Performance for the year to date with help from Runkeeper FitnessReports

With more than a little help from Runkeeper‘s ‘FitnessReports‘, I’m spending a few minutes looking at my performance for the year to date.

For those that don’t know what Runkeeper FitnessReports are, here’s what they say on their website:

RunKeeper FitnessReports gives you access to visualize all of your data and gain some valuable insight into your workout habits that will not only show you how much you’ve improved, but also where you could use improvement. Fitness Reports are an additional subscription service.

The additional subscription is $4.99 per month or $19.99 for a year. Here are some example reports:

I definitely feel as if I’m improving with my running and have had the best couple of weeks of runs (with some great weather to do them in!).

Total distance per month

As I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous posts, Jan and Feb were a washout due to the bad weather and therefore it’s not difficult to improve on those months. However, as you’ll see from the chart above, I’m already some way ahead and it’s only the middle of March!

Average distance per activity

As the chart above shows, my average distance per activity has taken a big leap forward in March and that combined with increasing the number of activities on alternate weeks is what’s pushing the total distance up.

Number of activities

In reality, I’m not going to be able to do more than 3 or 4 runs per week so this metric should stay pretty stable.

Number of activities per weekday

Sunday is the day I am most likely to go out for a run. Saturdays always used to be rest days but now I’m going out alternate days, this graph should start to stabilise.

Total duration

My total duration is going up nicely (due to longer distances and more runs per week).

Average pace per month

It would appear that February was a slow month. However, March is looking great. What’s even more encouraging is that my average pace really is coming down week by week:

Those hills

In the last couple of week’s I’ve been attacking some hills as can be seen from the graph below:

Average speed vs distance

Not sure why, but I seem to run faster when I’m running 4.5 miles!

In fact, my highest speeds are all attained at distances greater than 4.5 miles. Promising!!

In summary, everything is heading in the right direction:

  • Doing more runs
  • Doing some training on hills
  • Running further
  • Running faster (average pace improved from 10:49 mins/mile at start of Jan to 9:56 mins/mile this week – an improvement of 53 seconds per mile quicker!)

Runkeeper‘s FitnessReports really make it easy to see how well I’m performing during my runs. This kind of analysis would be much more difficult without FRs.

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