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5/26/14 12:54 A

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I have always taken it to mean average pace.

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5/22/14 10:02 A

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I always think of pace as the average per mile. Pace can be almost instantaneous if you are using a GPS system. I generally look at pace either over the whole run or over specific sections if I am doing something like a tempo run or interval training.

I am enough of a Luddite that I don't wear a GPS watch. Forces me to think more as I run. Unless I am doing intervals I don't worry too much about pace until the end of the run when it becomes another number to track.

Cadence is the number of strides per minute. I generally count the number of times my left foot hits the ground in 20 seconds. If I am around 30, I am around the cadence I want (180). The cadence feeds into the pace but my stride and foot strike (time on the ground) also feed into the whole mess. I'm finding if I do a cadence run a couple of times a month over different courses, my pace picks up over time.

On those runs, I count my cadence every time I change direction, elevation, surface running on, etc. The pace usually takes care of itself on these runs which give me confidence going into races.

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5/21/14 12:19 P

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I give myself a 15 second range when I am pacing, and then look at the average pace overall. I am using a metronome now to help even my cadence, hoping for a more even pace, but I can have the same cadence at different paces, which is what I ultimately want.

Good runs usually means I can make my targeted pace, whether it be race pace, 5K race pace, or other.



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5/21/14 10:09 A

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I think it means average. But yeah could be contextual depending in gnarly hills and such.

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5/20/14 9:33 P

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Could mean either; depends on context.

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5/20/14 9:20 P

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When they say pace do they mean average pace or constant pace? I tend to fluctuate my pace a lot because of my asthma but I was wondering what pace really means. I am hoping average, I don't think I could be constant.

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