Between 2002 and 2009 I logged all my miles manually, with a pen in a bound notebook. Then I bought my first Garmin and experimented with the running activity software available then until I settled on SportTracks, which I’ve used ever since.
I love SportTracks, since it provides everything I need – miles run, pace, cumulative pace, miles on a particular pair of shoes, and a space for notes. It also provides mountains of data I don’t need, but these are easily ignored. It does have one very large drawback: It only works with Windows or Mac.
Last year I finally took the plunge and changed everything from Windows to Google’s Chrome OS. And my phone runs Android. Despite my initial trepidation, it has worked out beautifully and I would never go back. Everything I used to do with Windows I can now do with Chrome.
There were only two apps that resisted the move: Quicken and SportTracks. The Quicken equivalent was Mint, but it required access to bank account passwords, which I was unwilling to do. Last week I finally found a substitute financial management app that met all my requirements, leaving SportTracks as my lone Windows app. So while I do everything else on my Chromebox or Chromebook, I have an old netbook with Windows 10 installed sitting on my desk for the sole purpose of logging my running miles.
Now there are scores of apps out there for tracking miles, but I can’t for the life of me find one that allows me to do what I am doing with SportTracks, only without Windows. The minimum I need is the ability to easily transfer the data from my Garmin Forerunner 10 to a web-based log. It would be a miracle if I could also transfer my SportTracks history files into a new home.
I’ve experimented with various combinations of Garmin Connect, Runkeeper, Strava, and SportTracks mobile, but I keep running into a (tech) brick wall. I’ve been reduced to manually entering my runs into Runkeeper, which apparently doesn’t even have data fields for mile splits.
So if I have any Chrome pals out there, how did you square this circle?
So I was prepared for agony, but I also knew the entire procedure takes only about a minute. I resolved to soldier up.
I won’t saddle you with the details, but suffice to say it was much ado about not much. I’ve had more pain just urinating during the two weeks the stent was in, and the only discomfort was the intense urge to pee while the cystoscope was doing its stuff.
A look at my records afterward revealed the stone was one of calcium oxalate, the most common type, and was 7 x 11mm. A dime is about 18mm in diameter.
With all foreign objects now out of my body, I am free to resume training and concentrate on funny running stories. What a relief.
Yes, it’s time once again for that once-in-a-while Running Is Funny feature, where I introduce you youngsters to songs I heard in my youth, didn’t hear again for decades, then suddenly heard again recently.
I usually don’t pay much attention to the music playing in Starbucks, but during a lull in the conversation yesterday morning this tune struck a chord, so to speak.