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When I want to plan a route so I know I will be running a given distance with a change in scenery I use GMAPS-PEDOMETER and have been really happy with it. For me it has been the easiest to use because you don't have to worry about curves or turns. When I began running I used a pedometer but quickly learned the pace and distance functions were worthless because my stride was not constant. I continued to wear the pedometer but only because it was electronic and had a timer that started when I started and stopped when I stopped. I planned my run and identified 3, 6, and 9 minle points then came to a screeching halt to check my time. But, by far the best thing that happened to my running was when Amazon put their Garmin 205 on sale for less than $100. I now don't have to come to a screeching halt to check my time because it keeps track of everything. I show 4 windows on my Garmin GPS and at any time during my run I simply raise my wrist to see what pace I am currently running, what my pace is for that split (set at 1 mile) at that point in time, how long I've been running, and the distance I've run. I put off buying one, now I wouldn't want to run without it.
I use the timex global and love it.
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Initially / basically, just using a map application (mapMyRun.com) to map your run distance, then keep track of your start and end times will work. If you want to get more sophisticated and more accurate readings, the following options work well. Keep in mind, at some point, you may want to know your pace as it varies throughout your runs.
Nike+ can be used with iPhone, iPod Touch, Sport band (no music option when you run) or iPod nano and has a good website that accumulates your runs for viewing, sharing and offers community and coach options. It will also announce distances as you progress through your runs. http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikeplus/en_US/plus/#//dashboard/ One thing, if your shoe doesn't have the cutout for inserting the sensor, you can buy an external pouch for your shoe at many running stores.
I also recommend (and have) a Garming 305 as an either / or option. Small, accurate, and also has different options for viewing your runs. The web version is located at http://connect.garmin.com/features
The Nike is an estimated pace and distance based on a calibrated stride length. It's pretty accurate.
The Garming 305 is gps based and is extremely accurate for both distance, pace and elevation. You can replay your runs using their application software, and using the garming connect website.
Hope this helps.
I'll carry on with MapMyRun for now. It's great!
IF I complete C25K and IF I don't decide to pack it all in after my first 5K and IF I'm still running at the end of the year, then MAYBE a Garmin 305 will be on my Christmas list.
I figure I have to earn it.