Maybe you’ve taken up running during the COVID19 pandemic, so many people have started running training while gyms are shut. With many of us working from home your lunch break, or the time you would have been commuting, can now be used to get out for a run. So now you’ve got the running bug you might be starting to think about trying to run a certain distance, or improving your running training to run a distance faster. Rather than doing a load of maths, try Pace Me our simple training pace calculator. You can use it as a :
- 5km pace calculator
- half marathon pace calculator
- 10km pace calculator
- marathon pace calculator
At the moment it is a very simple app, that just shows you your 5km, 10km, half marathon, and marathon times if you run at the pace selected. However we are currently working on an upgrade that will make it more useful as a training pace calculator. Download it for iOS here, and keep your eyes open for updates soon.
Some people like to work in minutes per mile, some like to keep a track of their running pace in minutes per kilometre – this pace calculator app let’s you see both. By adjusting the slider to your current, or target running pace, you can see your predicted :
- 5km race time
- 10 km race time
- half marathon race time
- marathon race time
… will be.
Running pace calculator – target heart zones
We are soon to be releasing a new upgraded version which will also show you your target heart rate zones and your running pace times to help you run faster. As you start reading running training guides you’ll read about going on tempo runs and threshold runs. Which is lovely and all, but how do you know what your tempo run pace should be?! The new version of the Pace Me running calculator will work it all out for you after you enter a few key bits of info.
Tracking your running pace
You might also be wondering how you know how fast you’re running, if you are new to all of this. You can just do it the old school way, and time your run with a wrist watch. As long as you know how far you’ve run you can work out how long on average each kilometre took you. But it won’t show you your split times (the time you took to run each kilometre). And you won’t know what your heart rate was during your run, which can really help with your running training.
You can use an app on your smart phone to track your run, Strava being one of the most well known. But there are plenty of others that do similar – Nike+, MapMyRun, Garmin. However, I do love the way Strava shows your time compared to others along certain segments and it also tells you when you’ve just run a half mile PR for example. That’s along with full split time, analysis. If you want to know your heart rate then you’ll need to either get a heart rate monitor which you wear around your chest, or a sports training watch which can also measure your heart rate.
Running heart rate data & maps
A few years back everyone was talking about Garmins and Apple watches but I found a Tom Tom sports watch which I have loved and still use to this day. It not only let’s me track my runs, and heart rate, but also enables you to store music on the watch and listen using bluetooth headphones – no phone needed! When you get back from your run you sync the watch with a Tom Tom app on your phone. Then you can see the full map of where you ran, the distance, heart rate and full analysis. I have the multi sport version so can also swim and cycle, track gym workouts too. It also tells you your resting heart rate, hours of sleep, and of course steps. It genuinely has blown me away what it does for the money, and there’s lots it does that I haven’t described here. I think the model may have been upgraded a bit since I bought it, but here is a link to the product on Amazon, along with an overview of lots of other sports watches.
I also have it set up to automatically upload each run to Strava, so I get the benefits of what Strava has to offer too. So, using this data you can see how fast you’re running and what your current running pace per km is – then use the Pace Me running training calculator, set the slider to your current pace and then you can see what your predicted race times will be at your current pace. In the next upgrade you will also be able to get your target tempo and threshold running paces to help you with your running training.
Have you got any other ideas of what you’d like me to include in the next release of the app? Please email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.