• Are there any limitations to the GPX/TCX export provided by apps?

    GPX and TCX files are meant to be cornerstones in data analysis but, because the reporting convention of mobile apps are lax, it's not uncommon to find GPX/TCX files that have been resampled or that do not encode pauses. This makes it more difficult for a third-party to recreate your original run, much less analyze it.

    Elke running site die GPX en TCX bestanden importeert, zal vaak moeten gokken waar zich pauzes bevinden indien van toepassing. Dit is voor die sites van belang omdat pauzes invloed hebben op je totale tijd en afstand, waarop snelheid gebaseerd wordt.

  • Welke bestandsformaten kan Smashrun importeren?

    Currently, Smashrun can import GPX, TCX, and FIT files.

  • Can I bulk import GPX/TCX/FIT files?

    You can.

    • Zip/compress all of your GPX/TCX/FIT files into an archive.
    • Mouse over the gear icon on Overview (it's just above the "Add Run" button).
    • Click 'Import file'.

    Depending on the number of files, it could take a few minutes to import everything. We usually suggest doing a month of runs at a time if you run frequently.

  • Does Smashrun have a preferred file type?

    FIT is the best file type you can import. It's got everything.

    The next best file type is TCX. TCX files are designed to transfer both GPS and fitness data, whereas GPX files are only designed to transfer GPS data.

    If you run with a Garmin watch, it's always better to import a TCX file that came from Garmin Training Center instead of Garmin Connect. The latter does not encode pauses, which makes it a little harder for Smashrun to recreate your original run.

    If you run with a mobile app and have the option to export both GPX and TCX files, opt for the TCX file.

    For more information on Garmin's different file formats, which is generally followed by most apps, you can view the various schemas on the Garmin Developer site.

  • Why is my cadence doubled on Smashrun compared to Garmin?

    Cadence, for runners, is the number of times that both feet hits the ground in a minute, whereas cadence for cyclists is the number of revolutions per minute. We think Garmin displays cadence in half to keep it consistent between runners and cyclists, but it's not uncommon for runners to refer to their turnover rate as a single foot strike number. That said, we display the "true value" of your cadence on Smashrun. Runners are on both feet all the time anyway, so we display your steps per minute counting both feet!

  • How are pauses encoded?

    De beste manier om pauzes te interpreteren is door te begrijpen hoe GPX en TCX bestanden in mekaar zitten.

    Een GPX-bestand bevat track segments met daaronder een reeks trackpoints. Soms sluit een GPX-bestand een track segment om een pauze aan te geven. Soms sluit het een track segments enkel op het einde van een ronde/lap. Er bestaat geen eenvoudige manier om het onderscheid te zien tussen een gesloten track segment waarmee een pauze bedoeld wordt, tegenover het einde van een ronde/lap. Elke app en GPS-horloge gaat hier anders mee om.

    Een TCX bestand heeft een reeks trackpoints binnen tracks (geen track segments!). Een gesloten track geeft een pauze aan behalve op het einde van een ronde en gelukkig zijn ronde-indicaties inbegrepen in TCX bestanden. Natuurlijk volgen apps en apparaten deze regels niet altijd.

    Many apps completely disregard these reporting standards and only close a track or a track segment at the end of a run, regardless of whether or not you paused. What Smashrun does, under these circumstances, is guess where the pause took place based on a combination of metrics such as changes in your speed, heart rate, cadence, pace variability, and long gaps between trackpoints, where applicable.

    This is a pretty tough task, so we're constantly working hard to fine-tune our pause algorithm and will look at any GPX/TCX file where Smashrun incorrectly detects a pause. If you encounter a pause related problem with a file you imported, please email jacklyn@smashrun.com and include the file so we can take a look at it!

  • Wat is resampling en waarom is het slecht?

    Resampling is a process that removes trackpoints in order to reduce file size and/or simplify the process of creating a map for a given run.

    It's important to note that resampling is inherently destructive if applied simply to reduce file size. When data is resampled, certain trackpoints are removed for good, which makes it impossible to perform detailed analysis on your run. If enough trackpoints are missing, it would be very easy to miscalculate your splits and your summary details could be wrong.

    One of the most common and well-document algorithms that can be applied to resample data is the Douglas-Peucker algorithm.

  • Waarom is mijn totale afstand op Smashrun anders dan mijn totale afstand op Garmin?

    There are two factors beyond our control when it comes to figuring out total distance and, essentially, why we can’t ever guarantee that we can match another app or device’s distance: (1) which representation of the globe they’re using to calculate distance between two points and (2) the formula that's being used to calculate that distance.

    Smashrun uses a WGS 84 reference ellipsoid in conjunction with Vincenty’s Formula to calculate the distance between two GPS points. However, there are various permutations of ellipsoids and formulas that can be used in geodetic calculations - which ones in particular are being used by an app or device is rarely, if ever, disclosed. Hence, why an exact match is difficult unless we rely on copying the summary details from the app, device, or as sometimes provided at the top of a GPX/TCX file.

    Matching your app/device’s distance might also be challenging if they round out the units of precision on the file export. Some files export GPS points that have been rounded (e.g. the difference between 51.9928587341309020 and 51.0000000000009020). With several thousands of trackpoints in most runs, the difference in distance calculations can add up.

  • How do I export runs from the Apple Watch?

    Smashrun is directly integrated with HealthFit, an iOS app that helps you export your runs from the Apple Watch to Smashrun. To set it up, you'll need to download HealthFit and give it permission to access your workouts. Click 'Select' within the Workouts tab to export specific runs, then click the menu icon on the bottom right to select Smashrun as the export option.


    Note: You can add Smashrun as a favorite so that it shows up on the toolbar, and you can export directly after selecting your run(s).