The headache of automatic activity tracking and posting

It’s no secret that I enjoy a good run and love a good gadget. What mystifies me a lot of the time though is the modern trend of recording everything you do, and then doing nothing with the data! How many people do you know with a GoPro® who record everything and then leave the footage gathering dust on an SD card in a drawer somewhere?

When I finally found a fitness tracking gadget I liked (in the Sony Smartwatch 3) I decided that I should make the most of the recorded information. The plan was to update this blog and post to twitter automatically after each activity, sounds simple right? Wrong!

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Current app/service flow for posting run data

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Sheffield Half Marathon

Yesterday I competed in the unofficial Sheffield Half Marathon, I say unofficial because the race was cancelled prior to the start due to a lack of water. I didn’t in fact learn of the race cancellation until I had finished, as there was very little in the way of communication with the runners at the start line. The event has been covered thoroughly by the national press so there’s no need to go into detail about the (dis)organisation of the event here. One thing I am very concerned about however is whether the event will ever take place again, I have competed in the Sheffield Half Marathon for the past three years and I’d like for Sheffield to continue to have an annual race of this type. The mood of the runners on Sunday is something I have never experienced before, I didn’t speak to a single runner who wished to race again in 2015 and I fear that without some major organisational change next year, the race will cease to exist.

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