Progress Towards Goal

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Setting a goal has always been the first step towards better training, but tracking your progress towards it provides the guidepost that will lead you through your toughest training days.

The challenge with goal setting is that even the most conservative training plan can fall through, but knowing how far you have to run to stay on track means you’re more likely to reach your goal(s). Even more importantly, knowing how much distance you can run per week to catch up by any future date makes it much easier for you to adapt. This is why we built Progress Towards Goal.

This feature helps you answer the questions:

  • “How much do I have to run every week to be on target with my 2014 goal?”
  • “How much do I have to run per day this month to be on track by November 30th?”
  • “How do I stay on target even when I take a couple of rest days?”

To view Progress Towards Goal, Smashrun Pro users can now mouse over the bar graph of a current month or year-long goal and click on ‘Show Progress’.

Show Progress

This will take you to the Goals section, which you can also access by clicking on Analyze from Overview.

Progress Towards Goals

Your list of current goals will show up on the top left with your past goals underneath it, and you can view all of your historical goals with its corresponding details.

The yellow line graph indicates your current progress, whereas the grey line graph shows the most direct path to your goal.

The x-axis shows the days you ran. The color gradient indicates how far you ran – the darker it is, the shorter the total distance you ran that day relative to other runs for that month. The brighter it is, the longer the total distance for that day. You can mouse over the individual runs to see how much distance you covered that day and clicking on it will take you to the corresponding By Run page.

Mouse-over x-axis

When you mouse over the line graphs, you’ll see how far ahead or behind you are from the most direct path to your goal, as of that date. So think of the grey line as your guidepost. You can be above or below that line at any point in time, but staying close to it means you’re more likely to reach your goal.

If you’re behind, you can mouse over any date in the future to see how much distance you have to run per week/per day to get back on track by that date.

Catch up by today Catch up by tomorrowProgress towards goal on track

Naturally, you’re not expected to run everyday. The great thing about Progress Towards Goal is that it will automatically recalculate your different paths to help you reach your goal, regardless of how many miles or how many days you run each week.

So rest when you need to, run when you can. Progress Towards Goal can always tell you what you need to know to stay on track, so you don’t have to do the math in your head.

The next step will be setting other types of goals. Mainly, speed and frequency. But first… the Dynamic Run Report.

With the holidays approaching we’re all going to need all the help we can get sticking to our goals. Hopefully this and the other Smashrun Pro features will help keep you on track.

  1. Jordan Trump

    Is this new? I had no idea this existed! I started reading, thinking “oh yeah, I know all about that”. Once I saw the progress towards goal screen my mind was blown! I love it!

    • Jacklyn

      It’s new! Just released it today! Haven’t gotten around to sending around the “official” email yet, but figured we might as well let our blog readers know. You never know who might need it for their weekend run!

  2. John Bowers

    hmmm…. not working for me.. mousing over my goals doesn’t do anything and I can no longer edit them.

    • Jacklyn

      Ack… that looks like a bug. For existing goals without a mileage goal set, it doesn’t appear to work. We’ll patch that up shortly. Sorry for the trouble!

  3. Steve Crane

    Would be good to have other reference points for the progress…

    Time run in a month
    Runs completed in a month

    As distance isn’t always the main focus in training. But great feature like it!

    • Jacklyn

      So, when you mouse over the grey line, would it say how much duration left to cover for the month? Or how many more runs left to log? If you send us a quick email to explain what you mean, we can absolutely consider it when we go back and set up the other goal types!

  4. Matthew King

    Nice! It looks like it’s only for distance goals. What at pace/speed goals, for example run a 10K in 42 minutes?

    • Chris

      It was a hard call. We wanted to build out all the new goal types, but at the same time we were using it in our QA environment and looking at it everyday and it was just really useful. So, we decided it was better to get it out early, and then enhance it after.

  5. Erik

    This feature helps you answer the questions:
    •“How much do I have to run every week to be on target with my 2014 goal?”
    •“How much do I have to run per day this month to be on track by November 30th?”
    •“How do I stay on target even when I take a couple of rest days?”

    This is an interesting chart for someone with a math or statistics degree or an engineering / programming nerd but it begs the question – do actual runners train this way?? Does it measurably help reach goals? Are there any sports experts who would use this to monitor training?

    My gut feel is the answer to that is a big fat: NO.

    I’d be really interested if this is anything more than a curiosity. Seems like there are more important & fundamental things you could do – things a lot of other competitors have already. Really basic stuff that’s missing.

    Yes… it’s a very cool and elegant math visualization. Well done on that end.

    Humbly. My 002.

    • Jordan Trump

      I wouldn’t say I train with that specific mindset, but I would say that at times when I’ve run more miles, I have without a doubt run my best. This will help me increase my mileage steadily to try to beat my PRs from 2012 (my highest mileage year).

    • Matthew King

      Do you have examples of other types of stats that you think would be helpful to runners? What’s the “basic stuff” that’s missing?

    • Chris

      This was a feature we mocked up and put up for voting and comments before building. I’m guessing people train this way because they overwhelmingly voted for it. But, that said, of course it’ll be more useful when there’s more goal types. I don’t know, I find it really useful, but then again I’m a programming nerd.

      The next feature coming up (by user vote) is Dynamic run list. We want it to be great and useful for everyone, so it’d be really helpful if you comment on it with your ideas and suggestions. We’ll do our best to implement them.

  6. Peter Smith

    I find the badges around ‘stairs’ really helpful in my training, and this new feature just made getting there a whole heap easier. Nice work folk.

    Next week I have to take some time off running, and this will also help me figure out how to ease back in and still hit my goal for the year.

    • Chris

      Oh, man I feel like the staircase is a right of passage on Smashrun. We’ve all done the Towering stairs, and it is such a beast. And at the end of it, I got the silly badge and read the silly text, and thought. YESSS!!!

      I still smile thinking about it. I mean it took me 3 tries. And at the end I was in the best shape of my life. Both Jacklyn and I just embarked on a new one, but this time starting at 160k. Trying to get Steve to join the challenge but he’s having none of it.

    • Nan Byrne

      I couldn’t have said it any better, Peter. Myself, I tend to be a slacker where mileage is concerned, but when I find out how close I am to reaching my goals (in particular for me stairs this month) I just get out there and do it. Knowing how close I am to goal is very helpful.

  7. Nadine

    Hello
    Really nice feature! I start already to use it, and I discover that even with my 3 days behind my planning this week, my goals was still easy to be reached.

    What a booster!
    Of course to have more way to define a goal would be fine, but this version is incentive enough, at least for me :)

  8. Cecilia

    Awesome! I used to do the this via a spreadsheet, but I clearly don’t need that anymore! :)

  9. Chuck

    Fantastic feature. The original tracker has helped immensely but this is a whole new level for me. I failed at my first attempt at 1500 miles for the year but knowing at any point if I was on track really kept me focused. If I saw I was 10 miles behind my goal and I was thinking about skipping a run I would usually reconsider.

  10. Greg

    Great feature indeed! Once improved to support speed and frequency, it will with no doubt become a great run analysis tool! You guys rock :-)