Stuff you should know about Movescount.com

NOTE: This post is continuously updated. See below.

Before I settled on Suunto’s platform I was using the Samsung Gear S2 to track my exercises. I would run with the watch and then track and store the results in the S Health app.

Pretty soon this proved a bit lacking in terms of being able to see detailed data or track trends over time. Also since the watch in a generic day-to-day device it’s screen setup during running was not very good for real-time data.

Going to Suunto was not a given though. In the past I’ve used Polar’s watches so I carefully looked into their current line-up. I also created an account with Garmin Connect and manually uploaded about 20 runs to see how their website felt.

In the end though it was the user-friendliness and feature set of Movescount.com that won me over, and since the Spartan was just coming out it felt like a good time in the product life-cycle to jump on.

Now that I’m exercising with the watch and tracking my walks I’ve come across some minor problems that might be good to know before you decide to become a Suunto person your self.

I will continue to update the list below with new things as I discover them, and remove the ones Suunto change or fix (or I find a solution to). They are published in no particular order.

  • If you use the Walking activity to track a walk, the step count will not be automatically recorded into Movescount when you sync the activity. Also, I could not find it on the watch itself.
  • You cannot clear the recorded route from the GPS. This means if you track your commutes your home and work location will be easy to spot from your moves diary. Even if you try to select a new route for the move, the old GPS data is still displayed on the map.
  • You cannot make a move private, this means all your recorded activities will be public for anyone to see.
  • The overview will only present data from the past 30 or 7 days. There is no option to see for example lifetime total time spent on different activities.

If you know of a solution to any of the above please leave a comment and I will update the post accordingly.

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Tidig morgon…

Tidig morgon…

Eftersom jag inte vill att mitt träningsschema ska ta för mycket tid ur min dag, eller påverka familjens rytm för mycket, är mitt mål att köra alla pass tidigt på morgonen innan de andra vaknar.

Det är tungt vissa dagar att stiga upp så tidigt, men jag har lyckats hålla en bra rytm de senaste 3 månaderna. Försöker stiga upp senast 05:20, även på ‘vilodagarna’ för att inte halka ur rutinen.

Stiga upp tidigt har en annan positiv sida. Jag blir trött och kan gå och lägga mig betydligt tidigare på kvällarna, vilket leder till bättre fokus under arbetstimmarna.

De dagar jag inte springer kör jag (för det mesta, inte alltid) ett lätt styrkepass hemma. Armhävningar, crunches, mountain-climbers, plankan och squats, men från och med September får jag tillgång till ett gym som ligger bara några hundra meter bort.

Tanken är att köra 2 till 3 lättare pass varje vecka med fokus på core och benmuskler. Allt för att hålla knä-skador borta.

Samtidigt vill jag också hitta en rytm som inte är för ambitiös. Vill ju inte att hela projektet ska kännas som en börda eller ett slaviskt ‘måste’. Jag tror en nyckel är att  behålla minst 2 dagar i veckan som ordentliga vilodagar, utan några måsten eller pass.

Funderar också på hur det ska gå när solen slutar stiga upp i Sverige om en månad eller två… Då kommer det riktiga eldprovet.

nds_runner’s 0:40 h Running Move

nds_runner’s 0:40 h Running Move

Good morning run. Felt very good. I was aiming for 5k but all systems were go so decided to add an extra 2.

Running with the Spartan is a very different affair compared to the S2. Having realtime access to pace and heart rate makes a world of difference since its much easier to keep the speed and power under control. This in turn allows me to stay on a level that lets me run longer, and actually a bit faster.

The last part is probably due to consistency.

Source: nds_runner’s 0:40 h Running Move

L’s first tennis lesson

L’s first tennis lesson

Yesterday L had her very first tennis lesson. 40 minutes with a class of 6 boys plus herself. I was really impressed by the teachers and their way of driving the lesson.

L got interested in the lessons after seeing her friend on the court in the spring. At first she was looking forward to the two of them training and learning together, but in the end her friend could not make it. On the surface at least L took it well, but she was probably a little bit more nervous knowing that she would be ‘alone’ on the court.

There were several children who did not speak Swedish, but since there were 3 teachers on the court they quickly divided them up so that each child could be taught in a comfortable language (English / Swedish).

IMG_20160829_101432They also seemed really good at encouraging and at the same time push the kids forward. Even though the lesson was short it was intense and full or movement.

L was lyrical afterwards and kept talking about tennis and swings the whole evening. I hope the excitement stays. In fact it rubbed off a bit on me as well and I’ve been looking into taking lessons myself…

Time will tell, but for now I’m proud to see L challenging herself like this! My guess is if you had asked me when I was 8 to go out on a court to learn a sport in a country where I did not speak the language, and without any familiar faces I would probably have backed down.

Go L!

A sensible(?) schedule

A sensible(?) schedule

Since May I have gradually increased the frequency and distance of my running, but it’s hard to hold back given how fun this is. I know from past injuries though how important it is to not get too intense.

7 years ago when I was living in Chiba in Japan I made another attempt at running my way into shape, but at that time I knew so very little and had no one around to coach or help me.

I ended up stressing my body way to hard in a very short period of time, going from 2k to 15k in about 2 months of very intense running with almost no core or strength training. This resulted in a knee injury which took more than 6 months to fully heel, and by that time I had lost the routine.

This time I’m determined to try my best to avoid such a scenario.

I have been gradually falling into a rhythm over the past weeks which I think I will try to make into a schedule. It basically looks like this:

       M       T       W       T       F       S       S
     Rest    Run5-8k  Rest   Run5-8k  Rest   Run10k   Rest
     Core             Core                    Core

Thus, on Mondays I will rest from running but hit the Gym for some basic core strength exercises, then on Tuesday I’ll do a shorter run of between 5-8k (5 for now but will gradually increase if I find the strength), and finally on Fridays and Sundays I will rest completely.

It’s an ambitious schedule so we’ll see if it holds, but I’m thinking I will try it out while there is still some sunlight in Sweden… (Pic is from Stockholm in January. Let’s not forget what’s waiting….)

What do you think? Too hard? Too ambitious? Too easy? 🙂

Running in Norra Djurgården pt.1

Running in Norra Djurgården pt.1

This post will be in English simply because I know most readers in Sweden will still understand it, and there are a lot people either living in or running in the area called Norra Djurgården, Kungliga Djurgården or Norra Djurgårdsstaden who are not native Swedish speakers.

This area of Stockholm has long been one of the most popular places for outdoor exercises like running, skiing, orienteering and cycling. In fact, in the autumn there’s some kind of race taking place almost every weekend.

The close proximity of the old Olympic Stadium and the Östermalms IP probably helps as well, and this is usually the start and finish line for the Stockholm marathon.

If you haven’t taken a run or gone for a walk here I highly recommend it, the nature is stunning and there are great tracks and routes of many different lengths and difficulty levels.

I will be writing more posts on the topic in the future, but to get us started I figured I’d share a great starting point for running in the area.

Several of the simpler routes can be started from the bend in the road leading from Lidingövägen towards Ropsten, known as Bobergsgatan. Right at this bend you will find a parking area and, during the summer months, a nice cafe. Since the routes are mostly circular it’s a great place to leave the car and perhaps have a coffee or simple snack after the exercise.

Please refer to the pictures below.

This is the parking which is right at the sharp bend in Bobergsgatan. There’s a ticket machine right at the corner. Don’t forget to pay…

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The entrance to the cafe. It’s name is Harpaviljongen and its right at the site where the food was prepared for the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.

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If you head up the path behind the cafe you will find this trail leading into the forest. This is a great place to start your run.

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Close up of the board with the different trails. There is no English translation available on site but most of it should be self explanatory. You can string together several of the trails to create a longer run, but beware that there will be portions that have no lighting in the winter. Also, if there is enough snow some of the tracks (A and B) will be closed down for runners and open only to skiers.

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nds_runner’s 0:40 h Running Move

nds_runner’s 0:40 h Running Move

A really great 7k morning run. Not super early in the day, but maybe it was for the better since I felt like I had really woken up today.

This was my first run with the new Spartan watch and though the screen is really poor indoors, outside in the sunlight it actually reads very well.

The washed out colours are the same though, so the screen might as well have been monochromatic for all intents and purposes.

The data readout was very good and thanks to being able to see the average speed and HR in real time it was a lot easier to keep a good and sustainable speed.

GPS search and accuracy was also very good.

Source: nds_runner’s 0:40 h Running Move