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Ultra / Adventure racing
Do I need monitors?
I have just started running and am thinking of getting a distance monitor as I have no idea how far I am travelling are these any good and are they worth the money?
I wouldn't bother. Enjoy running what ever the distance (after all does it really matter?), and consider it in a few months.
not necessary .
Once you get used to running you'll know what pace you usually run at and so be able to judge distance that way.
(so if you run a mile in 10 minutes, and run for an hour you know you've run about 6 miles)
I've got some routes measured from the car but anything off road is guesswork.As TR suggests re-assess the situation in a few months and see then if its necessary.
Just work on time spent running - easier to measure.
If you want progress - then you cam always run route (A) and record the time, and see what you do next time.
Distance doesn't translate very well from one course to another - they are all so different.
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