First and foremost, a runner needs their garmin :) My footpod needs a new battery, so I need to address that. But, I am also interested in the heart-rate monitor. I capture this information with the elliptical, but want it for running as well. The HRM and the footpod transfer seamlessly to the forerunner while running. The data is stored in the Forerunner, until it syncs to the computer. The ANT Stick is just placed in the computer's USB port, and the data wirelessly syncs when the forerunner is nearby.
I utilized garminsync.com to seamlessly transfer my garmin data from garminconnect.com to runkeeper.com (along with all the stats and routes), which then seamlessly syncs to my UP app. I love DailyMile, but RunKeeper's seamless integration with garmin and UP may make me a full convert. At first glance, RunKeeper seems very similar to DailyMile. With a bit more time, I'll fully understand the differences. At present, however, I can still sync my garmin data to both and continue to use the community feature of DailyMile. So, basically, UP will calculate calories burned, but anything fed by my garmin trumps that time period.
The UP wristband obviously syncs to the UP app.
So, what effort is involved?
- I enter foods consumed on myfitnesspal.com
- I put my ANT stick into my computer and place it near my Garmin after a run (which I always do anyways)
- I periodically sync my UP wristband to my phone (via the headset port)
- I still detail my exercise in DailyMile. If nothing else, it posts to this blog as a widget, and keeps track of the mileage on my shoes, as well as lets me note upcoming races
- calories consumed
- calories burned
All of the interfaces listed below have a web interface, as well as a iPhone interface. On my iPhone, I have them grouped in the same folder, so its still one-stop shopping on my phone. Therefore, if I want to see any detail (drill-down) to what is presented on MyFitnessPal or UP, I can access them:
- MyFitnessPal will be the go-to place if I want to investigate weight progress and overall nutrition. The features of this site are great.
- If I want to analyze my running progress (eg distance trends, speed trends, etc), I will go to runkeeper.com.
- If I want minutae facts about a run (cadence, elevation gain, moving time versus elapsed time, min/max elevation), I will go to garminconnect.com.
- If I want specific trend/info about my resting heart rate and weight/bodyfat/BMI, I go to WiThings.
- If I want a community or see my overall miles, I go to DailyMile.