Runner’s Tool Box: Split Calculator + Pace Band Maker

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runner's toolboxIn the days before GPS and Speed+Distance monitors (not very long ago!), the old-fashioned way of pacing was to use a watch, a pace band and race course mile-markers. Many runners still prefer this tried and true method of pacing—especially those who don’t want to spend money on the latest monitoring gadgets. By selecting your race distance and goal time in minutes, hours and seconds, this tool will calculate split times and create a wristband you can refer to help pace yourself during a race. This method of race pacing is also a terrific backup tool in case your trusty Forerunner bonks before you do!

Race Distance(Miles)

Goal Time: Hours



Mile Splits or Kilometer Splits


Does credit for the code in this tool belong to you? We found this a few years ago and do not know where it came from so, if it is yours, please contact us so we can properly credit you!

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

  1. Blaine Moore (Run to Win) on September 29th at 1:58 pm

    Very nifty. I’ve seen different versions of this; Runner’s World has one that just gives you the highlights (5k/10k etc), Running Times has the exact same one that you have, and I’ve seen ones (but a quick search didn’t find) where you get a PDF to print out that works fairly similar to yours.

  2. Joe Ely on September 29th at 4:20 pm

    Guys, you might consider making this a perma-link on your sidebar, so we could go back to it whenever we have a race coming up!


  3. Jimmy on September 8th at 1:41 am

    For the benefit for runners in Metric countries. Will be great if the distance is in Km as well.