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5 Strategies to Maintain Your Race Pace

With all of the excitement of a road race, it can be very hard to maintain a steady pace throughout the race. For a 5K, it may be somewhat easy, but once you move up to a 10K or Marathon, it is time to put in place some common sense strategies to maintain your running pace. Your pace speed will vary, but try these five race strategies to make for a cool running pace.

1. Proper Training

The first tip is the most obvious, but must be restated. You should properly train for your race. The shorter the race, the tougher it is to keep a fast race pace. For longer road races, fatigue becomes a greater factor.

To keep this one short, create and follow through on a training plan for your race.

2. Plan Ahead

To maintain your race, to go along with proper training is race pace planning. What this means is that you should properly calculate your race pace. Since you are on RunningPaceCalculator.com, this should be very easy. Use our online race pace calculator or download an excel spreadsheet to get your speed calculator running.

Once you have calculated your pace per mile for the race, you know have a goal to shoot for.

3. Race Pace Technology

Current race pace technology is embodied by the runners’ watch that you wear on your wrist. The first and most common is the running pace watch. This watch does one thing very simply, it beeps to keep you on pace. For every step you take, the pace watch will beep one time. The newest running gear to keep your race pace is a GPS running watch. This type of watch will keep you informed about how far you have traveled and tell you your running pace over the distance covered.

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4. Scout the Course

If possible, you should scout the race course prior to running the race. This will be helpful in many ways. Some things to note are elevation gains, long straightways and tough turns. This scouting report will give you a sense of how the race will go because you can now fully visualize yourself running the race. Alternatively, you can also electronically scout your course. A great online tool that will help you determine the elevations to plan your pace is the GMAP Pedometer.

5. Be Flexible

The last strategy is to be flexible. It is nearly impossible to run a steady pace for the entire race. Not every aspect of the race can be calculated. So, think of areas and times to make a surge and places when you feel you will need a rest. Have fun and pace well.

Running Speed Calculator

The running pace calculator on this website provides 3 different types of results: your calculated running pace, a running pace chart and your calculated running speed.

Your running pace is how long it takes you to run a completed cycle, typically a single mile or 1 kilometer. Therefore, when your run at a pace, you can say that you are running a specific time per distance. For example, an eight minute mile or 5 minutes per kilometer.

Running speed is a different calculation. It is usually defined at the distance traveled per hour. For example, 10 miles per hour or 6 kilometers per hour.

The difference between your pace and your calculated speed is vastly different. For example, if you run an 6 minute mile pace, it would take you 1 hour to run 10 miles. If you run at 6 miles per hour, your pace would be 10 minutes per mile.

As you can see, running speed and running pace are very different numbers. However, both numbers will provide insight into how fast your are running. They can both provide key points of data to improve your training and your fitness level.

Determine your Running Race Pace Using a Pace Chart

A pace chart is a very important tool for runners who plan on attempting a road race. Whether it is a 5k, 10k, 10 miler or marathon, a pace chart is a key tool in race planning.

There are many aspects to race planning. Aside from the obvious of training, race registration, preparing meals, preparing clothes and more, you must have your target race pace. The target race pace is what your pace goal is for the race.

Most runners strive for even splits during their race. What this means is that you run an even, steady, pace for the entire race. If your race pace is 10 minutes per mile for 5 miles, then the finish time would be 50 minutes. Even splits are something that most runners strive for.

Using a pace chart to determine your race pace is very easy. To begin, find your target race distance on the chart. Let’s assume you plan to run a 10k road race. Next, you need to decide if you want to track your pace in miles or kilometers. If your race is in the United States, chances are the markers will be set a 1 mile intervals. Elsewhere, the markers will be at each kilometer.

Next, refer to your training runs to find a challenging pace for the target distance. You’ll know if the goal is reasonable by looking at the projected finish time on the pace chart.

Use the pace chart on running pace calculator for assistance.

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.

What is a Running Pace Calculator

A running pace calculator is a tool for calculating a your pace to run or race. But, let’s take a look at what “pace” really is.

There are many meanings of the word pace. The simplest is that a pace is a single step. However, for running marathons, a pace is more than just a step. Another meaning is your manner of stepping, such as your gait. However, this isn’t on trace for use in a running pace calculator.

A closer meaning of pace for running is your rate of movement. Or, more specifically, the measurement of the rate of movement. So, your running pace is the rate, or speed, of your movement over a measured distance.

More simply, pace is how long it takes you to run over a distance. Typically, on runningpacecalculator.com, pace is how fast you run over a measure mile or kilometer in minutes and seconds.

The running pace calculator will take any given run and calculate your consistent pace for a kilometer or miles.