My Latest Love: Nike+iPod

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,

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  • meeee! i got mine about 1.5 months ago. It is slightly in accurate (i think it depends on your running gait) for me, but at least ist always says I went farther than I really did! :)

    But anyway, i really like it.

  • Wow! If this isn’t a sponsored ad on your blog it sure as heck should be, because i completely want to go out and buy one now! Sounds awesome.

  • wow! This sounds so cool. I was under the impression that you had to have nike shoes. And how awesome is it that a voice tells you how fast you’re going? haha, VERY cool. Would make an excellent Christmas gift for my hubby who is obsessive about how fast he runs!

  • Very cool! I could write a similar story. Pre Nike+ (I have the sportband, since I run with no music or sometimes my tiny zune player) – would run 1 to 4 times a month, never consistently, and seemed to always be “starting over.” No goals, no motivation.

    Post Nike+, I did my first 10K about a monthy into it, ran my first half-marathon about four months in, and have since run 178 times in 13 months, and have logged 950 miles.

    I love that it updates facebook and twitter for me – that provides extra accountability with runner-friends on each, and it’s just what I need to keep myself motivated and setting new goals.

    The simplicity of it is the best thing, and Nike is great to work with if there’s ever any trouble.