Terrain-adjusted marathon pace bands, pacing spreadsheets, elevation charts, training plans, running calculators, and other information for long distance runners 
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This Web site is a collection of information about long distance running that I’ve either found on the Web or created myself over the years.  In particular, I’ve included all of my “Pacing & Info” spreadsheets which have become popular with runners planning to compete in some of the larger marathons.


As many runners do when they first qualify for the Boston Marathon, I became obsessed with finding out everything I could about the race before I ran it for the first time in 2006.  I scoured the internet for any information I could find about the race, mainly because I wanted to learn about pacing strategies for the mainly downhill but challenging course.  The more I looked, the more frustrated I became because I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.  So, I decided to create a terrain-adjusted pacing spreadsheet for myself that could create custom pace bands based on my goal time.  I ran the race and the pace band worked like a charm.


After the race, I decided to take all the information I had collected about the Boston Marathon and add it to the spreadsheet so it was all in one place, then share it with other runners who might be looking for the same information.  I posted links to it on a few of the more popular message boards for runners and was happy to see that a lot of other runners found it very useful also.


Over the years I’ve continued creating “Pacing & Info” spreadsheets for other marathons and collecting links to interesting and useful running information on the Web. However it was getting hard to remember where I had placed all this information, so I decided to put it all on a single organized Web site where it would be easy for me (and others) to find.

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Teresa Brenneke said:   April 9, 2010 5:07 am PST
This is amazing, I just stumbled on this, looking for pace charts for an athlete that I coach. I will be back for others in the future. Thanks!

Greg G. said:   February 27, 2010 3:18 pm PST
The elevation charts confirm something that I've long suspected; the amount of uphill running is the most important factor in course difficulty even if the course is net downhill. It seems that the fastest courses have no more than about 500 feet of uphill running and it seems that some of the hardest courses I've run are surprisingly net downhill or nearly so, like the Flying Pig in Cincy. It is the large amount of uphill running that makes the course so challenging. I scratch my head whenever I read that Philly is described as flat. Your charts prove my impresson that there were many hundreds of feet of uphill running on that course. Do you have similar information about the Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburgh marathons? Thanks, GG

Reuben Willis said:   December 27, 2009 2:31 pm PST
Greg..didn't know you were an Internet celeb. Can't wait to look at your onfo.

David Phillips said:   December 16, 2009 7:36 am PST
Greg, you've created the exact website I was looking for. Brilliant job! I love your scientific approach, the spreadsheets, and plots. This is extremely helpful!

Chad Tibbetts said:   November 3, 2009 2:27 pm PST
This website is amazing. Thank you so much for doing this!! I have put a link to your page on my marathon training blog

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