The following images attempt to capture the compositions we make as runners. Of course, arguably we compose these data every time, regardless of whether or not we are tracking them however; the tools we use to compose with clearly effect and affect the resulting composition.
This runner composed a track or speed workout. Their composing device provides all data though in this particular genre elevation isn’t so pertinent.
This is the story of an ultramarathon-runner: people who run races farther than 26.2 miles. Trail-running is sanctuary and challenge as you can see from the map and the elevation, mileage, data.
Here is a long-term composition, a historical log and way to watch for patterns. This runner’s contribution was exciting to receive as my own data composing does not allow for this kind of view on the data-composed life of a runner.
This runner is using Strava for feedback and composing their running (and for their cycling).
This running composition is another one using Strava – it is interesting to note the options available in viewing the data.
Accompanying message from the runner: Rather that pick something extraordinary, I picked my standard long run that I don’t have to drive to. It leaves my house and wanders through a portion of Colfax towards the west. The middle half is on the Colfax Trail, an old railroad grade that was completed in October 1907. The trail runs along the Palouse River and we often see deer, Bald Eagles, coyotes, the occasional moose and even wolves. Much past the first mile of the trail, it’s rare to see someone else. Over the years, I’m probably approaching triple digits for the number of times that I’ve run this. One reason? The trail is different every time I’m there.
Another trail-running creation. Here you can see the runner’s composition tools focus on mile splits. Due to elevation gain the data is visually more interesting – a factor that hurts more creating. However, many runner’s prefer and excel at running hills or hilly courses.
This runners composing data ran into the same problem I had with one other would-be contributor; sometimes the data files are very specific, too specialized to easily share. Unless you are using a recent, smart phone, social media app, sharing your composed data can actually be relatively difficult. These maps in and of themselves represent an ideal setting for a lot of runners (above and below).
This run is visually composed with a running app from a smartphone. It represents what was composed while the runner was “ Running Into View” with me.
pictures of my data, on my watch, composed (in contrast to the previous), partly to illustrate the contrast in technology-use and what that looks like and partly so I get too participate too.