20 September 2010

Make Running Fun!

Are you looking for a way to make your runs (or walks) more fun? I found one. It's the nike, iPod sport kit, that combines a nike chip and an iPod thingy that talk to each other in secret, unknown but very cool ways. The chip is supposed to go into nike running shoes but I already had a new pair of another brand so I bought a nike shoe pouch and put the chip in there. It works great. This is what they look like:

I plug in the white thingy into my iPod nano while I run and it does all manner of wonderful, "personal assistant" type things. While running, it tells me how long I've run, how fast I've run or how many calories I've burned. I can chose a workout with a time goal or a distance goal or music of any type to jazz things up. I love running to upbeat music.

Besides monitoring my progress while I'm running (chose spoken feedback in a man or woman's voice), it also tracks progress over time on the computer at nikeplus.com.

This just took my runs to a new level. It's a boost to my motivation as I begin my training for a half marathon in FL in February in the national breast cancer marathon. I ran the full marathon last year and got turned on to running. I've been running 3 days a week since and recommend it to anyone looking for a good way to stay fit. Mi piace correre! What do others do to stay motivated?

9/21: p.s. When I finished my run today, Lance Armstrong said: "Congratulations! This was your longest workout yet." Lance Armstrong! On my iPod! Technology is a wonderful thing.


  1. I love it when you talk technical to me - that "white thingy" thing just made me all tingly.

  2. OK, OK, I'm not a techie, but I sure do appreciate those techie thingies.

  3. I keep looking at those things...I think you just convinced me!

  4. I love technology, and am a real gadget freak. Does this thingie work for walkers too? Were I to run, my knees would attack with force, taking no prisoners. But walking I can do, and indeed, walked nearly a marathon and a half (34 miles) over two days in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer a year and a half ago. I'm thinking I may do it again next year or the year after, and this Nike thing sounds like a great motivator.

  5. MP Mama, Go for it and we'll compare!
    Patti, Yes, you can calibrate for running or walking (or both). You know you want to hear Lance congratulating you!


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