Thursday, August 28, 2008

A little more about the Nike+ SportBand

I've only had the SportBand a couple days and I have some likes and dislikes already.

  • I don't need no stinkin' iPod to use the cool online features on Nike! This thingy doesn't do music, it only tracks speed, distance, time, and calories. I don't have iPod... I like my Sansa better... not that I listen to music when I run anyway, not when I have 2 crazed Sibes in tow! (or should I say.... yanking me along and not always in the same direction!)
  • Plug the thingy into a USB port and all the runs you've completed since your last upload are uploaded automatically! No more remembering... how far did I go last Wednesday???
  • Hard to cheat... you can delete runs but cannot alter them after they are uploaded.
  • A pause button! (handy when a pup stops to.... you know....)
  • I can't set a POWERSONG on my widget thingy... (bummer but not enough to make me run out and buy iPod)
  • No backlight... makes it hard to use in the dark. And I am a night owl who likes to run in the dark sometimes.
  • The distance and pace isn't perfectly accurate. I'm wondering if this will become a problem for me at some point since I'm rather anal about seeing improvement and there have been a lot of complaints about how it can be tough to properly calibrate this thingy.
  • If you forget to turn off the thingy after your run, it really screws up your stats and there's no way to fix it, other than to delete it altogether.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

That Nike+ Thingy Over There...

OK - see that Nike+ profile widget thingy over on the right side of the screen? That tells you how far I went on my last run. It also shows my average pace and total miles run (yeah, totally lame right now but cut me some slack - I just started..... AGAIN!!! and I pulled a muscle in my back at the gym on Saturday.... ow.....) It's not totally accurate but good enough to serve its purpose, which is to get me out on the road again.

So if you don't see that widget thingy updating for awhile, please tell me to get off my big lazy butt and take my dogs for a run.

I haven't set any real goals yet other than to get out there and run at least three days a week until it cools off, and then I will crank it up a notch or two. We are going to Maui in late-November and I would like to lose some of this extra flab. Not a long term goal but I have to start somewhere.

Wish me luck!! Randi

Monday, August 18, 2008

You Tube Videos

I created a You Tube account. Below is the video player!