Running Is Like A Business: Know Your Metrics

Instead of focusing on speed during training runs, think about what you're trying to accomplish. Photo: www.shutterstock.com


Evaluate the right metrics or you could find yourself working hard with nothing to show for it.

Analyzing metrics in the workplace is a familiar concept. Whether it be counting the visitors to a website, calculating the number of products sold, or measuring levels of employee satisfaction, we all have metrics in our daily lives that help us prioritize and assess the progress of our work.

Running is no different.

Runners implement metrics such as the speed of their tempo runs, the length of their long runs, and a variety of other quantitative measurements to help evaluate their development and ensure that they are on target to reach their goals.

However, as many business analysts will tell you, it’s far too easy to get caught up in focusing on the wrong metrics. If you sell purple t-shirts, having 1 million visitors to your website is a huge accomplishment. But, if none of those visitors buy your purple t-shirt, it’s a useless number.

In the working world, we’re well educated and often quite aware of the temptation and potential pitfalls of concentrating on the wrong metrics. Unfortunately, many runners are not aware that they might be too concerned with the wrong metrics in their training. The result is often frustration, stagnant race results, and injuries.

Here are a couple of common metrics many runners put too much focus on and tips on how you can shift your mindset should you fall victim to these familiar pitfalls.

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