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Hi guys, well I’m going to be doing my w5r3 Sunday and I am really looking toward to it, but I have been wondering how can I measure my distance ......may be a daft question but whilst I’m using the c25k app I’m not sure of the distance only the time which as we know is set in stone at the mo whilst following this......I don’t think I’m anywhere near 5k as I am a plodde?!? Any advice welcome TIA

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There are running apps using gps that tell you distance, pace and calories etc..

I like you, became curious about distance and used this, but only for two runs. The reason being, I felt pressure to run faster and go further, this made me tired and stopped me enjoying my journey as a runner.

I used it for my graduation run, but now I am building on that only use a timer.

Enjoy the program and worry about distance later!!!

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Thank you for replying I think having read the replies you are all about the same and suggest time over distance to begin with so I think I will do that as like you said I don’t want to stop enjoying this as it is doing wonders for my stress levels from being at work.....

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I think it's really about the time, not the distance (despite the 5k in the title). I still don't know how far I run in the 30 minutes - it won't be 5k though as I'm a plodder too. Good luck on Sunday.

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I think I’m going to concentrate on the time ...... I’m defo a plodder !!

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I use the MapMyRun app on my phone which is free to download. It records your distance and helpfully tells you your time as you hit each km. you can have that running in the background as well as the c25k app and your own music if you want. Paulabana (?) is right that it can make you compete with yourself to keep getting quicker but If you can overcome that it’s useful. Does things like km split times, total run time and a map of your route too.

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Hi. I use Strava which measures distance and speed/time. Tbh at the moment I just look at distance primarily. I’m looking at increasing speed as I move on with the plan. I’m on 5/3 tomorrow!

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Hi I used map my run and Strava but now have a Fitbit which uses my phones gps. When I started I was devastated that I was always under 5k I only managed it after I graduated there is no pressure it's about time not speed 🙂

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Thanks guys.........I think I will concentrate on the time first and distance later. Thanks for the advice ....

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I’m not worrying about distance at the moment just focusing on finishing each run. 6 weeks ago I struggled to run for 60secs and today ran for 25mins. As the stamina/fitness improve I will focus more on distance. Don’t get hung up....ENJOY!!!

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I defo want to carrying on enjoying this so I will just focus on the programme for now and well done for the 25 mins I’m trying 20mins tomorrow ..... can’t wait!

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You’ll smash it x

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I've measured a route from my house on some commuter programme that is approximately 5k. For the last few weeks I've either just run and turned around halfway or, if I have more time, used the 5k route and just continued walking the rest after my 5 minutes warm down walk. This has been useful for me to see how I am progressing and it's usually just a bit over 50 min. On week 9 now and did my first park run this morning - and did the same thing with just walking the extra. I was given a time of 53 minutes but had an email which has adjusted it to 44 minute ( think they were late starting). So despite only 3 people behind me out of nearly 600, I'm actually quite chuffed. I know we are not meant to worry about speed / distance but it can help motivate 😀

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