27 Dec '14, 2am

Use these tips to know how fast (or slow) you are running.

How fast are you running? Ask yourself midrun–no peeking at your GPS!–and chances are, you'll get it wrong. Research shows that recreational runners overestimate or underestimate their pace by 32 to 40 seconds per mile. And many assume that unless they're training for a specific time goal, pace doesn't matter anyway. It does, says Coach Ewen North, of Colorado-based Revolution Running. "Even if you're just out there to stay physically fit, being cognizant of pace can help you stay out longer and complete your run, so you get more endurance benefits." For those gunning for a PR or tackling a new distance, pacing is even more vital, says Carl Foster, Ph.D., an exercise scientist at University of Wisconsin–Lacrosse. Starting too fast can have disastrous physiological effects midrace, and finishing with too much in the tank can take a toll on ego and finishing time. "The objec...

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