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Calculating pace with php (time and pace)


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I have a table where I'm storing my marathon and other race results. One column ( race_time_total - TIME format) and another column ( race_distance_numeric - decimal(65,3) format) are being used here.



Assuming the race_distance_numeric is the distance of the race in either km or miles (Eg: marathon being 42.195km), how to I calculate the pace?


I've used:

$pace_per_k = $row_content['race_time_total'] / $row_content['race_distance_numeric']  

.... but am not getting expected results when I echo $pace_per_k


Any tips?


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You might want to use the TIME_TO_SEC(race_time_total) function in your query so that it converts hours/minutes/seconds into just seconds, and then divide. Then format your result back into H:M:S to display. That can actually all be done within the query without needing PHP.

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Speed is measured in meters per second; you will have to convert otherwise.  You will also have to reverse your formula.

speed = distance (meters) / time (seconds)

CroNix is correct.  This can all be calculated within the query, but you cannot subtract time without using the built-in MySQL functions for doing so.



In your case, i would go with cronix' idea of using TIME_TO_SEC()

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