Ladies and gentlemen: I have a new love in my life. That’s right. Move over, J, you are being replaced by a piece of technology.
The Nike + iPod has won my heart.
About two months ago I won a gift certificate to my Running Store for $30. I was so excited, but hesitated buying something until I knew exactly what I wanted to purchase. Stupid, stupid move. I waited two months to buy this gadget? Actually I waited longer because J suggested I buy it back in April when I first signed up for the Half Marathon. Here’s my public apology: I should have listened!
But since it was a piece of technology, naturally I thought it would cost me more than $30. Which, it did–an extra $5 for the rubber on your shoe (my running shoes aren’t Nike). Well, $5 won’t break the bank. I wish more than anything I had started my training with this. (Btw this is not at all a sponsored post.)
My life before the Nike + iPod:
In a nutshell: terrible. I would run a while, then come back and look on GoogleMaps to determine how far I ran. I never knew how many calories I burned (hate running on the treadmill), and only on days that I wasn’t lazy (ahem–rarely) would I figure out my pace.
My life with Nike + iPod:
Better than I ever imagined. I start my run setting a goal up front: Distance, Calorie Burn, or Time. I pick a good playlist and then start running. A kind voice tells me each 0.5 mile what I’ve done and reports my pace thus far. The first time I used it I heard “Pace: 10:37” and thought to myself “Well, I can push myself a little harder than that.” By the end of the run, I had averaged a 9:48/mile. Pretty awesome! But what’s even more awesome? You can go home, plug in your ipod and keep a database online of all of your runs, which playlist you ran to, connect with other runners around the world, post goals, etc.
There are so many great new options for fitness trackers today, as listed in this great roundup of the best fitness trackers for women.