# How should I set my pace for a half marathon?

## How should I set my pace for a half marathon?

The final rule of thumb that I’ve used is to take your marathon pace and deduct 15–30 seconds per mile. For example, if your marathon pace is 8:30 per mile, then your estimated half-marathon pace would be 8:00–8:15 per mile.

How should half marathon pace feel?

You should target a pace around 5-10 seconds per mile slower than your goal race pace the first 3 miles. Use the pace calculator above to determine the exact pace. Remember that it will feel “slow” and you might be getting passed by people you want to beat.

What is a respectable marathon pace?

Across the board, most people finish a marathon in 4 to 5 hours, with an average mile time of 9 to 11.5 minutes. A finishing time that’s under 4 hours is a real accomplishment for everyone other than elite runners, who can finish in around 2 hours.

### What half marathon time should I aim for?

Setting Your Goals Finishing a half-marathon in less than two hours is a common goal for experienced half-marathons runners. Running a sub 2 hour or 1:59:59 half-marathon means maintaining an average pace of 9:09 minutes per mile, which is considered a respectable half-marathon time among runners.

When to start pacing for a half marathon?

Pacing for Miles 3 Through 11. At 3 miles, begin to increase your pace and effort so you’re running at goal half marathon pace. If you’ve practiced this pace in training, it should feel like a comfortable rhythm for you. Be aware that you need to increase your effort to maintain the same pace or run faster as the race goes on.

How to calculate your half marathon race pace?

Those who want to do the math can convert the 10K pace to seconds and add roughly 5 percent to get the half marathon pace. Take your marathon race pace and deduct 15–30 seconds per mile. The final rule of thumb that I’ve used is to take your marathon pace and deduct 15–30 seconds per mile.

#### Can You Nail your pace in a half marathon?

Nail your pace, and the half marathon can be the most satisfying of races, run at a fast-but-fun level of effort that makes you feel invincible and amazed that you can hold it for so long. A bit too fast and those wheels fall off somewhere in the middle, leaving you to slog some hard miles to the finish.

What’s the best way to train for a half marathon?

Three of my favorite goal pace workouts are: 2–3 X 3 miles, run at goal half-marathon pace, with 2–3 minutes recovery jog between each repeat. Do this workout about eight weeks before your race. For some runners, this workout can be a shock to the system, and they wish goal pace didn’t feel quite as fast.