Today is Labor Day in the United States. The baseline for what should be included in a Labor Day weekend includes anything that qualifies as that one last Summer activity, such as having a barbeque, spending some time on a boat, engaging in your favorite outdoor sport, or just generally spending some time outside.
It just so happens that I like to run. So I've chosen to spend a small amount of time today doing so! My trusty running watch has been leant out to a friend, so I'm going to take the holiday a bit further to enjoy some of the fruits of my labor and run while rocking my Ubuntu Phone!
Will I need my shades today?
So let's checkout the weather so I know what to wear today. According to the new Weather app, it looks like I'll need to grab my sunglasses before I leave. Thanks Weather app!
Running with the Activity Tracker app (part 1)
I had tried the Activity Tracker app a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, at the time the GPS wasn't functioning on the device, so I wasn't able to capture any data during my run. Luckily I also had my GPS watch for that run, so it wasn't a total waste.
This time around I didn't have my GPS watch as a back up, so I needed the app to work. I set off on my run not quite knowing if the app was working or not. More on that later. I planned a 4.5 mile route and took off with the assumption that all was well.
Music for the run
I typically don't run with music, but since I had a phone on me, I decided that I might as well. Rocking out to the new Ratatat album made the run a bit more enjoyable.
My Nexus 4 also currently has some soon to be released features that allow media playback to be controlled from the Sound indicator, which is pretty awesome! Maybe it'll be possible to put playback controls in the Activity Tracker app itself someday? But simply being able to control the playback without taking focus from the Activity Tracker app was helpful.
Finding out that the app wasn't working after running for around 3.5 miles
I decided to see if the app had been recording my run by stopping the current activity. Much to my suspicion, I soon found out that it had not. It seemed like the GPS had stopped working, so I rebooted the phone.
In the end, I believe it didn't work reliably because I also had the Sensor Status app running at the same time. I may try to do some more debugging to confirm this suspicion, but for now I'm simply happy just to have the GPS working again.
Running with the Activity Tracker app (part 2)
Undeterred, I decided to keep going and log a few more miles doing both walking and running. While the app doesn't show how far you've gone (a feature I'm sure is in the works), I ended up logging 4 more miles of walking/running--which I'm happy with!
Just goes to show, you can go further and farther with Open Source!