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? 🙂