Couch to 5K

How do you measure your distance?

As I approach graduation, I am wondering how close to the 5K I actually am. I know it is more about time than distance but I'd like to know if I am ready to consider a park run.

I use an android phone for the C25K app from the BBC Get Inspired site and I'd like something that will run alongside that without major tweaking as I run.

Any ideas would be much appreciated, especially if they are free to download.

Thanks. Plate of (virtual) cakes on the sideboard for those who are able to help.

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Hi Sheps, there are quite a few free apps that you can use alongside C25k app. Personally I run wearing my Fitbit which uses my phone GPS to track my distance. But there is a free version of Runkeeper which does the same, be sure to turn off the interruptions from any other app though so that you aren't getting bombarded when you run. Michael J is enough for me :)

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Hi, I'm not the right person to advise on apps etc but I would certainly recommend doing the Parkrun. No need to wait till you've run 5k you can run/walk if you need to. My hubby ran the Parkrun on Saturday, he's only on W3 and he was nowhere near last.

Good luck ... go for it!

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Hi Sheps, I use Strava. Its free to download the basic version and there is a c25k club on there some of us are on. Its seems to be quite an accurate recording of your run and gives the breakdown of your km speeds. You can save them and compare your progress.

Good luck with your last week😎, and I'd better not have a virtual cake as I already had a bit if rocky road at lunch...

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I use Mapmyrun. It has loads of useful things on it and runs in tbe background to your podcast, music etc. Just the free version does all I need currently.

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I also use Strava. I like the mile split times. I didn't know there was a C25k group on there. I'm definitely going to join up.

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There is a little list of recommended apps, here:

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Pass me one of those chocolate tiffins, please :-)

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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I'll get googling armed with those.

Pass the plate around, lemon drizzle, chocolate tiffin and a selection of homemade biscuits as well. You've all earned them.

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MrsMarkyD made chocolate tiffin for the group of us tackling Edale/KinderScout this Saturday. It would be fair to say I like chocolate tiffin. Garmin ForeRunner 235 reported a 2,000 calorie burn on Saturday. Shame I ate 4,000 calories-worth of tiffin!

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There is a web site called good run guide, by putting in your post code you can get a satellite map and plot your route, it will give you a very accurate distance. 👍

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Thank you, Ericslad. I'll have a look at that.

By the by, I did the park run on Saturday and completed it at the run in 41 minutes. I will graduate the C25K this week so am slightly ahead of myself.

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Well done 👍

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Ericslad, I wanted to thank you for this information - I can now work out my achievements - 3.8K in 30 minutes this morning which is quite pleasing. I also now have a route for when I am ready to do a 5K post graduation. I have some serious hills locally so some planning is required.

So thank you for your help.

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Glad to help, it's a really handy site once you just get the hang of it. Regards Paul

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