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 Post subject: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:34 pm 
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I would like to know how many miles or km some of the trails I am walking are. What is the easiest way to figure it out? I am not very exercise savvy. I know you can get pedometers but I thought those had to be set by the user and I don't have any way to set it without knowing the trail length.
I know there is something easy here that I am missing.

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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:36 pm 
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http://www.trails.com/googlemap.aspx

http://www.mapmyride.com/

Both of these make mapping trails pretty easy!


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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:11 pm 
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Those seem to work only with roads though. I'm trying to figure out trails in one of the national forests here. And googling info about the trail is bringing up nothing. bleh.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:26 pm 
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Map My Ride has an option to do a hybrid map where it shows Google Earth-type satellite views with roads superimposed on them. I use that when I'm trying to figure out distance on trails and stuff, but it might be tricky if it's a heavily wooded area or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:38 pm 
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Pinko wrote:
Map My Ride has an option to do a hybrid map where it shows Google Earth-type satellite views with roads superimposed on them. I use that when I'm trying to figure out distance on trails and stuff, but it might be tricky if it's a heavily wooded area or something.

It is wooded. And those sites are working poorly for me. Am I supposed to create a new map?

edit: I see the hybrid now.

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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
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heh. Yes it is too wooded and does not zoom into there. I suppose one should not run in the woods.

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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:29 am 
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I use gmaps pedometer http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/

I don't know if it will work on your trail but for the places where I run on trails or paths I switch the "draw route" function to manual and take my best guess at the trail.


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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:34 am 
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i have a $5 pedometer i bought at a GNC- it's a rough thing, not accurate, because the pedometer was so cheap that you don't personalize your stride distance. if you don't figure out anything better, it would be an option.

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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:54 am 
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The problem with all of these online trackers is that they basically use the same map and because I am running in a forest on a trail, there is nothing but a big patch of green there. They don't zoom in close enough to be able to find any sort of start point. The next time I go I am going to see if the park rangers have any maps that might be marked.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:00 am 
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I think if you use the biking function on Google Maps, it shows some trails.


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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:12 pm 
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If you are willing to lay out some cash, Garmin makes awesome GPS watches. You can record your whole walk or run and then upload it to the Garmin site and see your route with distance, elevation, calories burned, etc. I LOVE it. Mine was $199 but I think you could get an older model for less.


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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:08 pm 
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From what I can tell, if you're not on google's grid, most or all of the online mapping tools will not work. If you're not willing to crunch numbers involving your stride length x number of strides, a GPS watch is the easiest and most expensive solution. If you have some sense of how far you run or walk in a given time period and can get your approximate MPH or KPH down (I run about 10 minute miles, so I assume 40 minutes = 4 miles, etc), there's that method. Not tremendously accurate either. If you have that info, some cheaper running watches that have pedometers built in can spit out your per mile time while you're running or walking.

If there's a dedicated running store near you, they might have something else. IMO, a GPS watch would be nice and all, but I prefer to go by approximation. All the pedometers I've tried leave me frustrated with calculations. Trying to measure my stride length by myself resulted in a lot of frustration and finally just stepping in paint and jogging half a block, then going back with a measuring tape. (I have forgotten the measurement.)

ETA: If you have a fancy phone or device that does apps, and you take it running, you can use these: http://www.runningnetwork.com/read_reso ... ps-runners


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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:12 pm 
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I haven't run into many trails that don't have mileage at the trailhead honestly. You can check at the visitors center for a map and mileage. Trails.com might help you too, I always find the trails when googling them though, at least the ones around here. I find the milege is a bit off but it is a good estimate. I use my garmin, why don't you invite a friend who has a gps or a smart phone along for a hike? My phone will map my route and track my progress, but I LOVE my garmin forerunner. A lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 am 
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heh heh. I am an unemployed artist so any amount of money for fancy watches isn't happening. The trails are not marked with mileage at the trail head and I haven't seen any around here that are. I'm just not going to worry about it. I'll do a rough estimate based on time and run on.

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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:15 pm 
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One thing you can try is see if someone else has mapped that trail with their fancy gps watch. You would check out running sites, like mapmyrun, cool running, Runningahead, garmin, and see if anyone has made public their run on your trail.

Also, runners world magazine has a lot of reviews of places to run, and they might have reviewed your trail as well. It might be worth a quick search.


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 Post subject: Re: Figuring out Running Distance
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:40 am 
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I use Gmap Pedometer to calculate my distance: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
It's a pretty cool tool. Although I've never tried it for non-urban areas before.


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