The Polar historical data importer broke last month. We need to make some sizable changes on our side to remedy the issue and it’s taking longer than anticipated. That said, if you only need to import new runs you can still connect to Polar (autosync) from your Settings Sync Page. This connection will automatically push your new runs directly to Smashrun shortly after they’re available on Polar Flow. While this won’t solve everyone’s use case, for many of you this should be a convenient and easy to implement option.
We’ve made some adjustments to the import to capture race and treadmill flags and tag the runs as appropriate. We’ve also changed to combine the Strava activity title and description in the Smashrun description field. We heard from some user’s who made a case for this, but if it’s not working out for you just reach out with your ideas, and maybe we can find a better way to do it.
We identified a bug that was affecting some users which prevented runs from flowing through automatically. This was patched this morning and should put the issue to bed.
You still have a few days to take advantage of the Smashrun BOGO holiday sale. You can pickup a matching subscription for any new Smashrun Pro user by signing up for Pro or even by renewing early.
A baby girl
After working on Smashrun together for almost a decade, Jacklyn and I had a baby girl a couple of weeks ago. If we’ve both been a bit slow responding to emails lately, I know that you will understand. Thanks so much for your support over the years that’s allowed us to keep our dreams alive.
It’s that time of year. The Winter Solstice is coming up soon, and if you time your runs correctly there’s a badge in it for you. To earn “The Shortest Day” you’ll need to complete two runs on the day of the solstice. The first needs to start before sunrise and finish after and the second needs to start before sunset and finish after it goes beneath the horizon.
Running can run the gamut between being a complete drudge, and a truly spiritual experience. This run will almost certainly be one of the two. You’ll be strapping on your kicks, and going out in the dark and also, possibly, the bitter cold. While you wait for your GPS to sync you may think to yourself “This is it. The earth has moved as far as it can go in one direction and from tomorrow it will start to come back. This day has signified the cycle of death and rebirth among human cultures across the globe since time immemorial” or you may think “I can’t feel my toes.” You just don’t know how it will go until you give it a try.
The Solstice Badge is a chance to roll the dice, to take a chance on something truly meaningful, to feel your heart beat in your chest, to see your breath explode into the air, to watch the sun crest the horizon, and then later to watch it fall beneath the earth. Set your alarm! Take the chance!
Here are some important things to remember:
The solstice happens at the same moment across the globe, but it will happen in very different time zones. This year in most places in the world it will occur on Tuesday, December 21st. Confirm the date and sunrise, sunset times with Google.
Treadmill runs don’t count. Treadmills are cold machinations isolating you from the natural glory of your local suburban through road. Also, we need GPS to figure out the time of the sunrise and sunset.
Give yourself enough time. You need to get dressed, get out the door and get GPS before the sun crests the horizon. You can count on the fact that GPS will take longer to sync when you’re shivering in the predawn cold. It’s best to start a bit before sunrise, and finish a little while after.
If you’re south of the equator. Then this will be your Summer Solstice. The day will be long, it will probably pretty warm, and your badge will blue and orange.
Running is just better with friends. You can help each other improve, cheer each new accomplishment, and keep one another motivated. And right now, you can get a free matching gift membership when you upgrade your account or renew early.
You can also buy a discounted membership as a gift (for yourself even), if you’re not interested in the “buy one give one.” To do this, the trick is to first logout. Then go to the gift page directly. You can give the discounted gift to a friend or claim it yourself.
You can learn more about Smashrun Pro by checking out our Pro FAQ.
Remember our holiday sale is designed to introduce new users to Smashrun Pro, so the matching gift is for users who haven’t tried Smashrun Pro before. If you want to renew a friend’s Smashrun Pro membership, you can also log out of your Smashrun account and then buy a gift membership at a big discount.
With Pro, you’ll both have access to:
Progress Towards Goal Reach your goals by knowing what distances you need to run to stay on target.
Training Bands Visualize training intensities by pace, HR, and hill grade to understand your past and current training load.
Pro Map Get a detailed breakdown of your custom laps, HR zones, pace buckets, and your fastest segments.
Pace Trends Track your best performing runs to measure your long-term improvement.
Analyze Run View Learn from your best runs by analyzing what worked and what didn’t in the training leading up to a race.
PR Progress Plot your historical PR’s and use them to identify PR’s you can beat.
Trend Comparison Compare your training to friends and other runners and visualize changes in distance, devotion, and speed.
Automatic Sync Garmin, Suunto, and Polar watches will automatically push every new run to Smashrun.
Pro Badge Series A new set of badges to earn and keep you motivated in the new year
You also get access to the Smashrun Performance Index, Pace Stability, Stryd Power display, Garmin Laps, and the ability to compare your training trends and performance vs other runners on Smashrun.
Smashrun now displays more than 10 years of data. We had to make a few changes under the hood to make this possible. But one of the most visible was the need for more pixels to display all of that data. So, Smashrun needed to get a wee bit wider.
All these new pixels allowed some room for a few more data points. Pro users can now see elevation and heart rate on the Run list page, as well as seeing heart rate on the By Run page’s “fastest run for distance” list.
If you’ve got a very, long running history on Smashrun, then your All Time view may now seem a bit cluttered. The easiest fix for that is to set a “Hide runs before date” on your Settings – > Profile page. It’s relatively easy to flip on and off, and setting it can help you focus on your more recent training without getting too fixated on those PR’s that you set when you were a lot younger
A new quick view
If you hover over one of your fastest runs for a distance you’ll now see a quick view with the description of your run, a map, and some additional stats. This can make it easier to get some clarity on these runs without having to drill down to each one.
We’ve added support for Adidas Running (AKA Runtastic). You can create a connection on your settings sync page. Adidas, has a pretty nice app for both Android and iPhone.
We’re working on adding support for Coros watches. We’ll start beta testing in the coming weeks, so shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
There’s also a new Google Play app called Health Sync which can sync from a variety of sources to Smashrun including some infrequently supported sources like Huawei Health and Samsung Health.
Odds and ends
You can now see the cut offs for speed ranks with distances you’ve never run. The friends panel also got a slight design tweak. And on the run list page we set it up, so that if you click on a heading it’ll highlight the highest values for that field.
(The mobile site is still limited to 10 years of data. We’ll address that in a future release)
The Summer solstice is coming up this weekend, and that means Smashrun Pro users get a shot at one of the most challenging and coveted badges – “The Longest Day”.
To get the badge, you’ll need to run twice on the day of the solstice. The runs can be any length, but the first one needs to start before sunrise and finish afterward, and the second one needs to start before sunset and finish after.
These 2 runs will be as far apart as they can possibly be because – solstice. You can think of it as a chance to align your running with the rhythm of the universe, or to celebrate a new pandemic free future on the horizon, or more to the point, think of it as a chance to get one of the few Smashrun badges that’s both rare and possible to get in just one day.
Here’s a few important tips:
The Solstice is either on this Sunday or Monday. It depends on your time zone.
Check the sunrise/sunset time online for your exact location. We use the exact moment of sunrise/sunset at your exact GPS location, so if you’re using a nearby city for reference it could be a tiny bit off. Your best bet is usually to just ask Google.
Build in a buffer. It takes time to get ready when you’re tired, and it’s also a near guarantee that your watch is going to choose this day of all days to take 5 minutes to get GPS.
RUN OUTSIDE. The whole point is to watch the sunrise and set. You should feel one with nature, and remember the experience, yaddda, yadda, earn a badge. A treadmill run won’t count. You need GPS.
If you live south of the equator, then just substitute shortest for longest and winter for summer, but otherwise everything else still applies.
Under Garmin (auto-sync) if you you see a “Connect” button click it. This will open a popup. If it doesn’t it might be blocked by your browser. (Look for an unfamiliar icon in the browser url bar, and click it to enable popups). Login to Garmin Connect and follow the prompts.
The popup should disappear and you’ll see a message “Connecting to Garmin”
There’s about a 1 in 10 chance you’ll get a message saying “Garmin’s being weird”. We’re working on this, but the fix is easy, just try again.
The next step is important. If you’re on a desktop, mouse over the gear and change the default import source to GarminHealth and then click the sync icon. If you’re on a phone click the hamburger menu on the right side and select “Sync GarminHealth”
If you’ve done this, and your runs still aren’t showing up it may be because of a limitation of the new Garmin API:
The new API will only sync runs that originated from a Garmin watch. Garmin will not send runs from other sources to us, even if they’re on Garmin Connect.
The run must be classified as a run on your watch. If you record it as another activity type and then change it to running on Garmin Connect, Garmin will not send it to us.
New runs will be pushed automatically. You should not need to click sync unless you’re retrieving older runs that are missing on Smashrun.
The new API is fire and forget. We ask Garmin for runs, and it gets back to us. We have no way of knowing how long it will take or if it will respond at all.
We’ve currently capped historical sync at April 11th because we are having issues with duplicates, missing runs, and multisport/triathlon runs. When we work out these issues we’ll enable full historical sync.
The old sync was much better at importing historical data. If you are having trouble importing data please do not delete your account and create a new account.
If you have missing runs, remember you can always import the FIT files from Garmin Connect.
To do this:
View the activity on Garmin Connect and mouse over the gear on the right hand side.
Export original source
Import the file into Smashrun
I know for some of you this transition has been really frustrating, things were working well, and now they’re not. We’re committed to working through all the issues, we’re just a bit overwhelmed, so it may take some time. Don’t give up. We’ll address every issue to the full extent that we’re capable.
The data we’re receiving from Garmin’s API is currently experiencing delays of between 30mins to 12 hours. If you’re connected to Garmin you’ll likely see summary data only, while we wait for Garmin to send the detailed information.
I know this is frustrating, and I’m sorry for the inconvenience. We’ve reached out to Garmin and are awaiting a resolution.
If you currently import from Garmin take a second right now and go to your Settings Sync Page and connect your account to the new Garmin API.
This new Garmin API is replacing our existing API connection starting today, so please make sure you connect.
Once you’re connected your next run will automatically sync to Smashrun as soon as it arrives on Garmin Connect. That means no more need to click the sync button. (If you’re a Pro user once you move to the new API everything should be the same as it was.)
For the moment historical synchronization from the Garmin API will be disabled. If you’re an existing user, this shouldn’t make a difference at all. If you’re a new user then check back next week after we work out all the bugs with historical import (or use a 3rd party site like Fitness Syncer).
We had a deadline from Garmin to switch to this new API, so unfortunately these changes had to go live for everyone before we had done the usual beta testing. We’re continuously releasing patches, so please report any issues you spot and we’ll keep knocking away at them.
Tonight we released a major rewrite of our import architecture in preparation for migrating to the Garmin Health API.
Smashrun has integrations for a lot of different sources, and then there’s our API, and FIT/TCX/GPX file import, and of course import via email. And it’s all inextricably intertwined. We’ve done a lot of testing over the past week, but there’s a lot of moving parts, and we updated a *lot* of lines of code, and well….it’s been a long night, and it’s not entirely impossible that we broke something.
If all goes well then everything should work exactly the same as it always has. However, if you happen to notice any unexpected behavior, anything weird or out of place, please shoot us an email at email@example.com and we’ll sort it out.
There’s a lot packed into that little calendar on the bottom of your overview page. The calendar heatmap with its 3 distinct views for all time, yearly, and monthly stats is kind of a sleeper. When you first start using Smashrun you might think “oh that looks kind of cool” but not give it too much attention, but then as time passes and you play around with it a bit more it starts to reveal itself.
On the all time view, every single week you’ve ever run is there. You can scan vertically and see the seasonal changes over years of training. Or you can scan horizontally and see the buildup in training for different races at different times each year.
Or you can hover over the legend and know immediately how many weeks you’ve ever exceeded a certain training volume. But when it gets really cool is when you start moving your mouse over the scatter plot, and realize that you can instantly see which years and months you had your longest or and fastest runs.
But there’s always been this problem. The most important information was somewhat obscured. Sure, the marathons and the really high volume weeks stood out with their proud little black dots, but the whole gamut could get a bit lost in the noise. And this was doubly apparent to those with some type of color blindness.
The lead up to the NYC marathon in 2014, that twisted ankle from the cursed pair of sneakers, the oh, so nearly successful attempt at the Towering Staircase badge should have stood out in technicolor, but it didn’t, not really.
Well, we’ve done our absolute best to try and change that. First, we compressed the color range, so that if a high mileage week for you means breaking 10 miles [Chris: I have 104 such weeks] then you should still see a nice range of shades to discern the difference.
As your weekly volume passes 50km or 30 miles a dot appears (yes!), and that dot scales relative to your volume and then itself starts to change color, and then eventually shape creating a visual scale all the way up to 200km or 120 mile weeks.
For the yearly view it gets more interesting. Since the blocks in this view represent daily volume or for the most part individual runs, it was an opportunity to create a visual language for the types of distance runs in structured training plans.
Runs under 10km are delineated by a color scale. Middle distance runs between 10 km and 15km (6 – 10miles) are shown as a dot that scale with the length of the run. Then runs from 15km to marathon length, are shown as a semicircle indicating the percent of the way to a complete marathon. A half marathon is thus a half circle, and a full marathon is a complete circle. The marathon gets a bright red hue chosen for the color of the rash across every contact surface on your body when you finish one.
The aim of all of this is to reduce the gap between seeing and understanding. At first you might need to reference the scale, but the hope is that pretty quickly when you review your training for previous races you should be able to just glance at it, and get it. That’s right, that year, I stacked two nearly marathon length runs into the week before the race, what was I thinking?! In a word, the hope is that this new view will deliver insight, but failing that, at the very least it’s nicer to look at.
If you run weeks over 50 miles (80km) and prefer less information density you can now toggle to an alternate scale using the link below the legend. This alternate scale does not adjust the dot sizes by training volume, and uses only 2 dots one black and the other white. The cutoffs for the 2 dots are dynamically configured based on your individual training volume history.
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