Marathon 1.4 Your complete runner's diary

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Installation and Update

Screenshot of preferences dialogMarathon runs on all Palm OS handhelds with at least Palm OS 3. You can install new versions of Marathon on top of previous versions without data loss.

At the very first start Marathon shows you the preferences screen to get your default units for distance and weight data. You can also set your height here to enable calculation of the Body Mass Index (BMI) whenever you enter a weight. HFmax means maximum Heart Frequency which is used for calculations with the heart rates you enter. You can change these settings any time (menu: Options > Preferences).

Month and Week view

Marathon's main screen is the month view. You can tap on each day to enter data. Entries are symbolized by various icons:

  • The tiny stop watch indicates a distance or time entry for this day.
  • The double heart symbol shows heart rate values.
  • The small weight shows a weight entry.
  • The small 'N' indicates additional notes saved for this day.

The week view (use button at the bottom left) shows a summary of your weekly training distances. This might guide you in your training schedule.

Data Entry

Screenshot of input dialogTapping on a day brings up this day entry form where you can enter all your training and fitness data. To change values, tap on the digit buttons or use Graffiti®. Route profiles are used to save information about your favorite running tracks. You can select these routes for easier input of distance information. Tagging an exercise to a specific route also allows for more detailed statistics.

  • If you enter distance and time Marathon automatically calculates your pace. Despite your preferences you can change the distance unit to miles, kilometers, yards or meters. Tapping on "Distance" shows a selectable popup with common training distances.
  • Your last weight is shown directly above the weight entry digits. You can insert this value by tapping on the arrow.
  • Heart rate (pulse) is saved in three values: rest pulse, average pulse and peak pulse. The HFmax ratio is calculated automatically. Peak pulse values can now exceed 199.

Marathon also offers a distance statistic for your shoes. On the first day with new shoes you can select "New shoes" from this screen's menu and the statistics tell you the overall distance with these shoes.

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Screenshot of main statistics screenMarathon offers extensive statistics for various exercise and fitness values. You can specify the respective period using the buttons at the top. The statistics for a specific year is available using the button "Year...".

  • The distance statistic can be used to view selective routes or an overview of all distance data.
  • Weight statistics include last, min, max, and average weight and the respective date.
  • Pulse statistics show min, max, and average rest and peak pulse.

Statistics are accessible via the main menu (Views > Statistics).

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(Screenshot) Marathon features detailed graphics for pace, pulse and weight. If supported, Marathon shows high resolution graphics and up to 240 days at a glance. Using the arrow buttons you can scroll back and forward. You can tap anywhere on the graph to get more detailed information about this particular entry.

  • Pace values are shown in the common runner's pace unit min/mi (or min/km, see preferences).
  • Pulse graphics show all three pulse values (rest, average, peak) at a glance.
  • Weight values are shown in the default weight unit (lb or kg).
  • Displaying screen or total average in speed and weight graphics.

Graphics are accessible via the main menu (Views > Graphics).

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Route profiles

(Screenshot) For your convenience Marathon offers Route profiling which allows you to save specific information about your favorite running tracks. You can save distance, terrain, surface, and difficulty for each route.

The Route list is drag'n'drop ready which allows you to drag favorite entries to the top of the list for easier access.

The Route Editor is accessible via the main menu.

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(Screenshot) Default values for distance and weight units are saved in the preferences. If you enter your height here Marathon can calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) for each weight you enter.

HFmax means maximum heart frequency which is used for calculations with your pulse (heart rate) entries. This might guide you in your training schedule. A common formula for HFmax refers to your age as shown in the screen. However, a professional approach (by your physician etc.) to determine HFmax is always advisable to get a reliable basis for your training.

"Colors" means the bluish background in certain screens.

The preferences are accessible via the main menu.

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Export spreadsheet

If you have Microsoft Excel 97 or better, you can analyze your Marathon data using this Excel spreadsheet.
Simply open the spreadsheet in MS Excel and make sure to select "Activate Macros" if the Virus warning pops up. This Excel spreadsheet contains VBA code that reads the Marathon database. It does not, of course, contain any viruses.
The "Open MarathonDB.pdb" dialog will pop up, asking you for the path to the Marathon database. Please locate the file MarathonDB.pdb in your ...\palm\<username>\backup folder. This file is automatically created during each HotSync if you have the option "System:Handheld overwrites Desktop" selected (this is the standard value).

The spreadsheet will then convert all Marathon data into Excel columns which you can use to print out or save in any format you like.

Please note that only the latest version of Marathon and only MS Excel 97 and better on Wintel platforms are supported.

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Shareware Registration/License

Marathon is shareware and must be licensed for a shareware fee if you decide to keep it. Please purchase a Marathon license for just US$ 19. Please contact us for volume discounts or site licenses.

Version history

  • 1.4 (May 2005) - Scolling back and forward in graphics with up to 240 days at a glance, HFmax support for heart rate calculations, separate statistics for specific years, bug fixes
  • 1.3 (August 2004) - HiRes graphics, support for 5way navigator, bug fixes
  • 1.2 (June 2003) - Route profiling, improved statistics, HiRes enabled, code improvements, minor bug fixes
  • 1.1 - minor bug fixes
  • 1.0 - first public version

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