If you’re using Step Counting tracking and want your pace and distance stats to be accurate you’ll need to make sure you enter your stride length correctly.
Here are four different ways to work out your stride length:
- Run along soft ground, or anywhere you will leave some kind of a footprint, then measure the distance either between each heel-strike, or toe-to-toe, depending on your running style.
- Run a known distance (e.g. 100 metres) and count the number of steps you take. Divide the distance by the number of steps to give your meters per stride. If you prefer to use Imperial units you can convert meters to inches by multiplying by 39.3.
- Use a height-based formula. First measure your height in centimetres, then if you are female multiply this by 1.14, and if you are male, multiply your height by 1.35. Round the result to the nearest whole number, and this will be your stride length in centimetres.
If you want to convert this result into Imperial units, multiply by 0.393 before rounding to give the most accurate conversion. Then round the subsequent result to the nearest whole number for your stride length in inches.
Note: This formula is based on an ‘average body’ and therefore can be more inaccurate than the first two methods.
- Use an average stride length. Average male stride length is considered to be 78cm or 30.7in, and average female stride length is considered to be 70cm or 27.5in. Be aware this will not be very accurate.