Pace Zone Analysis
Understand your pace zones to better align your workouts with your goals. Edit your Performance Potential in your profile, and Strava will create custom pace zones for you. Pace data is bucketed into these zones using Grade Adjusted Pace (GAP,) showing you how long you spent in each pace zone. Now you can easily see the varied pacing of interval workouts and the steady speed of a long, slow run. Pace zones are inspired by potential equivalent race performances by James Gardner and Gerry Purdy.
Grade Adjusted Pace
Grade Adjusted Pace is used to calculate Pace Zone Analysis. GAP estimates an equivalent pace when running on flat land, allowing you to compare the effort of hilly and flat runs more easily. Because running uphill requires extra effort, the Grade Adjusted Pace will be faster than the actual pace you ran.
When running downhill, the Grade Adjust pace will be slower than the actual pace. The steeper the grade, the larger the adjustment. The calculation of Grade Adjusted Pace was inspired by work done by C.T.M. Davies studying environmental effects on running.
In addition to Pace Distribution and Heart Rate Analysis, runners can tag their run as a “Race,” giving runners interactive and granular pace data at every point during the race, including:
- A pace bar graph showing your pace fluctuation, as well as your mile/km trends
- Visualization of your meaningful race splits, such as 5K splits for a marathon
- Pace scrubbing data to analyze every critical point during the race
- Projected finish time data based on your performance throughout the race
- Finish flag with the finishing time, signifying the race achievemement