Best Pace Calculator for Android

Learn how fast tempo runs, intervals, easy and long slow runs.

Pace+ is an application for Android smartphones that calculates paces for specific running workouts. It is primarily  designed to give recreational runners ease with self coaching and advanced runners achieve target race times.

I once had trouble knowing and learning how fast I needed to run each type of workout  – and do it right.

When I started to use the application, it took out most of the problems with training preparations. It’s functions gave me a very good basis as to where I should start and how I execute the workouts in terms of intensity.

Works like tabs. Simple and functional.

What I really find very useful is the training calculator.

I simply put a data of my fastest time on any race distance or any projected race times for that matter and the app tells me how fast I should do my easy runs, tempo, intervals and long runs.

The Calculator tab allows me to see  my average pace. And then there is the Physical tab that supplies me with information on ideal heart rate zones, body mass index and calories burned for workouts.

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Know your training paces, bmi, heart rate and calories burned.

The Conversion tab also makes it simple for me to convert distance and temperatures.

Time to finish is measured by running the race.

The only part about the pace calculator I didn’t find that useful at all was the Predictor. My experience has taught me the factors that affect race time and performance.

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Personally I don’t think the predictor is reliable.

A good running plan has good recovery results.

Pace+ not only solved the problem I was facing with intensity but also the structuring of my workout schedule. It keeps me in tune with the estimated effort I needed to exert on every run so that I can perform another workout the next day.

It surprisingly allows me to recover better due to the control I have over intensity.

Newbies may first find this unnecessary.

I participated races from 5kms to half marathons and Pace+ helped me prepare most of these events.

While it suits best runners who already have experience planning and executing training plans, I don’t think this will be useful for guys not aiming for personal bests.

In a jiffy.

PROS: almost complete running calculator tool and user friendly interface.
CONS: could be better if it supports route creator or has tracking features.

In my opinion, other calculators don’t quite compete with Pace+ close enough. So far, for me, it’s above other personal digital assistant applications built for runners.

Download the app on Google Play Store.

It’s free and definitely worth checking out.

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Simple. Practical. No nonsense- ezRunner.

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Myth of Taking a Bath after Running

Getting washed ain’t both helping and bad to the body.

There are a couple of misconceptions and myths about a regular shower after exercise. In my opinion, it  is not true and may have stemmed out of  coincidence.

Neither it has negative effects that could potentially threaten a mortal athletes physical health as some speculate.

Unless – I do a stupid approach to comfortably take a bath with freezing  cold or hot water after a long run. Get my body into “shock” and bet a spot on the world’s most idiot and insane runners record book.

Seriously speaking.

Some of the effects are said to be blood vessel constriction, blood clotting and the famous Filipino “pasma” diagnosis.

Sadly these so called effects have no medical and scientific basis or any academic research published that will otherwise prove it’s real.

And another thing.

Colder baths don’t speed up recovery.

Endurance athletes don’t benefit from ice bathing.

Perhaps a marathoner may find himself  on immersed on a tub of ice cold water.  And he might “think” it is helping with muscle soreness but it is not according to a research from the University of Hampshire.

Headed by Naomi Crystal, she and fellow researchers indicate no strength and perceived soreness difference on both subjects who dipped ice bathes and those who did not.

It is just a waste of time.

Shower after running only answers a single concern.

In my 4 years as a recreational runner,  I can tell that there is no subtle difference in recovery time between taking a bath before running and taking a bath after running.

What affects my recovery are;

  • Hours of Sleep
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Workout Intensity

Nothing else.

The only benefit I get from taking a shower after exercise is what it is meant to do –  CLEAN.

It feels good to take a splash and be washed away with dirt and sweat.

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Final Cut

While I have the confidence of telling what works for me,  it may not be applicable to others.

So feel free to post your comments and ideas about this topic. I would be honored to learn and hear from your own perspective.

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Simple. Practical. No nonsense- ezRunner.