Is anyone else obsessed with looking at race results stats? I love it. As soon as they’re online, I can’t wait to pore over the finishing times, age group breakdowns, splits, top women, top men, last finishers, youngest runner, oldest runner – I love it all.
In this post, I’m going to get all anal about numbers and math. If that sounds like fun to you, keep reading!
I’ve been torn as to whether to use my Garmin results or the race results as my “official” stats. What do other people do? I don’t think I’ve seen anything about this in all of my running blog reading.
I like the idea of using my Garmin’s numbers because, well, that’s what I use for all my runs. On the other hand, the race results are public and maybe more exact as far as when I crossed the start and finish.
Here’s the difference I’m talking about for the Fred Lebow Half:
Obviously, the course is 13.1 miles, but according to Garmin’s numbers I might have run it slightly longer by not taking the inner-most corners (which means I ran faster than the official results) or my Garmin was just off (which means I ran slower than my Garmin results).
Since I don’t know which of those scenarios happened, it’s probably safer to go by the official results. On one hand, my official pace is slower, but on the other, my official time is better.
Either way, I ran a fucking half marathon. WHO’S WITH ME?
NYRR’s race results page always has cool little infographics I love to steal and post on my blog. Here are my stats for the Fred Lebow Half:
Because I’m a nerd, I always like to do the math to figure out what percentile I finished in. Look, I’m happy JUST to have finished, but it’s also cool to figure out that I finished in the top 14% of women and top 15.5% of my age group. Hey, I’ll take it.
I finished in the top 29.4% of ALL finishers. Not surprising, given that I’m now adding men to the equation. Top third is cool with me.
“Place/Time/Percentile Age-Graded” is always an interesting stat to me. I haven’t seen it on many other race results pages. Mine are usually better than my actual results. I think all it means is that I ran good for an old broad like me.
My 10K split was 54:30. What’s nuts is that I ran last September’s Cow Harbor 10K in 54:39 – almost exactly as fast. But this 10K (the first of TWO 10Ks I ran back to back because you run MORE THAN TWO FREAKING 10Ks in a half marathon) felt much easier than Cow Harbor. I’m not sure how much of this is me being stronger now, or how much is due to the fact that Central Park’s course is far easier than Cow Harbor’s. I guess I won’t fully know the answer until I run Cow Harbor again next September.
A less even gender split than the Ted Corbitt 15K, for some reason, with 3076 men and 2111 women finishers. The averages paces of both men and women are included. I can’t help but notice that I – a former middle-of-the-pack runner – finished faster than the average man. Take THAT, average man! And then finishers by borough, with Manhattan outweighing them all.
I always love this one. It’s so inspiring seeing both the youngest and oldest finishers: both youngest girl and boy were 13, the oldest man was 80, and the oldest woman was 84. Eighty-four! If you took a close look at the Ted Corbitt 15K stats, you might have noticed she was also the oldest woman finisher in that race, as well. Love that. It reminds me that I have many years left to both live and run. Assuming I don’t die, of course. But I guess everything we plan is assuming this.
This one is super interesting, and a similar thing happened at the Ted Corbitt 15K: 20-something women (purple) outnumber men (green) runners until their 30s, then it’s flipped. And way more 30, 40, and 50-something men than women ran this race. This is fascinating to me. I wonder if there have been studies on this stuff. Maybe I’ll look for some.
Last but not least, I realized I had not taken a pic in the hat we got for the race! While I did not wear the hat during the race (although it’s adorable, it was WAY too warm for a heavy winter hat and I don’t understand how anyone did this), it’s been SUPER cozy to wear while walking the dogs in the pre-dawn mornings.
Or, as in the case of this picture, while standing in my bathroom about to take a shower.