One of the best things about the new TechnologyGuide is the range of technology the editors cover. Although I enjoy being the editor of PrinterComparison, I\’ve never had the same passion about printer technology as some of my fellow editors have about their respective subject matter, be it cameras, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and desktops. So when our editorial director encouraged the staff to write for TG, I realized this was my chance to write about something about which I\’m excited and involved.
Who Needs GPS?
Being a sports nut, I jumped at the chance to write a weekly blog for the Health & Fitness section. I can\’t wait to share all the cool things that are available to help people get in and stay in shape, and have fun doing it! My first review is of the Nike SportWatch GPS (read it now!). As an avid runner, I have been jealous of my peers and their cool GPS watches for awhile, but always felt a bit intimidated by the idea of dropping several hundred dollars on a fancy watch I wasn\’t sure I could even use. It seemed like only super professional runners would need equipment to run.
After running my first marathon in Louisville last spring, I realized that there are very few \”pro\” runners, and I wanted to be able to track my runs so I could get better and enjoy them more. A GPS watch can help runners do just that by tracking the runner\’s heart rate, intervals, splits, speed, mileage, history and so much more. And with the Nike+ SportWatch GPS, I can plug my watch directly into my computer and upload all the data it\’s saved to the Nike+ community, as well as automatically update the GPS software so my runs stay current.
The Running Community
The Nike+ Community is awesome because you can create a profile and share your runs with other people. You can compare your average mileage with other runners in the community based on gender and age or the community at large, you can compete for trophies, you can set individual goals, graph out all the data saved and even map routes (although I still love using MapMyRuns).
And if you are still unsure about the watch, you can download the Nike+ GPS app to your smartphone or mobile device (I have mine on my iPod Touch) and track your runs and join the community that way.
I love running with my Fleet Feet group in Cincinnati (Fleet Feet is a national chain ,so if you are runner interested in training for an upcoming race, check out their website) because it\’s a social way to run a couple times a week. But the Nike+ community fuels my competitive spirit, something that is often discouraged in the running community. I love uploading my data and seeing how I stack up (today I beat the ladies my age in every category… and yes, I am very humble).
If you are already Nike+ community member, hit me up at Gabi2911 or let me know what you think in the comments below. And make sure you check out our Health and Fitness forum where we trade secrets about the best technology for getting healthy and staying fit.