SmartCoach Pacing

Q&As with Amby Burfoot

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01/11/2007 at 15:37

Quick question here.. im a metric man... is there anyway to change the settings displayed in the training program from minutes per mile to minutes per km?

(other than manually altering each pace calculation?)



11/11/2007 at 13:49
hi, i also need to know how to set up my garmin forerunner 101 for the speedwork sessions- iv got it on min/mile at the mo and cant find the right settings to do 2x1600 with 800 jogs, god i hate metres and ks!
24/11/2007 at 21:32
I've used the smart coach to plan a 7 week 10k training plan and it seems fine except for the speedwork. I just can't run as fast as it says i should for more than 400m let alone 3x800m! But otherwise the distances are fine and the tempo and easy run speeds seem fine, although I find it hard to slow to the easy pace but this is probably what I need.
28/11/2007 at 19:28

I havnt used these schedules before, they look very good, except that we train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at club. The schedule says run easy on Tuesday - but no one will do their speedwork on their own, so it has to be on Tues, with long run on Thursday. Can the schedules be amended to take account of club races and club training nights? I imagine that loads of other runners have the same dilemma. 

09/12/2007 at 12:00
I am quite new to running and do everything in m and km (as does the treadmill that i use sometimes). Can the smart coach be adapted to include paces and distances in km? I'm sure there's an easy way to convert paces but just can't figure it out! Thanks
24/01/2008 at 18:33
I like the idea of this smart coach but it is judt making a programme from the info you put in based on previous race times and how long and hard you want to train. But if like me you want to aim for a     specific time i.e sub 1.40 for h/m then how can i be sure the programme it suggests will be sufficient training to make this time achievable? i mean there are many programmes that suggest training based on a specific target but to me what is this training for? to get round or to help achieve a target?
04/02/2008 at 11:37

Daniel, I sent you an email with a few questions re smartcoach and Garmin schedules.  Did you get it?  Will you respond direct to me or post a response here?


04/02/2008 at 18:45

toddytyke-i dont think anybody uses this thread now if you look at the dates of the last posts, shame really i could have done with some answers

05/02/2008 at 06:25
steve, if daniel replies to my email i'll refer him here as he did put in his last post that other questions could be posted here for answers.
05/02/2008 at 14:55
that would be great!!
06/02/2008 at 15:43
Done it.  Now just wait.
06/02/2008 at 22:28

Hi folks!

I've just tried putting details into the 'SmartCoach' and is just me, or is the BIG question missing? i.e. 'How Fast Do You Want to Run' for whatever distance race it is you're aiming for? Surely that should be the whole point of this thing, to get you to run what time you think you can do/wnat to aim for?

I put in the time for my last marathon (3h 22m) and a 'hard' training prog and the schedule it gave me was laughably under mileage every week, I'd be lucky to run to the end of my street by the end of it. It seems to ask all the wrong questions (i.e. 'how far do you run PW now?' Who cares!) . Also, why only 16 week training plans? Why can't you put in the number of weeks you'd like to train for (within reason of course)? Personally I do 12 week plans, and at the moment am just doing what I feel I can do each day, just getting in the mood and keeping myself ticking over before the REAL training starts.

All seems pretty flawed to me. Wouldn't like to think of anyone new to running using this as a tool to set themselves up for a race. Dangerous I think.



12/02/2008 at 11:53

Neil, you can select the number of week's for the training plan.

Why do you think that a new runner following a structured plan would be dangerous?

12/02/2008 at 19:10
Neil this is the thing i say is missing, i am following a plan but i have no idea what kind of time it is going to help me achieve-i mean is it a get you round plan or faster than you know you can do-i have no idea!
14/02/2008 at 14:52

Hi Steve, looks like we have our own thread

I would have thought that by including your recent race time, you are getting a realistic plan to run the next race.  Would be dangerous if a novice put an unrealistic race time in and then tried to train to that wouldn't you think?

14/02/2008 at 15:06
Hi guys,

I have just started using smartcoach. I find the idea of using a current best time for a race distance sensible, and in terms of improvement scientific- check out the work that that Furman Institute is doing.
I have an irregular work schedule to say the least and usually change the order of the programmed runs around, I do try to stick to the principle of easy runs and days off/xtraining around the harder days.
If you are using a garmin, 400m is basically 0.25 mile. That makes it easy to set up, regards pacing if you work out what the pace per mile would be, eg 400m in 2mins=1/4mile in 2mins=1/4mile at 8min/mile pace, you can set your garmin display to show "lap pace" and use that. Works for me anyhoo.
15/02/2008 at 08:23

toddytyke- your probably right but i just think it needs that 1 bit of information to give you some idea what that session might help you achieve, but then like you say it could be the wrong thing  for a complete novice.

 Did Daniel gert back to you?

15/02/2008 at 15:59
Daniel did get back to me and I referred him here but as yet he has not appeared
16/02/2008 at 22:22
Why is this thread not very popular? Is it because everyone thinks the smart coach is a waste of time or is it because everyone loves it and does not feel the need to comment?
17/02/2008 at 15:26

I have been reading this thread and hoping for inspiration. I am new to running, I have done a few race for lifes. I attempted a 10k cancer research run at Harewood House last year but didn't really train properly. and got a bad time 1h15mins - it was v hilly at the end, but I was still rubbish.

I have entered the BUPA Womens run in June and want to do it in a reasonable time. I have got a plan from smartcoach that I have started to follow but having read such a variety of opinions am a bit unsure now.

It would be great to hear if anyone has actually followed a plan through and how it worked for them.


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