Jogging Time Tracking In Google Sheets


I jog frequently. I needed to track the various times I spend jogging my various routes. There are pretty awesome android apps for this but carrying a phone with me while jogging did not work. I was ok with a wrist watch though. So I jog and afterwards store the time and route taken in google sheets. A sample table would look like this:

Date Route Time
2018-01-04 Route A 21.40.60
2018-01-05 Route A 21.78.80

It becomes hard to gain insight into this table if it becomes too long. So I needed a method of getting basic metrics from this data. This was the average times I spend on a route and the best time recorded on a route.

I could not find a function I could easily use to get this information. This was because I store my times in a weird format, that is Minutes.Seconds.Centiseconds. I used this because it is what my wrist watch gave me. So I had to write my own custom functions.

Before doing calculations in time, it is best to convert it all to the smallest unit you have (in my case it was centiseconds). This is the function I came up with:

function getTimeInMicroSeconds(timeGiven) {
  var time = String(timeGiven).split('.');
  return parseInt(time[0])*6000 + parseInt(time[1])*100 + parseInt(time[2]);

So to get the average of a group of times, you just add up the times in milliseconds, then find the average in milliseconds, and convert the average back to minutes, seconds and hours. To do that:

  var total_time = 0;
  var total = input.length;

  for (var i =0 ; i<total; i++){
    var time = getTimeInMicroSeconds(input[i]);
    total_time += time;

  var average_time = Math.floor(total_time/total);
  var microseconds = average_time % 100;
  var seconds = Math.floor(average_time/100) % 60;
  var minutes = Math.floor(average_time/60000);
  return correctSizeString(minutes,2)+"."+correctSizeString(seconds,2)+"."+correctSizeString(microseconds,2);

The function correctSizeString just ensures the times are appropriately sized e.g. instead of showing 6 in seconds time, it will show 06.

To find the best time, I came up with this function:

function BESTTIME(input) {
  if (!
    return input;

  minimum_time = Infinity;
  index_minimum = -1;

  for (var i=0; i<input.length; i++) {
    var time = getTimeInMicroSeconds(input[i]);
    if (time < minimum_time){
      minimum_time = time;
      index_minimum = i;
  return input[index_minimum];

And this is one of the functions I use to get average time:


The function filters the input based on what is in row B (which is the route) and finds the average of the times of a particular route.

The complete script can be viewed from this gist.