WTF Wednesday – How a Race Course is measured!

Hey Peeps, it’s an update! Surprised? Good.

Mom and I headed off to shop because you aren't born with these kinds of skills, you know, you gotta hone that shit!

Mom and I headed off to shop because you aren’t born with these kinds of skills, you gotta hone that shit, you know?

I was a little worried that my readers would abandon me because I haven’t been updating much. I don’t worry too much about my stats since this blog is not exactly a money-maker but I do like to keep my loyal readers up to date, (and by loyal readers I mean my Mom, my sister-in-law, and possibly a second cousin twice removed.) God Bless it!

Self importance

Since Mom is here with me, inevitably my stats should be pretty low but imagine my surprise when I saw that I had the most page views ever earlier this week!

Before I got all high and mighty on myself I should have checked the source….

The creepy weirdo dance.

The creepy weirdo dance.

Yeah, apparently I’m a pretty good read for some perverted creeps out there…Glad that I was able to entertain you, but it’s not THAT kind of blog and no I will not post pics of my black toenail you little freaks!

Moving on…..

Aside from all the shopping, I’ve been running a lot. I’ve also been reading a lot of great articles about running and training and there is one that I have been dying to share with you for some time.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my GPS results after a race and wondered just how the heck they come up with the course length. I mean, how do they measure it because according to my God of all Garmins, it was wrong!

Garmin 620

How the heck do I know it’s an accurate course if Garmin says it isn’t? And if it’s accurate, what the heck is wrong with my GPS? Why is there a difference?

I’ve also read a lot of training blogs from some very competitive runners and a few of them have mentioned their strategies for running the course and this only made me more curious. Why would someone run close to the side or diagonal around a curve? Just how is a race measured anyway and what part is measured? Is it the side? The middle? Does it make a difference where you run?

Thankfully, the good folks from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series had the answers and they put them in this easy to read infographic! It’s awesome and I had to share it with you.

Running GPS vs Course Length Infographic

You’re welcome.

Now, how many of you are going to be enjoying a huge turkey dinner tomorrow? I know I will be but after seeing this, I probably wont be eating as much as I normally would….

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That’s some crazy ish right there.

Maybe you can offset the calories with a Turkey Trot race? I’m not sure if I’m running one or not but I am sure that I’ll be spending a wonderful day surrounded by my family and friends and I wish the same for you. We’ll be making the usual feast and I’m making these Turkey Cookies

Turkey Cookies

Hopefully the end result will be less messy….

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Do you have any family traditions that are dear to you? Tell me about them.

Did you know how they measure race courses? Did you like the infographic?

5 thoughts on “WTF Wednesday – How a Race Course is measured!

  1. That’s really interesting! I read about something similar on another blog I follow. I plan on not using any tracking app while I’m running my first half. That way I’m not focusing too much on exact time.
    We don’t really have any traditions.. we will have two Thanksgiving’s this year. One tomorrow with my husband’s family then one on Sunday with my family. Its a good thing I have five miles planned for Friday πŸ™‚
    Have an awesome Turkey Day!

  2. I liked the infographic! I knew the GPS watch wouldn’t be all that accurate outside if a pretty straight line.

    No Thanksgiving traditions, really. I’m headed to a friend’s. I’m not big on turkey day.

    PS the girls on the run race was good. A bit chaotic, I lost my niece before the race but thank god I found her during the race!!!!!!!! (yes need lots of exclamation points). I think she’s going to do one in the spring so I’m going to try to visit again then. If it doesn’t conflict with San Diego.

    • Glad to hear the race was good and thank goodness you found your niece! I like races with lots of participants but the chaos is a little frightening to me. A few years ago, I ran a race that had over 18,000 entrants. It scared the bejesus out of me. That being said Girls on the Run is an awesome organization and I hope you get to run another race in the spring. Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

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