Out of curiosity (and being the number junky engineer that I am) I decided to create some graphs of my running times over the years. I have created graphs for several distances in the sport including both track events and cross country. While my times only go back to the fall of 2014, when I first started my running journey, there is enough data to get a good idea of the progress I have made. I thought this was a cool way to visualize my progress and give me some motivation to keep working towards further improvement.
If you have too much time on your hands like I do, or simply also want to see your own progress, I highly recommend this little project! Moral of this story is that not every race is a PR and everyone’s progress graphs will likely be unique but each graph tells it’s own little narrative that is important just the same. (If you decide to make your own graphs I’d love to see them!).