PacePal for the SCMM 2015

PacePal – intelligent running
Introducing PacePal at the Pacer's Meet
Introducing PacePal at the Pacer’s Meet

Yes! It’s finally here! PacePal has gone live for Android. I believe that, whether or not you attended the “Pacers Meet” at the SCMM-2015 expo yesterday and heard me speak about PacePal, you must read this blog. PacePal has been designed to get you across the finish line in your target time when you race next Sunday.

Although there’s nothing like running with a human pace setter who keeps you on track all along the race course, the benefit of PacePal is that it guides you very accurately within a tiny tolerance band on where you should be at key points along the course of the race in order to finish intelligently. Runners the world over struggle with designing a course specific pace plan. The typical online race calculator offers a single average pace for the entire race distance; in reality, this is not how you run your races, especially with changing terrain and temperature. PacePal has considered the nature of the SCMM course, the weather as well as the fitness levels of runners to help you run a smart race. PacePal’s strategy has worked accurately with runners in previous editions of SCMM. You too should come run an intelligent race at SCMM 2015 with PacePal.

In a previous blog on pacing I spoke about making decisions intelligently whether you are a pacer, a race organizer or racing to a personal best. In my last blog I presented my pacing strategy for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015, (2-hour bus for the half marathon) and some advice for you, the runner, if you are planning to be on my bus.

The bulk of runners have PacePal for success.
The bulk of runners have PacePal for success.

However, you may not want to run with a pacer or, what is highly likely, the vast majority of you will have a target time that is ‘non-standard’ e.g. 2:04 or 2:09 or even 2:20 (for which there is no human pace-setter). For that reason PacePal is a lifesaver (or at least a racesaver!).

 

Obtaining PacePal

Installing PacePal is easy
Installing PacePal is easy

There are 2 ways:
(i) Google’s Play Store for Android (recommended).
(ii) Or click on this link to download for Android (this alternative, not highly recommended, unless you want to run it on your desktop with an emulator until the iOS version is launched later this week).

Using PacePal

PacePal is easy to download, install and launch. Do read the initial screens that talk about PacePal‘s role in your race and the information on the SCMM route. The actual application is very easy to use.  Having chosen your race (the ‘half’ or the ‘full’) you can enter the target time and even tweak the distance slightly (because no race you run is bang on target distance, except by chance, because of meandering and weaving).

 

PacePal's easy input screens
PacePal’s easy input screens
Natural Laps and Target Times on PacePal
Natural Laps and Target Times on PacePal

 

PacePal has Natural Laps for the SCMM (half)
PacePal has Natural Laps for the SCMM (half)

PacePal then tells you where you should be at key points along the course based on four possible splits:
(i) natural laps (terrain specific)
(ii) halfway splits
(iii) 10km splits
(iv) 5km splits

All you need to do is click on the little mail (envelope) icon to take a screen print and email it to your computer to print out and cut out an actual wristband for your specific time (e.g. ‘2:09 for the half’).  What is neat is that if you aren’t sure if you will do a 2:09 or a 2:12, you can print and carry wristbands for both times!

PacePal- Manual Override to Tailor your Race

What is also neat is that PacePal allows you to override its suggestions to tweak segments of the race to run at a faster or slower pace. PacePal will adjust the total time accordingly. For instance you might decide to go up Peddar Road slower than PacePal‘s suggestion.

PacePal's manual override feature allows you to tailor your race strategy
PacePal’s manual override feature allows you to tailor your race strategy

Once you are done with your race, you can also go back to PacePal and check how you fared relative to PacePal‘s suggestion.

Feedback

If you have any feedback regarding PacePal, feel free to email the team at PacePal.2015@gmail.com or perhaps even leave a comment below.

Good luck with tapering and best wishes for a fun and injury free race day!

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Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.

8 comments

  1. This sounds like exactly the kind of guidance that amateur runners need and will benefit from. If I were a runner, I’d appreciate this level of detail and practical course-specific strategy.
    Hope lots of runners use it!

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    • Hopefully by tomorrow… The delay is actually at Apple’s end… they have a backlog (apparently) in their uploads approval process because of the New Year break…

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  2. Very good one Puru!!. I don’t like to run with a pacer, as their pacing strategy can be way different from mine. You can probably some more options (like profiles such as negative splits vs. slower at the end) that can help find out runners preferences and suggest pace strategy. Also how about adding support for other races as well? May be you can add support for GPX file upload ( for elevation data), input race start time and probably weather data; accordingly suggest paces for any race.

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