Should I now measure out 5k (without the warm ups) - about to run W6 R3???? Anyone help with how to do this - TECHNOPHOBE!!!

Who just about downloaded the original APP - I have been running successfully in my own little circuit - but am now thinking do I need to measure the actual 5k distance around my house?? It will give me something to work towards for the final 3 weeks??

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  • Once I started the runs with no walking that what I did. I think it gives you a better idea of what your doing.

  • I think so too - what app did you use??

  • Try an OS map and a bit of string measured to the right length according to the scale. Then just fiddle round with where the string is going until you find a route of about the right length.

    Libraries usually have OS maps if you don't have one of your local area.

  • I use the runkeeper app on my phone, it calculates pace and distance

  • You could go along to your local Parkrun event (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events) where you can run a 5km course that's already mapped out for you. There are hundreds of events, around the world. They are free, timed events (no cost whatsoever) and the people that organise them are really friendly. You don't need to be fit or a fast runner, you just have to want to take part. I run/walk the Parkruns in Berkshire in a time of 35-40 mins, but some people that go take anything up to an hour to finish. You always get a round of applause and cheers of encouragement around the course and as you cross the finish line. They are held in parks so completely traffic free, every saturday morning. Its really spurred me on with my running, and whilst I'm not even close to being the next Paula Radcliffe, I give it a go and that's all that matters to me. I've never been made to feel that I'm not good enough to be there, they love it when they see new faces and everybody wants you to enjoy it. Check out their website and see if there's one near you. You don't have to register formally, you can still take part; or you can just steal their routes for you to try by yourself! Hope that helps.

  • There is a fab site called mapometer that is ridiculously easy to use. You just stick in the first part of your postcode and up pops the map. Try it and see. Good luck

  • goodrunguide is also a good one. You can track off-road as well as on-road runs. Dead easy to use...

  • Thanks everyone - I have now mapped a 5k run using that mapometer!!! Not sure when I will actually complete this :-)

  • The fab thing about mapometer is that if you can't do the full run you've mapped out, then you can go back in and re-plot what you did manage. That way you alway know how far you've run and how much further you need to go. Good luck

  • EVEN MORE THAN TUBIGRIP???

    Actually you could be right, mapometer doesn't cut off your circulation if you sit down for 5minutes!

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