Category Archives: Exercise

2013 exercise in graphs and charts

Cycling Miles 2012 v 2013

Cycling Miles 2012 v 2013

Cumulative Cycling Miles 2012 v 2013

Cumulative Cycling Miles 2012 v 2013

2013 Cycling Miles per Month

2013 Cycling Miles per Month

2013 Running Miles per Month    (what happened after May??)

2013 Running Miles per Month
(what happened after May??)

2013 PB's

2013 PB’s

Running app idea – ‘Running Buddies’ (WIP title)

I’ve had a random thought for a phone app for runners, who want to run with friends or family who aren’t at the same location as they are. So you could be running in England, with a friend in Germany.

The app would be installed on your mobile phone and use the internal GPS. You invite friends to go for a run (via the apps text message service), stating the departure time and distance / pace you plan to run.

Each participant (maximum of two others) confirms if they wish to take part, and then confirm when they are ready to start.
When all parties are ready to start, the app will give a count down and you start your running.

The app will display the speed and distance covered for each of the runners in real time, along with how far ahead or behind you are, so you can try to match each others pace.
Also an audible alert of the other participants pace and distance ahead/behind can be set to sound every 1km / 1mile.

As well as just running with friends, it can be used to race against friends.
eg, set it to a distance of 10k, when all have signalled they are ready, the countdown begins and you are off in a race. “2km in 9min23 – Jill is 14 seconds ahead of you” the audio would play out, giving you the incentive to run faster to catch up.

Obviously one person could be running downhill, while the other uphill, which wouldn’t be a fair race. Fear not, I have thought of this too. You can set the app to ‘True distance’ or ‘Grade-adjusted distance’ On grade adjusted, using a complicated algorithm (no I haven’t thought of that), one person running on the flat will cover 1 mile, where as another person running uphill would need to cover slightly less that 1 mile. The higher the grade climbed, the less distance needed to make the adjusted 1 mile.

There is also the safety aspect of running in numbers. Even though you are running alone, you will soon notice if one of the others has stopped. They can go to the menu, and click an ‘exhausted’, ‘need a rest’, ‘injured’ button which will alert the others via a warning sound and flashing up on the screen.
If a runner seems to have stopped, but does not give a reason, then it maybe time to give them a quick call to make sure everything is fine.

I was just about to post this, when I thought of adding a pro version. For a small one off fee, you would get additional features. The feature I have thought of is a ‘Push to Talk’ feature. Using the 3g/4g network, and basically turning the app into a Walkie Talkie, you push and hold the phone ‘send’ button, you record what you have to say, and that message is delivered to the friend you are running with. They can then push to talk back. Therefore, as well as running alone with each other in real time, you can also have a conversation.

I have no idea if something like this already exists (but if it doesn’t, I am hereby copyrighting it 😀 ) and I also have no idea how to create something like this, it was just a random fun idea I thought of.

Saddle Bone Deformity

After a visit to ‘Google Doctor’ (Google should really make a Google Doctor sections along with Google Search, Google Maps etc), it seems I have a foot injury called Saddle Bone on my right foot.

Quote from:

Entrapment of the deep peroneal nerve is another common peripheral nerve entrapment of the foot. The deep peroneal nerve is found on the top of the foot (anterior or dorsal foot). A deep peroneal nerve entrapment is often found in conjunction with a small bump of bone at the metatarsal cuneiform joint. This bump of bone is called a saddle bone deformity or met-cuneiform exostosis. A deep peroneal nerve entrapment is an entrapment of the nerve as it descends over the top of the Tinel's_sign_anterior_tarsal_tunnel_syndromesaddle bone deformity. Compression of the deep peroneal nerve occurs when we wear shoes that apply pressure to the saddle bone deformity. The result is that the deep peroneal nerve is compressed between the shoe and bone. We’ll often see a deep peroneal nerve entrapment in skiers, those who wear clogs or folks who lace their shoe very tightly. In each case, the direct pressure from the shoe compresses the nerve over the bump of bone. A Tinel’s sign can be elicited at the top of the foot with a positive Tinel’s sign resulting in electrical shock sensation to the first and second toes.

Recently when running, I have been putting a bandage on my foot which eased the pain, however, really this should have been putting more pressure on the nerve.

Lacing shoes differently so that the laces do not cross over the area where the bone is enlarged and instead runs up the side to the next eyelid seems like one of the solutions to ease the pressure, so I have laced up my trainer like this to see how things work out.

Surgery is the ultimate solution, with 6-8 weeks recovery, but I will obviously be avoiding that for as long as possible.


An update 4 weeks after this post:-

Using the lacing method as shown above, where the laces do not cross over the raised bone area, I have suffered no pain what-so-ever on any of my runs since. Therefore I would certainly recommend trying this before exploring other options.