Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lumo Run Unboxing

I arrived back in the US following my UK vacation to find the Lumo Run gadget waiting for me on the doorstep. 

Hurrah! I bought into this a longtime ago when they were looking for financing. 

Unfortunately, I was too excited by the fact that it had arrived to make an unboxing video so you’ll have to put up with my words and then use your imagination. 😉 Plus I don’t pay WordPress for video, so that wouldn’t have worked out anyway. 

The box opens at the bottom and is held in place by a plastic sticker. When I removed this sticker and pulled the drawer, the contents of the box fell out over my desktop. Doh. Not too smooth and glad I didn’t video it. 


It contained a brief instruction pamphlet, a USB cable (ribbon-type), a clip and the Lumo run device. 

The device needed a quick charge using the provided USB cable and I then had to set it up with an app on my phone. 

The app setup was very easy and required setting up a free account with the service. 

The quality of the app is very high but I found the ‘talking’ feature was a little confused at the very start of the setup. It also sounds like the voice has an Aussie accent which was a pleasant surprise. 

Once the app is connected and the device charged, you need to insert the device into a clip (a bit of a fiddle) and hook it into the back of your shorts right where your spin and hips connect. The positioning is important to allow the device to collect the data accurately. 


Their positioning diagram looks like a naked bum. Teehee. 

Then you have to do a 10 minute run with the device for it to do the first analysis. Probably wearing shorts or leggings to reduce the likelihood of arrest. 

One observation I have about this is that it would probably have been better to recommend a warm up before starting the ten minute test. I’m a little stiff in those first few minutes of running and having that as a part of the data in the initial analysis seems a little odd. 

During the run (I did 26 mins) the app talks to you and updates you with the analysis progress. Once you finish the run you get access to far more information though. 

This is where the fun begins for a data-whore like me. 🙂

The app performed some analysis of the run and then came back with a recommendation that I work on fixing my ‘bounce’. It believes that I bounce 3.7 inches and should aim for a smoother run below 3 inches of bounce. It recommended a training exercise to help address the specific issue (which I did).

The overall results summary screens are really good.  Like all fitness apps, it starts with the basics of miles and pace plus a map of your route. 

If you scroll down you get to see the recommended improvement or focus. 


Clicking through on the recommendation gives you an exercise demo video. 

Scrolling further brings up the ‘meat’ of the data collected by the device. Cadence. Bounce. Braking. Drop and Rotation. 


Each of these items allows you to click through for more info. For example, my cadence is shown at a good 181spm, but click through and see this:


It shows the spm for each mile and has some links to exercises to help you target improvements. 

The image at the top of the page is a video that illustrates the measurement and is a helpful reference point for a first time user. The overlaid animated white dots show the movement it is tracking. 

The same is true for all of the sections. 


The layouts are all clear and show how close you are to the targets and what areas you need to work in. 

Clearly in my case it is bounce and rotation. 

I look forward to using it more and will post future comments as I continue to use it. 

My initial observation is that although the device can be used without a phone connected (for all you tech-naked runners), you would not get the benefit of in-run coaching feedback. 

Also, it doesn’t look like it readily supports multi-user setups. I’d like my wife to use it and not have to reconfigure the whole device every time. 

Other than that I’m very impressed with the device thus far. 

Unusually Good Weather

While my friends are all suffering the stifling heat of a Philadelphia summertime, our trip to England has us enjoying far more reasonable temperatures. 

In fact, it is quite warm for England but nowhere near as crazy as the temps at home. 

I’ve been running every other morning and just repeating the seven mile loop I found as there aren’t many roads around and the trails are all overgrown. 

This sign is on the road to the house my family have rented for the week to celebrate our parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. 

The house has some rather nice views too. 


For variation I ran the loop in the opposite direction. I’m not sure if it was easier that way as the hills seem bad both ways, to be honest. The profile looks like this:


The trip is still providing much needed time with my family and running around after my energetic two year old. He’s having a blast with so many people to play with. 

Fitting running into any vacation can be a challenge but if you are lucky and don’t mind running on roads, you can generally do it quite easily. 

You Know You’re in England When…

Another summer, another trip to the UK.

I’ve not managed to do many runs yet, but they have all been in very pretty areas of the country.

I thought I’d compile a short list of things that stand out when compared to running in the US. So, you know you’re in England when:

  1. You have to run on the other side of the road.
  2. The drivers let you pass and give a jolly wave of acknowledgement.
  3. The town you are exploring is at least five times older than the country you live in (Wells vs America).
  4. If you ask for directions when you are running in the middle of nowhere, you have to concentrate really hard to decipher the accent.
  5. When you look up the road and see views like this tiny church:
  6. And this… A bloody great big cathedral…
  7. And this… From another view point…
  8. And this…
  9. Go on then… One more and this… The last remaining fully medieval street in England…

There are some very old and scenic places in the UK. These pictures are mainly from Wells’the smallest city in England’ a where they filmed a number of the outdoor scenes from the Simon Pegg/Edward Wright cult classic Hot Fuzz.


I’m now out in the hills of Devon and trying to work out routes that don’t involve too many hill climbs, but that is proving to be a bit of a challenge!

Having a blast and having a break. It’s all good.

Fast Start

This week I finally gave in and started on a more general fitness regime to supplement my running. 

After researching a number of apps that tie into the Apple Watch, I decided upon the Seven fitness application. 

The aim: seven minutes a day for seven months. 

Simple, huh? The app is quite game-based and gives you three ‘lives’ each month to allow you to miss an occasional day. As you complete sessions it unlocks more feature and rewards. 

The app is full of ads that can be removed for a $2 purchase but I’ll wait until I’ve used it for a while to see if it sticks. 

I’m on day two (not much) and I can certainly feel some extra aches and pains from the workout. I already know that the Apple Watch integration is terrible and crashes/hangs often. However, the app itself seems robust. 

It has lots of configuration settings for voices so you can customise for the type of voice you respond best to. It gives clear instruction and has animations to show what you are expected to be doing in each exercise. 

It would have been good if they had tied the app into the Apple Watch sensors to measure the various activities (jumping jacks, running on the spot, etc.). Clearly it would not work for all activities (push-ups, dips) but tying in for the others would have been cool. 

After doing the seven minute session, I then went out on a ten mile run. 

Boy, was I fast!

I’m not sure whether it was the abundance of Saturday morning runners on the trail or that I was already ‘jacked up’ from the earlier workout, but I flew along for the first mile getting 6:30 at the one mile mark. I suspect the GPS may have been off, but I was still shifting. 

The other miles were around 7:20 and slowed once I hit some hills. 

There were plenty of ‘rabbits’ on the trail for me to run down and overtake. Groups from local running clubs, casual runners, and slow bike riders (one of whom was singing at full volume and happy as Larry as she was passing me by; hilarious). 

By the end of my eleven miles I finished with an average 7:37 pace. I’m quite happy with that given the temps were close to 80F. 

My Lumo Run hasn’t turned up yet. 😦  I was hoping to be able to write about it this week and start improving my running deportment.