Do you train in km or mile pace?

Did a search but didn't find anything similar.

Do you pace yourself in KM or Miles?

I used to be miles, but I switched to KM because they come round quicker - I like counting. I can run at a fairly consistent pace, so it's not so much about that for me. Also the bigger numbers sound good image

Problem is that it makes marathons a bit weird because it's all marked in miles image



  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
  • Hi Charles

    Its miles for me. I cant get my head around km.

    Go with whatever works for you I suppose. Most of the people on Strava use km.

  • Km but I also calculate it out in miles too so that I know both.

  • XX1XX1 ✭✭✭

    It's kilometers for me...  I'm under 60 years of age image

  • So am I but I calculate in miles image

  • Is this just because it's what you've always done?

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    90% of the races I do have the distance markers in miles rather than KM so I find it easier to work out my splits from that.

    Also in Britain the mile is still the most commonly used system when measuring the distance between 2 places.
  • A good mix of imperial and metric for me - Miles and Kgs, and litres, and some times metres. It is my little way of standing apart from those over the pond, and that lot across the channel. 

    Start using min/km today, and we will be in the euro tomorrow. 

    When I'm forced to have a car and roadsigns using Km, I will change my garmin pace, but not before. Until then I refuse to enter metric events like 5k and 10ks and only join gyms with treadmills that can show min/miles. Power to the people.

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    Damn right A-r. Training in kms is like drinking beer in half litres.

    Just not British.

  • literatinliteratin ✭✭✭

    I trained in km when I lived in France, and train in miles now I live in the UK. Conventions are useful if you want to be able to communicate with other people without making them do loads of mental arithmetic.

  • When I lived overseas I used km, cos that's what the races were marked in. Now I use miles, cos that's what the races are marked in. It took a bit of getting used to at first!


  • Km cause that's what it is where I grew up and lived until a little while ago - I find it very hard to think in miles.

  • Km, then I spend the run converting it to miles, and then thinking how much of a pb it would be if I could keep the Km rep pace up for 42,2km.....

  • SBD.SBD. ✭✭✭

    Definately in Km here - you get more for your money image

  • Miles for me, the lower numbers help my maths

  • I train in kms/mins. I live in a country that embraces the metric system. Converting miles to km or yards to metres or pounds to Kilograms is so confusing.

  • Miles.  The only people I know personally who use kms do all of their running on a treadmill.

    Also-ran wrote (see)

    A good mix of imperial and metric for me - Miles and Kgs, and litres, and some times metres. It is my little way of standing apart from those over the pond, and that lot across the channel. 


    Same here. Other than running I measure in metric and cook in a mixture of both. Liquids make more sense in imperial for some reason. 

  • Miles.

  • Km. But then, the only races I've done have been 5k or 10k. If I was training for a half, I might switch to miles. But maybe not: I'm used to thinking in min/km and I know my training and race paces that way. Given that I train alone, it doesn't matter really.
  • I use both on my garmin: it autolaps every km, but distance and pace are in miles.

  • Yes, it's handy that some watches like the garmin 310 will autolap in different units to the display. In my case I pace (and display data fields) in km but autolap in miles. It gives you more to fill the time with in races, what with displays, autolaps and markers, and you get a feel for both systems. (I tend to run in km-land but was brought up on miles.) 

  • My Garmin is set to metric, so pace is in min/km.

    Auto-lap set to 1km during most training because I like having more frequent feedback. I started out running 5K and 10K events so the km arithmetic was easy to get used to.

    However for races marked out in miles without km markers, I set auto-lap to 1.61km so that my splits are per mile and I know whether my Garmin is measuring ahead or behind the mile markers. If there's a Marathon or HM target race looming then I might set the 1.61km autolap a few days/weeks in advance in order to get used to the longer splits and so that I don't forget to switch it on the day.

    Metric has the added bonus that setting up interval sessions on my watch is a simple case of 0.2km or 0.4km or 0.8km, no messing around with fractions of a mile or wondering how many feet/yards/furlongs/fathoms that corresponds to.

    I know lots of rough min/km to min/mile conversions so that I can communicate with oldskool people who continue to stick to what their running club elders passed down to them. 

    In my experience, treadmill focussed people use neither - they refer to speed - usually km/h, and look bewildered if you try talking 'pace' to them.

  • always miles every time...........

    on the few occassions i do intervals then I would probably change ot to metric if it was easier.......

    but the pace would always remain in miles


  • Always miles, I never know what people are talking about in km. I'll even run a 10k race and have my splits come up in miles on my Garmin.

    When I went did the Amsterdam HM last year (pre Garmin ownership), it was only the night before the race that I realised it was going to be marked in km, making my pacing wristband in miles rather useless! 

  • I used to train in miles, but found its quicker when I switch to Kilometers.

    My half marathons at 13.1km are coming along very nicely thank you!


  • km of course, miles are so last century  image

    and 226 kms for an Ironman sounds much more impressive than 140.6 miles!

  • Km. I use metric for all measurements. Miles/km is the one conversion that I will do readily, especially when talking to folk who still work in the old units. Converting pace and distance is a useful mental exercise when languishing through the last 5k of a half.


  • A half is great for mixing units, as well as mixing old-school running with the new - it's basically the classic 10 mile road running distance followed by a 5k parkrun.

Sign In or Register to comment.