Your Running Pace is Important to Track

For many runners, numbers are all that they think about. Just like most sports, numbers and stats can be taken to the extreme. Here are some of the numbers runners think about.

  • Time of running pace
  • Total time of your run
  • Distance of your run in miles or kilometers
  • Distance of your race
  • What number you place
  • A marathon is about 26 miles or approximately 42 kilometers
  • Number of repetitions or intervals
  • Personal record
  • Personal record at each age division
  • Weight
  • Temperature
  • And, a lot more

With all the numbers to track, why is your running pace important. The answer is that it depends on your goals.

If you are running to prepare for a race, tracking your pace is a key indicator for what you are capable of achieving in the race. That is, you can project your approximate finishing time. Knowing your pace for a certain distance will also help you perform at your best in the race. Trying to run an even pace will be very important to finishing the race.

If you are running for health reasons, such as to lose weight, tracking your running pace is a key measure. The pace you run at the start of your health routine gives you a beginning reference point. From here, after you have run for several weeks or months, an improvement in your pace will tell you that you are making progress towards your health goals.

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.