CGN Recommends: Nike+

Posted June 14, 2010 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

My husband bought me an iPod Nano and the Nike+ Sport Kit for my birthday. I’ve been loving running, but one of my greatest frustrations is sitting down to map my run exactly so that I know how many miles I’m doing. I hate it. But now, I don’t need to anymore.

The Nike+ sensor (the little red and white thing above) goes on your shoe (you need to buy a pouch to tie to your laces if you don’t have Nike shoes). Then, the little white plug (the little white thing to the right above) plugs into the bottom of your iPod (if you have an iPhone or an iPod touch, this is wireless and you don’t need the plug). Then, the Nike+ tracks your runs. How far you’ve run, your overall pace for the run, etc.

I ran 5.5 miles yesterday and set the Nike+ for a 5 mile run. It informed me at 1 mile, 2 miles, and the halfway point. And after that it counts down, “You have 1 mile to go.” Also, at any time, you can press the center button on your iPod and hear your exact distance and time and see it on your screen. It was SO motivating. I couldn’t believe it.

Yesterday was a very bad run day. We’d had a long weekend – with probably too much drinking. And neither Twitter Guy nor I had the energy or desire to actually run the 5 miles we had committed to. We ran 1.3 to the Plymouth Avenue Bridge and frankly, I wanted to turn around and walk 1.3 home. But there in my ear was my little man telling me to keep going. I wanted to hear him say 5 miles. I really did. So, we walked a bit, then ran a bit, then walked a bit. But at the end of the day, a bad run is better than no run at all.

So I’m highly excited still about my birthday presents. My Facebook friends are going to hate me because I’ve now connected the thing to my FB so I can brag about my runs – even though I’m super slow!

Anyway, this Minneapolis Career Girl (or “Runner Girl”, I suppose) highly recommends the Nike+!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."