My Quantified Self on Garmin Connect

For this activity, I tracked my physical activity (running) for 3 days, from Tuesday 29/03/2016 – Thursday 31/03/2016.  (Actually, I have tracked my runs for about the last 5 years on Garmin Connect).

I used an application called Garmin Connect, a Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS watch and a heart rate monitor.

I have the Garmin Connect app on my android tablet, and my GPS watch “syncs” my running data to the app via bluetooth after my run.  This usually occurs automatically.  I can then view the data from my run on the app, or on the website.  The data uploaded includes a map of the run, average and maximum pace, distance, time, average and maximum heart rate, cadence, elevation, the temperature, and splits. The website has more functionality than the app; but this is often the case with apps.

The screen shots below are from the Garmin Connect website, and show the runs I did over the 3 days.

4:53 am, Tuesday 29 March 2016

4:53 am, Tuesday 29 March 2016

GC_Wed Mar 30_2016

5:47am Wednesday 30 March, 2016

GC_Thu Mar 31_2016

4:58 am, Thursday 31 March, 2016

The tool can also create reports of your activity for defined time periods including a week, a month or a year, as shown below:

Garmin Connect Distance Graph for week

Garmin Connect Distance Graph for week

You can also create goals for yourself, and a visual representation is added to your dashboard so you can see how you’re going.

Garmin Connect Goals

Garmin Connect Goals

There is more: e.g. The app will keep track of how far you have run in your current shoes; there is a connections (social networking) feature so you can see how your friends are going; you can follow training plans, create workouts, create courses, update your device, track your weight, sync your workouts straight to My Fitness Pal.

There is a lot there to keep me endlessly fascinated by my own data 🙂

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2 comments

  1. kathleen · April 8, 2016

    Okay so I have to ask, do you ever retire your shoes when they tell you to? I have had a lot of debates about how long running shoes last!

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    • Michele Smith · April 8, 2016

      Haha! I wear my shoes until they have holes and the tread is all worn off. I only just retired my last pair, and they had done over 1600km. I also know a lot of people who blame every niggle on running shoes and religiously retire them after a ridiculously short amount of time, in my opinion. I think it’s more important to try and have good running form / technique, than new shoes.

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