When my sister first starting taking me running, she used to take me onto running paths all around where we lived. She would calculate the distance by the speedometer in her car. She would plan the route and take me with her, and I would memorize the trail. I also started to gauge the distance by how I felt. When I went to college I got a bit lazy, and I would run on paths not knowing the distance and when I “felt” like it was 3 miles or whatever distance I had committed to running, I would stop. I did a 5 mile race on Thanksgiving morning (The Turkey Trot) in Cleveland when I came back home that first year, and realized that what I “felt” was 5 miles was probably more around 2. I remembered when I first started running, and my sister would tell me that many people underestimate the distance of a mile. I started running on the treadmill so that I could be sure I was running the correct distance, but that gets boring after awhile. Also, you can’t always find a gym when you’re travelling and it becomes on excuse not to run. I love the TV’S that they have at Five Seasons Country Club, because they keep me entertained on long runs- but sometimes all I want to do after sitting inside all day is to get outside and run forever.
The solution I’ve found is using the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit . It tells you your running pace, distance, duration and calories burned when you’re on your run. You can set up your running goals before you start and it will tell you how you are doing throughout. You can even make a playlist that matches your workout. After you are done, you can sync your workout stats to nikeplus.com and you can analyze your performance. This is awesome for training. It keeps you focused and on track. Check it out!
"The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race."