Posted by: Run For Life | 18 February, 2009

The great mileage debate

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while.  I have trained in km up until the programme I’m following now.  I automatically go to kilometers and have to think to convert to miles.  Though, I know my paces more in a pace per mile than per km.  Strange, I know.  I like how kilometers SOUND like more (hello 42.2 vs 26.2!)   Most training plans are in terms of miles.  So, any opinions on which I should stick to?  I know it all adds up to the same but for a matter of convenience I just want to use one unit of measurement.


  1. Hmm I’m no expert on the metric system, but doesn’t 42.2 km convert to 26.2 mi (not 22.6)?

    Yeah, again, it’s easier for us south of your border to think of min/mile but I might be biased…

  2. Haha, yeah I JUST fixed that…thanks. 😉

  3. Well, I’m a good CDN girl and can’t help but think in kms. I find that at least being familiar with kms, I can do quick math on the go if I need to and am better at estimating in kms. I’d stay stick to the kms, most programs can be easily translated, or simply find one that is laid out in kms?

  4. My country uses only Km’s, so that’s no choice for me. I do see the need for sticking to a single unit. Whenever I foresee running on treadmills using Miles for unit (and my having no clue as to how to change the setting), I consult my Km -> miles conversion sheet. It’s a pain.

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