Welcome to the Percentage Runner blog! 🙂
Percentage Runner is the running alias of Simon Adu-Poku, a Belgian finance professional who has so far completed 3 full marathons on 3 continents.
In the past 3 years, he has shaved over 30 minutes off of his marathon best time.
Percentage running refers to the use of an age-graded calculator. It allows runners to benchmark their performance based on the world record time among their age peers.
If you were to put the 100 percentage runners in a row, the 50th would thus be a midpack finisher and the 100th would be the world record holder (of his or her respective age).
Some Real Life Examples
- Eliud Kipchoge’s 2016 Olympic gold marathon time (2h08) as a 31-year old = 98.52%
- Natalie Dormer’s 2014 London Marathon time (3h50) as a 32-year old = 60.12%
- Simon’s third marathon at the Gold Coast in 2016 (2h56) as a 24-year old = 71.81%
Goal of the blog
The goal of this blog is to share all the tips and tricks needed to become a progressively better runner.
Whether you are currently a beginner runner curious about the sport or a marathon veteran looking to squeeze out some extra performance gains, this blog should at the very least help you become relatively faster than yesterday.