This handy tool enables you to compare your running time against 35 million results collected in the last 20 years from more than 28,000 races! So where do you rank?
When is comparison useful?
There are times when comparing yourself to other runners can help but it’s never a given
- Motivation: Seeing how others are performing can motivate you to push yourself harder and strive for better results. It can be inspiring to see what is possible and to set goals based on the achievements of others.
- Benchmarking: Comparing your running times against others can provide a benchmark for your performance. It can help you gauge your progress and identify areas where you need to improve.
- Feedback: If you are working with a coach or in a running group, comparing your times against others can provide feedback on your training and progress.
“Comparison is the thief of joy” is a saying that is certainly true of running, where unless you’re an Elite athlete, you should really only be focusing on your own individual progress and set goals based on your own abilities and limitations.
There are so many variables, that we would argue you should be wary of comparing against yourself!
Here are some factor will make you different from other runners:
- Genetics: Some people are naturally predisposed to be better runners due to their genetic makeup. This can include factors such as muscle fiber type, body composition, and lung capacity.
- Training: Runners who train consistently and effectively are likely to see improvements in their speed and endurance over time. This can include factors such as following a structured training plan, incorporating speed work and hill repeats, and building a strong base of aerobic fitness.
- Experience: Runners who have been running for longer periods of time may have developed more efficient running form and a better sense of pacing, which can lead to faster times.
- Nutrition: Proper nutrition is essential for optimal performance in running. Runners who fuel their bodies with a balanced and nutrient-rich diet are likely to see improvements in their speed and endurance.
- Time: Many of us live busy lives, have many responsibilities, and just can’t commit as much to running as we’d like.
Just focus on you
Times are not the only measure of success in running so bear that in mind. Many of us do it simply for our mental wellbeing, and when feeling good after a run it what you need, then times don’t factor in at all.