealing, it was really nice to see the streets of Madrid empty.
The race was good also… with a lot of people: 5,400 people registered for Madrid. It started from Paseo de la Castellana and I finished the 3km in about 30 minutes (the official times are not yet posted). Also, testing Nokia’s technology :P I tracked the race using the application Sports Tracker and a GPS device. I have to say I really like the application, and professional runners should find it really useful. However, there is still the inconvenience of having to carry the phone and GPS receiver, or a bulky phone with integrated GPS. So below you can see the route of the race, with low, high’s and fast points, as well as a graph and the summary. And yes I know… there is a lot of noise specially on speed measurement… unfortunately GPS is not extremely accurate at low speeds (needs more precision) and even less in the city.