Integrate all the things!

Smashrun integrates more apps and devices

For the next month or so, we’re focusing on developing integrations with every single app or device that allows us to. Right now, that’s Polar, Suunto, Fitbit, MapMyRun and Strava. If you’re using one of those to track your runs, then we need your help to beta test.

You’ll need to be really detail-oriented, very ok with things not working perfectly, and excited to help us get things right.

If that sounds like you, then shoot an email to hi@smashrun.com with your account details and the names of the apps and devices you use to track your running. We’ll start beta testing later this month, and we’ll let you know what you need to do to get started.

A few notes…

Strava
We’ve read about the recent blow up between Strava and Relive. Our hope is that this small firestorm has helped reinforce just how strongly runners feel about ownership of their data. Strava has reached out to us in the past about integrating, and, at the time, they reassured us about their terms. So we’re really hopeful that they’re as excited to work with us, as we are with them.

Nike Run Club
If you use Nike Run Club, then your data is locked up tight. Nike removed their API years ago, and has taken measures to ensure that no one can get their data out. Sorry guys, wish there was something we could do. We’ve really tried.

Runkeeper and Endomondo
These sites have APIs that are not publicly available. If you want a Smashrun integration be sure to reach out and let them know.

Data Portability and Smashrun
  • You can bulk export a zip file with all your runs from your account page.
  • You can export any individual run from your By Run page.
  • You can download a CSV to open in Excel and play with your data.
  • You can use our API (no API key necessary) to export your own data and do with it what you wish.
  • You can request a key for an app to allow other people to use their running data on Smashrun
  • You can deactivate your account, we’ll permanently delete all of your data.

If you want your favorite app to work with Smashrun, let them know we have an API that makes it super easy.

Longrun Integration (iOS)

Are you looking for an easier way to view your Smashrun stats on your iPhone? You might want to check out Longrun. It’s a brand new iOS app that lets you view your Smashrun activities, individual runs including notables, and both weekly and monthly stats trends from your phone.

Best yet, it’s absolutely free and available right now from the App Store. Longrun was developed by a Smashrun user using the Smashrun API. If you like it, you may want to chip in a few dollars to support the the app’s development from the app’s settings page.

To use Longrun, download the app, and log in to your Smashrun account. That’s it! If you have any questions or would like to give feedback, you can send a message within the Longrun app 🙂

If you’re a developer who would like to build something great with Smashrun, let us know! We have a powerful and easy to use public API.

See you on Smashrun!

New ways to highlight your best runs

When a friend asks you, “How was your run?” there’s usually a lot more to share than just how far and how fast you ran. Maybe it was a slog along a muddy trail by a river, or maybe it was hilly race on country roads in the rain. Now you can share those details on Smashrun.

Let’s say you’re feeling pretty good about your last run. The first step is to click the like button. Liking your own run will alert your friends that you’re feeling pretty good about it, and it will show up in their notifications feed. Then you can add tags to fill your friends in on the details. 

But, let’s say you’re not feeling that great about a run. It’s not a bad run per se, maybe it’s just the kind of run you don’t want to bother your friends with. For example, a short recovery run where you took a long break in the middle for a visit to a public restroom. If you click the new “No Social” tag, the run will disappear from the social feed entirely. 

Note: If you have social disabled, this is entirely unnecessary because all your runs are private.

 

When you’re tagging a run you feel pretty good about using any of the tags on the tag popup will modify your notification. When the algorithm can figure out a way it will combine the tags to come up with a meaningful notification.

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of notifications you can create:

(hard + no sleep + parkrun)

 

(muddy + hill repeats + new shoes)

 

(a 26.2 mile run tagged with scenic + riverside)

 

 


We also put out a few recent bug fixes…

  • Fix for the 1st week of the month calendar bug (sorry about that)
  • Fix for km/mi switch when a user is logged out
  • Fix for “Run location sometimes now showing up”
  • Streak now displays correctly in the user profile popup
  • Fix for some Garmin runs which weren’t syncing correctly
  • Show confirmation before unlinking an account that is still importing run details
  • Fix for splits showing up in miles in the Facebook share image when account is set to KM
  • Fix for a rare issue importing some FIT files

 

 

3 new ways to share your runs

We’ve improved sharing on Smashrun! Now you can choose between three different images to share on Facebook or Twitter, and highlight the information that matters most for that run.

Sharing Modal

Runs with GPS

Take advantage of the Smashrun Pro map and share a more detailed visualization of your running route. Choose to display your pace graph, elevation profile, or HR data depending on the type of run.

For example, intervals tend to look better when visualized by pace.

Run with GPS

Whereas, trail runs are often better viewed with an elevation profile.

Run with Elevation

Footpod runs

Similar to our original format for shared runs, activities that only contain pace data and lack GPS can be shared as pace graphs including the HR, if available. You can also choose to share GPS runs this way, if you don’t want to publicly post your map.

Footpod run

Manual entries or treadmill runs

And if you happened to run indoors or don’t want to share your route/pace graph, due to bad GPS, you can also share a watch face with two data fields including the run’s notables. And if there are more than 5 notables, we’ll take the top 5 🙂

Manual run or treadmill

Your privacy settings will still apply to how you share your runs. And you can share the same run in different ways depending on what you want to post on Facebook or Twitter. Currently, the Facebook sharing option will now also allow you to post a run to a group instead of just your timeline. Win!

FB share options

From the share modal, you can also control how you want to be prompted to share your runs. You can choose to be prompted after each new run, after only particularly good runs, or to never be prompted at all.

When to share

Regardless of which option you choose you can always manually share a run by clicking on the share icon from your “By run” or “Run list” page.

Share run to Twitter or Facebook

Share run to Facebook or Twitter

Questions about sharing? Leave us a comment or send us an email at hi@smashrun.com.

Now go share some great runs!

Mobile updates for social

This week, we released some changes to Social making it easier for you to interact with your friends and followers, view your notifications, and add or invite your friends on mobile!

We decided to disable the Explore view on mobile for now, but we are working on releasing a modified mobile-friendly version. Additionally, if you need to update your Social privacy settings, you can do it by clicking the menu on the top-right, then choose “Privacy Settings”. Remember that you’ll need to select one of four social configuration options in order to use or disable Social.

You’ll find the Social and Notification buttons at the bottom of the Overview pages.

Once you load Social, you can switch activity feeds by clicking on the top left icon for the current view. You can also click on user profile photos to load their bio and quick stats.

To view different time periods when comparing Quick Stats or Trends, just click any of the Trailing Sum options.

As always, if you have any questions or if you happen to come across any issues, please don’t hesitate to email us at hi@smashrun.com 🙂

Using social to find similar runners

Smashrun’s social features are designed to enable you to find similar runners. Whether you’re looking for runners within your demographic or runners who follow a similar training pattern, there are several ways you can compare your training to other runners on Smashrun.

This is useful for a couple reasons:

  • You can follow runners who are on a similar training cycle.
  • You can benchmark your best times against runners within your demographic.
  • You can connect with runners based on mutual goals or affinity (like being socially motivated!)

Make the most of Social

Load Similar Runners to discover runners who overlap with you in terms of pace and training volume, regardless of demographic. Similarity is calculated based on training history over the past year. As a result, your similar runners may change because everyone has different training cycles and train for different events.

You can learn about a particular runner by clicking on their username, which loads their Quick Stats; this is why it’s nice to have a runner bio!

Quick Stats lets you compare your Average Distance Per Week, Average Speed, Longest Run, etc. over the trailing 7-days, 30-days, 90-days, and 1-year. You can visit that runner’s profile by clicking their name, or by clicking the link to the their latest run or last race.

Switch the trailing sum period to see how your training comparison has changed over the past year.

If you’re a Smashrun Pro user, you can also compare your Trends. The Trends view plots historical changes in weekly distance, running frequency, and speed over time. It provides better context when comparing your training to someone else’s as opposed to focusing on individual metrics in a given period, because it’s easier to tell when someone is building a base, running more frequently, or doing more speedwork.

Get a quick glance analysis of someone’s overall training.

Within Similar Runners, you can also switch to the Explore view. Explore compares you to all runners within a certain group. So, if you’re viewing Similar Runners, then click Explore, it plots you and similar runners on a graph that compares your fastest run of a certain distance over your average distance per week in a given period.

See how closely you’re performing to runners training similarly.

The Explore view is an easy way of seeing who’s running the most and who’s capable of running a certain distance faster than a given pace. It might also give you some insight into how someone might have accomplished their fastest 10k. All you need to do is click on a user to see how their training compares based on their Quick Stats!

Remember that, since social features are disabled by default, the only people who are visible within Social are those who have opted in and are not private. This is important to keep in mind, because it’s possible that we might not initially find any runners who are similar to you, until more users start using social.

In the next couple of days, we’ll put together a knowledge base for everything related to social (woo!) and we’ll post a link on the blog once it’s ready.

Now go invite some friends and create your own personal social feed… or get to know some socially motivated runners! 🙂

Connect with your friends and learn from other runners

One of things we’ve always liked about Smashrun is that it’s a personal dashboard for your running. Your stats are a testament to your training, and every run you’ve ever logged on Smashrun is displayed within the context of how you’ve evolved as a runner since the day you registered. Some of your hard runs probably deserved recognition. Perhaps, other runners could’ve learned from your training. Maybe a Smashrunner ran the same race you did, but you never knew…

Community is a big part of what makes running enjoyable and, while we’ve always been happy with Smashrun being a personal experience, our shared running experiences also deserve a home within Smashrun. This is why we built Social.

Smashrun’s social features adopts privacy by design. If you don’t want to be social, you don’t have to be. If you only want to interact with your friends and no one else, you can. And if you want to discover runners who train the same way you do, you can do that as well!

To get started, you’ll need to choose one of four social configurations: (1) Socially Motivated, (2) Open Social, (3) Closed Social, or (4) Private.

Private turns off all social functionalities – no one can find you or view your activities, you can’t friend or follow anyone, and you can’t compare your stats to other runners . You’re basically incognito.

Closed Social lets you connect only with people you explicitly allow, such as your friends. You can’t follow anyone, you won’t be able to view runners in your demographic, and you can’t view similar runners.

Open Social lets you interact with everyone who wants to be social. You can friend or follow anyone, you can see runners in your demographic, and you can see similar runners.

Socially Motivated is the same as Open Social, but we let your friends or followers know when you’ve had a great run 🙂

Once you’ve chosen a setting, you’ll be able to see your different activity feeds within Social. Any notifications you receive will show up on your Overview page. You’ll also be able to click on a username to view that runner’s profile modal, which displays their bio, profile summary, quick stats and trends, and see how you compare to that runner.

Tomorrow, we’ll post more about Similar Runners, the Explore section, Quick Stats, and Trends.

See you on Social!

There’s a few big things we’re still working on in order to complete Smashrun’s social features. We’ll update everyone once these are live.

  • Mobile-friendly social feeds and notifications
  • Message user
  • Like/Reply to specific comment
  • Groups
  • Challenges

Note: The “Friends” drop-down will now only include your friends and not the people you follow. Follows will only exist within the Social feeds.

Preparing for your next race

An important part of successful race preparation is understanding what worked in the past, what didn’t, and what can be improved. A great way to do that is to use the Analyze Run View to learn from specific races, in combination with your stats dashboard.

Experienced runners generally require between 12-16 weeks of preparation before a half or a marathon. 5k plans are usually shorter (9-12 weeks) and some marathon training plans go as long as 20-30 weeks. This means that the trailing 90-days before a race can provide a wide variety of perspectives into your training.

A quick refresher on the Analyze Run View.

To load the Analyze Run View, click the analyze button, and click on a recent race or best performing run. You can also access it by clicking on any of your PR’s within PR Progress.

The Analyze Run View is broken down into performance, conditions, training volume, and training runs in the past 90 days. The values you might expect and the distribution of your runs will vary depending on the run you’re viewing. Here’s how it works.

Remember that you can highlight the runs themselves and you can go to the run, by clicking on its matching white box on the time scale. The cool thing about this is that you can see when you ran your long runs or, if you’re viewing your pace distribution, when you did most of your speedwork.

Here’s how you make the most of your analysis.

When evaluating your training, only compare runs of similar distance and conditions. Looking at weeks of speedwork dedicated to improving a fast 5k probably won’t teach you the best way to race a half. And different race distances require different analysis.

  • When you look at a marathon, consider your training volume (average distance/week or duration/week). Visualize runs by distance – what was the longest run you did prior to your race/tune-up and what percentage of your runs were long? You can even see how much of your trailing 90-days were in your aerobic vs. anaerobic zone – just filter your training runs by pace and/or heart rate.
  • For shorter races, it might be more useful to look at a distribution of your average pace or SPI. Race-specific training for a 5k or 10k tends to have more tempos, intervals, and time trials, which makes pace a good measure of how you’re progressing.

Additionally, since the Analyze Run View relies on the trailing 90 days leading up to a run, training gaps and tapering will average down your training volume and you could inadvertently exclude parts of the peak of your training.

To exclude the taper prior to a marathon or half, do a *tune-up run, or race a shorter event than your target distance. A tune-up is often 4-6 weeks out before race day, and runners usually limit their taper before a tune-up. As a result, the trailing 90 days leading up to it is a better representation of your training.

We don’t always take the time to look back over our training after we’ve run the race, but the best lessons come from previous experience. When we’re aiming for a PR, it’s nice to have something like the Analyze Run View to learn from our best runs and, with a tune-up, it’s an ideal way to measure our progress to see if we’re on target.

*If you need some ideas for adding a tune-up to your training schedule, RunnersConnect has a great blog post on how to incorporate tune-up races into your training.

Runner bio, friends, and rank update

To become better at running, sometimes we need to learn from the experiences of others. To do that, you need to be able to discover other runners and, eventually – if you wanted to, interact with them as well. There is currently no way to do this on Smashrun, but that’s about to change.

In preparation for our next release, we’ve added a Runner Bio section in the profile settings page. If you haven’t completed it yet, take a few seconds to add some notes about yourself and your running. Once we release user profiles, your bio will be the intro to your quick stats. You can even add flairs related to your longest distance run, personal records, streaks, marathon majors, big trails, and lifetime distance achievements!

Additionally, as some of you have noticed, we’ve added the concept of friends on Smashrun. Previously, you could only follow users – the idea being that you could see someone’s stats, but only to the extent they allow based on their privacy settings. Friends, on the other hand, can see all your stats including where you ran. So your friends should be people you trust. For most people that probably means people you know in real life.

You can add someone as a friend by either going to their stats page and mousing over their name, or by opening the friends drop-down and choosing “Search for runners”. Then you can search for them by name or match them from Facebook.

Lastly, we updated Rank Comparisons on the ranks page and added a column for “30 day change”. Previously, it was hard to tell when someone was cutting back or making recent gains in their training. We also thought it might be useful to see change over the last 30 days, as opposed to just looking at rank score today. Green is an increase in rank score, red is a drop. The larger the circle, the greater the change and vice versa. You can mouse over it to see the actual change in rank score.

A quick note regarding TomTom Sync:

Some users were previously affected by an issue where TomTom frequently revoked their authentication token requiring them to unlink and re-authenticate their TomTom account on Smashrun. We found a workaround and this should no longer be a problem.

HealthFit integration

If you run with an Apple Watch, you’ll be happy to know that you can now use HealthFit to send your runs directly to Smashrun in FIT format.

To set it up, launch HealthFit and give the app permission to read data from the Health app. This will enable HealthFit to import your activities. The first time you export runs into Smashrun, you’ll have to select the run(s) for export within the Workouts tab, then click the menu icon on the bottom right. Select Smashrun as the export option and authenticate. Note that you can add Smashrun as a favorite so that it shows up on the toolbar, and you can export directly after selecting runs.

HealthFit

If you encounter any questions regarding the app, you can send a message within the HealthFit app or send an email to healthfit@altifondo.com.

Note: The Nike Run Club (NRC) app does not write any GPS data in HealthKit, which means HealthFit cannot export any GPS with workouts recorded with NRC. At best, it can only export Heart Rate data. In other words, Nike users can’t use HealthFit to export runs.