Power has been used for more than a decade in cycling, but unlike in cycling where it’s possible to directly measure power using strain gauges, in running, power must be calculated. Using a 9-axis sensor, it’s possible to measure 3D accelerations, then feed that data into a complex algorithm to calculate the required energy to move forward at that pace, factoring in weight, terrain, …
We have been around the block with running data now, so have a good feel for how algorithm development goes. We know that we’ll be pitted against Stryd (and others), as they’ve been in the market collecting power data. So we’re launching in Beta, knowing that we’re going to be making tweaks and improvements to our algorithms as data comes in from the RunScribe community.
- Connect IQ – providing RunScribe Metrics via Connect IQ datafields. We’ll be pushing our App to the Garmin Connect IQ store closer to launch.
- Power – broadcasting Power via ANT+ (in the same fashion Stryd does)
- Running Speed/Cadence – broadcasting via ANT+ as a footpod
- RunScribe data upload at the end of your run via the RunScribe App to our Web Dashboard
- We’ll now be supporting both the Power and Running Speed/Cadence profiles, enabling operation with numerous watches with BT Smart support (Suunto, Polar)
- We will also be releasing an API for our custom RealTime BT Smart profile, enabling App Developers to incorporate real-time RunScribe metrics into their Apps.
In order to deliver the real-time metrics, we need the additional computational power which is only available on the new RunScribe Plus. We’re excited to (now) be on a platform that gives us a lot of room to grow, between the ANT & BT radios and additional horsepower, there is a lot that we can do in future FW updates.
2. Download the RunScribe app from the Apple App Store or Google Play
3. Once charged, remove the footpods from the charger and place them near your phone
2. Create a RunScribe account
3. Select your RunScribe footpod mount (heel or laces)
4. The app will update and configure each footpod separately
5. Select the footpod location (Right or Left foot)
6. Select an LED color – configure different colors for each footpod to distinguish between Left and Right
7. Repeat the configuration for the second footpod
There are two mounting options provided – heel and laces. Mount RunScribe in the location configured during set up.To change locations, edit device Settings in the mobile app before your run.
- Select the clip size that provides a snug fit
- Snap the heel cradle onto the clip
- Slip the clip onto the shoe
- Snap the corresponding RunScribe (right or left) into the cradle – the “Click” means RunScribe is secure
- Thread the Lace Cradle underneath your shoe laces (tab facing up)
- Snap the corresponding RunScribe (Right or Left) into the cradle – the “Click” means RunScribe is secure
- Make sure the laces are tight and RunScribe isn’t loose
- 2x Lace Cradles
- 2x Heel Cradles
- Clips in various sizes
- 2 RunScribe footpods
- Dual Charger + cable
2. After your run, launch the app to automatically sync the footpods.
3. View run data via the app or the web dashboard
2. Configuration: Configure the correct location (Right or Left) and Mount (Heel or Laces) before your run.
3. Distance Calibration: RunScribe provides estimated distance until it learns your stride. Improve distance measurements by providing actual distance. Select the pencil icon to edit distance.
Select your RunScribe from the main navigation.
Within RunScribe device settings, you can:
- Update your RunScribe firmware
- Rename your RunScribe
- Change the Mount Location (Heel or Laces)
- Change which Foot (Right or Left)
- Clear RunScribe (remove runs from the RunScribe memory)
Make sure your RunScribe is updated with the latest firmware, and the Mount and Foot configurations are accurate BEFORE running.
Sometimes that includes a short stop at a stoplight, a pause between intervals, or a run/walk session. On 03/29/2016 we updated the run detail view to account for these scenarios: all runs are broken into elapsed time – with a subset of running time, walking time and stationary time.
Timeout is set to 250 seconds.
If there are any issues with this process, we offer the ability to clear RunScribe via the Device Profile. It isn’t necessary to do this unless there is a technical issue that our support team is helping you address.
RunScribe has configurable LED colors – each RunScribe footpod has a different color, to help users easily distinguish right vs left. You can confirm right vs left a couple of ways:
- Shake RunScribe: When motion is detected, the LEDs will turn on and pulse in the configured color.
- Connect RunScribe pods to the RunScribe app: View the device profile. Once the device profile is viewed, the LEDs will illuminate.
- The RunScribe app automatically includes the device color and foot configuration in the device name. Check the RunScribe app to confirm color and location.
- Motion Detected: Slow Continuous Blink
- Recording: Slow Circular Motion
- Sync: Quick Blink
- DFU Mode: Solid Blue
- Reboot: Single Short Blue Pulse
- Device Found: Solid Green
- Low Battery: Repeating Red Double Pulse
- Charging: Red LED on Charger
- Charging Complete: Green LED on Charger
- Clearing Flash: Quick Red/Blue Blink
When the RunScribe app connects with RunScribe footpod, it checks the health of the motion sensor. If the sensor needs to be recalibrated, the app will pop up a notification and direct you through the calibration process to reset the sensor. This process takes approximately 1 minute. If the reset fails, please contact Customer Support.
- iPhone 4s and above
- iPad 2 and above
- iPad mini
- iPod Touch 5th gen
Android (OS 4.4+)
- Devices that are Bluetooth Smart compatible.
Edit on Mobile
After Sync, view the Run Detail. Select the edit icon located next to”Run Distance” and “Moving Time”. Using trusted distance or time estimates (From GPS watch or app), edit the duration and/or distance of a run.
Click the Check Mark icon to save edits.
Edit on Web
View the Run Detail and select the edit icon underneath the “Run Distance” or “Moving Time”. Using trusted distance or time estimates (From GPS watch or app), edit the duration and/or distance of a run.
Using the Trim Feature
For runners who want to establish the run session based on step rate, there is an advanced option. In the Run Detail view, select the Trim button on the Graph. By moving the Slider in the Trim Run page, users crop the run. Users can also override the Run Distance in the Trim Screen. Once run start and finish has been set, the Run Duration will automatically update. Select the “Save Trim” button before leaving the screen.
Community Compare contextualizes your run against the RunScribe Community databank. Because stride mechanics are highly pace dependent, the comparison is calculated at pace for:
Run Summary gives a Symmetry snapshot (RunScribe Pro 2x only), to highlight any asymmetries. In addition, the Run Summary provides summary stats:
- Total Distance & Time (w/ access to the Edit feature)
- Time Breakout: Moving, Stationary, Walking, Running
- Average Pace
- Total # of Steps
- Steps per minute
- Cumulative Shock (the total shock experienced during the run)
As well as the ability to Tag your run:
- WorkOut Type
- Pain Points
- Net Pain Factor (Slider)
The Graphs function allows you to compare metrics throughout your run. To add metrics to your run, highlight the metrics you want to graph. Once highlighted, they will automatically appear on the graph.
Below the graph is the breakdown of core metrics. For RunScribe 2x users, the core metrics include a RvL Symmetry snapshot.
Use the Graphs to see how your RunScribe Metrics vary throughout your run:
- Toggle Metrics On/Off using the Tabular Stats selectors below
- See what the instantaneous metrics are by mousing over the data
- Zoom In by holding down the mouse button and dragging over the desired range
- To reset to the full duration of the run, click the ‘Reset zoom’ in the upper right corner of the graph
The Tabular Stats section shows Average, Min, Max, Histogram and R/L Symmetry (RunScribe Pro 2x only) for each Metric.
Assign the shoes with any tags that will be beneficial for comparison or analysis purposes in the future. For example, tagging a shoe as minimalist or maximalist, will help you do comparisons of the impact of shoe type in the future.
After you have added a shoe into your profile, you can easily tag runs with the shoe and analyze differences in shoes on fundamentals and track shoe trends over time.
- Time (Running, Walking, Stationary)
- Stride Length
- Stride Rate
- Contact Time
- Flight Ratio
- Footstrike Type
- Pronation Excursion
- Pronation Velocity
- Shock Gs (by footstrike and cumulative)
- Impact Gs
- Braking Gs
- Symmetry snapshot and simultaneous R v L metrics
- 2 RunScribe footpods
- Cradles which allow RunScribe to be mounted on the heel or on laces
- Clips (provided in various sizes, to secure a snug fit on most running shoes)
- RunScribe dual charger with USB charging cable
- The RunScribe app for iOS and Android
- RunScribe account with access to the RunScribe dashboard and analysis tools
We believe consistency and accuracy are paramount for professional use. While we are always improving the accuracy of our footsteps model, we will continue to publish our validation studies and any 3rd party research results on our Running Unraveled site.
- Distance Calibration: RunScribe estimates distance until you have calibrated your first few runs. To ensure accurate distance calculations, edit your run distance using a trusted data source (GPS app or smartwatch). After you’ve edited your first few runs, RunScribe will accurately calculate distance.
- Secure Mount: RunScribe is full of sensitive sensor tech, which means it must be securely mounted and correctly oriented with the cradle tab facing up. Upside down or loose RunScribe footpods can result in wonky data.
- Update: We’re constantly making improvements, so update your app and make sure your RunScribe is running the latest firmware.
Distance, Track & Field Runners & Triathletes: Athletes often serve as their own coach and therapist. RunScribe gives athletes access to lab-grade data to help them assess shoewear, track performance and identify areas of weakness.
Physiotherapists, Clincians, Podiatrists: RunScribe is being used in practices around the globe to do real-world client assessment, quantify progress in injury recover and tracking change related to gait retraining, shower or orthodics.
Coaches: RunScribe is being used at elite levels in multiple sports, but distance running in particular. By analyzing a runner’s metrics over the duration of a run, coaches are able to identify areas for improvement and refine race strategies. RunScribe also plays a roll in helping coaches objectively assess a runner’s status after coming back from injury.
Yes – in order to upload your data between the RunScribe and the web dashboard, you need a Bluetooth enabled iOS or Android device.
No – you don’t have to RUN with your phone or tablet. RunScribe automatically records when you start running, so you can leave your phone at home and sync when you are done.