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Don't understand my fitbit (Duh)

mafee
mafeeGraduate

Dear Lovely People. This is today's thick question.....On my fitbit, which I have just started to use to clock my runs, it offers lots of stats which I understand and one I don't. Please can someone explain what the pace means. I am guessing it is in minutes and seconds - but for what? per mile? per km? Am I being stupid? apologies if I am .

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I have a fitbit and after being confused like you I’ve decided that it’s minutes and seconds for either a mile or K. It matches what’s on Strava. So I’m going with that. Happy running. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to Knittingrunner

so if the other stats are in km - it is mins and secs per km? I thought it might be - thanks. But now I don't know what a good rate is ( but guessing mine isn't yet) but will work on that once I get to week 9. Thanks for the reply

The advice is don’t worry about pace until you have consolidated a bit after you complete C25k. You will probably get faster as you progress anyway. That’s certainly my experience but I’m still a snail! Lol. 😊

RunnerLCA
RunnerLCAGraduate

Yes it means how many minutes & seconds it took you to run each kilometre or mile (depending how you have yours set) 👍🏻

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to RunnerLCA

oh that IS slow then - hee hee - if the target is 5km in 30 mins then I need to eventually get to 6 - is that right? then 9 or 10 is way off!

RunnerLCA
RunnerLCAGraduate
in reply to mafee

Yesterday I stared my Fitbit after he warm up and stopped it before the cool down just so I could check my distance and it said i’d ran 4.22k (i was doing weeks 8 Run 3 which is 28 mins running) it said my pace was 6’39’ so I know I won’t get to 5K in next weeks runs of 30 mins but I’m assured that with practice comes speed so I don’t worry about it too much 👌🏻

Shelley2310
Shelley2310Graduate
in reply to mafee

I graduated today, I ran 9.40 per km! Very slow but faster than a week ago. I’ll be working on pace after the consolidation runs (if I decide to). I learnt my lesson last week when I got despondent about my pace. Just go out and enjoy the run at a pace you can carry out a conversation. Happy running 🏃‍♀️

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to Shelley2310

Ah thanks. I did 8' 36" on week 5 R 3 ( the 20 mins) but had a bad one yesterday as my foot hurt so it was 9' 60" on week 6 R 1. What confused me was 9'60" - surely that is 10 mins? Or am I really being thick?

Shelley2310
Shelley2310Graduate
in reply to mafee

It was probably 9’59.9” and rounded up. 😊

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to Shelley2310

oh that makes sense

Shelley2310
Shelley2310Graduate
in reply to mafee

I’ve had it with my scales it’s said 14 instead of the next stone up!

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to Shelley2310

that's how you guessed!

Shelley2310
Shelley2310Graduate
in reply to mafee

Well I changed it to kg and calculated it online into st and lbs! You’ve definitely got your Fitbit to km not miles haven’t you?

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to Shelley2310

yup

ktsok
ktsok
in reply to mafee

That is strange - it would usually round up to 10’00” not 9’60”.

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Sounds like you have the Fitbit sorted, but really, you don't want to put any pressure on yourself to hit a certain pace, except the easy conversational pace described in the guide to the plan.

Look at this poll healthunlocked.com/couchto5.... and you will see that most graduates do not run a sub 30 minute 5k during the programme.

mafee
mafeeGraduate

Ah that is good to see - I am sure that by the time I get there, I will be like everyone else - thank you - this is encouraging!

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