Pacing Alternatives {Feedback}

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A few days ago, I asked for advice on pacing.  Should I run by a GPS watch that reveals my exact pace per mile – which can screw with my head a bit – or not?  There was some awesome feedback to my question, and I wanted to share the advice with you.  Here we go!


Kelly said, “If I get too caught up in my pace I get SUPER frustrated with my run. I don’t have a Garmin but I use an iPhone app to trace pace and distance. The thing that has worked for me is to find an app that tracks that stuff, but isn’t super obvious on the screen. I like having the info, but being obsessive about it while running is definitely a problem for me. The app I use right now is WalkTracker.”


J suggested pacing via music.  She recommended the site Jog.Fm.  J says, “You can input your mile pace and it will suggest songs for you. Then when you run you can just go by the music and how your body feels and know you’re probably close to your intended pace.”


A few readers suggested using heart rate training instead of mile times to pace my runs.  Runner’s World has this great article on HR training method –> Find Your Perfect Heart Rate Training Zone.


Claire often prefers not to track her stats at all.  She said, “I do think it’s neat to see your stats after a run, and they can be informative, or help your perform better, but I usually don’t bring my iPhone (I use the runkeeper app) on runs because I don’t want running to turn into yet another thing where I feel pressure to being go faster, longer, doing better. Enough in my life is already like that and I want to keep running as a n enjoyable stress release that makes me feel good, not yet another thing where I have to be doing a better job.”


Casey suggested using websites to map my runs so I know distance but not pace.  She said, “I like You can also check your elevation, which can be fun. Also, don’t forget that once you know your distance and your total time, you can easily calculate your pace after the run. This is sometimes nice because you can go for your run by feel, but still get the feedback of your pace level later.”


And lastly… Readers told me that I can continue to use my Garmin watch but just change the screen setting so I don’t know my pace.  Kara suggested this YouTube instructional video.

Thanks for the tips, everyone!  I especially like the Jog.Fm site – pacing to music sounds pretty ideal!



  • Kelly September 5, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing my tips! I’m definitely going to check out too!!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 5, 2012, 2:07 pm

    The sounds cool! I don’t usually track my speed outside, just because it’s less freeing if I do it. I am a fan of just going out there & doing my thing. But a treadmill run is always helpful to track pace. hah!

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction September 5, 2012, 2:54 pm

    I love the nike running app for the Iphone. It tracks your distance and average pace per mile. What’s cool is that it actually talks to every mile and tells you how far you’ve traveled and your average distance. I really like tracking my pace and distance but try not to let it get to me that much.

  • Michelle@Peachy Palate September 5, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Lots of good tips! I don’t have a garmin, I don’t even wear a watch when I run. I check the time when I leave and then when I return, though I do map routes on daily mile before I head out!

  • Lindsay @ Fuel My Family September 5, 2012, 2:59 pm

    If im not training for anything i dont like to worry about my pace at all. It makes me more willing to run if i know i dont have to stress about pace, distance, etc.

  • Kristine September 5, 2012, 7:00 pm

    This post couldn’t come at more of a perfect time, I recently started trying to get back into running (with couch 2 5k, after about a year off from running!) and have been going back and forth on whether or not to use my Garmin. I’ll definitely take some of these suggestions into consideration!

  • Jacalyn September 5, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Why have I never heard of!!! That’s so awesome. Thanks, y’all!

  • Sarah September 5, 2012, 8:03 pm

    The sounds fantastic! I didn’t know things like that existed

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 5, 2012, 10:02 pm

    I love this site!!! It will be perfect to find songs for my marathon!

  • Army Amy* September 6, 2012, 10:38 am

    Oooh! I’m loving all these options. I definitely get sucked into the trap of staring at my Garmin or being a slave to my pace. I will definitely be tapping into these ideas soon.*

  • KnSPeace September 6, 2012, 11:09 am

    When I read things like this, I just want to implore everyone to just enjoy running for the sake of running. I used to be a competitive runner but I am now disabled and can’t run anymore. If I could ever run again I wouldn’t care about times or beating myself up about them. Keep that in mind and kudos to you for having a great attitude about this after your pregnancy.

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