How do you count running distance?

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    How do you count running distance?

    Hi all,

    I will possibly start Age of Pandora in about a week, and I know there's running in it. How do you guys count your running distance? How about some apps on the phone as an option? Which one do you recommend?

    Thanks!

    #2
    I used to use Map My Run to track my running, but I know other apps like Strava and Runkeeper are pretty popular too. I would suggest downloading a couple of apps to see which works best for you.

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      #3
      Silent Wolf Thanks for the suggestion! My concern with apps is the accuracy of their calculation. I tried out Run Tracker and the built-in app on my phone to calculate the same path today, but the results were different. I will try a couple more tomorrow.

      Is there any old-fashioned way of calculating?

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        #4
        Well, not having a smart phone, I usually use google maps. That only works if you're running on streets that are on there (difficult for laps in the park), and it's not 100% accurate either, but I always figured it was good enough for me. After all, what's the harm if I ran a few meters more or less? I guess if even the modern apps are too inaccurate, a track or treadmill would do the trick, but that can get boring quickly.
        Oh, or you could do the high knees option instead of the running. If I remember correctly, those are given in numbers required.

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          #5
          I don't do running, but if I would and I'd need to track the distance, I would probably do it the oldschool way with map, measuring tools and pencil. Depending on where you live your city or community might have running-maps (tourist informations sometimes have them) were you just need to choose a route and start running. I suppose some websites have ready to run routes as well, or at least I would look for something like that.
          And lastly, a pedometer could be an option. They're not too expensive. You can enter the length of an average step of yours and it calculates the distance you've run.

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            #6
            MissSmilla Thanks! I totally agree with what you say, and yes I can just do high knees if things don't work out well. I find runnig to be boring, but I also want to take the opportunity and try it out again to see how it feels now.

            Nihopaloa Thank you for your advice! I have thought about calculating by multiplying steps and step length. I need about 300 running steps to achieve 200m run, but the task of counting running steps on my own is close to impossible.

            EDIT: yeah a pedometer, I will check it out, thanks!

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              #7
              kandy I use to use the app Map My Run. Now is use my Apple Watch. I agree with you,I would never be able to count my running steps for any amount of distance.

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                #8
                I used to change the method, trying to check whether they were accurate.
                Got different results here:
                1. My smartwatch, built-in app
                2. My smartwatch, Strava app
                3. My smartphone, Samsung health
                4. My smartphone, Google fit
                5. My smartphone, Strava

                Not that smart! They all give different distances!!

                Now I use always the same one. At least I can compare to myself

                For planning purposes, onthegomap https://onthegomap.com/ is very handy.


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                  #9
                  you could totally do it the old school way and just run for time... you just need a watch for that. Or if you want stats like miles, pace, HR etc, a basic garmin running watch is a good choice. That is what I have. It is not too fancy and it does just what you want. Gives your distance and other things.

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                    #10
                    Statistics, maps, training mode, voice guidance, ... etc, a lot of information. There are tons of different applications, and the thing to measure distance and / or time can be as complex as you want. It depends on your needs or the information you want to compile.

                    For me, if I go running nearby, just to accomplish with requirements for AoP, if I do not need much more than distance and time, I would choose the easiest, lightest and simplest. One that I have is "Handy GPS", made for hiking, and is the one I use most days to walk or go jogging.

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                      #11
                      If you don't want to use an app, Strava also has a mapping tool on their website for planning routes. It's a bit better and easier to use then Google Maps, but I think it requires an account (free).

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