Running data may be extremely helpful for runners of any level, whether they are participating in their first 5K or going the distance with a marathon. Thankfully, the introduction of fitness trackers and smartwatches has made it much simpler than ever before to keep tabs on your runs. Wearable technology of today can monitor a wide variety of data, from the number of calories burned to the user’s VO2 max.
Polar is one of the companies that helped pioneer this field. Following the launch of the industry’s first wireless heart rate monitor, the firm has proceeded to expand its presence in the wearable market by producing a new line of activity trackers and pioneering technological advancements in heart rate monitoring devices. Polar has a large community of users, which has given the company an unmatched amount of data that can be used for research.
This user base is mined by the company on occasion in order to provide us with some insightful new information. The company’s most recent study utilized an anonymous user sample that spanned over 45 million searches across 30 nations and regions to provide a one-of-a-kind look into trends, variances across countries, and other topics.
What conclusions can we draw from these numbers?
The French are known to have the most endurance when it comes to long distances. Over the course of the study’s twelve months, their typical distance covered was 9.1 kilometers. This put them ahead of Poland and Italy, which were both under 9 kilometers away at this point. In about half of all runs, the distance covered was between five and ten kilometers. The duration of a run, on the whole, was around 53 minutes.
Although the French may travel the farthest distance, it appears that the Poles are unbeatable when it comes to maintaining a steady pace. Their average running pace of 6:22 was faster than the averages of Spain (6:27), Denmark (6:35), and France (6:35). Most runners are putting in a satisfactory amount of effort, spending about a third of their runs in Zone 4 and the rest of their time in Zones 3 and 5.
It is crucial to be familiar with the heart rate zone in which you train. In order to maximize the number of fat calories you burn during exercise, you should spend the majority of your time working out in zones 2-3. To raise your anaerobic threshold and improve your cardiovascular endurance, you need to train in zones 4–5 at least twice a week.
The majority of people choose to get their workout in on Sundays, which comes as no surprise. That is, unless you reside in Norway or Finland; in those countries, Monday is the first day of the week. It would be helpful if somebody from Norway or Finland could explain why that is in the comments section below. The majority of people find it most convenient to go for a run at around 10 o’clock on weekends, or between 6 and 7 in the evening during the week.