July 30th, 2013
Run Activity Page Updates and Improvements
In April, we released the new run Activity Page view. As part of this effort we spoke to many of you and incorporated your needs and experiences as runners into this new view. Get more background about this effort and redesign here.
Since then, we’ve been working hard to address your suggestions, feedback and concerns surrounding the new run Activity Page view. We really appreciate your help and collaboration as we work to make Strava Run an awesome experience.
Moving Time for Web and Mobile: We have fine-tuned the resting and moving time for runners and calculate moving time in two ways:
Strava will detect when you are resting and will automatically pause your run. Your Resting Time will be removed from your Moving Time so that your pace is as accurate as possible. Runners who run in urban settings (that stop often at intersections) will likely see this improvement the most.
- If you choose to pause your run activity manually on your Garmin watch, we will honor that choice and represent your Moving Time according to the time and pace shown on your GPS device.
Elapsed Time: For all runs that are NOT tagged as “Races”, we now filter resting time out of both pace analysis and the overview chart. “Races” will continue to show all elapsed time including resting, since races are a competitive effort. Segment efforts will also continue to display elapsed time.
Grade Adjusted Pace (GAP): GAP estimates a pace equivalent to running on flat land. With our latest work to improve GAP accuracy, you can now compare your effort on hilly and flat runs more easily and precisely. The calculation of GAP was inspired by work done by C.T.M. Davies studying environmental effects on running. Learn more about the work that’s been done to improve the GAP accuracy here.
Laps: Laps are available to both free and Premium athletes on Strava.com. When you press the lap button on your Garmin during a workout, Strava gives you data about each of your laps in an easy-to-read chart on your Activity Page. Check out Distance, Time, Pace and Elevation Change for each lap. Hover over a lap to see your effort on the map above. When you click on a specific lap, the map and elevation/performance chart zoom to that section of your run.
Splits: We have improved the split and map interactivity, making your run easier to scan and your split effort easier to analyze. For Premium members looking at their Pace Analysis page, we’ve added Pace, GAP and Elevation Change data to the split chart. When you click on a specific split, the map to the left highlights and zooms to that section of your run.
Segment List: Your full list of matched segments from your run is now displayed. Easily click into a specific segment to see how you did and where you stack up.
Best Efforts Will Remain in Strava Run
Many runners have requested that Best Efforts remain in the Strava Run experience. (This was a feature we considered removing due to accuracy issues.) Best Effort inaccuracy is related to bad GPS data and there is no way to make Best Efforts absolutely accurate given the varying quality of GPS data that we receive. Due to this, we will be renaming this feature “Estimated Best Efforts” so that it’s more clear that Best Efforts are not official. In the future, you will be able to manually set your PRs at various race distances. As we strive for fairness and the highest quality standard for data accuracy, we will be continuing to improve Estimated Best Efforts while also integrating more intelligence around the PRs you achieve.
We’re Listening…Here’s What’s To Come
Our response time to your questions and concerns wasn’t nearly fast enough and I apologize for this, but we have been listening and reading every piece of feedback and working hard to address many feature improvements. In the coming months we will be adding back the ability to zoom, adding distance/time toggles to the performance graphs, and separating performance graph data so that Heart Rate, Pace, GAP and Cadence, if applicable, will be visualized on their own separate y-axis. We will communicate these updates as they get implemented.
Half of us are runners here at Strava and we are committed to creating the best Run experience in the world. Thanks again for all the passionate feedback that helped drive this round of changes and we hope you enjoy these updates and improvements.