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A Review of your year!

Make the most of all your stats! - a guide to reviewing your running year

Why check your stats?

Another year is over and it's a perfect time to pore over last year's running stats and then to sit back smugly and dwell with satisfaction over all your achievements.  It's also a great incentive to plan more training and set goals for next year.  Don't worry  if you haven't yet run for a year or haven't been using Good Run Guide for that long, as most of the stats are available either weekly or monthly as well (or for a date range of your choice)

Log Book Graphs

Quick View Stats 

You will find a range of quick view stats along the top of your personal homepage, including the number of runs you have done this year and the total distance you have run.  This is updated each time you log a run and is automatically reset on January 1st ready for the next year.

 

Check your Personal Bests

PBTo check and enjoy your Personal Bests, click on the relevant button on the left hand side of your log book.

My PB's (routes)- lists your Personal Bests for each route you have logged

My PB's (distance) - lists your personal Bests for various standard distances

My Best age-grades  lists your top 20 age grades of all time

 

Review your Races

Race History

A customisable list of races you have run

Your stats in table form

To compare your training by week/month or year, click on the Wkly/Mthly/Yrly stats  button on the left hand side of your log book.

Here you can view in table form the number of miles you have run, overall time, average pace, best pace, average age grading and best age grading for your selected period.  you can also use this to analyse by run type, terrain and even the shoes you used.  You can also do the same for cycling, swimming and other sports

Log Book Stats

Your Stats in graph form

If you would like to see your data in graph form, then click on the Log Book Graphs button.  There are lots of colourful block and pie graphs to choose from, including Distance over Time, Planned Distance by Run Type, Pace over Time and Calories burnt by activity over time, to name but a few. 

Analysis of Run Types 

Compare 2 periods of your choice 

To compare any 2 periods of your choice, e.g. Dec 2015 and Dec 2016 click on the Compare 2 Periods  button.  This will come up with detailed statistics and pie charts for the periods selected.

 Training Profiler

What to look for!

It can be great fun and also motivating to look back on your year (or even just your week or your month) of running.  For some people, especially running anoraks like ourselves, (we do like our stats!) ,  one of the enjoyable aspects of running is looking back on what they've done.  Slogging up those hills, through that mud or running lung busting 5Ks, all seem worthwhile when we look back on our achievements.

For beginner and still improving runners, it's often very satisfying as PB's become easier to set and pace increases and those little gold stars flag up. The PB's by distance table can be particularly satisfying and graphs such as the speed over time can be great motivators.

If you have reached the stage where PBs are harder to come by (all long term runners get there eventually) there are plenty of other things to concentrate and improve  on, e.g. varying distance or terrain and taking up new challenges.  Increasingly important when this happens can be age graded percentages, as age is taken into account, and improving this can become a new goal.

 

What do you conclude?

Just racking up those miles and therefore keeping fit and challenging yourself is achievement enough for many of us.  But, if you look back and feel that you haven't improved as much as you would like, then there are plenty of stats that can point to what you need to do to improve.  Have a look at our Training Guide to see advice on the type and intensity of recommended training.  For example, you can analyse by pace and run type to see if you are doing enough speedwork or perhaps are doing too many miles just jogging.  Alternatively if you get a lot of injuries you can check to see if you are actually overtraining before these occur. 

So there we have it, there's so much to analyse and marvel over.  You can either use these stats for your own satisfaction or use them to plan your future training and goals, or best of all use them for both! 

Happy Running and Happy New Year from all of us at Good Run Guide.

 

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