Are you... Average???

You're not alone! Here's what over 30,000 typical members say about their running

Posted: 4 September 2003

Here it is: it's you! (Or rather, 69,847 of you, and still growing by 1000 a week.)

This is what the typical member is like - it's a picture drawn from the profile pages that almost exactly half of you fill in.

And if this doesn't make you feel less alone, then nothing will! Are you a beginner? Then it's time you met the other 18,508 (or 26.5%) of members who are too. A 10K runner? Then squeeze onto the start line along with the other 20,695 members who rate it as their favourite distance... (35.7% of racers). And surely you haven't been injured in the last 12 months? Never fear: you can swap recovery tips with a whopping 39,113 fellow hobblers (56%!)

If you haven't filled in your details, do it now!

Meanwhile, it's not entirely sugar and spice and all things nice, but here's what Runnersworld members are made of...

I am a...  
Beginner 26.5%
Regular recreational runner 62.9%
Serious competitive runner 10.6%
I have been running for...  
Under 1 year 28.1%
1-3 years 25.7%
3-5 years 13.5%
5-10 years 11.8%
Over 10 years 20.9%
I run this many times a week...  
1-3 times 57.2%
4-6 times 38.0%
Every day 2.2%
I don't 2.5%
My weekly mileage is about...  
20 or less 55.2%
21-30 29.4%
31-50 13.3%
Over 50 2.0%
I do these types of running...  
Road / Pavement 44.2%
Trail / Grass / Woodland 26.7%
Athletics Track 5.7%
Treadmill 20.6%
Fell 2.7%
My most important reason for running is...  
to get/stay in shape 49.2%
to feel better about myself 19.0%
to lose/maintain weight 12.8%
to be competitive in races 9.4%
to relieve stress 5.0%
to train for another sport 4.5%


My favourite races are...  
10K 35.7%
Half-marathon 27.0%
5K 14.5%
Marathon 10.5%
Cross-country 4.1%
Triathlon 3.4%
Trail races 2.4%
Fell 1.0%
Adventure 1.0%
Ultra 0.4%
I take part in races...  
Never 17.1%
1-11 times a year 71.2%
12-24 times a year 9.3%
25-52 times a year 2.3%
More than once a week 0.1%
I also do these sports...  
Gym 20.3%
Swimming 17.5%
Walking (hill walking) 13.4%
Road cycling 12.2%
Gym (classes) 10.9%
Mountain biking 9.3%


I have run for charity in the last 12 months...  
No 62.1%
Yes 37.9%
I have been injured in the last 12 months...  
Yes 56.0%
No 44.0%
It was (or if I was really unlucky, they were)...  
Foot problem 9.6%
Calf tear 3.7%
Shin splints 5.7%
Knee problem 14.7%
Hamstring problem 3.9%
Back problem 7.9%

(NB: If any figures look odd, bear in mind that the percentages are proportions of respondants to each individual question; and that not all answers have been shown)

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I would like to think I am average but hubbie thinks I am mad. I am attempting a 10k run at Larkfield on Sunday. My first race at 50. Is this normal or is it better to just take the HRT
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:01

Dont you DARE let your hubby stop you
get out there and enjoy
oh, and come back and tell us ho it went
lots of people your age running on here, and they run a lot beter than me
good luck!
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:03

Good for you!

Life is for living....get out there and enjoy yourself.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:03

You are normal for round here. Hope you do well and finish with a smile, you should perhaps also consider doing sneaky rude hand gestures behind his back, that works for me when my husband iritates.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:06

Blimey Sylvia, of course that's not mad! It's great. He'd better be there to see you finish, or else at home making you a post-race snack!
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:10

Well done you for going for it. Don't let anyones opinions overtake your own. You go run your socks off lady and lap up the attention and at the end - make your husband eat his words and buy you dinner - a carbohydrate free one.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:17

sylvia ask him for a post-race snack and massage, you'll deserve it

my wife started running after being fed up of waiting for me to finish a race. two years later, her marathon best is better than mine.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:22

Sylvia - no it's not normal. That's why its worth doing.

Good luck - though I'm sure you won't need it.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:25

Scotty, are you related to PJ from Big Brother 3?
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:35

Do you know what I keep asking myself? Why oh why did I not take the blue pill...
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:36

I did my first race last year at 54 - welcome to the club!!
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:37

Suffolk Punch - what is the blue pill?
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:41

Hey lady- go for it! There are loads of vets. who started running after 50 in my club and they all beat the pants off me (ooer)- I'd kill for their stamina!
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:48

Thanks for all your support, I will crawl back if I have to. Besides being my first race it is also my first time in this forum. Can anyone please tell me how to stop the e-mails coming up on my work screen before I get the sack. I have tried the disable response on my e-mail but it just freezes

Posted: 12/09/2003 at 15:49

hello out there to the 2.5% of non-runners out there.. join in - its good fun!

and sylia - when you get a mail in, it has the disable email link in there - that does the trick. you can also disable the emails proactively by unchecking the box under the area you type in.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 16:08

Thanks bouncer I will try that. Maybe someone can tell me why all these runnners are attached to their PC's
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 16:16

Usually because if you aren't running, you are talking about it. Good luck for Sunday, let us know how you get on.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 16:33

Scousegirl-I must be really belong because I'm always talking about it. Can I put my money where my mouth is though.
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 16:39

You are very much the norm !

If you look at the stats for big events you'll find us baby-boomers (40s-50s) out number other age groups

(Mrs OFT has recently taken to the roads - what about your hubby ?)

Posted: 12/09/2003 at 16:52

Course you can. Don't worry too much about it being your first race, the first ones are excellent. Put your feet up tomorrow and rest loads. Have fun ;0)
Posted: 12/09/2003 at 17:17

Also over 50 - I did my first run last week - Bristol Half Marathon - and it was great fun! Husband also thinks am mad. Good luck and keep it up.
Posted: 14/09/2003 at 11:14


I think its great that you are doing the run. Maybe you should try and encourage your hubby to join you instead of critisising you - he might find that he also gets a lot out of it. Life begins at 50 eh??

Good luck for your run. x
Posted: 14/09/2003 at 14:16

Sylvia... tell your old man too get off his butt and join you in the next one... when he notices you getting that nymph like figure back he will be out with you just in case you get a pick up... Jack.
Posted: 17/09/2003 at 08:10

Blue pill- watch the Matrix.
I did a 10 M trail run on Midsummer's day, stuck with an older lady at the back & we jogged down all the hills and walked up them- finished in 2:48 with the biggest grin on my face (beat someone else in the final sprint) and then discoved I'd won a medal for being 3rd in my age class...
There's another trail run/wlk at Talybont soon & I might give it a go if I can blag the use of a car.
Rubbish Runners Unite!
We know it's not that serious.
Posted: 17/09/2003 at 18:11

Cool for you.

Tell your hubby to get off his fat arse and join you -- it's an even bigger joy running with & even competing against your other half ...
Posted: 17/09/2003 at 23:28

Answer to original question :Y es!!!

And enjoy yourself at 10K.
Posted: 17/09/2003 at 23:30

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