I'm not the world's biggest gadget guy, and technology seems to be quickly passing me by, but for a 46 years old grandfather of three, I still keep up ... at least for now. And today I found a pretty cool free Smartphone app geared toward runners. It's called Runner's Ally Pace Calculator. It's similar to the Cool Running online pace calculator that many of us have used for years, except for your phone.
But, what I really like about the app is it also provides quite a bit of peripheral information like how fast you should train to accomplish the goal, and target finishing times for other race distances at this speed. For example, my goal this year is a sub 1:25 Half-Marathon, so I entered 1:24:30. Based on this targeted finishing time, the app projects that at the same fitness level I should be able to run a 5:08 mile, 18:23 5K, 38:20 10K, and 2:56 Marathon. All of those times seem about right, although the marathon time might be a little fast.
Of course the information projected by the app is not an exact science, and all of us train a bit differently. But it's a nice tool to use as a guideline, or at least a check point for other races, while training for a big time goal, and I thought it was pretty cool!