Wondering where to take your running next? Integrating an analytical platform for your running can elevate your training plan. By quantifying your running performance, you can view data about your run that can lead you to make some sound decisions on where to take your training.
If you’ve been wanting to measure your running performance or not sure why it’s necessary, there’s a lot that can be gained. In this post you’ll know the benefits of quantifying your running performance, how to access your data, and a few resources to get you started.
Benefits of Measuring Running Performance
1. Get to know your body better. Once you start measuring your running performance, your going beyond just splits and distance.You’ll start to see trends and even understand how your body responds. Call it reading between the lines or just increased insight – the data is objective and can provide you with some serious knowledge. By gathering enough data points (or runs) you’ll have a log to review that can tell you more about your runs. Don’t just think about how a five mile run went, but look closer at what the conditions were like, what time of day you ran, and what happened between mile 1 and 5. By capturing these insights you can start gauge how your body responded to certain conditions.
2. Understand the impact of your gear. Maybe you’re trying to determine if a chest strap heart monitor is better than one set in with in a GPS watch. Or how does a fitness tracker impact your training. By tracking your running performance, you can compare runs and looks for data correlations. The idea is to capture as much as you can about each run. Much like getting to know your body better, you can do the same with your gear.
3. Get consistent feedback on training. If you’re diligent about logging your running performance, then you’ll receive feedback in return that will show a true progress. Apps are great to run with as they do capture a lot of information, but the history provided isn’t as robust or provides consistent stats you need to baseline accordingly. This is where a strong analytical platform can take you to another level of understanding your running performance.
How to Capture Your Running Performance
You have a few good reasons to log your running data, but you might be wondering how to even do it. It’s a lot easier than you think. If you’re using a running mobile app, there’s almost always a website that complements it. Logging online you can extract all that data into a zip file (or equivalent). Whatever analytical platform you decide to go with, you can import your data and the platform does the rest.
If you have a GPS running watch, there’s usually an export feature that will allow you to sync up your data. Refer to the manufacturer’s website for details.
Where to Store Your Running Performance
The good news is that you have plenty of options. Some mobile apps even partner up with platforms to make the decision a little easier. Try shopping around and seeing what feedback works best for you. The data belongs to you so try a couple to see what provides the best analysis of your running performance.
In no particular order, here are a few platforms to consider:
- Running Ahead
- Smashrun (my current platform of choice)
- Log Your Run
- Garmin Connect
- Map My Run
- GMAP Pedometer
- David Hays’ Run Log
Whether it’s the big picture or a detailed one, quantifying your running performance can offer great insight into your training. What are your experiences in using analytical platforms for running? Join the conversation and leave a comment.