When my sister in New York asked how my February half-marathon went in Atlanta, I told her how frustrated I’d been, running with my phone strapped to my arm so I could listen to Pandora. My phone is not a 4G hotspot, so as the race course wove through downtown Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods, my phone repeatedly searched for WiFi access. This usually happened when my pace was in sync with the beat, when I relied on the music to get me up that hill or through that lactic burn. Suddenly, it would cut off. Then, minutes later when I’d turned my thoughts away from the aggravation and steered them instead to self-cheer leading mode, BAM! The music would come back on, full volume, and scare the ba-jeebers out of me. My poor heart! As if the stresses of the event weren’t enough….
So my sister, being the incredibly awesome person she is, marched down to the Apple store in Manhattan and bought me an iPod Nano with Multi-Touch Interface. It arrived last week.
This little device is changing my running workouts in the most surprising ways. First, having the ability to build playlists of the kind of music that lights my fire, that coaxes me into my happy pace without me even realizing it, is fantastic. But even more fab is the Fitness tab.
The icon is the Nike symbol and a plus sign. I touched it and a new screen with three options appeared: Walk, Run, and History. After playing around with all the options, I realized you can choose, for example, a running workout of ‘X’ number of miles, and choose the music you want to listen to, and the Nano records in its history what time you begin and finish, how far you went, what your average pace was, and how many calories you burned.
I tried the Fitness feature out today for the first time, on a five mile run. I ran a course I am familiar with, one I know where is each mile marker. Sure enough, at the first mile a lovely voice spoke over the music and told me I had completed one mile. She counted off each mile and told me when I’d reached my half-way point. Cool!
The only way this feature could be better is if it calculated my pace during each mile. But, I realize there are devices and apps on the market that will do so, should I ever want to invest in one.
I’ll leave you with one of the songs from my new “Tempo Run” playlist. Take Over Control by Afrojack, featuring Eva Simons Enjoy!