A tip of the hat goes to the redoubtable Gerry Duffy, ultramarathoner and motivational speaker, who tweeted a link to this useful tool for runners of all abilities and goals.
McMillan Running – a new name to me – have posted this free race pace calculator on their website. I’ve seen a few similar tools online but this one is the best I’ve found.
Using this calculator, you can compare your pace from a previous race of any distance with your target pace for your next race.
What’s more, the calculator will also suggest paces for your training at various distances and tempos, from short sprint sessions to long slow runs.
With the Dublin Marathon coming up soon, I filled in my time from last year and target for this year, hit ‘return’ and got engrossed in the results. The weekend after next I’m doing the Frank Duffy 10-miler in Dublin, and the McMillan calculator has given me an interesting indicator of what time I should aim for as a milestone on the way to my marathon goal.
After that I’ll shift my focus on to the Dublin Half Marathon in September – and then we’ll review the situation.