Smashrun Launches Garmin Integration and GPX, TCX, HRM Support

Smashrun’s new importer enables a seamless transition for Garmin users, while GPX/TCX support makes it possible to upload data collected by running apps

Smashrun, a web-based analytical platform for runners, launches Garmin Connect integration and makes it easier for runners to import data from running apps. By supporting Garmin devices and GPX, TCX, and HRM files, Smashrun extends its functionalities to a larger demographic of runners who use more than one app or device for tracking their runs.

Current Garmin users can import their entire running history from Garmin Connect or upload individual and bulk runs using a GPX or TCX file, while runners who use other running apps can also upload files as long as their run data is in GPX or TCX format. A new FAQ addresses how Smashrun processes GPS data.

Users of mobile apps can also take advantage of Smashrun’s Import via Email function, a new feature that automatically imports a GPX or TCX attachment sent to a specific Smashrun account. Certain running apps have the ability to email a file export as soon as an activity is finished. Smashrun users can forward that email to their account and the import process will run immediately.

Smashrun aims to support additional devices and integrate directly with certain running apps over the next few months. New users should register on Smashrun.com to gain more training insight. For updates, follow us on blog.smashrun.com, Twitter or Facebook.

About Smashrun
Smashrun is an analytical web-based dashboard for runners. It creates data visualizations that help runners analyze training history by exposing patterns, dependencies, and relationships in their data. Smashrun began as a personal project in late 2009 and exited beta in January 2012. It is based in Brooklyn, NY and is an alumni of Start-Up Chile.

To learn more about Smashrun, read our story, get in touch with @jcklngrn, or drop us a message at hi(at)smashrun(dot)com.

April 2013: end of month running report

Speedwork. I pretty much have always hated it and this month was the first time I actually stuck with the turnover drills, the tempo runs, and the track repeats. Coincidentally, I also started running with a foot pod in the beginning of the month so I finally had cadence data I could use to help improve my running efficiency.

Here’s what worked:

  • Whey Protein supplementation seems to shorten my recovery time.
  • Taking Creatine has some positive effects on overall endurance – noticeably, with speedwork.
  • Taking a multivitamin keeps my energy level more stable throughout the day.
  • Putting easy runs after tempos seems to be better than a recovery jog.
  • Doing regular long runs off road (on trails) actually strengthens my legs.

Here’s what didn’t work:

  • All of my recovery jogs were way too fast. Part of it was just discomfort – the pacing felt weird. The slow running would also draw attention to minor aches and pains from previous runs and that just made me dislike it even more.
  • My turnover drills aren’t really getting me anywhere. Part of it stems from the fact that I don’t really know what I’m doing. The other part is that I have no easy way of keeping myself within my “appropriate” cadence range. First, I should probably figure out that range.
  • My lack of sleep is wreaking havoc on my easy run days. They’re supposed to be easy, but my legs are always dragging because I’m too tired. This one might just be a draw since working on a startup isn’t particularly conducive to seven hours of sleep.

We’ve also been working pretty heavily on Smashrun PRO this month and I’m beta testing the heck out of it. We’re lining up all the relevant stats you’d normally want to see to gauge performance: pace/speed buckets, heart rate zones, elevation, steepness/grade, cadence range. It’s mildly addictive. Err… no… it’s actually pretty insane. I haven’t been able to stop staring at some of my runs because I feel like there’s always some piece of valuable information I’m missing that I could otherwise use to structure my training schedule. It’s all progress! All good stuff!

This month’s verdict:
I’m running faster short distances. I’ve still got the endurance for 10K – 10 miles. I seem to have a recurring tension or dull pain on my right knee. It’s a little disconcerting, but it hasn’t bothered me walking up and down stairs, or just walking on it, in general. No shin problems to speak of. Still cross-training at least 3x a week. I’d say April was pretty much a success!

On Medium

Sharing ideas and experiences moves humanity forward. –Medium

It’s really hard to keep up with the rest of the world, but there’s something I really love about the chase.

When I left my first job out of college, I did so because I felt like I wasn’t learning enough. The notion that repetition creates perfection is fundamentally flawed. Doing the same thing over and over again will only make you good at doing that one thing over and over again. Now the prospect of doing something that requires adaptability by virtue of its technical complexity or reliance on creativity – the kind of thing that renders you expendable because you forgot to keep up with your industry’s trending news – that’s just so much more fun.

I’m cursed with an insatiable appetite for acute stress. I’m lucky that researchers have just found out that some stress is apparently good for you, because there’s no shortage of stress from the steep learning curve of becoming a designer.

If an article or blog post is design-related, I tend to read it. If it’s running-related, I read it. Of course, they have to be well written, occasionally humorous, sincere, and maybe even humanistic, which isn’t always easy to find.

Then I discovered Medium. It reminds me of all the great things that people are capable of doing and suddenly… short essays have made a comeback.

Training plans should be short and sweet

Training is one of those things that you hear people talk about when they’re preparing to hit a “serious” milestone. And, usually, it takes a long time. There’s a base period where you become acquainted with a routine. Then it’s followed by lots of practice to increase proficiency and, eventually, if you did everything right, you reach your goal.

Of course, it doesn’t always work that way because our schedules change, people get injured, the routine gets boring, we lose interest, and the list goes on. I like structure, but I don’t always follow my own advice, so I’m really really good at falling off of training plans. My main problem is that it always feels unreachable because the time period between point A to point B is just too long.

So here’s my take on it. You know that whole theory on how small achievements make people really happy? Or just the theory that if something doesn’t take as long to complete, you’re more likely to do it? I’m a big fan of that too.

Say hello to my color-coded month of April. I gotta run everyday, anyway – keep the streak alive!

Pink is easy, orange is speedwork (includes tempos), green is recovery, and yellow-ish are long runs. So 30% of my runs this month will be hard, almost 60% are easy, and the rest are my long runs. Two things I quickly discovered: I underestimated my pacing for tempos and recovery runs (ran both too slow). Just goes to show you, I tend to err on the side of not running too hard.

On top of everything, I’m documenting the parameters for detecting pauses in Garmin’s GPX and TCX files, plus 10 or so other mobile apps with GPX/TCX exports – all of which can soon be imported into Smashrun. Joy!