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Thomas Blomseth Christiansen: Over-Instrumented Running

September 29, 2017

After hitting the wall midway through a marathon, Thomas Blomseth Christiansen turned to instrumentation. Along with coding his own negative split plan generator, his project evolved to include an olympic swimming coach, many new devices, a metronome – and ultimately mastery of the art of pacing.

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Julie Price: 30lbs of Family Visits, Races, and Games

December 17, 2014

Julie Price has been tracking her weight consistently for the last four years. Like many of us, she found that her weight goes up and down depending on various life events. In this talk, presented at the Bay Area QS meetup group, Julie discussed what she’s learned about her weight and what correlates with weight…

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Alex Collins on Managing Type 1 Diabetes

June 30, 2014

Last year Alex Collins was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Prior to his diagnosis Alex was frequently engaged in different types of exercise and physical activity. After his diagnosis his doctor mentioned that he might have a hard time exercising and controlling his blood sugar to prevent hypoglycemia. In this talk, presented at the London…

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Nick Alexander on Running in the Cold

February 24, 2014

Science. Someone makes an observation, creates a hypothesis, tests it, then analyzes the results against the hypothesis. Hopefully once a conclusion is reached it is tested again and again for validity and reproducibility. With self-tracking, the world of personal science and experimentation is opening up real-world personal laboratories to test the findings, claims, and promises…

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Mike McDearmon on Things I Run Into

February 20, 2014

There are no shortage of apps and devices to track our various physical activities. Going for run? A few laps at the pool? An early morning hike? All of these are trackable with data delivered and archived in a variety of different ways. Mike McDearmon loves to get outdoors, and he also loves tracking his…

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Julie Price on Tracking 10 Years of Running

December 9, 2013

Julie Price began running marathons in 2002. While training and learning about running she began to pick up new “rules of thumb” to help guide her training and performance, but something was still missing. How did she know that she was sticking to these rules? Was there any evidence that training was working or that…

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Mark Wilson on Synthesizing Data

July 9, 2013

Data gave me power to talk about the issue. We highlight a lot of great show&tell talks here that focus on personal medical mysteries and understanding one’s own health. Well, this one really hit home for me. I’m a runner and I’m constantly battling minor injuries and recurring knee pain. It’s nothing terrible, but it’s…

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Numbers From Around the Web: Round 6

April 26, 2012

There is something really magical about taking data and turning it into a compelling visual image. Even though I’ve already written a bit about the importance of making data visual, I am consistently amazed at how data can be made more appealing and informative by creating eye-popping graphics. Today we are devoting this NFATW post…

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Alex Grey on Tracking Muscle Data (EMG, ECG)

March 23, 2012

Alex Grey is developing a better kind of muscle sensor, to help people see their muscle activity patterns and change behaviors like typing or running to be more effective and less painful. The sensors are wireless, stick to your skin, and can measure different kinds of muscle activity including arm/leg (EMG) and heart muscles (ECG)….

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Toolmaker Talk: Alexander Grey (Somaxis)

February 29, 2012

The first speaker at last week’s QS meetup in San Francisco was Alexander Grey. He told us about the muscle-activity sensor he had developed and the fascinating things he had learned about himself from using it. The result of many years of thinking and work, he’s now eager to find collaborators, so he jumped at…

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Chris Lukic on Smashrun

October 28, 2011

Inspired how powerful a connection he developed to the tracking of his runs, Chris Lukic has built a website to display data from a Nike sensor and put it in a social context.  There are badges to reward users for various achievements, and something akin to a leaderboard for seeing how your runs compare to…

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Michael Schoeffler on Noisy Data

August 25, 2011

Mike Schoeffler from Roadbud talks about the effect of noisy data on self-quantifying. A popular GPS running app had been giving him trouble – magically teleporting him and missing parts of his runs. He found it frustrating enough that he built his own app. Watch the video below to see the interesting discussion with the audience…

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Willempje Vrins and Leonieke Verhoog on Figurerunning

July 4, 2011

Willempje Vrins and Leonieke Verhoog thought running was boring, and wanted to find a way to make it more beautiful and fun. They invented Figurerunning, and are building a community around it. With apps like Runkeeper, they run specific routes that make make shapes like hearts and soccer players. Then they share their drawings/runs on…