Now, this is going to be a very short post but many months puzzling me topic. Once my work colleague asked me how fast I run while discussing marathons. I said I ran this distance in that time. He replied with telling me how much he ran per minute. I was confused why do I even would want to know that.
Well, since than I got into running a little more serious and got my first watch with a heart monitor. OMG it gives you so many metrics. It is great but I would also love to know what they mean (giggling). While heart rate topic is my next one lined up to be discussed I decided to give a quick overview of what is the difference between pace and speed.
I visited several forums where people were saying the same: pace measures how many minutes its takes you to run each miles whereas speed is telling you how many miles you run per hour. I really liked this illustration:
Pace = time/distance e.g. minutes/mile
Speed = distance/time e.g miles/hour
Now I honestly don’t know why you need to measure both but apparently runners often use pace while cycling refer to speed. Fair enough! However I personally do not know how much or little it is when its measured in miles! Also I am used to measuring speed rather than pace. What type of measurement do you usually use?