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How to Calculate My Running Pace

author image Aaron Matthew
A health and fitness writer since 2008, Aaron Matthew specializes in writing about health, fitness and mental performance topics for various websites including LIVESTRONG. He holds a Master of Arts degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University.
How to Calculate My Running Pace
You can figure out your running pace once you know your distance and time.

Whether you are an experienced runner trying to hit a proscribed effort for your daily run, a new runner trying to get an idea of your current fitness or you simply want to be able to quantify your daily runs--you need to know how to calculate your running pace. The formula for figuring out your running pace is easy and you only need to know your time and your distance.

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Step 1

Measure your route. If you need to calculate your running pace, then you need to know how far your running route is. You can use various online mapping tools to map your route, estimate a road run length by driving the route in your car or run a local certified race course.

Step 2

Time your run. If you want an accurate pace for your run, you need to time yourself. You can use a standard wristwatch or set a timer at and leave it at your starting and finishing spot.

Step 3

Calculate your pace. Take the distance you ran divide it by your running time. For example, if you covered five miles in 40 minutes, divide 40 minutes by five miles and get your pace of eight minutes per mile.

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