Running

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  1. maxr3m

    maxr3m Member

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    Hello everyone. I am trying staying on track with the Academy running plan. However, I find it difficult to judge the distances and my pace. I am currently using an app that tracks my run through GPS, but the readings are very inconsistent. I was wondering if anyone had found a good way to accurately gauge pace and distance through an app, website, etc. I was also wondering if running on a treadmill which shows pace and distance can be used as well. Thanks in advance for your responses, they are always helpful!
     
  2. LB91

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    Try mapmyrun.com
    You can enter your own routes, plus see routes that other people in your area may have entered.
     
  3. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Is there a track to run on?
     
  4. tallbutshort

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    A lot of the time those running programs don't work very well. It depends on where you live, but in a lot of places there are running trails with the distances marked at the beginning. If you live near a state park, try running there as there's bound to be pre-measured trails. Running on a track works too, although that gets pretty boring. You can also get in your car and use the distance meter thing in the car (I think it's called an odometer?) to figure out how long a street route is. I personally find running on the treadmill much harder than running outside on real ground, but you'll still get fit if that's the way you want to do it. Good luck!
     
  5. mmct

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    It's more important about the amount of time you run.. Try a tempo run, 80-90% (100% is race pace) for about 45-50min
     
  6. Redbull{wings}

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    I can vouch for mapmyrun as well. It's pretty accurate and a fun way to track runs and workouts. Like mmct said time is more important but it is still interesting to see where and how far you ran. :thumb:
     
  7. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Simple way: Google earth has a "ruler" that can measure routes.


    Treadmills are good, but they can be deceptive. I can run a 6minute mile on a treadmill, but not outside.
     
  8. timdog12

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    what i have done (since im old school and dont have all that fancy stuff) is count out my paces on a track and then count whenever im running. whenever i hit my number i start over and know ive done about a mile. it also serves to take your mind off how tired you r and the pain u will be feeling if u r truly running.
     
  9. jtoye

    jtoye NAPS '12 appointee

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    I never know the exact distance I go when I am running. Typically if I go out and run for say 50 minutes at a medium pace it equates to 6.5-7 miles. But knowing your distance to the exact point isn't very helpful when the purpose is to boost cardio/endurance .
     
  10. kirbinator

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    What is on the running plan by the way?
     
  11. MChansard

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    running in my boots helped me a lot- to break them in and build some more muscle. just a suggestion! :thumb:
     
  12. Runningman2014

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    First, don’t run on a treadmill. It can be deceptive (it makes you think you are faster than you are). Also, it is really really boring (So much more enjoyable to drive your car to an unknown place and start running. Once you can sort of judge distances. It fun trying to find your way back to your car. Park traila and local cross country trails are nice as well) and I really don’t think you get the kind of work out you do just running out on a trail. As has been previously stated mapmyrun and Google earth are great tools to find out how far you have run and to map runs before you go. You can use this to pace your run overall. However, keeping the same pace throughout the entire run is something very difficult to do for some and easy for others. I was one of those people it took a long time to even get decent at it. If I were you I would get a watch and run on a track for at least a week or two. This way you can know what your pace is per 400 and start understanding what the pace you want feels like. However, this all depend on what you are running. If you are training for an 800 your pace will be completely different than if you were training for a 5k which is still slightly different than your pace for a longer run. So, first know what you are training for and what you want your total time to be and then break it down to find out what you should be shooting for each lap. You could either run on premeasured trail with mile marker or when you are mapping your run try to make each mile at an intersection or street. This way you can figure out your mile time for each mile, as well as, total time. Hopefully, this helps.
    Other words of wisdoms, if you are just starting to run. Drink plenty of water (despite contrary belief you can’t drink too much) If you forget to drink enough water don’t chug right before you go for your run. If you do you just give yourself a bad cramp. Eat bananas or take potassium pills, drink an electrolyte beverage such as Gatorade afterwards not before your run, stretch, get good shoes. Shoes normally wear out at 400-450 mile, if you don’t get new one you will start screwing up your knees, hip, ankles, ect. Make sure you warn up and stretch before tempo runs. If you don’t you are likely to pull/hurt something.
     

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