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360 Facebook Pictures

Its much easier to create the 360 Facebook photos than you’d think.

I’ve been able to do it using only my iPhone and a simple app: Google’s official Street View camera app: it’s available for Android and iOS, it’s free!

Once yo’ve installed the app on your phone, tap the Plus icon from the front screen and choose Camera then Open Camera. The app will guide you through the process of capturing all the images that you need – just make sure you’re staying as still as possible while you move your phone around.

You need to move the phone around to find the orange dots that appear on screen. Each picture is taken automatically once the dot is found and the circular tick icon at the bottom will gradually get a circular border as you take all the necessary images. When it turns green then you’re all done.

Once you get to the last few pictures you’ll get some prompts as to where the missing points are but if you work around yourself methodically you can’t go far wrong. If you take a snap that you’re not happy with for whatever reason then use the undo icon (lower left) to remove the most recent image.

Once you’ve got your image, don’t click ‘Publish to Google Maps’ but hit the icon to the right and select ‘continue’.  Save the image to your camera roll.  (Don’t select the option to save to Facebook, that will upload a flat image).

From inside Facebook, uploading the 360-degree photos you’ve taken is no different to uploading any other picture, from the status update box, tap Photo and then pick your image.  You’ll see the 360 image has an image of a globe on when you select it.

Once the uploaded, visit your profile and make sure everything’s working as intended – as before, click and drag using the mouse (in a web browser) or just move your phone around (on a smartphone) to peer in all the different directions the 360 photo allows you to.


Holiday photos will never be the same again!

Cancer Research Winter 10k Liverpool

Cancer Research Winter 10K LiverpoolSo it was actually snowing! (And there was some fake snow) but it was a great race.

I can finished in 48:53.  It was pretty hilly compared to the Cheshire 10k I did a few months ago.
I’m getting more confident that I could finish the next Cheshire 10k in under 48 mins now… and a time starting 47:xx suddenly sounds a lot closer to my goal of sub 45 mins.


Great fun, I’d really recommend next years race.

Starting and Finishing in the Liverpool Echo Arena was fantastic!  You were in the warmth, the baggage drop was very well organised.

There was even the opportunity for your photo with a polar bear if you wanted it (Man in a suit – lol).

Transport was easy, train there and back.

Medal awarded was nice too – all round good run!

Apple Watch vs TomTom Multisport Cardio

…or TomTom Multisport Cardio vs Apple Watch, whichever way you prefer it!

TomTom Multisport Cardio vs Apple Watch

I’m a fairly keen (but not very fast) runner, and I’ve had both the TomTom Watch and Apple Watch for a while now.

I hadn’t compared both, as the Apple Watch was waiting for both the OS2 update, and finally the Strava update that could link in to the heart rate data from the Apple Watch.

Last week, Strava updated their watch companion app, so there was nothing stopping me.

I went out for a run last night, a route I run regularly, with some hills, flats and knew was a nice distance to test the two out on.

Both the TomTom and Apple Watch will monitor my heart rate.  I did my best to start and stop them both at the same time, and you’ll see from the images below that there is only a couple of seconds different between the two times.

Strava didn’t initially see my run from the TomTom watch, only ,y run from my Apple Watch.  I’m presuming that it received two almost identical runs within seconds of each other and chose one.  I was however, able to save both runs as .gpx files to export them.

I exported the data to run keeper, as that’s been my go to running app over the last 24 months since I started running.  I also use the ‘compare’ feature, which gives me a very nice comparison between by two runs.

The images below are from my test run.  The Orange colour is the TomTom, the Blue is the Apple Watch.  You’ll notice they’re almost the same:

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Calories, very similar.
Elevation, almost identical.
Pace, similar, although I feel the Apple watch took about 2 mins to get it right.

The strange difference though was the distance.

The TomTom measured the distance as 4.53 miles.  The Apple watch 4.63 miles.  Doesn’t sound much, but one of them is out by 1%.

The TomTom records my average pace as 8.24 min/miles.
The Apple Watch records my average page as 8.14 min/miles.

Thats quite a difference when you run regularly, setting off 10s per mile too quickly or slowly can have a real difference on your performance over a 10k or half marathon.

I’m going ot ask a friend with a Garmin watch to run the same route with me next week to get a 3rd distance measurement.  My gut feeling is that the TomTom is going to be the accurate distance.

Pro’s of the TomTom
You can race previous routes
You can you run in zones; heart rate, pace – I find this very useful
Battery life is outstanding

Con’s of the TomTom
If running at night, you have to tap the screen to see the display.

Pro’s of the Apple Watch
Nice bright screen, very easy to read.

Con’s of the Apple Watch.
You have to run with your phone.
I don’t think the distance is quite accurate.

In Summary  –  If you’re not a serious runner and don’t already have a running watch, your Apple Watch going to be fine what you want to record. You’re probably more interested in your general distance, calorie use and overall distance and time.  It will record everything the TomTom does and its very nice and compact.

However if you’re a more serious runner, in my opinion the Apple watch isn’t quite as good as a running watch designed specifically for the task, but a very good 2nd place.

Sub 50min 10k

Cheshire 10k 2015

Arley Hall 10k Cheshire 2015

I’m amazed, I finally did it.  Sub 50min 10k.  I feel like a proper runner now.

I took 5 minutes off my previous best on the same course 6 months ago.
48:30 – VERY happy with that, as was aiming for 50mins something i.e. 50:40

Maybe going to the gym a few times a week really is making that much of a difference!

New Half Marathon PB

I was aiming for under 2 hours, as my last few 10 miles runs hadn’t been great.  But after 6 miles I was still feeling really comfy, and at 9 miles I still felt fresh.  Maybe all the running I’m doing is starting to pay off, I took a minute off my old PB 5 weeks ago and finished in 1:56:25 – I think I actually enjoyed the race!

PB - 1:56:25

PB – 1:56:25

Joining The Gym

village-hotel-bromboroughSo I joined the gym 2 months ago in an attempt to reduce my running times.  Lose a bit of weight, get a bit stronger, it should all help.

After 2 PT sessions – the first of which I could barely walk for 3 days! and the 2nd I struggled to lift my arms above my head, I think I’m getting somewhere.

I’m now very aware that going to the gym is only 50% of whats required, what you eat is the other 50%.  Quickly realised that there is no point doing one without the other.

The Village Hotel in Bromborough has great facilities, and their PT’s are great.  Jamie Hill is looking after my program / trying to kill me.  His Personal Training is superb, and I find that Jay manages to drag the last ounce of effort out of me, even when I think I’ve given up.

Highly recommended. – I get a revised program every other week, recommended food and meals, and a hours one to one session every week.

I’m get my running times down even if it kills me, and at the moment, I think it might!

New 10k Time

2015-01-11 23.57.11So I ran a 10k in 55:19 last week.

Still not quick, but there were 2 things i was really please about:

i) The first time I averaged under 9min miles.
ii) It was 11 minutes quicker than the same course I ran last year!

So slowly I’m getting somewhere!