Runkeeper is a service that can track your cardio workouts such as running and cycling.

What can I beemind with Runkeeper?

Different types of activities:

  • run
  • walk
  • cycle
  • swim
  • all of the above
  • any combination of the above

Using any of the below units for the activity combination you selected:

  • miles
  • kilometers
  • times (e.g. number of times you tracked a run activity)
  • minutes
  • hours
  • calories burned

Can I change the activities or units I picked after I create the goal?

Units, not really. This would really complicate the graph and make it no longer make sense, so it would be better to archive the existing goal and create a new one.

Activities, yes. In the Settings tab below the graph image on the goal page, you can pick and choose the included activities in the Runkeeper Activities section. This will not rewrite any goal history; it will only change the activities that Beeminder looks for in the future.

I did an activity earlier, but Beeminder isn't showing it.

There are a few possible reasons for this:

  • your goal is tracking a certain type of activity (or activities), but the missing activity is categorized differently: try re-categorizing the activity inside Runkeeper to match what your goal is looking for, then asking Beeminder to re-fetch data (or change the activities you're tracking on Beeminder in order to match how they show up in Runkeeper; either works!)
  • the activity has not finished syncing from your device to Runkeeper: double-check that the activity has been completed and synced, then ask Beeminder to re-fetch data once the activity is definitely showing up in the Runkeeper app
  • you've edited Beeminder's automatic datapoint comments: make sure that when you edit a datapoint comment that you don't remove the comment that Beeminder adds to each value

If none of those solves the problem and/or your goal has derailed because of it, contact us in support!

Runkeeper sample goal setup

  1. Head to create a new goal (also accessible through the New Goal link in the top menu and from your dashboard).
  2. Click the Runkeeper icon to start a new goal using Runkeeper data.
    Runkeeper icon of a running person on a pale blue background
  3. First, decide the metric(s) you want to track (listed at the top of this page) and select it from the dropdown. You can pick any combination of the activities listed, and measure it with a number of different units. For this example, I'll stick with running and walking miles.

    Next, enter the amount of that metric you want to do. Finally, if you want to delay your goal's start a few days (maybe you're traveling this weekend), be sure to tick the "Start this goal with extra leeway" box and enter the number of days you want to delay.

    Press Continue. If you haven't yet authorized Beeminder to access Runkeeper data, the button will say Connect to Runkeeper instead and take you to a page to do just that! You will return to goal creation after.

    Beeminder + Runkeeper. Text says "I pledge to", followed by checkboxes for run, walk, cycle, swim, and all. Below that is a stepper to choose the rate, and a dropdown list of the units you can choose to track. At the bottom there's a checkbox if you want to start with extra buffer, which opens an extra number entry box to pick the number of days of leeway you want.
  4. Give your goal a brief name. If you want, you can also write a short description with more information.

    "Give your goal a name", followed by text entry boxes to enter a short slug which creates your goal's URL, and a second box which allows you to enter a longer description
  5. Finally, choose your initial pledge. This is the amount you will pay the first time you derail on the goal. After derailing, the pledge will increase by default — use the dropdown below to control how high it goes by selecting the cap. In the example below, I have chosen to start at a $5 pledge, which will increase each time I derail, until it reaches $270 — the pledge cap. (To read more about pledges and payments, check out some FAQs!)

    If you want to start out with a sort of trial period, you can choose to start the goal at $0. If you do that, the pledge will automatically increase to $5 after seven days. If you derail before that, it will also increase to $5.

    Screenshot of the "Starting Stakes" screen. The text says "Your pledge will increase each time you derail until you reach your pledge cap (which you can adjust below)", with a demonstration below showing the pledge progression: 5, 10, 30, 90... to the pledge cap, which currently shows $270. Below, a checkbox button allows you to choose to "Hold the pledge at $0 for 7 days while I get my feet wet"
  6. And that's it! Step through the preview and confirmation screens, and your graph will be created. I have four days to do my first session, or I'll have to pay $5!

    Example graph for a Runkeeper-linked goal, with +2 due in 4 days

Keywords: autodata integrations, fitness tracker, running

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