How to find your running pace

Do what your teacher told you not to – talk out loud while running. Usually that’s to fellow runners, but when that is a no-no, so relate an interesting tale to yourself.

If you can complete the entire story, without stopping to catch your breath, well then you have the perfect pace to run at.

The best training plans usually involved about 80 per cent running at this speed - indeed Charlotte Arter - parkrun world record holder - happily admits almost all of her running is done at a chatting speed.