Frequently Asked Questions / Help!

 

If you are a first time user make sure you watch this video for a walkthrough of the main features

Proximity Sensor and Automatic Screen blanking

The app can use the proximity sensor to blank the screen automatically when the phone is covered. The proximity sensor is located near the earphone. Cover the earphone with you hand (while the app is recording) to test the proximity sensor. You can disable the proximity sensor from settings->proximity

GPS Quality

A few words on GPS signal quality and accuracy. GPS accuracy is not controlled by the app (or any app) but by the device. Apps only define what are the accuracy requirements for the specific use. We run the iPhone GPS unit always on maximum accuracy mode (it doesn't have much impact on the battery). Any app would give exactly the same results (you can run two apps in parallel to check). We usually give better results than other apps, when there is no GPS signal and other apps give positions from WiFi spots or cell towers, while we switch to pedometer till we get a satellite fix again.

Treadmill

iSmoothRun can also be used on treadmill runs. In such cases the pedometer is used. The pedometer accuracy for a treadmill run is expected be within 10% of the actual distance.

Please select the "Treadmill" activity so the app won't take into account GPS signal

The phone should be firm on the body in an armband or a waist belt.

You should have completed 10-20 miles outdoors with the phone in the same position and good GPS conditions.

When you stop your run and you are presented the last "save" view, you enter the correct distance. This will be also taken into account for the next run. You can also correct the distance after the run is saved if you edit it in the log.

Auto Pause

Auto Pause in iSR is based on the data from the pedometer. So it is very responsive unlike other apps that try to use GPS for the same purpose. You should set the auto pause time (in advanced settings) to a value between 5 and 10 secs. This time is subtracted when autopause kicks in, so you don't have to worry about your statistics.

If a stride sensor is used then autopause is based on stride sensor data

If the activity is Cycling or MTB, if a speed sensor is connected then this is used for autopause. If not, then the GPS data are used. In this case you have to set the minimum speed threshold in advanced settings

Countdown Timer

Unlike other apps iSR doesn't need a countdown timer. You can safely press "start", and go on with the rest of your preparations. The app will start and after 5 secs (or whatever the autopause threshold is) it will autopause. Then the chronometer will reset to 0. Whenever you start running the app will start automatically. Just enjoy your run!

Heart Rate Recovery

The HRR tool can be found in the settings tab after starting a run. If you tap the button, the App will countdown 60 secs and record the HR drop. That's your Heart Rate Recovery and it will be logged. The bigger the better. Small HRR may indicate fatigue.

Because the phone might be in an armband or a waist belt by the time you take your phone out and search for the tool the HR might have dropped already 10 beats. So to solve that problem we coupled it with AutoPause. When Auto Pause kicks in it records the time and heart rate of the last step (not AutoPause activation time but last step time), and these values are used by the HRR tool. So after your last interval, or when your HR is high, stop, take the phone out wait for AutoPause to kick in and then tap HRR. Stay relaxed until the measurement finishes.

Deleting an item (workout session, interval, sensor etc)

A very common question is how to delete a run, or an interval etc. To delete an item in a list, just swipe it. This is a very standard gesture, it works on all lists that contain items that can be deleted and works on most iPhone apps. Note for iOS7: "Swipe to delete" works only from right to left

Problems with a Withings Scale

If you paired your app to a Withings account and the reported weight is 0.0 here is what you have to do: "The user can go to http://my.withings.com, login, then click on “share”, “share on my website” and once there “Enable sharing of my weight / my BP"

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Units

Distance
Miles or Kilometres can be used. Pace is measured in mins/mile or mins/km accordingly. Elevation and climb is measured in ft or m
Weight
Weight can be measured in either lbs or kg
Temperature
Celsius or Fahrenheit can be used for the reported temperature in weather logging
Note for our Canadian friends

Distance and Weight units can be set independently so you can choose km and lbs

Heart Rate Zones

Five heart rate zones can be defined, and will be used for HR Zone based workouts. You define separate zones for running and cycling. Heart rate zones are defined either with absolute HR values (e.g. 155 - 167) or as a percentages (e.g. 80% - 90%).

If they are defined as a percentage the formula used takes into account both resting HR and maximum HR.

(maxHR - restHR)*percentage + restHR

If you want the percentage to be calculated only as a function of maxHR set resting HR to zero

maxHR * percentage

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iSmoothRun uses Audio messages to inform you about your run and coach you during your workout. It will duck (lower) or pause the volume of the music according to the settings you provide.

Note: If you encounter any problem related to the Audio please reboot your phone. This usually solves 95% of audio problems

Audio Cues Settings Explained

Mute
If switched on the Audio is muted
Per Time/Per Distance
You can choose if you will hear the audio messages at the predefined time or distance
Pace, Cadence, Heart Rate, Time, Distance and Workout Avg Pace
With these switches you can control what messages you'll hear. Time and Distance are measured from the start of the run. Pace, Cadence and Heart Rate are the average values in the segment between two messages. Workout Average Pace is the Average pace from the start of the Run. If you are on a workout with a "Warmup" section, Workout Average Pace is calculated from the end of the warmup.
Interval Coaching
If you are on an Interval or Steady Section the app will try to keep you within your targets. If the section is HR based the messages "Below Zone/In Zone/Above Zone" are used. If the section is Pace based the messages "Faster/Steady/Slower" are used
Interval Statistics
If switched ON, you will hear statistics about the interval or steady section (distance, time, average pace, average HR) at the end of the interval.
Interval Ghost Pace
If switched ON, at the start of each Interval or Steady section that is pace targeted, a ghost runner is created running at the predefined pace. The app will inform you about how many seconds you are, ahead or behind the ghost runner. Interval Ghost pace can be used to fine tune your pace down to the second
Ghost Run Cues
The time interval where you get the messages about the Ghost Runner. The Ghost Runner is created either for pace based workout sections with the above setting, or by running against an old run of yours by selecting it in the Log and tapping "Ghost Run"
HR Zone Change
iSR will inform you every time you cross a HR Zone boundary with messages in the form "Zone 3" etc
Units in Messages
If switched OFF you won't hear Units (e.g. min/mile etc)in messages.
Hydration/Nutrition
Alarms. These two alarms can be used to remind you to hydrate or eat your gel at the predefined intervals
Duck/Pause Music
Here you can control the Audio behaviour. It should be noted that Pause works only with the native "Music" app
Speed/Volume sliders
With these sliders you change the relative volume of messages and the speed of the playback. It should be noted that the volume of the messages is the combination of this slider and the iPhone volume as it is controlled by the side controls. Thus you can control the volume of the App relative to the music. Also take note that the side controls affect the Audio only when Audio/Music is playing. Otherwise they affect the ringer volume which is irrelevant to Audio.
GPS Status
This switch controls wether the messages "GPS ON / Switching to Accelerometers" are used whenever the App switches tracking mode

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For Instructions on how to setup a custom workout please watch the video on the right. In general you create a library of intervals/steady/warmup/cooldown sections, and then you can use them to compose your workout.

Audio Coaching

Heart Rate Zone

When you define a target HR zone for an interval or a steady section, the messages Below Zone/In Zone/Above Zone will be heard during the workout.

Pace

If pace is the target of the interval/steady section then the messages are Slower/Steady/Faster. We internally create a zone around the target pace (+-10 secs aprox). Pacing quality can be poor depending on local conditions, when only GPS is used. You can disable the messages with the appropriate switch (Audio Settings->Intervals Coaching) Pacing can be done very effectively if a stride sensor (footpod) is used. A stride sensor is very accurate, with fast response time and the app can give excellent pacing (within 5 secs) with minimum audio interruptions. Ghost pace can also be used for pacing very effectively (see below).

After the end of each Interval, interval statistics are spoken.

Short Recoveries

If the recovery is short interval statistics are skipped. The same is true for short intervals where the word Fast is only heard after the interval.

Ghost Pace

Another option that can be used very effectively for pacing is the "Interval Ghost Pace". When enabled a "Ghost runner" running at the predefined pace is created automatically, and you are going to get Audio updates at the specified intervals, about how many seconds you are ahead or behind. A 2 minute setting is advised

Countdown cues

When performing an Interval or steady section you will also hear messages from a countdown timer. If the section is "Distance based" you will hear cues at 800, 400, 200 and 100 meters from finish. If the section is "Time based" you will hear cues at 4 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute and 30 seconds from finish.

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Supported sensors

iSmoothRun is the app with the most extensive sensor connectivity

We support ANT+ sensors through the use of the Wahoo Fisica Key or the 4iiii Viiiiva BTSmart HRM or the Wahoo RFLKT+ display

BT Smart (BTLE) HRMs (like Wahoo BlueHR or Runalyzer Blue or Polar H7) for iPhone 4S/5 are supported natively.

Wahoo Blue SC, BT smart cycling speed/cadence sensor is supported.

BT Smart footpods like the Polar Stride Sensor BTSmart are supported

Stages BT smart power meter is supported natively.

Support for KICKR trainer as a Power meter. Full support (ie driving the KICKR based on the workout) will come in the first quarter of 2014

Analog HRMs are supported through the use of the Runalyzer or Masqott keys.

Scosche myTREK and Scosche RHYTHM HRMs are also supported natively.

Scosche Sensors

Have in mind that only one app can have access to the Scosche HRM each time. So if you have connected with the Scosche app, you have to force quit it, in order to connect with iSR.

ANT+ Sensors

ANT+ sensors are supported only through the use of the Wahoo Fisica Key or the 4iiii Viiiiva BTSmart HRM . We support HR sensors, stride sensors and Cycling combo speed/cadence, speed and power sensors.

We don't support the Garmin or Adidas dongle for the simple reason that these companies don't provide an API (software lib) so that 3rd party developers can connect their Apps.

Note: In order for a sensor to be used it has to be paired.

How to pair your ANT+ Sensor

If you use a Wahoo Dongle
  1. Go to settings wahoo Fisica sensors Add ANT+ HR.
  2. When the sensor is found press "Pair With sensor"
  3. If you go back to the previous menu you should see "Paired with #(sensor number)"
  4. Now go to the first tab (New run) and press "Start your run".

If you use a 4iiii Viiiiva
  1. Use the 4iiii iPhone app to Connect to Viiiiva pair the ANT+ sensors with Viiiiva
  2. In the 4iiii Viiiiva app, tap "Release Viiiiva to other apps"
  3. Go to iSmoothRun settings 4iiii Viiiiva
  4. When the sensor is found enter the correct values for "Wheel Circumference" (cycling sensors) and "Correction Factor" (footpods). If you don't have a cycling sensor or a footpod leave the default value.
  5. Tap "Pair With sensor"
  6. Now go to the first tab (New run) and press "Start your run".

If a HRM is connected an "H" will be displayed on the top right of the recording dashboard. If a footpod is connected an "F" and if a cycling sensor is connected a "B". You can also check the status of the key and the sensors "connected/disconnected" in the settings tab

HRMs

The trick to get correct data from a HRM is to make sure that is wet. Putting it under the tap before starting is a good solution. You should also make sure that is tight enough (especially during running).

Footpods

A footpod (or stride sensor) is a sensor placed on the shoe that can calculate the distance and pace of a runner. The out of the box error of a stride sensor is around 5%, where if calibrated it can be 2% or less. A footpod has very consistent operation and contrary to GPS, has very fast response to the runner's change of pace. Thus it can be used very effectively for pacing and it's strongly advised for runners that follow a pace based training plan.

The footpod calibration includes the calculation of a correction factor. The factor is simply multiplied with the distance reported by the footpod and gives us the true distance.

Calibrate your footpod

  1. If your sensor is not presently paired, pair the sensor.
  2. Choose "distance from stride"
  3. Run a known distance ( in a track, or on a straight line measured with Google maps). On the main recording screen it should have an "F" symbol on top right. On the settings tab while running there should be a row with the message "Stride sensor:Connected"
  4. Upon completing your run, stop the workout. Check the distance recorded by iSmoothRun. Your calibration factor (CF) is determined by dividing the known value by the value recorded by your footpod. For example, suppose you knew the distance to be 1km and iSmoothRun calculated it to be 1.02km (based on your footpod). Go to the view where you paired the sensor and add CF 1./1.02 = 0.98.
The correction factor is dependent on pace so you should run your calibration run at your usual pace, after warmup.

Cycling sensors

ANT+ speed, cadence, combo speed/cadence power meters and the Blue SC are supported. Up to four cycling sensors can be paired. At start the app will search for them and connect with the first found.

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Supported Displays

The app supports the Pebble Smart-watch, the Magellan Echo Smart-watch and the Wahoo RFLKT and RFLKT+ displays

In order to use one of the displays you have to set it up at Settings->Displays.

Pebble

iSmoothRun supports the generic Pebble sports app but most importantly the iSmoothRun pebble app

Our own pebble app provides a recording screen were you can add as many pages you want with customizable metrics, along with a watch face that displays you weekly totals for your top three activities.

The pebble watch has to be paired with the phone in the phone's->settings->Bluetooth section

In the app you can enable it in settings->Displays->Pebble, and Displays->Pebble->use iSR Pebble v2. app

Magellan Echo

You can pair your Echo in settings->Displays->Magellan Echo. Press the top left button of the watch and wait for the app to find it. Then press "Pair with display"

Setup

Using the "Inverted" switch you can choose if the display will be black on white (normal) or white on black (inverted) when the app is in the recording state.

The display automatically inverts when the app is in the "Paused" state.

By Taping "Setup" you can define how many "pages" will be used, which "template" will be used for each page, and which "metrics" will be displayed.

Tap "+" or "-" to add or remove pages.

Tap "Change page Template" to change the template. There are three templates available that provide "one row", "two rows" and "three rows". Each row can display one metric.

Tap each metric on the watch to change it. The available metrics are:

"Lap Calories", "Calories", "Lap Count", "Lap Time", "Time", "Total time", "Time Of Day", "Time Ahead/Behind Target", "Distance", "Lap Distance", "Average Pace", "Lap Average Pace", "Split Average Pace", "Pace", "Average Speed", "Speed", "Lap Average Speed", "Max Speed", "Cadence", "Average Cadence", "Lap Average Cadence", "Steps", "HeartRate", "Heart Rate Zone", "Lap Average HR", "Average HR", "Lap Max HR", "Max HR", "Lap Min HR", "Min HR", "Power", "Altitude", "Ascend", "Lap Ascend", "GPS Signal".

Automatic pages

There are two more pages that are not user customizable and are automatically being displayed

The first one is a "Lap" page that pops up whenever the runner presses "Lap". It displays "Lap time", "Lap Distance" and "Lap average pace". It remains visible for 20 secs

Magellan Echo

The second pops up whenever an interval is performed. It contains 3 rows and 4 metrics.

Top row displays a countdown. If the interval is time based it's a "reverse chronometer", or "reverse distance measurement" if the interval is distance based. So if you are performing a 800 m interval you 'll see the top metric starting at 0.8km and descending to 0.

In the second row you 'll see two metrics. The first one changes based on the Interval target. It's "Time ahead or behind" for a pace target, HR and HR Zone for a HR zone target and Power if power is the target. The second metric is the interval count e.g. 1/5, 2/5 etc.

The third row is "Cadence" for power targeted intervals, "Pace" for HR zone and pace targeted intervals.

Buttons

Echo buttons are mapped as:

  • top left: light
  • top right: start/pause music, double click next song
  • bottom right: start,resume/pause
  • bottom left: lap/advance interval
  • screen tap: next page

Starting a run with Echo

You can start a run using the echo. Here is how to do it.
  • Setup the run as normal (Activity type, Workout, music etc)
  • Press the top left Echo button to put it into search mode
  • Tap "Check Sensors Status" in the app
  • Watch the various sensors come alive and connecting as well as the Echo
  • You can now press to phone's top hardware button to blank the screen and place the phone in the armband, waist belt etc
  • You can confirm that the app is alive, by checking the HR value which is updated on the Echo
  • To start the run simply press the start/pause Echo button bottom right

Wahoo RFLKT and RFLKT+ BTSmart display

Nearly all functionality described for the Magellan Echo applies to RFLKT as well. Automatic pages are not yet implemented.

Since RFLKT doesn't support screen tapping as input, the buttons are mapped as follows:

  • top left: light
  • top right: next page
  • bottom right: start,resume/pause
  • bottom left: lap/advance interval

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Apart from the predefined activities (Running, Trail Running, Walking, Hiking, Cycling and MTB) the user can define any number of Custom Activities. This can be done from Settings->Custom Activities.

A custom Activity is defined by the sensors that are going to be active.

Cadence
Cadence refers to the internal pedometer. Can be used if cadence tracking is desired, for example rope jumping.
GPS
GPS should be on for outdoor activities where a distance is traveled, for example rowing, skating, horse riding.
Stride Sensor
Stride sensor refers to activities where a ANT+ stride sensor will be used.
Cycling
Cycling refers to activities where a cycling ANT+ sensor is going to be used.
HRM
HRM is default ON. the user doesn't have to choose anything, if a HRM sensor is active during the activity it will be used.
Auto Pause
Auto Pause will turn on the auto pause detection mechanism, depending on the sensors used.
Caloric Expenditure
The user can also define the caloric expenditure of the activity as calories per hour. If a HRM is used the app will calculate caloric expenditure based on HR.

Examples of setup are (Skating GPS and HRM, Aerobics HRM, XCountry Skiing GPS and HRM, Zoumba HRM, Cycling on a Trainer: cycling sensor and HRM etc)

Runkeeper Users

Especially for RunKeeper users, the HR curve is exported with the time in minutes exported as distance in meters so the site can accept the data and produce some meaningful graph. The distance is small nevertheless and cannot spoil the user's statistics (for example 3 hours of weekly aerobic indoor activity will add 180 meters/0.1 miles in the user's statistics).

Note: for activities that don't include a distance, recording is done per time. This can be exported with the TCX format but not many services support that.

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Upload to RunKeeper

The app can upload to RunKeeper, either manually or automatically at workout end. It can also support "RunKeeper Live" for RK Elite users. The update interval for RK Live usage is two minutes

Problems connecting with RK

During RK authentication please use user/password, and not Facebook. If you have never used a password for RK you can set it up in your RK page->My Settings->Password

Treadmill runs

RunKeeper doesn't support posting of non GPS data. Treadmill runs are exported only with the summary values. If a HRM was used then the HRM vs Time graph is also exported.

Time-Distance discrepancies between iSR and RK

Runs posted by iSR might have small distance discrepancies when posted to RK. The reasons are:
  • RK recalculates run summary based on the data we post. It applies it's own filtering to the data
  • Since RK doesn't support non-GPS data, we can't export data from the pedometer.
  • We do export pauses, but RK nevertheless does some post processing, thus you might get small discrepancies also in time.

Calculation of Calories

Calculation of calories burned is done based on approximate formulas and can be very rough. RK recalculates and you can see differences. If however a HRM is used, we use heart rate info for a much more accurate and personalised calculation (RK doesn't use HR data).

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The current version of iSR is 4.4.5

There is a bug having to do with audio settings for different activities. Specifically even if you change the settings (the ones that are set with a switch) they seem to not change. This is related only with the display, the new settings are set.

Here what you have to do to actually see it.

  • go to settings->audio settings and select the activity you want.
  • setup your cues
  • go back
  • "force quit" the app
  • restart the app
  • in the "New run" screen select the activity you changed settings in the previous step
  • go to settings->audio cues and you 'll see that your settings are actually correct.

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