@coffeebean — having run with RunScribe for the past couple years [thanks Alan!], @Alang is spot-on. RunScribe is a tool. We’ve designed it to collect the types of data that we believe capture the important characteristics of your gait mechanics. Part of that has (indeed) been in growing a databank, from users like yourself, so that we can get a handle on how that data matters. We’ve shied away from delivering the traditional ‘universal’ advice [180steps/min, lower vertical oscillation, etc] because we believe (empirically) that this can easily cause as much harm as it can good.
In the process of capturing this data, we’re trying to do something that other companies traditionally shy away from, and that’s letting you see into that ‘big data’. Our first volley into that was the Run Detail Community Compare graphics, which give you a sense of how a run at your pace compares to the Community. We’ve taken that a step further with our expanded Compare Tools that now allow you to drill further down, restricting the Community comparison to specific terrain, workout types, pace ranges, distances, etc. You can also track your change over time, which can help quantify how specific drills, adding intervals, etc are changing your metrics [efficiency in your case].
The next step will be taking this data into our Experiments framework, providing you with ways to use RunScribe in ways that will enable you to understand where you are, how things are changing, and how to get where you want to be… I’m hoping that this will fill in the gaps, helping you get the most out of RunScribe and your metrics. This is where its a bummer being a small company, as there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that we want to do. But it’s coming!
I’d also invite you to check-out our Blog, as there are a number of articles covering everything from Stride Rate to the NYC Marathon. I know it’s not the same as specific coaching input, but it does give a sense of how to contextualize the metrics.
I hope this helps, at least in terms of understanding our philosophy, where we’re wanting to get to, and how we’re trying to get there.