Pace calculator

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05/11/2004 at 19:52
Nice feature.

My easy and long runs are quicker than suggested.

My speed work is slower than suggested.

Maybe I am not trying hard enough?
05/11/2004 at 20:21
Same here.
And I thought I was trying hard, too.
05/11/2004 at 20:24
I put in my 3k race time from today and all I can say is eeekkkk!!!! no way could I do the sprinting pace they suggested or the tempo pace. easy and long runs fine.

Maybe thats why I am useless at short races like the 3ks and 5ks no sprinting speed.
05/11/2004 at 20:33
Ok I can do the speed but only for short distances. To be fair I haven't done any track work so haven't tried any of the faster paces.

The reason I know I can do the faster paces is that after some steady runs, I do 5 - 10 intervals of 1 minute. Legging it each time. Poor technique I suspect. But I have been down to 6:30 min/miling. But that is what 150 - 200 yards.
06/11/2004 at 07:50
Handy tool - I tend to use macmillan's but this is nice & straightforward for a simple soul like me to refer to, especially those scary faster paces!
06/11/2004 at 08:34
I can't get it to work! Put in recent distance & time data, click calculate, nowt happens.
06/11/2004 at 09:15

There is a line about troubleshooting at the bottom of the page.

Something about having Javascript working on your browser.
06/11/2004 at 09:19
Sam - the 2 statements in your first paragraph go hand in hand.

It is a common mistake for people to run their `easy' runs too fast which then means they don't get the full benefit from the fast stuff.

I'd recommend running at no more than 70% HR max on your easy days.
06/11/2004 at 09:38
Possible BR

I admit to not having a working HRM so go by my perceived effort.

I find when I went by the HRM, I am meant to go no faster than walking for what was then described as fat burning range (60 - 70%). Having said that when I first got a HRM about 7 years ago, I went on the 220 rule for max HR. Also my HR would shoot up for the slightest effort. This made me downhearted so haven't used the HRM since.

I think it is also possible that I am not trying hard enough on the speed stuff because I have too many perceived obstacles, e.g. roads to cross, people in the way, cars to avoid etc

Once I get the logistics sorted out by saying go down to a track, I will be able to try out the speed sessions properly.
06/11/2004 at 09:56
Well I just put my times in and the returns for different paces are pretty much what I do now

Must be doing something right .......
06/11/2004 at 14:13



No wonder I get so frustrated with this 70 per cent lark. ALL my runs are tempo runs, apparently!!


Right - after Grim I'm going to do this "base training, please pass" malarky for a few months, see what happens.
06/11/2004 at 14:53
Thanks Sam P, I checked that and all looks OK but still nothing happening.
06/11/2004 at 15:09
Sorted! It just didn't like Netscape. Tried again using Internet Explorer and it worked instantly.
06/11/2004 at 17:53
Great article.

I have struggled with books and the like in trying to calculate what I should be training at for rep sessions. This makes it really easy. It also identifies areas where I am lacking. So Thanks RW
07/11/2004 at 13:27
I tend to turn off at this stuff - too techno for me and I just like running. But now its there in my face I'll try some of the suggested times out (can I really run at 6:45 mins/mile pace for ANY distance??!!).

Hey, I'm on a roll: 3 10k PBs in a row so I need to do somrthing to keep it going . . .
07/11/2004 at 14:15
I'm impressed with it.
But it says I'm running my long slow runs too fast, but I feel comfortable running at this pace and awkward running too slow. Should I go comfortable or not???
This is a long standing debate with all in the club.
07/11/2004 at 18:28
is this going to help me get my marathon time under 4.30 . doing speed work at 8.28 min mile fills me with dread!
08/11/2004 at 09:58
Like others, it says I run my long runs too quickly. But I get bored if I run at over 9 m/m for long! Then my mind wanders and next thing I know I'm running more quickly again.
08/11/2004 at 10:41
I know exactly what you mean!!!
08/11/2004 at 14:24
lol, just put in my 1200m time I did in training last week (3:25) which wasn't quite going flat out and apparently my "easy" runs should be at 6:46 pace... My 10k race pace is only about a minute quicker than that :S.
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