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176139Graduate

I have run the course to w9. This is my first post

Question for geeks

Tomorrow I will run w9, r2. using the C25K app.

My phone app "Samsung Health" tells me that I am running 5km+ but how does it know? Does it only multiply the number of steps of an average person or does it use satnav or what?

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Tinytears60Graduate

I’m not sure what it uses ... perhaps GPS .. ?

But wanted to jump on to say Well done to you!

Not only are you within sniffing distance of crossing that graduation finish line 🏁🎓👏 but you’re already doing it with a 5k achievement!

That’s brilliant!

The majority of us graduate around 3.5k ,myself included, and I didn’t run 5k until a couple of weeks later.. Graduation for everyone is amazing but icing on the cake to get a 5k as well!

I look forward to reading your post 👍

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176139Graduate in reply to Tinytears60

THanks for your kind reply. Other replies suggest that the phone is possibly just counting my paces, and thus could not be relied upon as it cannot know my pace length. Some others suggest it may be using GPS. I will look for an app which is recommended and free.

I don't think I am running 5k, but if I am I will be wll impressed by the process.

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Instructor57Administrator

Yes, it uses sat nav, but will of course include your warm up and warm down walks unless you start it as you run !

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nowsterGraduate

You could install a specialised running app which will give you more detailed stats.

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176139Graduate in reply to nowster

Thanks for your kind reply. Can you recommend a trustworthy app, (preferably free.)

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Tinytears60Graduate in reply to 176139

Strava..... :-)

Quite a few of us are already using it :-)

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176139Graduate in reply to Tinytears60

Thanks for the info. I decided not to use Strava as it has very bad reviews.

Decided to use Runkeeper which tells me that today I ran 3.61km @ 8.19kmh. Whilst my phone app “Samsung Health” tells me that 5.3km was run.

I think I believe 3.61km is more likely.

I will use c25k for the last two runs in week 9 and then use Runkeeper and see how that works.

Runkeeper is free.

Keep on running

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Tinytears60Graduate in reply to 176139

It’s mad how they are so different isn’t it...

I find strava actually ok to use and it has good additional stuff... quite a few people from here are on it so we have a bit of a community going on.. you also get the opportunity to participate in challenges and get troph’s and as I’m a girlie that likes to be rewarded it works for me 👍😀

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nowsterGraduate in reply to 176139

Totally free (open source, too), not freemium: FitoTrack.

Strava will keep pushing its added premium analysis services but it is functional without it.

My smart watch was giving me 5+ Km for the running part but I was pretty sure it was wrong so downloaded strava which measured my run at 3.6km - disappointing but probably more accurate. 😱

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176139Graduate in reply to SJ60

Thanks for the info. I decided not to use Strava as it has very bad reviews.

Decided to use Runkeeper which tells me that today I ran 3.61km @ 8.19kmh. Whilst my phone app “Samsung Health” tells me that 5.3km was run.

I think I believe 3.61km is more likely.

I will use c25k for the last two runs in week 9 and then use Runkeeper and see how that works.

Runkeeper is free.

Keep on running

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SJ60 in reply to 176139

Thanks. I’ll look at runkeeper too. Might be more reliable and not drop out as much as strava.

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f1madmanGraduate

My Samsung health app passively uses steps to estimate distance and is assuming I travel way further than I do. If you record the run manually on it then I believe it uses gps

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176139Graduate

Thanks

Decided to use Runkeeper which tells me that on Friday I ran 3.61km @ 8.19kmh. Whilst my phone app “Samsung Health” tells me that 5.3km was run.

I think I believe 3.61km is more likely.

Today I used Runkeeper as I walked back home to measure the distance. It showed 3.71km.

The Samsung app showed 5km+.

I will use c25k for the last runs in week 9 and then use Runkeeper and see how that works.

Runkeeper is free.

Keep on running

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Jigsaw123Graduate in reply to 176139

I have decided on runkeeper. I also have set it up to give speak the stats every 5 minutes. Distance time and pace. Love the french voice.

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