Running stats for September 2013

I got much more serious about running lately. I started last year in November or so. Then I participated in the Antwerp 10 miles in April, followed by the Brussels 20KM shortly after in May.

Now we are October 2013, and I’m still running like a fool. I think it’s good to look back on how you progress.

I’m tracking my progress through an Android app called My Tracks. My Tracks records your path, speed, distance, and elevation while you walk, run, bike, or do anything else outdoors. I merely use it while running.

My Tracks is good at what it does, but it’s not really feature rich. It offers just the basics. There are many good alternatives out there, like RunKeeper and Endomondo for instance, which offer things like a community and stats that go much deeper.

But the good thing with My Tracks is that it allows you to export your recorded tracks to Google Drive. And as some of you might know, I like to tinker. So once you synch your data with Google Drive, it becomes alvailable in tools such as Google Spreadsheets. This then allows me to create all kinds of charts from the archived and aggregated data over time. You can then publish these charts, just like I did below. I created a separate HTML5 page here to display the interactive chart as I could not get it working on my WordPress blog pages.

Over September I started to record all my running. If you look at the below chart, I tried to plot the average moving speed, total distance and total number of runs. And I aggregated the data on a weekly basis.

So far I think I have been quite successful. Week 36 was a milestone with 2 runs, an average moving speed of almost 11km/h and 29.19 KM over 2 runs.

Let’s see how far it goes.

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