• Why should I buy a paceband when you offer the splits for free on your website? Firmus pacebands are printed on high quality weatherproof paper that stand up to the harshest elements. The cost of printing and laminating/taping a paceband is the same as our pacebands. They are easier to read and more effective than writing the splits on your arm with a marker.

  • If it is raining during the race, will I still be able to use your paceband? Our pacebands have been used for years and exposed to all elements and have never ripped or smudged. They will stand up to rain, snow, sweat and sports drinks.

  • What is the best way to stay on pace? Comparing the total elapsed time on the paceband to your time at each mile marker is the best way to stay on pace. This will let you knew exactly how far ahead or behind you are of your goal. The individual mile splits are useful to know what to expect during each mile but monitoring the total elapsed time is the key to staying on pace

  • I like to start the race conservative, do your pacebands account for that? Since every person has a different race strategy, the mile splits are based on the pace you would run if you maintained an even effort througout the race. Use the pacebands as a guide to where you are in relation to your goal at each mile. If you start conservative, you will know at each mile marker how much time you need to make up before the end of the race.

  • Why should I buy a set of 3 pacebands? Most runners go into a race with 3 goals: an ecstatic, happy and satisfied goal. You can wear your happy goal paceband over your satisfied goal paceband and if you start to fall off pace, simply rip off the happy goal paceband and follow the one below. Having multiple pacebands also gives you options on race day in case you are not feeling well or the weather has taken a turn for the worse.

  • How do you determine each mile split?Our course analysis starts with mapping the route to get elevation data along the route. We then plug this data into 3 different data models that estimate the pace for each mile based on the elevation change. We compare these results to actual race data (when available) to ensure the mile splits are accurate.