The Art of Running: The 15km Twitter Bird

After a very busy week with not much time for running, I was back out this morning to create the third in my series of GPS-trail art, a 15km route based on this popular take on the iconic Twitter bird. As always, it was pretty tricky to find an area of Tokyo that leant itself to the project, but eventually I found one – right on our doorstep.

Unfortunately, in my bid to get out of the house as soon as possible I neglected to do a last minute check of the proposed route, and so a couple of times found myself faced with a large road that couldn’t easily be crossed. In those cases I had to pause the tracking software, run down the road to the nearest traffic lights, cross, and run back to the same spot on the other side of the road.

Overall though I’m pretty happy with this piece – it was quite a lot of fun!

As usual I used Runkeeper as my main tracking device. Both Nike+ and a new app that I’m trialling, TweetRunners, struggled to generate accurate statistics, partly due to being limited to getting their location data via wifi.


  1. Great job! a friend of yours in Shimane told my wife about this. Very impressed.

    • Thanks Edgar!

  2. Wow! This is very cool! A friend sent me your link. I have a Polar HRM along with my iPhone. I am also a tech geek when it comes to tracking data when I run, but I NEVER thought of running in a picture! I am super impressed!

    May I share this page in a post on ? Either way, I am just thinking, Wow! I can’t wait to try that. When I do, I will post them and share.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Be Well.



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