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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Your mileage may vary

You runners, bikers, and walkers out there: Here's a neat tool that takes the guesswork out of estimating the distance you cover on your favorite routes. I was pleased to find out that I had underestimated my favorite loop by two-tenths of a mile, although I had overestimated one of my more ambitious runs by more than a quarter-mile. (The website may still have some bugs, but the basic pedometer feature seems to be running fine.)

Another nice thing about the site is that it's so much easier to think, talk, and write about getting exercise than to actually get it! (Via Frenzied Daddy.)

Comments (5)

That's so neat, thanks much for sharing (beats my old method of trying to drive the routes to figure them out). JES

Hi, Jack,
Another way to get a "spot on" distance is to carry a GPS once in a while.

I tried a GPS, but I found that it caused me to start receiving KGON on my dental bridge work.

I did a simple check to see if a hand-held GPS would produce a fairly accurate number. I went to a school quarter-mile track. I did 12 laps on the inside lane, which should be 3 miles. The GPS read 3.03. Pretty good for measuring the distance around an oval. [You are welcome to borrow it.]

There's a similar tool at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
Only it doesn't have ads and stuff.

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