If you’re using Step Counting tracking mode in Racelink and want your pace and distance stats to be accurate you’ll need to make sure you enter your stride length correctly.
This is not an exhaustive list, but these are our suggested methods for calculating 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, for example 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.
Please note: This formula is based on an ‘average body’ (whatever that means!) and therefore can be more inaccurate than the other two methods.
Finally, you can use an average stride length, but be aware this may not be accurate. 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.