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We runner love our numbers. At least I know I do. 😁
When I first started running, I would scrapbook every bib with race dates and finish times. But let’s be real, I soon ran out of steam with that one and now that scrapbook languishes at the bottom of a hope chest in the closet.
I have pages dedicated to race times and links to recaps on the this blog (look up) but sometimes I fall behind on keeping them up to date. Then there was the time a couple months back when I accidentally deleted the entire page that listed all my races prior to 2014. Ack!!! What do I do?!
Tah dah- Athlinks!!
Athlinks works like a database and pulls all your race results together and keeps them in one place for you. At least that was what it did when I signed up years ago.
It’s so much cooler now! Yes, it still tracks all your races and it’s super easy to claim them- well as long you don’t have a common name, which I don’t 😋. Now you can follow your friends and they can follow you. Anytime you run a race with them, they become your rivals. I don’t how much of a rival I am as everyone I follow and vice versa is faster than me but it’s fun!
Another cool feature is that you can add upcoming races so those friendly rivals 😀 know what your upcoming races are. Who knows, they might be running the race with you. And if that race doesn’t immediately pop up, it’s super easy to add it. For example, my race this Saturday is on the small side and didn’t pop up when I searched. So I added it. I added all the distances- 13.1, 10 mile, 5k and then I added myself to the starting list for the 10 miler. It took less than 3 minutes. Easy, peasy.
There’s even a Statistics tab that keeps track of all your PR’s for you. My 10K PR is not accurate since I set it at a super tiny race but it’s close enough and since I’ve slowed down, I can still use it as incentive to make that number drop! Also, I somehow forgot my marathon finish time. I thought I was slower than that so seeing it there is kind of awesome… and again, incentive to make that number drop. 😋
Now, I have run some super tiny races (I mean how else did I first OA female one??-tiny) , so not all of my races report times and data so Athlinks doesn’t have those. Heck, some of those races didn’t even have timing clocks or bibs but the majority of my races are available. So, I look forward to adding to my stats over time.
You can set your profile to private if you want and still take advantage of all the awesome tracking capabilities that Athlinks has. Public or private- either way it’s awesome!