14 May 2019
RunScribe is a running sensor that allows you to track running specific metrics. Today’s Plan are now supporting the metrics from RunScribe. We are giving RunScribe users the ability to display and track the metrics for you and/or your coach to use. There are several different locations on the platform that you can analyse the data from. These include: activity summary, dashboards and the detailed analysis graph.
The 5 core elements and the specific metrics supported by Today’s Plan include:
- Efficiency: Contact time (%), Contact time , left contact time, right contact time, stance time.
- Motion: Footstrike type, Footstrike balance, left footstrike, right footstrike, pronation, pronation balance, left pronation, right pronation.
- Shock: Impact (G), impact balance (%) , left impact, right impact, braking (G), Braking balance (%), left braking, right braking.
- Running power: The amount of energy required to maintain a pace under current conditions.
- Symmetry: allowing you to measure both left and ride side independently.
Efficiency: can be defined as the energy demands required for the specific velocity. If you are wanting to look at the efficiency of a workout then contact time may be a metric you could monitor. Contact time is the time in milliseconds (ms) that the foot is in contact with the ground during running. Contact time is measured from heel to toe off. The run graph or analysis page is one location where you may analyse this data. The image below is tracking the relationship between contact time and pace over the course of an activity. As you can see as pace increases you get a shorter contact time. On the graph you can also select a portion of the run to see the average/max/min values for that selection to give you a more in depth analysis.
Motion: Refers to what happens when the foot hits the ground. Tracking an individual’s foot motion may be used for a number of different reasons including performance monitoring, injury prevention or equipment selection. Looking at an individual’s pronation during running can be beneficial for a number of different reasons.
One example is monitoring the athletes shoes and whether they are supporting them enough. The image below shows a daily time series graph that was set up on the dashboard. It tracks the pronation of the foot during running over a period of time. More pronation may mean the shoe needs to be replaced as there is not enough support to prevent injury from occurring in the future.
Shock: Looks at the impact (G) and braking (G) forces experienced during each foot strike. It can be used as an indicator of stress during a run, And as a coach or athlete you may want to look at how you can limit the ’shock’ to improve performance. The image below of the scatter graph looks at the correlation between stride length (measured in millimetres) and braking force (measured in G forces). It may enable the runner to highlight a stride length that is optimal for performance and when they may be overstriding. Overstriding can often be identified by changes in braking force.
RunScribe metrics can also be added as data fields to a number of other dashboard panels. These include:
- Distribution graph
- Daily time series
- Metric table
Metrics can be added as high resolution data fields to a distribution panel to view all the data samples recorded over all running activities.
Running power: Running power, measured in watts, is a way to measure the output of the work you’re doing when you run. When looking at power you may want to analyse if the power is being converted into speed. The image below of the analysis graph is tracking pace and power for an activity. Also included on the analysis page is a fully configurable intervals table. The pace power ratio metric has been added to the table to help with the analysis. Pace power ratio is given for the entire file but also for each interval within that run.
Symmetry: Being symmetrical when running can not only make you more efficient, but also assist in preventing injuries. RunScribe allows you to track your left and right independently so you can see any asymmetries. You or your coach can then use this data to highlight any current imbalances. The image below shows the activity summary page which has been configured to show the left and right side for pronation, braking and impact force. The summary page is fully configurable and gives you an overview of the activity.
With the ability of Today’s Plan to support the RunScribe metrics you can now display and analyse your data in a variety of different ways to suit you. For more information on the specific running metrics that the device captures, please visit the RunScribe website.