Tracking my runs using Google charts

I wrote a brief blurb, when Google came out with their Google Charts API. The API essentially allows you to represent your data visually by just generating a URL.. I have been wanting to use this in real life for quite some time now and think I finally found a need :). I am going to be tracking my weekly runs with using this API  moving forward.

Here’s a graphical representation of my runs for Week 5 of my traning for the Chicago marathon

Week 5

As you can see, I have been slacking off on my mid-week runs.

I used the following parameters to generate the graph

Type = cht (vertical bars)

Legend = chtt (Week 5 training)

Axis Values = chxl (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun)

The URL I used to generate the image is http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chtt=Week+5+Training&chts=FF0000,20&chdl=Miles&cht=bvs&chxt=x,y&chxl=0:|Mon|Tue|Wed|Thu|Fri|Sat|Sun|&chs=300×150&chd=t:0,0,3,0,0,0,10&chco=4d89f9,c6d9fd&chbh=20

I still need to figure out, how to show the values in the image and play with the ratio of the axis.

You can get all the information you need about this API by visiting this link http://code.google.com/apis/chart/

2005 Half Marathon

It’s been a while since I updated the site :). Wanted to give some updates on my running accomplishments for 2005. After finishing last years Lasalle Marathon, I thought that I could train on my own this year. BIG MISTAKE!! :). Unless you are really (and I mean REALLY) motivated, it is very difficult to train alone for a marathon. So my training was pretty bad this year. I did manage to finish the marathon though. Only 30 minutes longer than last year :).

Here is a picture from the 2005 Chicago Half Marathon, I ran as part of my training

2005 Chicago Half Marathon

Runs for 2005

For my records.. here are some of the runs I participated in this year

April 9 | BADGERLAND STRIDERS SOUTH SHORE HALF MARATHON | 13.1 Miles | Chip Time : 2:12:31
May 26 | CHASE Corporate Challenge | 3.5Miles
Aug 7th | Chicago Distance Classic | 13.1Miles | Chip Time : 2:17:01
Sept 24th | Chicago Half Marathon | 13.1 Miles | Chip Time : 2:21:28
OCt 9th | Chicago Lasalle Marathon | 26.2 Miles | Chip Time : 5:14:41

As you can see.. it has been a very “slow pace” year :).