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Nike + iPod: Hear How You Run

Posted by lacied on October 13, 2008

A new school year is upon us all and no matter if you’re a student, a parent of a student or neither almost everyone changes around their daily summer routines into a more structured schedule this time of year.

Perhaps you held on tight you your New Year’s resolutions to get ready for bathing suit season, but eventually let go of those daily work outs or diet plans. Now’s the time to get back in shape, and there is a new gadget on the market that can change the way you look at running.

Nike has joined forces with iPod to bring you the coolest tool in running since the Walkman! Now not only can you strap your iPod onto your arm and listen to all your favorite workout tunes, you can also tune into your workout progress, just by adding a simple device to the bottom of you iPod along with the Nike sensor in your left shoe. Not all Nike shoes are the compatible Nike+ edition but this program can still be used with the Nike+ SportBand. It will set you back around$30 but it will change your life. Both the iPod and SportBand can be ordered online at or found at large electronic sores and some large athletic apparel chains.

Even further, when you plug you iPod into your computer to charge it or sync it your workout appears as a part of iTunes displaying your distance, pace, calories and information about your past workouts as well, quite the pedometer. This is only half of why Nike+iPod can help you achieve your fitness goals.

Once synced up to your computer you are then given the option to load your workout information onto to show your achievements to the rest of the running community, worldwide. Every owner of the Nike+iPod is able to create a profile on this website and compete in challenges, events, training and setting and reaching personal goals. Everything you do when wearing your Nike+iPod is conveniently stored on your profile and when you make accomplishments you are rewarded. For completing a goal an icon appears on your trophies menu of a medal, for completing an event a runner’s bib, win a challenge and receive a trophy and when you reach a milestone such as reaching a total of 100 miles total you are rewarded with a certificate you can print off and put on the fridge!

Sure it’s hot here in Statesboro, but the self-fulfillment you can attain from seeing your results mapped out for you right there on your computer screen is addictive. If you’re serious about getting in shape this will do the trick. If you have never been a runner start by walking and ease into it. No matter how fast the sensor will track your distance and keep you motivated. Not only will you look forward to running or walking and seeing your results, most people become competitive with others through the website and never skip a day of running.

Because you are able to join challenges already created by members you can search for personal interests, such as people who run with their dogs. There are several challenges among dog-lovers who race for the most miles sometimes individually, or by breed. Other popular challenges are men v. women, rival colleges, drinkers v. non-drinkers, old v. young and even fans of different sports teams against one another. Once you join a challenge you will be competing with people from all over the world, and you definitely won’t want to be the loser!

If none of the challenges suit your fancy you can create your own! Decide on the time limit, requirements of people to join and a creative name and you’re in business. What’s fun is inviting people you know to join your challenge, which is sure to get you running. If you didn’t want to lose to that lady in France you surely won’t want to lose to your annoyingly fit co-worker that just joined the challenge you created.

The world’s largest running event happens this month, the Nike+iPod Human Race 10k is on Sunday August 31st. and is open to anyone, anywhere. Nike is hosting race events in 25 cities around the world, but by logging into, every city and every road can become a race-day course. Just by registering for the race with you can simply run from home, the gym park or track using the Nike+ iPod or Nike+ SportBand, then log you workout online and contribute to the global mileage occurring simultaneously that day.

So what are you waiting for, if you have given up on working out and just can’t seem to find the motivation, here it is waiting for you to get going. It’s time to join the Human Race and make history in the world of running. Life is short so get running and stay in the lead!


August 2008


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