Running distance is measured because of a number of reasons. Technology has given us the chance to fulfill all these reasons very easily on every run.
Decades ago runners and coaches would argue endlessly on how far a running distance should go. One of the primary reasons on why we should determine the length of the route we’re going to conquer is to determine the runner’s pace. A runner’s health and capability is at the utmost importance about pace. A good speed isn’t absolute but rather pinned to your current fitness level, age, gender, etc. There is some reference that tells us that you should focus on achieving your target heart rate (THR) in determining what an appropriate speed is. You can look up the formula on the internet if you want to take this method. The equation is what most athletes use. This is what you use if you want to calculate and be somewhat professional.
For starters a good rule of thumb is to keep a pace that you can have a conversation with someone. This rule would ensure that a good speed is kept. It is important that you are on a pace you can endure and a good measure of that is being able to maintain a conversation. If you can talk comfortably, breathing won’t be too much of a problem either. Keeping a good pace prevents any unfortunate events from happening especially to your health.
Running distance is also measured to be shared through social networks. Social networking has evolved into platforms that could share anything; from photos, videos, thoughts as text, maps and even running routes. Now your friends can also enjoy the same experience you’ve had with a particular terrain. That shows how far technology has helped us on how we connect to our family, friends or acquaintances.
Technology not only gives us assistance with the way we share it to other people, it also lets us see things about the run before it happens. With just a few clicks and strokes on the keyboard you can use Google maps. This site has two of the most important services you would need for a successful run. It has of course the map and a weather service. Google map is one of Google’s flagship apps. Using satellites and information uploaded by users, they have managed to create a virtual globe everyone can use online. The best thing about it is that it’s free on a desktop or mobile. It is very easy to measure your running distance or commute. You can zoom in to the globe close enough to be able to tell how the terrain looks like. If you’ve got a mobile device that has global positioning system (gps) enabled, you would be able to track your progress in real time. With Google maps you can run it, map it, and share it using its many interactive functions.
Knowing what the weather would look like obviously is another huge benefit. After running distance is determined, the weather is the next logical thing to research on. With this knowledge you are much better prepared. You would have a much higher chance to have fun!