Thursday, June 19, 2008

I Like Smoothies...

So I've been pretty lax on my blogging lately....not because I forget that I am a self-proclaimed blogger, but because I've been doing something that consumes my time recently. The Smoothie Challenge. Let me explain...

About a month ago, I purchased a Nike+ running sensor. It came with a sensor that plugs into my ipod nano and receives a signal from another sensor tied to my shoelaces. As I run, the lovely lady in my headphones tells me my distance, my time and my pace. At the end of my run, the info can be uploaded to Nikeplus.com where I can track my total miles, total calories, and my average pace. It records personal bests like fastest mile or longest run in a trophy case too! I can even join challenges with other Nike+ users that keeps me motivated - i.e. The Smoothie Challenge.

We agreed that the last person to reach 40 miles would have to buy everyone else smoothies. So, last tuesday, we were off! The competition was neck and neck and I can't believe how it got me motivated! It got me running longer and more frequently than I ever have before. It's only thursday...nine days after the competition started, and its already over! After a 7.25 mi run this morning, I sealed the win. The heated competition quickly became more of a race for first place, rather than just not being last. Here are a couple of screen shots of my account and the challenge results.

If you're a runner and thrive on self-competition, you'll benefit from Nike+.

overview of an individual run

total runs

Smoothie Challenge leaderboard
(Note* Emily had some technical difficulties with her iPod and really totalled 32 miles....shes a beast!)

2 comments:

Emily T. said...

I would like everyone to know about my technical issues and that I ran a total of 32 miles...not 13 :) A little self preservation there...

Dulcimer Hope Brubaker said...

Way to go, Katie! This is awesome!