A half marathon and full marathon pace calculator chart is a hand tool to help you train for and meet a time goal!
Keeping your stamina throughout the race is important if you are to keep strong to the finish line and not lose precious minutes towards the end of your race that can negatively affect race results.
Elite marathoners/racers usually run with people called "pacers" who set a pace that the runner should keep in order to meet their time goal.
Some marathons have pace groups that help to get groups of people wanting to finish in a certain time obtain their goal time.
(For example, the Waddle & Reed Kansas City Marathon has wonderful, accurate pacer groups to help those wanting to finish the marathon in 6 hours all the way down to 3 hours.)
I highly recommend running with a pace group if your race offers one.
The pacers know the course, where the hills are at and when to speed up and slow it down.
They will give you valuable insight if you have trouble staying at your average pace.
Check your upcoming race to see if they also offer pace groups so that you can plan on running with them if you desire.
Here is your nifty marathon pace calculator chart!
All you need to do is double click the "Enter Your Goal Race Pace" boxes and then enter in the minutes and seconds of your goal race pace that will help you to achieve your target time for your desired race distance.
Your marathon and half marathon finishing times will then pop up automatically and you can find all the corresponding pace times you will need to be at in the half and full marathon pace charts below the calculator!
This is pretty self-explanatory so if you want, just skip down to the bottom where you can find the calculator.
The chart is divided into Half Marathon and Marathon finishing race times with corresponding paces for each mile of the race.
The Marathon chart starts off where the Half-Marathon pace chart calculator leaves off (mile 14).
Some racers like to print off their time goals and the target time they should be at for each mile and staple it around their wrists like a pace band to use during a race to help stay at their target pace.
This is helpful especially since you then do not have to remember what time you should be at for each mile or be doing complicated math to hopefully reach your target finish time!
You have the option to create your own pace wristband inside the Digital Running Log for Marathoners.
In any case it is always handy to have a pace calculator and pace chart around for easy reference.
A quick pace calculation can give you a good idea of where you are at, how you've improved and what potential you have!
For kicks and giggles to see how fast the elite runners can run, the current world record for the marathon is:
2 hours, 1 minute and 09 seconds (2:01:09) run by Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin in 2022.
That's a pace of 4 minutes and 37 seconds per mile!
You will need to scroll to the bottom of this embedded spreadsheet in order to scroll to the right and see the pace breakdown for all 13.1 miles. 👉
Alright, here's the rest of the marathon pace chart...
You will need to scroll to the bottom of this embedded spreadsheet in order to scroll to the right and see the pace breakdown for all 26.2 miles. 👉
The proceeding pace charts don't dictate what your long run pace should be.
Remember that your long runs should train your cardiovascular system and build your endurance by running at an easy pace.
Many runners frequently run their long runs too fast and therefore don't train effectively.
Don't make that mistake.
If you are looking for a marathon training plan I have a list of 13 great plans on the website.
If you're goal is a marathon finishing time goal, I also have these 16 Week Break a Time Goal Marathon Training Plans. They come in these finishing time goals:
I'll send you my free 24 Hour Timeline Checklist of Things You Should Do After a Long Run when you sign up!