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Running a Race – Start off Slow

For new runners looking for advice on keeping a pace to finish their race, my advice is typical of most experienced runners, start off slow.

Running a race and keeping your race pace should be secondary to avoiding injury and finishing the race. So, whether your running an upcoming Turkey Trot 5k or a winter 10 milers, the advice doesn’t change, start off slow.

The first benefit may not be something you thought of. Considering the time of year, late fall, early winter, almost any race you start will be in whether that can be from chilly to downright cold. Cold weather makes road racing tough because it is tough for you to get a good warm-up in before your road race. If you are running a 10k, but the temperature outside is near freezing, chances are you will spend a few extra minutes in your warm car or a nearby gym before getting out to the starting line. By starting off slow, you will give your body a chance to warm up, thereby reducing the chance for an injury.

Even though you may be off your targeted running race pace, starting off slow will also keep your adrenaline in check. Chances are, you are very anxious about the start of the race. So, keeping your pace down may be difficult. Often times, when I tell someone to start off slow, they do. Or, at least they think they are starting off slow. However, when they hit the first mile marker, they find that they are on pace or slightly ahead of race pace. Starting off slow kept that extra energy in check to avoid burnout later in the race.

How to Maintain Your Running Pace

One of the most common questions that beginner runners have is how to maintain their running pace. Whether for a road race or a run out the door, maintaining your pace can be difficult.

There are several techniques that help a runner to maintain their running pace. Knowing these can help you improve your running, get more joy out of your running and provide incentive to improve.

Training Runs to Pace

It is hard for runners to gauge their pace when they are just beginning to run. It is also difficult for runners who are moving through different phases of running, such as getting faster or slower, to know or maintain their pace. So, the best thing to do is train for your pace.

To do so, schedule a series of runs over a measured distance and mark out the miles or kilometers. Then, run your course as steady as possible and check your watch at each mile or kilometer marker. After 3-6 days of running this route, you should get a good feel for a pace on this course.

Set Attainable Goals

One of the hardest things for a runner is to be realistic about their skills. If you want to train at a certain pace, you need to know whether or not your body is capable of running the pace. Do a time trial, or run on the track to check your fitness. Then, set your running pace goal accordingly.

If you find it difficult to maintain your targeted running pace, slow down early in your run. This will give you staminia for later that will help you to maintain your pace. (Plus, you’ll have a better chance at avoiding injury.)

Don’t forget to check your running pace charts for the distance you want to cover. As you add more distance, adjust your pace downward accordingly.

Maintaining your running pace is simply a matter of practice. You can train your body to keep a steady pace with patience, dedication and determination.

How to Calculate Your Running Pace

Calculating your running pace is easy with the calculator found on RunningPaceCalculator.com. With two bits of information, the running calculator will determine the pace of your run or any race.

The first piece of information you need is how many minutes and hours (if applicable) that you ran. The simplest way to determine how the time of your run is to use a watch with a stop watch build in. When you start your run, start your watch. When your run ends, stop your watch. Take note of the time. if you don’t have a watch with a timer, simply check the time on a clock before you start and when you end your run or your race.

Next, you need to determine how far you have run. The distance of your run can be determined in miles or kilometers, the running pace calculator can use either data. Determining the distance of your run can sometimes be difficult. One way to do this is right from your computer. We recommend using the Gmaps Pedometer to make a reasonable estimate of the distance of your run. You can also use the tried and true method of getting in a car and driving your route.

Now that you have the time of your run and the distance you have run, enter the data into the running pace calculator on the homepage. When the data is entered, simply click the button “Click to Calculate”. The pace of your run will be instantly displayed in the summary box.

A couple of reminders. Remember to select miles or kilometers for your running pace. If you ran a race, the calculator works the same for determining your race pace. The results display miles and kilometers, so make sure you look at the correct pace.

Note that the calculator will also determine your running speed in both miles and kilometers. Have fun, go for a run.