Earn badges again

Update Jan 3, 2020. If you decide to reset your badges, but you’re also going for the 366 days in a year badge, then you’ll run into an issue, because your badges will start counting from the day you reset it. Email us at hi@smashrun.com and we’ll manually adjust the reset date to Jan 1.

For many of us there’s this kind of honeymoon period with the badges on Smashrun. You earn a few badges, it seems silly, but fun. You set your eyes for some harder ones. Before you know it you’re running a streak, you’re building a staircase, you’re piling on longer and longer runs each month. And what started out as just a little fun, has ended up transforming you into altogether better runner. It’s the Smashrun magic.

But then you run out of badges to earn. The magic wears off a bit. Sure you don’t need badges to motivate you to run, but it might be nice to have something to shoot for again.

Starting today, we’ve got a pretty good solution to this problem. If you’re a Smashrun pro user you can go to your Settings page and select reearn badges.

What this will do, is take all of your existing badges and add a +1. That’s it. All the badges will start again with your next run. Run a mile or more for your next run – You’ll get the 1 mile badge. Good on ya!

Now, let’s say, you do this, and suddenly you think: “Good lord, what have I done! I only had one stair left in my Towering Staircase. Now I’m back at the first step!”

No problem. Just click Undo. This will get rid of your +1’s and flatten everything out just the way it used to be.

So, let 2020 be a year of badges! Start your staircase. Kick off your streak. Or just take the simple pleasure of counting off each new month with 10 days of running.

15 Comments

Jhavens12

This is a nice idea – I did the option you’ve listed and it gives me the option to “relive the joy” on the badge that I had previously but currently do not, and it just refreshes the page. You might want to gray this out until the badge is earned a second time? Also, it would be nice to filter and show badges that you had previously, but not currently. Thanks!

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chris

That’s a bug! I expect there will be more. This feature was particularly hard to test. Keep the reports coming, and we’ll sort them out.

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Arthur Ramshaw

I reset my badges from today – looks like I’ll have to wait for another leap year 😂

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pokemaster

Is it possible to evolve my badges or put them in gyms and fight other badges for my team?

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Ryan

I almost want to do this, but I don’t want to lose progress on some of the harder to earn badges that I’m close to getting. I wish you could only reset the ones you’ve already earned, and let the ones you have progress on continue as they are.

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chris

I completely understand this. We thought about several solutions to this problem: ignoring the reset for harder badges, only reseting badges you’ve already earned, allowing you to select badges not to reset. But all these solutions were just too complicated from both an implementation and user perspective.

So we added an undo button. It’s not great, but at least it’s straight forward. Once you’ve rearned all the badges you want, you can always undo the reset (lose all those rearned badges), but everything will be flattened again, and you can keep working toward the hard to earn badges. The badges are meant to be fun and motivational, not competitive. I say reset them, enjoy the pleasure of getting a dozen badges in your first couple months, and don’t worry too much about the hard to get ones. If you want to get them later you can always discard your badge dupes at some date in the unforeseen future.

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Jonny

Oh crap! I did this but I forget if I did it on January first or later! Could you check for me?

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Daniel

Cool ideia. But… wouldn’t also be possible to add new badges? New series, for instance, that get unlocked once you fill one of the existing ones, or… hey, speaking of new badge series, who are Travis and Kelly? 😀

Happy 2020! Thanks for making smashrun so great!

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Peter Smith

Gotta love this.
I wonder if, in the social feed when folk get a badge, could it show how many times they’ve done it?

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