You guys- I HATE Runkeeper! Has anyone else had problems with inaccurate measurements? Because I sure did and it broke my heart. Let me explain…

Anyone who follows me on social media saw a post yesterday that I was super excited because I had PR’d my 5k by A LOT! I had hit the indoor track at school to run a tempo run. I did a slow one mile warm up and turned on my RunKeeper to keep track of my pace and distance since the track is only 200 metres around and I had to do 3 miles at a 10 min/mile pace. As I ran around and around I felt my pace slowing down a bit but I was focused on doing the full distance. All of a sudden I hit the 25 minute mark and I had completed 3.1 miles and I was absolutely elated! In high school cross country my PR was 29:30 and according to my RunKeeper I had done a 25:15! Four minutes off my PR! I shared it on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook so excited and so proud that I was finally running a decent pace. I figured that something about the track or having an audience on one side motivated me to go faster than normal.


But as the day went on I really started to have my doubts. I am not good at feeling out paces but I feel that a 7:31/mile pace would have felt a lot harder and faster than what I had just run. I went back to my app to look at the map and what do I see?


I certainly didn’t offshoot across campus at any time during my run! You guys…. I didn’t PR! I am so disappointed and embarrassed too! I immediately deleted my social media posts. UGH!!! SO FRUSTRATING! But my Garmin said it doesn’t work well indoors so how else can I track my distance and pace? Any advice?

Okay- disappointment aside- here is how my week went.

Friday- Three hours of PE

This is an awesome and exhausting semester! I have three physical activity classes in a row; Structure & Strategy of Games, Upper Body Movements, and Lower Body Movements. Today I had all three classes in the gym playing games.

Saturday- Monday- Nothing

I am a huge believer in total rest when I’m sick so I spent the beginning of the week guzzling tea and staying warm.


Tuesday-  2 mile run & weights @ Goodlife

I didn’t have class in the morning and was able to hit Goodlife for a quick run and weights.


Wednesday- Three hours of PE

Boy these days are fun but exhausting!

Thursday- Tempo Run- Supposedly 5 miles

No idea how much mileage I actually covered because Runkeeper messed up and I wasn’t keeping track of all my laps on the 200 m track.






And there you have my week! I am seriously determined to run a 5k in 25 minutes for real now and I’m going to keep at it until I fix this tick in my head and body that thinks I can’t run long distance.

Has anyone else been tricked by a false GPS reading?

What are more accurate ways for tracking my runs on the indoor track?


  • Becky @ The Bex Factor January 15, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Oh man, that is super disappointing.

    I use Nike Run or my TomTom. the TomTom was under $100 and has a treadmill option even so I think it would work fine indoors.

    • Betty Livin January 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

      I’ll have to look into that! Thanks!

  • Joanna @ LivingMintGreen January 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I don’t trust RunKeeper either. I’ve never been confident about the pace and one time I was running a race and the GPS must’ve glitched or stopped working because it was not accurate at ALL!
    Not only that, it eats up your data.

    Get a GPS watch! Entry level Garmins are only around $120-150!

    • Betty Livin January 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Yeah it was so frustrating! I have a Garmin but it doesn’t work indoors. It tells me it can’t locate the satellites. >:(

  • Jen @ pretty little grub January 15, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t think any apps would work well indoors because they use GPS to track. The best thing would be to use a garmin with a footpod because that can track indoors. Very frustrating though, you’ll get that 25 minute for real though!

    • Betty Livin January 17, 2016 at 9:22 am

      I’ll have to look into a footpod because I love running on the indoor track but Ic an’t keep track of all those laps!

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