As I’ve mentioned before, I love the Nike Plus system for my iPod Nano. Even when I was just running around the block in high school (1/2 mile loop), I kept track of the time and distance. It didn’t feel right not knowing how far or how long I had run.
So when my wife bought me an iPod Nano and the Nike+ kit for my 28th birthday, it was quite a revelation. The year before I had started using an iPod Shuffle, but before that I was still running to mix tapes in my Walkman.
My first couple of runs before I calibrated the distance on the iPod’s settings were WAY off. Luckily, we have a good track just down the road, so I was able to get the iPod calibrated to my running stride, and it’s been fairly accurate since then. If you run a lot faster or a lot slower than normal, it’s definitely going to be off, so I still tend to run the routes I measured before I had the iPod, just to have a better idea of how accurate it is.
I’m not “hardcore” about running exactly the “right” distance, but I am very obsessive about knowing how far I ran and how long it took. I cannot imagine going out for a run with no way to judge the time and the distance!
For those who don’t know, you have to attach a little white receiver to your iPod Nano for the system to work properly. I’ve heard the new iPod Touch has this receiver built right into the system, which means you’re not limited in your select of cases and armbands to hold the iPod. (Because the receiver stuck out of the bottom of the Nano, several very cool cases are not an option.) If the next generation of Nano has the receiver built right in, I’ll upgrade in a heartbeat.
Actually, I’m kind of surprised Apple and Nike haven’t produced a “special edition” iPod Nano exclusively for Nike+ that has a receiver built into it and maybe a special color scheme. They could charge $30 more, since that’s what the receiver costs separately right now, and I bet they’d sell a ton of them.
Anyone know someone who works in Nike or Apple’s product development offices? 🙂
Since it took me a little while to figure this out again tonight, I thought I’d post the information for anyone else and for my future self when this happens again in six months:
I had to “restore” my iPod Nano tonight, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the “Nike + iPod” tab in my iTunes to recognize my account information, which means it wouldn’t upload my next run to my account. (I learned this the hard way last year when I had a similar problem and had to restore.) So every time I clicked on “visit nikeplus.com”, it just went to the generic front page for the Nike+ site where you can log into your account instead of actually logging me right in automatically.
Here’s what I did:
* I manually logged into my Nike+ account from the website’s main page and then I went back to my iTunes.
* I clicked on the “visit nikeplus.com” link again and this time it logged right into my account.
* I returned to iTunes and my account login ID now shows up “Nike + iPod” tab.
Hope that helps someone else!
By the way, in case you’re curious, the reason I had to “restore” my iPod is the infamous Paula Radcliffe glitch. After every run, she congratulated me on running “another 500 kilometers”, which I have to admit, I had not actually run that day.
I ignored the problem for a while, but then my iPod started giving ALL of my run data in kilometers, no matter how many times I double-checked the measurement setting. And when I’d select a 4 mile run for my program, the iPod would convert that to a 3 km run for some reason.
To save my sanity, I simply restored the iPod to the factory settings (losing all of my settings and data) and started with a clean slate. This will last about six months, based on past experience. It’s an annoying bug, but I still love the software anyway. Hopefully they can fix it eventually.