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nj_likes2010-05-01 07:43:14 +0000 #1
After not having exercised in quite a while, I've decided to take up the Couch to 5K running program. I was just wondering, though, is there an easy/inexpensive way to figure out distance/pace?

I don't live near an outdoor track and don't have the money to spare for a gym membership, but I figure that's the beauty of taking up running...you don't need to! I plan on starting off walking/jogging around my subdivision and/or on a multi-use path nearby, but I'm terrible at estimating distances. How can I figure out when I'm reaching 1/8mi, 1/4mi, etc?

I know distance isn't necessarily all that important when starting out (esp for a beginner like me!) but my analytical side will be encouraged by knowing I'm making progress.

Any advice you could give would be much appreciated!
Biciclista2010-05-01 07:53:47 +0000 #2
how about Mapmyrun.com ?
Pedal Wench2010-05-01 08:22:11 +0000 #3
Google maps, or hop in a car and map it out with the odometer?
skhill2010-05-01 08:35:09 +0000 #4
I started out by using my bike computer and figuring out some 1/2 mile and 1 mile marks around my house, in different directions. And you could certainly do the same with a car's odometer.

These days I check milage with mapmyrun or www.gmap-pedometer.com: www.gmap-pedometer.com

Enjoy!
Kimmyt2010-05-01 09:14:42 +0000 #5
I use mapmyrun. View in the hybrid mode and you can see a satellite image overlaid with the street names, which is useful for when you're on sidewalk or a Multiuse trail which might not show up on a regular road map view.

K.

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