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3/16/13 7:16 A

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it's official - my pedometer is a load of useless plastic!

Today I did a google-mapped 5K along a highway route - and it told me I'd done 5175 steps and gone 1.79 miles/2.8k

I tried doing some maths on it - not exactly a maths wizard - but reckon there is about a 1.7 error on the step counter - ie for every 1.7 steps I do, it only captures 1.

Until I can afford a better one.. I am thinking I don't really need to count my steps as I know I'm doing enough! The time is probably a better indicator.

Gill

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3/14/13 11:38 A

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thanks - yes, that does help :D I think I'm about the same - so my guesstimate can't be too far off!

Gill

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3/10/13 5:50 P

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My steps are between 2300 and 2400 steps per mile if that helps

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3/10/13 2:09 P

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thanks - that's what I did initially - but it's quite hard to take a normal step! I did it a few times and decided on 21" - I'm 5'3" tall - does that sound about right?

A more involved calculation occurred to me - when I run my 5K I can use my pedometer - then divide the 5k by the number of steps - and that will give me an average stride length?!

I suppose it doesn't really matter that much really!

Gill

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3/10/13 10:00 A

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For your stride put a tape measure down on the floor and then take a normal step and see how big of a stride you take. That is the way I was told.

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3/10/13 9:58 A

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Sounds like you got this under control for right now. Great job.

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3/9/13 11:47 A

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Have been slowed down by a cough/cold virus this week. Looks like Week 5 might be extended to two weeks - no worries though - I've been hula-hooping and rebounding at home to keep up the cardio, and doing the Beginners Strength Training for Runners on alternate days. In the for the long-haul!

Gill

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3/7/13 10:55 A

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I've tracked a 5k straight-along- the-road route for myself - so that I can catch a bus to the start and run towards home! This morning I went past the starting place on the bus (on my way home from work) and could not believe how far it was away from home! 5K? oh my giddy aunt - will I be able to do it? I think I might stay on Week 5 for two weeks!

Gill

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3/5/13 7:11 A

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I'm thinking the most reliable way to measure 5k might be to plot a straight route along - get a bus to the start and run home!

Gill

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3/3/13 11:49 A

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I am just beginning Week 5 - and realised that it is 5k or 3.1 miles. So far, my pedometer has said about 2.25K or 1.45 miles (ie about half a 5k) - and I couldn't see how that would suddenly become 5k this week. Then I realised that my pedometer uses the stride length I inputted to calculate the distance......... and I could only guesstimate my stride length. So, I'm going to use the map to track my 5k route and see how far I'm really running! And - how do you reliably measure your stride length?


Gill

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