Lunchtime Run: Personal best, by @steevc
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July 10, 2019

I did my new intervals run again of 1km 'sprints' with 3 minutes between over the same route as last week. I was not feeling particularly quick, but the Endomondo app reckons I did beat one of my own records. This is the 12 minute distance, which is known as the Cooper test. You can look at tables to see how you are doing for your age. It seems 2400m is very good for me and I exceeded that with an extra 10m on top of my previous best, which I think was some time ago. This surprises me a little as it covered a couple of sprints and I was going pretty slowly in between. I ought to be able to go a bit further if I keep up the speed for the full time. On top of that I was going up some hills and the test is specified to take place on a track, which would be flat. Anyway, it looks like a good sign for my fitness.

I saw a story today about a study of why we tend to walk with straight arms, but run with them bent. They worked out that straight arms were more efficient for walking, but for running there is not much difference. We may run that way for better balance. Where does that leave race-walkers who seem to bend their arms when I've seen them? There is a lady around here who does it, so maybe I should ask her.

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Hey @steevc, looks like you accidentally uploaded an image-file into the GPSfile field, which is why your distance & durations are zero'd out.

I've been meaning to make some "edit" features for existing activities -- and this is probably a good reason to get on it. I can probably put this together tonight here.


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Congratulations on your 10m PR. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mentioning Cooper test since my high school gym teacher. Now I will google and see how my age “should” do!

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How has the weather been? We are pushing into some more hot and humid temps here, so I am not sure how much I am going to be out and about. When I am home my wife and I try to walk in the morning so that we can beat the heat. I still haven't checked out Exhaust, but I have a question for you about Actifit. Do you feel like the step count is inflated? I know my actifit count compared to my wife's fitbit is often twice as many. It makes me a little skeptical about the accuracy and the legitimacy... Just curious.


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Congrats for the PB. Yes, interval training can be surprisingly rewarding. Both in terms of effort and the distance.

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