Thingsee + Initial State Half-Marathon Tracker

on May 27 | by

No one, including myself, believed me when I said I was going to run a half marathon. Not only did I need to train hard, but I needed a way to prove to others that I was actually running the day of the race. This is why I decided to use a Thingsee device and connect it to an Initial State dashboard. This way I could share all of my pertinent race data, including GPS location, with all of my friends via Facebook.

On race day,  I put my Thingsee in my FlipBelt so all of my friends would be able to see if I stopped moving or if I just gave up and decided to hide in a port o potty. I would then also be able to see how fast I was running, and use this dashboard to see how I could do better in future races. I set up my dashboard and shared the link with everyone I know on Facebook and Twitter.

Sotired Before the race began, I turned on the device, made sure it was streaming, and headed to the starting line. The announcers counted down from 10, and we were off. It was amazing. I ran through crowds of screaming supporters, high fived a bunch of strangers, wished I had hand sanitizer, and ran harder than I ever have in my life.

Once I crossed the finished line, I was so glad I decided to track my running data. I thought it would be so impressive to all of my friends and family. Well, I thought it would be, until I realized that I had forgotten to charge the Thingsee Device the night before, and the map on Initial State showed that I had stopped running 3 miles in.

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Facebook comments and texts were pouring in from my friends all thinking I was dead.

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Luckily, I did not die. I finished my first half-marathon in 2 hours and 34 minutes, and was proud as hell. I redeemed my free race beer and ate my weight in hamburgers and Mexican food for the remainder of the day.

You can see and interact with the data that I collected here: https://app.initialstate.com/#/tiles/7be1c562-18b6-47bb-8b04-a5f70167bb23

I guess one pitfall of the internet of things is you still have to charge batteries. Nonetheless, it has only encouraged me run another half-marathon, but with a fully charged Thingsee. Maybe in a few months I’ll have some more data for you. 🙂

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