RunKeeper Pro

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We mentioned RunKeeper, an iPhone application to track all your runs, back in August last year, but since then the application has grown from strength to strength. So much so in fact, that there is now a Pro version available in the Apple iPhone App Store. But wait, here’s the best part — the application is completely free for 24 hours! Grab it for free while you can.

December Challenge Winners - New Challenges for January

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Congratulations to our challenge winners for the month of December!

  • Most Miles: cicomat earns top honors again with 299.1 miles. Out of sight!
  • Fastest 1 Mile: akah27 sweeps the rest of the challenges, beginning with fastest mile honors and a time of 5′23”. Way to go!
  • Fastest 3K: akah27 takes the 3k with a time of10′10”
  • Fastest 5K: akah27 again with a time of 17′04”
  • Fastest 10K: akah27 rounds out the December challenges with a time of 33′52”

Awesome job and congratulations to our two winners!  We’ve had a blast hosting these challenges in 2008 and we’re looking forward to even more fun in 2009.  Thanks to all of our runners who run with us month after month, and welcome to all of our new challengers.

If you’re not already running with us, head over to the Challenges page, join in, and get running!

Racers On Your Mark, Get Ready, Get Set, Go

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The big day is finally here.  Well it will be tomorrow, the 2008 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.  It’s bitter sweet.  Although I’m very excited about finishing tomorrow, I’m somewhat sad. I’ve spent the past 5 months training, 11 if you include the Germantown Marathon (when I got sick two weeks before the race). After tomorrow, there won’t be anything to train for until March.

Well, I’m sure that I’ll find something to train for, or take that time to find a new power song.

For those of you who are braving the cold weather, enjoying the sunshine, the cold beer afterwards, and having your spirit lifted by the patients, parents, and loved ones at St. Jude . . . GOOD LUCK!!!!

Only 21.097 km (13.1 miles) to go.

November Challenge Winners - New Challenges for December

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Congratulations to our challenge winners for the month of December!

  • Most Miles: cicomat earns top honors again with 233.77 miles.  You’re a monster!
  • Fastest 1 Mile: mdoug takes back the fastest mile honors with a time of 4′49”.  Awesome job!
  • Fastest 3K: drew4008 takes the 3k once again, with a time of 9′56”
  • Fastest 5K: JD 42 jumps to the head of the pack with a time of 18′13”
  • Fastest 10K: JD 42 goes the distance and wins with a time of 37′44”

Great job, folks!  Great to see cicomat and drew4008 stay in the winning.  mdoug, are you focusing on short distance lately?  JD 42, excellent job on the longer distance wins!

If you’re not already running with us this month, head over to the Challenges page, join in, and get running!

A Perfect 10

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This year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon is coming up fast, December 6th, 2008.  This race can’t get here fast enough.  Last year was my first half marathon and while it was a huge personal accomplishment I definitely felt the pain of being a rookie.  Wearing the wrong socks, not hydrating enough, and not running enough before hand.  I believe that I only got up to 9 miles during training and my mid-week runs should have been taken more seriously.  I paid for those mistakes by feeling hung over almost day and two blisters.

However, I was to not be beaten.  This year I have trained not only harder, but more efficiently.  I completed my 10 mile run yesterday and it felt great.  Most importantly I felt great afterwards.  The key being that I brought food with me on my run and ate a little bit around mile 4.5 and mile 8.5, along with staying hydrated with a mixture of Gatorade.

It was the perfect 10.

Only 3.1 miles to go.

October Challenge Winners - New Challenges for November

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Congratulations to our challenge winners for the month of October!

  • Most Miles: cicomat earns top honors here with 248.67 miles.  Do you ever rest?
  • Fastest 1 Mile: drew4008 earns fastest mile honors with a time of 4′37”.  Way to go!
  • Fastest 3K: drew4008 again, with a time of 9′11”
  • Fastest 5K: mdoug improves his 5K time and takes the prize with a time of 16′49”
  • Fastest 10K: mdoug wins the 10K with a faster time than last month, 34′14”

Great job, folks.  mdoug, it looks like you finally have some competition!  Congrats to new winners cicomat and drew4008.  Keep up the great work everyone!

If you’re not already running with us this month, head over to the Challenges page, join in, and get running!

September Challenge Winners - New Challenges for October

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Congratulations to our challenge winners for the month of September!

  • Most Miles: simonji earns top honors here with 169.42 miles.
  • Fastest 1 Mile: mdoug earns fastest mile honors with a time of 4′58”
  • Fastest 3K: mdoug again, with a time of 9′30”
  • Fastest 5K: mdoug takes the prize with a time of 17′09”
  • Fastest 10K: mdoug sweeps the monthly “Fastest” challenges, for the third time, with a time of 35′05”  Way to go mdoug!

This is the third month in a row that mdoug has run away with top honors in every “Fastest” challenge!  Can you say dynasty?  Congrats to both of September’s winners, and best of luck to October’s challengers. If you’re not already running with us this month, head over to the Challenges page, join in, and get running!

The Future of Nike+

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An exciting new patent filing from Apple gives us a peek into the future of Nike+.  From AppleInsider:

“. . . the system aims to more precisely track a runners performance over a period of time by factoring in various physical characteristics of the runner, such as age, weight, and gender, which could then be used to evaluate the runner’s performance against a reference performance typical of a person having similar physical characteristics.”

The upside is better run data and GPS features.  The downside?  It appears that you must purchase a special pair of GPS enabled Nike shoes.  That sounds expensive.

More info available at AppleInsider, Macworld, and MacDailyNews.

Nike+ Built In to New iPod Touch

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There’s still no support for Nike+ on the iPhone, but if you’ve got a 2nd generation iPod Touch, you’re in luck.  The new device comes with plenty of upgrades, including built in support for Nike+.  That means you can hit the streets running with just the iPod and your chip, no dongle required.  One important note: Nike+ is only supported on the new, 2nd gen Touch.  iPhone, iPhone 3G, and 1st gen iPod Touch users are still without Nike+ functionality.

Follow the links below for more info on the new iPod Touch.

August Challenge Winners - New Challenges for September

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Congratulations to our challenge winners for the month of August!

  • Most Miles: A-P earns top honors here with 100.68 miles, killing lasabur’s hopes of a three-peat.
  • Fastest 1 Mile: mdoug earns fastest mile honors with a time of 4′48”
  • Fastest 3K: mdoug again, with a time of 9′34”
  • Fastest 5K: mdoug takes the prize with a time of 16′33”
  • Fastest 10K: mdoug again sweeps the monthly “Fastest” challenges with a time of 34′58”

This is the second month in a row that mdoug has run away with top honors in every “fastest” challenge.  Is there anybody out there who can knock him off?
Congrats to both of August’s winners, and best of luck to September’s challengers. If you’re not already running with us this month, head over to the Challenges page, join in, and get running!