Wherever you are in your running journey, it’s a wonderful feeling to look back on how much you’ve grown and progressed, from your first 5K to your hard-earned BQ. Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily look back on those race results whenever you like? Meet Athlinks! I’ve recently signed up and it’s a great tool, especially if you’re a data nerd!
I’m linking up with Debbie, Lora, and Rachel for the Running Coaches Corner and Annmarie, Nicole, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday! I’m also joining the new Friday 5 2.0 with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy – hopefully, this post won’t take too long to read!Check out my reasons why you should check out @athlinks! #athlinksBR #bibchat Click To Tweet
If you’ve never heard of Athlinks, here’s a great description from the company itself:
Athlinks is the largest results database for competitive endurance athletes in the world. We pull in times for running races, triathlon, swimming, cycling, mountain biking … pretty much any timed endurance sport that you can think of – if we can find the results, we will add them to the database and link them to our members’ accounts.
In other words, Athlinks is the best way to track all of your race results in one place!
But Athlinks is more than a database, it’s a community! Because you have this huge database, you’re able to connect with other runners/athletes that have run the same race that you have, no matter where they’re from. You’ll even be given “Rivals” – a list of everyone you have raced against and a record of whether you “won” or “lost”. It’s really neat! Honestly, when it comes to running I’m not competitive with other runners (because I’m not fast LOL), but if you are…you would LOVE this feature!
You also have all your race statistics in one place, including Personal Records. While it doesn’t include my real PR from a local 5K in Nebraska last year, it all looks good to me!
Signing up for Athlinks was easy. Once I created a profile, I was already starting to claim my race results based on my name Unfortunately, my full name isn’t as unique as I pretend it is, so I have had to hide several races that I didn’t run, like in Wisconsin and Oregon, lol! Fortunately, I do keep a list of all of my races on my blog, and just about all of my results are there, including a Stair Climb I completed in 2010!
What’s really cool about having my data in one place is I can really get a snapshot of my running progression. For example, I decided to take a look at my 10K race history. As you can see below, I usually hover around an hour for a 10K but my PR of 55:16 was at the Run for Clean Air in 2017. The Disney Princess 10K is an outlier because that race was all about fun (and stopping for lots of pictures)! If I was really aiming to improve my times in the 10K, this would really be useful information!
And as you dive deeper and analyze your race results, you’ll even see what the weather was that day! For example, one of my slowest half marathons was the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon that takes place every June. I’m not saying it was an excuse, but…lol!
Athlinks is a really cool resource and I look forward to using it more as I continue to run races! And as I mentioned before, it’s not just for running! You should be able to track your triathlons, stair climbs, bike rides, you name it – if it’s uploaded, you’ll find it! I highly recommend signing up and claiming your results!
Check out my profile and connect with me on Athlinks! I could always use more friends! 🙂
How do you currently track your racing data? Do you have an Athlinks account?