(Closed) How best to measure a run?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

When I first started running I just always tried to go to a further “landmark” [a house, a park, a weird mailbox] everytime. It wasn’t about how far at first, but just that I went further than the day before. But after years of running I’ve invested in a great watch that counts my calories burned on my run, measures my heart rate, and will tell me how far I’ve gone. 

Otherwise I use mapmyrun.com a lot too to plan it out ahead of time.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

mapmyrun.com

create a loop and it will tell you how long it was.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I use CardioTrainer on my phone, but have found that sometimes (depending on the weather?) the distances are off. Check the settings on your app to make the GPS refresh as often as possible for more accurate tracking.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If the run is around the neighborhood or something, I would probably go out in the car, set my trip odometer to zero and drive it lol. I’ve done it before!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I second mapmyrun.com .

I wouldn’t use the car odometer, it’s not really as accurate.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Another vote for mapmyrun.com–it’s easy, and pretty accurate. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I use the iMapMyRUN app on my iphone..It’s great!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I use Google maps. They have a walking section under directions, and so I enter in my starting, middle, and end points, and then make sure the routes match up. I run the same route most days, so it’s fairly easy for me to do.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

They’re all going to have some kind of problem.

Anything where you’re plotting distance on a map directly (mapMyRun, Google, etc.) is going to be off because there are not enough datapoints to get a really accurate view. (Imagine if you charted a course down a road that’s a straight line, but then in real life you zig zagged across the “straight” line. You would have run much further that the original measurement even though you still got from point A to point B.)

Anything with GPS will be off if the GPS is not tracking correctly. This can happen when anything interrupts the GPS signal (you go under heavy cover like thick trees or inside a building), or frankly when the software you’re using is programmed incorrectly. (Runkeeper actually had a problem a while ago that they fixed through a software upgrade.)

I tend to stick with GPS because it’s easier. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I have used mapmyrun, and I really like it.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I use the imapmyrun app on my iphone and it seems to be pretty accurate!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I just go by time! more specifically, by # of songs i tun to – if i want to do 70 minutes, I make a playlist of ~15 songs and run til the end of it.  Then about once every two weeks I time myself on a 7km loop and figure out my pace.  But mostly I aim for time spent running rather than distance.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

walkjogrun.net – it’s similiar to google maps, but you can enter as many data points as you want, so you can follow the curve of streets, for example.  I like it, it’s fun to track out how far we went.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I also use mapmyrun, I find it easy to use and accurate (checked the km with my car!)  They do miles or km depending on what you want.

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