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Defining Training Pace – McMillan Running Calculator

Are you running too fast or too slow for your workout?

If you are unsure about that answer and you like to train based off of pace, Mcmillan Running provides a very cool running calculator that will provide your training pace range for various types of training such as long, tempo, and interval/speed work.

All you have to do is input your time from a recent event from 100 meters up to a marathon and the calculator will output your training pace ranges for a whole rainbow of workouts types. It is really that simple.

An additional nice feature is the output also displays an estimation of your finish times for all distances up to a marathon. Of course all people are unique and it assumes you do the proper training for that particular event but it still is kind of fun to look at.

Here is a sample output of training zones for someone that finished a 2 hour 1/2 marathon. (Click on the image to increase the size.)

McMillan Running Calculator Output

Based on this performance, your future training paces will be 10:10-11:10 min/mile for your long run and 8:47-9:10 min/mile for the tempo runs. Now all you need to do is lace up the shoes and get out the door!

The training paces also match up quite nicely with the Jack Daniels VDOT paces but the difference is that the VDOT concept provides a single pace for a particular type of training session and the Mcmillian calculator provides a range.

I am currently using the VDOT and Mcmillian calculator for my training and like the simplicity of it. Since I have migrated from strictly training based off of heart rate, I still will cross check the pace on my Garmin 305 to make sure I am in the proper heart rate zone.

What do you think about the calculator? Do you find it useful?

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

3 Responses to “Defining Training Pace – McMillan Running Calculator”

  1. on 20 Feb 2009 at 9:16 am Neil

    Yes, it’s awesome. it gives me hope so to speak to realize I can get there.

    i too hope to find a way to get the garmin together with the mcmillan.

  2. on 20 Feb 2009 at 9:34 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Neil – The Garmin and McMillan calculator are nice tools. Enjoy your journey.

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