runsmarter with Sennheiser and benchmark your progress

Run Smarter

Continuing our week of promotion of new Sennheiser training content, today we look at running "smarter" and how to take stock of where you're at and build from there.


runsmarter: Benchmark your progress

Why do you run?

Are you in it for the long-term or is this just a passing fad? Hopefully you're a runner for life (and we all know the reasons why you should be!), but you're more likely to stick with it if you see improvement and achieve success...

The first thing you should do is to review the progress you've made so far.

Check your runbritain profile page and make note of the achievements you're most proud of. The next thing to do is to assess the progress you have made: what does your graph look like? Is it on the way up? Is it climbing steadily or are you on a plateau and are there any reasons for the profile of the graph?

Have you just started running and as a result are enjoying big improvements, or have you been running for a while and are only seing small increments? Have you had consistent training or has it been disrupted?

By assessing your performances and the reasons for satisfaction or disappointment you will be able to set realistic future goals.

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If you haven’t already signed up to the runbritain rankings section of our site and claimed your free handicap then you’re perhaps wondering what the fuss is all about. You can sign up through the following link and here are five great reasons to do that right now!

1. It’s a unique handicap system for running. Just like golf you get a handicap from 0.0 – 36.0 giving runners of all abilities the chance to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of terrains and distances. The score automatically updates each time you race (once you have claimed) and rewards regular racing as well as automatically factoring in a degree of difficulty on races that are multi-terrain, hilly or windy.

2. You can be part of the National Running Ladder and check out where your handicap puts you compared to every other runner in the UK, e.g. does your 5k time put you higher than your friend’s half marathon and marathon times?

3. Having a handicap enables you to be part of ‘Reward Running’ and be in with a chance of winning an adidas mi-coach or Sennheiser headphones if your score shows the greatest improvement - it’s free to enter too

4. Find out where your times put you in the official UK road rankings

5. And finally...log your training mileage, watch your progress graph rise and check out head-to-heads with your training partners.

All the information you need is on the runbritain rankings site.