Oatmeal Runner Reviews...Smashrun

I love having stats on my running, which is why I have my runs loaded to several different services (Polar Flow, Smashrun and Strava). But out of these three, Smashrun is probably my favorite. So why do I love this free website?

One of the big pluses for me is the variety of stats they offer. Not only do I get a glance at each run with time, pace, distance, weather plus whatever notes I want to put in but I see how this compares to similar distance runs. For example, I can see that my five mile run last Wednesday morning as my 16th fastest five mile run (and my 159th longest run). Plus, I can easily see when the runs it’s being compared to took place because they are color coded for the last 30, 90 and 180 days.

I can also see if there’s anything notable about this run (as of the point it was run). Currently, there’s a lot of “longest duration run”, “longest distance run” comments on my long runs but I also get some interesting stats. Here’s what I got for my five mile pace run on August 26:

August 26 run notable stats.png

My favorite stats are the ones broken down by month, year and all time. There’s no other way that I could compile my monthly stats on how many miles I ran, what my average pace was, what my average run length was or what my longest run was. And I have to do nothing other than import my runs in to get these stats at my fingertips.

Plus, I can also set goals for each month and year that includes a mileage goal (and see how I’m progressing at any time). Right now, my goals for 2017 are:

  • Run a sub 2:15 half

  • Run my first marathon

  • Run 1,200 miles

I’ve already crossed that sub 2:15 half off the list and the marathon is coming up quick. And that mileage goal is going to be easily reached by December 31st!

One more stat that I love seeing is my PRs for different distances. I can see this by month, year or overall and show with races only (determined by tags you set for races). But, if for example, I run my fastest mile during a 5K run, it won’t show up as a mile PR. More incentive to run a mile to see how I do since my mile PR is from December 2014!

Smash Runu Personal Records.png

There’s so many other things I love about Smashrun that I’ll just list (so you don’t have to keep on reading forever):

  • Weekly stat recap emails

  • Badges

  • Calorie counter (just to see how many “unhealthy” things are the equivalent of what I ran)

  • User-friendly interface

  • Great social media presence (every time I mention them in a tweet they like a reply to it!)

If you are looking for a great resource to import all your runs into and get stats at your fingertips, I’d recommend you try out Smashrun! Let me know how you like it when you do.