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How to measure your run or cycle distance: 3 easy options

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How far did I run?

Luckily, this is an easy question to answer. There are several different methods you can use to measure your run or cycle distance.

Option 1. Google Maps Pedometer

Just click on the Google Maps Pedometer: http://www.mappedometer.com/

Then center the map near where you’re running or cycling. To do this, type in your location at the box labeled “Location” and then click “Find”. You can be as specific or as vague as you like. For example: Austin, TX, or Sydney, Australia. You can even type in an actual street address for maximum precision. Then use the zoom buttons on the map and use the mouse to grab and move the map around until it’s centered near your run or cycle route.

Enter your route: double-click with the crosshair pointer at your starting location. Then do single clicks along the route to add markers. You’ll only need to add new points when you veer off a straight line. If you make a mistake, simply click on the button “undo last point”. If you did a there-and-back route instead of a loop, just construct the route there, and then click the button labeled ‘add reverse route’ – it will calculate the return automatically.

Voila! The distance result will come up automatically in its own box (just below the location box). It’s that easy.

Option 2. plotaroute.com

You can find it at https://www.plotaroute.com – it’s a mobile-friendly site. As far as plotting your run or cycle route is concerned, plotaroute.com works very much the same way as Google Maps Pedometer. You simply pick a location, double-click on your starting point, make single clicks according to where you went, and it will give you your distance.

There’s more though: plotaroute.com offers tutorials on how to use the site, forums for discussion, and best of all, the opportunity to browse shared routes in your area that others have uploaded. If you want to browse run, walk or cycle routes in a certain location, town or city, simply click on the “Routes” menu, then “Browse routes”. It will ask for location, and you can see what routes others have created in your area.

Option 3. MapMyRun

MapMyRun is highly popular. You can find it at http://www.mapmyrun.com and it has a mobile app available too. What I don’t like about it is that it asks you to register before letting you use it, unlike the previous two options. The mobile app for MapMyRun certainly is convenient, but if you just want to get your time and distance without making an account then plotaroute.com may be best.

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