Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,
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The Running Man

After considerable soul-searching, I've been forced to reluctantly conclude that 1.1 miles is not 0.8 miles. The former is the distance the Rand McNally EasyFinder Map says is between the intersection of NE 15th Ave and NE Schuyler St and the intersection of NE 15th Ave and NE Fremont St. The latter distance was coughed up by MapQuest. Yahoo! Maps and Google Maps both say it's 0.9 miles and my car's trip meter (which Google failed to find a link for) weighed in at about 0.85 miles. Given the legal implications of car's odometers telling fibs, I felt that our shadowy masters in Detroit could be given the benefit of the doubt just this once.

Why the hell should I care? Well, I'm glad you asked. You see, I recently was foolish enough to admit in my journal that I wanted to run the Portland Marathon. Much to my dismay, this involves training and shit. Training and shit, in turn, involves knowing how far I've run and knowing how far I've run involves making stupid LiveJournal posts asking strangers how they solve this dilemma.

So, how do you solve this dilemma? How do you know how far you've run and where are good spots for running? I live just north of Lloyd Center and anything close to there would be lovely.
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