A Running Pace calculator is a fantastic way to keep track of your stats. Whether you’re registering for a formal race, or are just looking to top your own personal record, a pace Calculator is an invaluable tool. Being able to calculate your pace is not only useful but will help you in your fitness journey to run and train better. The calculator below is not only just for runners. Anyone who cycles, swims or rollerblades can use it to determine how long it takes them to cover a determined distance.
First off, let's define what Pace is and how to calculate it. To understand Pace, we need to differentiate it from Speed. Although these concepts are of course not complicated, many people find them easy to get mixed up. Pace and Speed are in fact the exact reverse of each other. Pace is the measurement of how much time it took you to cover a certain distance (Time ÷ Distance), whereas Speed is how much ground you covered over a period of time: (Distance ÷ Time)
For example, let's say you ran 5 miles this morning and it took you 30 minutes, your Speed would have been 10 Miles per Hour, or .16 Miles per Minute. Your Pace on the other hand would have been 6 Minutes per Mile.
So why is knowing all this important, and how can it help us as athletes? Particularly for runners entering a competitive, formal race, knowing your pace is mandatory. Firstly, most races generally have a time limit equivalent to a 16 min/mile Pace. Secondly, when registering for a race the event organizers will need to know your average pace so they can assign you to a “start corral” with other runners who share your same pace.
It’s also important to keep in mind that experienced runners are able to maintain a continuous pace for sustained amounts of time, while beginners will find that their pace slows down as they get tired. So if you are entering in a local event, keep track of your stats over multiple runs before registering in a specific corral.
Of course, all of us aren’t competitive runners. If you’re someone who just jogs for fun and health, simply knowing your pace gives you a personal benchmark to compare your subsequent results to. Knowing these stats will help you gain confidence and to surpass your personal best over time.
And if you have just two of the needed measurements, you can easily determine the third. For example, let's say you want to get a quick run in before work. If you know the distance you’ll be jogging from your house to a nearby park and what your average pace is, you can easily determine how long it will take you and if you can fit it into your busy day.
Check out our Pace Calculator below, enter your measurements, and start noting your stats for each of your runs. We think you’ll find the information not only useful but fun as well.