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Abs of Flabs
Do you have recommendation for a novice who just wants to keep track of time / distance / split times?
It's not a pedometer actually, it's an accelerometer - but the same idea. After I calibrated it at the track the other day, it's accurate to within a few steps every couple of miles.
Pedometers are designed to count the number of steps you took in a given amount of time. Distance is a product of number of steps and the length of your stride, which the pedometer has no chance to knowing. Your stride length is not an absolute number either. It is dependent upon your pace (how fast you run), and other factors.
In other words, pedometers can give you a ball park range of your distance, but you can't rely on it. If you want a truly accurate way to keep track of time, distance and splits, you'll need a GPS watch. The most popular one is the Garmin Forerunner. Timex also has a similar device. These gadgets will give you your distance (accurate to probably 98-99% over a long distance), your speed/pace as you're running, and can automatically create split times. They cost anywhere up to $350.
Problem is, the GPS units don't work very well where it's heavily wooded, do they?
Maybe you can find a friend who will let you try one out on your most densely covered running route?
Ok! Can anyone tell me how to do links?
There's a little button for it just to the right of the bold/italic/underline buttons. You can also link pictures that way.
Running through a tunnel does completely wipe out the signal