Many of you have been kind enough to share that my incessant posting on Facebook has inspired you to start working out. (And I’m sure there are also those who are sick to death of it, and they have probably long since blocked me and surely aren’t reading this either!) I am really grateful to think I have been able to help anyone, but the truth is, all that posting is really mostly for me.
|This is the Fitocracy guy. I think his name is Fred. Go check it out!|
And it also keeps track of how often you run, how many miles you log this week compared to last, and how you compare to other runners your age—seriously, for the first three months that I ran, Nike+ found something exceptional to cheer about almost every time! (Full disclosure, as you progess, Nike+ moves from encouraging to more baiting, telling you which of your friends has run farther than you this month, that sort of thing...it's still fun, but in a different kinda way.)
A quick look and I can review my pace, distance, where I ran, which shoes I wore... If you look close (you don’t really have to) you can even see the temperature that day. And when I post the pics, I usually add some kind of comment about how it was that day, if I felt good, did I see any flashers, you know, the usual…
On my training plan today was a 30-45 minute run. I always like to shoot for a little longer, but I’ve got a long run planned for Sunday, so nothing crazy today. At the start, I found myself thinking I might struggle to hit 3 miles. (And right when I started, Nike+ flashed something about moving up from “Green” to “Blue” –whatever that means—if I could just run 3.8 miles… see what I mean about the baiting??)
But today, I truly had the thought, “OK, this is the day I realise I don’t always enjoy running.” I’ve been expecting it to happen eventually.
And before I knew it, I was closing in on mile 2, feeling no pain at all. I settled in to a pace a good bit faster than I’ve been running lately, and finished 4 miles with energy to spare!
|And Nike+ approved... |
apparently this is what moving up to Blue means.