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Weather Info In Activities

We'd actually love to hear more thoughts from everyone on how this feature will play a role in their fitness. Is weather implementation important for reviewing past performance? Do you think weather prompts from RunKeeper can help you squeeze in a workout before the impending rain or snow? How will weather information enhance your RunKeeper experience? Any additional thoughts would be awesome!

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Hey guys!

We think there's a huge potential for weather to be a big part of the Runkeeper app, and we've taken our first steps to integrating this feature into the app!

Check out the entire week's worth of weather, right above your training plan when you sign up for a Prescribed Training plan! You can learn more about this feature here: https://support.runkeeper.com/hc/en-us/articles/205204595-Prescribed-Workouts

Jill

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Yes this would be very helpfull. i.e. I live (and run) in dubai and yesterday the temperature was about 34 Dgr. Celcius and I noted that my heart rate went up much faster then when it is lower temperature. So the weather has some invluences on your performance and that would be nice to monitor in th reports.

Paul 3 votes
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It would be very helpful since, when its colder my pace is different from when there is a hot weather.

Jose Nunez 3 votes
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I find weather implementation import for evaluating past performance on activities. Weather prompts would be neat, but I'm not sure Runkeeper wants to be liable in case the forecast isn't good and you end up getting dumped on. If I'm trying to find a break in the weather for a run, I generally turn to Dark Sky to decide when it's best to head out. I'm more likely to plan a run by looking at a 3-hour weather window then I am to put on my shoes and go at the drop of a notification from Runkeeper.

My vote would be to see at least a very basic weather icon attached to the activity (63F, Cloudy). A step further, I'd love to see temperature and weather overlaid on the main graphs to analyze how it's affecting my run. Weather pulled from forecast.io API would be rad.

Brian Van Peski 10 votes
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I would like to be able to see a snapshot of the weather for each run, and using the data to track a correlation between my environment vs performance. For example, it would be interesting to see how humidity, temperature, time of day, moon phase, or whatever affects my outdoor activities. The list goes on, but it would be a huge bonus to give users the opportunity to compare different variables in their environment to their performance.

S. Zach Thomas 5 votes
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Because I couldn't edit my 1st answer, I'd like to clarify how I think the weather information should be implemented. Forecasting the weather would not be a useful feature. I don't need a fitness app to remind me of a good time to do outdoor activities based on the weather. I get my weather from a dedicated weather app. The use of weather data to measure the conditions of the environment during activities I think would be interesting and useful to users.

S. Zach Thomas 4 votes
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Just a small symbol next to the summary of each activity would be helpful. Selectable at the end of each workout.

i.e a cloud with temp next to it for overcast or a snowflake for snow etc etc

Elliot -1 votes
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Recording the temperature and conditions after a workout would tremendously helpful. Extreme heat or cold has an effect on speed, as does precipitation.

Cory Smith 26 votes
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I would just like it to record the current temperature when you hit start activity. Hopefully this can be added before April lol

Elliott Friday 4 votes
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Another app I used had this functionality and I found it very useful when looking back at my activity history to see patterns in performance etc. I don't want a weather forecast to base planning my runs on, just the temp and conditions icons for sunny, overcast,etc to appear when I mark an activity completed.

Wayne Cowell 0 votes
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I really want to able to track and record weather info for each activity. It can have such an impact on performance and recovery that I am surprised that it is missing! I have even considered switching to Runtastic simply because they have this feature.

MJ 1 vote
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I already answered but i myself also thought about switching to runtastic. I just would like to just look back at my activities and see what day the temperature was that beside having to input it into notes.

Elliott Friday 0 votes
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+1 from me!

@Elliott Friday, runtastic has much worser approximation of GPS track. It's ridiculous but from my tests they could lower distance up to 500m for 4km... Especially if you are running small circles on stadium... I would show you some screenshots if I could.

Eugene Golovan 0 votes
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I'd be happy to manually mark myself what the conditions were (sunny/hot, cold, rainy, humid or a combination, etc.), and then have those displayed or filterable in reports/charts.

Sarah Hughes 2 votes
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As I live in a heat varying country such as Australia, current temperature report prompts on the go and for analysing results would be of great help for me and surely to all elite users this info would be of great value

Graham Connolly 0 votes
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I've been putting weather emoji in my notes after each run just for historical tracking, but it would definitely be nice to have this automatically pulled from a weather tracking service when an activity is started - just temperature and current condition (raining, overcast, sunny, etc.) would be perfect.

Steve Ashbaugh 1 vote
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I'd like to be able to review what the historical weather was like on a particular day when reviewing my runs. It would be good to work out in what type of weather your best runs are.

Chris M 1 vote
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If I run the same route when it's 20, 60 or 90 F out it's going to greatly influence my time. I would like for this to auto record, potentially with other weather conditions for outdoor activities. I would love to be able to look back and see if weather is the reason I had a slower run on a route. It may also help me identify what weather conditions I perform the best in.

To me this is the easily #1 biggest improvement RunKeeper could make.

Brad Reese 8 votes
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I think the best implementation would be a weather app that was aware of scheduled workouts and races in the future on RunKeeper and advises on times when the weather is best.

Such an app could also say, you may want to reschedule this workout for the next morning.

In terms of remembering workout conditions, it would be great to know the weather conditions at the time and location of the start and end.

I think that would make a good addition to Elite, because you have subscriber revenue to offset the cost of calls to a good weather API.

Dave Aiello 0 votes
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I used to use another app to track my runs and looking back at the weather was one of my favorite features. If they would be as reliable as runkeeper I would still be using it. If runkeeper would add this there would be no reason to consider the other.

Dennis R. Bible 2 votes
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I would really love if I could see afterwards, when comparing, what kind of weather it was. Now, I have to remember that I actually didn't bike REALLY slow, it was just a really heavy headwind.

Minna Nilsson 0 votes
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This would be very helpful! Weather is a big factor when running, hot or cold, rain or wind are very important when reviewing activities. I would love to see this feature added!

Stijn Pollet 0 votes
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I just want to know the temp and if it was rainy, sunny or cloudy, I already put this info in my notes. would be nice if RK tracked it with pretty symbols though.

Adam Clarkson 0 votes
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I've been keeping track of the temperature and other noteworthy climate conditiosn in the comments box, which is less than ideal.

If RunKeeper was to capture climate variables, I suggest doing so at the start AND at the end of the run. I find the changes in condition during a run will greatly influence my pace, especially longer runs.

Given that I'm more interested in the change amount and direction, you could simply show the end values as an offset of the starting value - e.g., +3 degrees, - 5 kPa, etc.

Stéphane Parent 1 vote
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The Rock N Roll San Diego 2013 was about 65 degrees, overcast, no wind. The following year it was up to 85-90 degrees, sunny and windy. Even with better preparation it made an hour difference in my finish time. Being able to see the conditions we ran in would be a good excuse maker for some, but would be a way to modify your training to improve your weaknesses, and to analyze your technique in differing conditions.

Jason Michael Huber 0 votes
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Also, wind speed and direction will affect a lot on workout results (i'm a biker!). This would be nice to have.

Antonio Valle 1 vote
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Just a small icon with temp and conditions (sunny/cloudy/raining/snow, etc.) would be fine. If the icon could be clicked/selected to show more detail like humidity or wind speed/direction even better.

Sundra Lemanski 1 vote
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Weather and wind speed info would be super helpful for cycling! Logging the same route - with the addition of wind speed would go a long way in terms of tracking performance over time.

Elisabeth Humphrey 0 votes