Hello, happy Tuesday. How are you today?
This morning I slept in a little bit because it was raining. I got up at 6:30 instead of my usual 5am and sometime around 8 I went for an easy 6 miler around the neighborhood. It was slow and easy and it felt pretty good except for the searing pain in my quads but hey, a little quad pain never killed anybody….that I know. I’m not really sure where the soreness came from but you don’t think it could be overtraining or anything….
Anywho, while I was out punishing my quads I was thinking about how I used to obsess over my time when I first started running and how for years I was overly concerned with how fast each mile was. I would always wonder how I measured up to other runners. I mean it’s pretty obvious in local races when you see the results but I mean, I wondered overall. I knew I would never be the fastest runner and I knew I wasn’t the slowest either, but I wanted to know the big picture. And that’s when I started looking around for some type of accurate measurement.
Enter the age graded calculator.
The age graded calculator helps you judge your performance by using a percentage without bias for your age or gender. You’re measured against a specific standard for your age and sex. Here is what the percentages are interpreted as:
100% – World Record Level
Over 90% – World Class
Over 80% – National Class
Over 70% – Regional Class
Over 60% – Local Class
When I first looked at the calculator I was depressed until I realized I was comparing myself against all runners, elite athletes included.
These days I come in at around 60-65% for most of the distances. Not bad, because when I first started using this calculator I was around 45-50%.
You can find the age graded calculator here. But don’t stress out over it because you’re comparing yourself against some of the best runners in the world.
If you want to know how you measure up against average runners, check out this calculator. You can enter in your latest race times for any race from a 5K to a full marathon and it will tell you how you measure up against average runners. I personally think this calculator is more accurate for the average runner.
That’s all I got for tonite.
Do you ever worry about how fast your pace is compared to other runners?