How far did I run?
If you’re looking for an answer to this question, then you have come to the right place.
As a runner, knowing how far you run is one of the most important numbers to keep track of.
But keeping track of this metric can be a pain without the right tools.
Keeping track of how you ran can be a pain in the head without the right tools.
In this article, I’ll explain the main ways that you can measure your running distance, including their benefits and downsides.
Why You Need To Know How Far You Did Run
Even if you’re a recreational runner logging the miles for stress relief and the joy of it, this metric can be helpful.
Let’s look into why.
Predict Race Times
When you keep track of your running distances in some form of workout journal, you can predict your finish time for a race by periodically reviewing your logs.
Find The Sweet Spot
Knowing how far you run can help you determine how far to run in future runs.
This not only ensures that you’re getting the most out of your runs but also for planning your running routes.
When you don’t plan your running routes, you risk either under-or overestimate yourself, which can compromise your running success.
Overcome Training Challenges
Keeping track of your running distances helps you overcome running obstacles.
For example, if you struggle to keep your weekly mileage in cold weather, consider substituting a few outdoor runs with treadmill workouts.
Keeping an eye on your weekly mileage can help remind you of your commitment to logging the miles.
Be Your Own Coach
Keeping track of your running stats, especially your distance, pace, and relevant factors, can also help you review your training plan and make the right changes when needed.
How to Keep Track Of Your Running Mileage
There are many options for tracking running distances.
You may find that you like one method over the other.
Use Google Maps
The most convenient tool for planning running routes is, hands down, Google Maps.
All you need to do is to input in the start and endpoint of your running route, and voila!
You can also rely on the tool for available transports options, especially in densely populated areas.
This provides you the option of a new route as a footpath or cycle path.
Check the following YouTube tutorial on how to make the most out of Google Maps as a runner.
Another convenient way of keeping track of your running distance is by using a GPS device.
Standing for Global Positioning System, GPS relies on a set of 24 satellites (owned by the U.S.) to provide positioning, timing, and navigation.
The system works by measuring the time it takes for signals to be received from these satellites.
You can put GPS technology to use using many tools.
The most common tool is by wearing a GPS running watch, such as Garmin.
GPS tracking works best when there’s a clear view of the sky and need to connect to at least three satellite to make out your position.
That’s why GPS devices tend to be fallible when running on trails or under imperfect weather conditions.
Not many years ago, one needed a special GPS unit to measure distance through satellite technology.
Not the case anymore.
Now your Smartphone has a built-in GPS system you can use to track your distance and speed, using many of the widely available apps.
The GPS function of the apps is essentially the same.
Using a GPS network, the app measure the distance covered, time, and other factors such as elevation gain, calorie burned, heart rate, and much more.
They also come with a social media component so you can share your progress with your friends, too.
There are a plethora of running apps available, and most of them are free.
Some apps come at a fee, allowing limited use of the app features.
Other apps also allow a short free trial period.
Some of the best running apps include:
If you prefer to run without your phone and don’t want to shell a couple of hundreds of dollars on a running watch, you can determine your running distance by tracing your route post-run using one of the popular and free run-mapping websites.
Here are two recommendations.
On The Go Map. Powered by Google Maps, this one gives you the ability to track routes on an interactive map of any city.
Choose a starting point, then choose others along the course, and then choose a finish point.
Map My Run – offering similar features to the previous one but asks you to sign up for a free account.
The simple guidelines shared here are enough not only to help you work out how many miles you run but also to plan your runs much more effectively and easily.
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