RunKeeper’s Health Graph

Rip Empson on TechCrunch:

All the while, the startup has quietly been building a “correlation engine”, because simply aggregating fitness and health data from a few devices wasn’t enough — RunKeeper users had been clamoring for a way to make sense of all the data integration from third parties.

This is great news. I’ve used RunKeeper to track my runs for a long time and love it. It’s an iPhone app that used the built in GPS to track your distance and pace while letting you choose a playlist to keep you pumped. Definitely recommended.

 

MyPlate – The new dietary guidelines

Runner’s World:

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled MyPlate — a new graphic that represents the Dietary Guidelines, meant to replace the familiar (and somewhat confusing) Food Pyramid.

It’s an interesting approach, and about time it changed. Life is very different today than what it was just a few years ago, so naturally the dietary requirements are different as well. This seems more in line with our current lifestyles, although I haven’t gone through it thoroughly. Just thought I’d pass it on.

Info on ChooseMyPlate.gov

 

AC/DC running playlist – 60 minutes

I’m a big fan of AC/DC, so this week I thought I’d create a few running playlists with their music.

This is the first one I ran to and it was amazing.

I specifically picked songs that have a similar rhythm. They’re all relatively slow paced (for running) at around 125 beats per minute (BPM) for those interested in that. I thought it was going to be an easy run and I had planned to run to the beat.

However, as it turned out I got into it and just let go. AC/DC’s music is so energetic that I ran faster than I thought I would. Way faster.

And it’s not just the music, the lyrics also pumped me up.

Hearing the guys sing “T.N.T. I’m dynamite, T.N.T. and I’ll win the fight” 50 minutes into a run, when you’re getting tired, really gives you a burst of new energy. It’s great. I kicked up the pace with this song and finished 10 kilometres in under an hour even though it was supposed to be an easy run.

The playlist starts with the slower pace ones at around 120 BPM, then builds up to 130 BPM and slows down again towards the end.

The Playlist:

Song Album BPM
Rock ‘n Roll Train Black Ice 118
Touch Too Much Highway to Hell 123
Have A Drink On Me Back In Black 124
What Do You Do For Money Honey Back In Black 126
You Shook Me All Night Long Back In Black 128
Givin’ The Dog A Bone Back In Black 131
War Machine Black Ice 129
There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’ Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 128
Jailbreak Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 130
Rocking All The Way Black Ice 126
Big Jack Black Ice 127
Spoilin’ for a Fight Black Ice 125
Ain’t No Fun (Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 124
T.N.T. High Voltage 125
Anything Goes Black Ice 120

Unfortunately, you can’t get the songs in digital format through either iTunes or Amazon.

The Australian band members have said they won’t sell their music through iTunes because they want people to buy the full album, not just individual songs. I do think people should listen to AC/DC that way for the most part, but it seems silly to me to stay out of iTunes.

So, unless you’re an AC/DC fan like me and already have a bunch of their music, the only way to make a playlist is to purchase full albums in CD. You can get these in Amazon, but only physical CD’s and not digital downloads.

Lesson learned:

As I said, AC/DC turned out to be amazing for running. Energetic music with great rhythm and powerful lyrics. I don’t think you can go wrong with AC/DC.

Rating:

I give it a 5 out of 5.

My favourite playlist so far.

Yoga for runners

Runner’s World has an interesting article on yoga for runners.

I’ve considered practicing yoga before. My wife does it often and she claims it does help her a lot in her running as it strengthens her core and a few other things. I guess it does work because she’s a pretty good runner even though she doesn’t really run that much.