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How Do I Know How Far I'm Running?

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Updated January 07, 2014

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Question: How Do I Know How Far I'm Running?
"I just started running outside, but I'm never sure how far I'm running. How can I figure out the distance?"
Answer: When running on roads, you can use route measuring programs such as MapMyRun to plot your route and measure it. The MapMyRun site also has saved routes from other runners in your area, so you can browse through them and find some new routes. Or, you can always drive your route in your car and measure the mileage using your car's odometer.

If you sometimes run on a track (at your local high school, for instance), it's easy to measure your distance there. Most tracks are 400 meters (about 1/4 mile), so four laps would be about a mile.

If you continue to run outside a lot, you may decide you want to invest in a wristwatch with GPS, such as the Garmin Forerunner. You'll also be able to keep track of your pace, as well as other helpful running data.

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Safety Tips for Running Outside

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