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!

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!

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!

Yamaha’s $299 BODiBEAT expensive, lame

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I really don’t have a clue how Yamaha thinks it’s going to compete in the personal audio player/workout market with its new product, the BODiBEAT.  The concept, a personal audio player that automatically syncs the rhythm of your tunes to the rhythm of your workout, is cool.  The execution, a 512MB armband with proprietary headphones/ear-clip heart rate monitor, is not.  Adding to the lameness is the proprietary desktop software, BODiBEAT Station, used to categorize your 512MB of tunes by beats per minute (BPM) for use in your workouts.

From the press release:

“The worlds first music player that selects songs to match the pace of the users workout, it automatically syncs music selections with the steps of the users walk or run. A total workout tracking and personal music solution, BODiBEAT redefines the capabilities of portable music players, and makes exercising more fun than ever before. “

Yeah, right.  Perhaps if Yamaha had brought this product to market five or seven years ago, it would be worth some consideration.  As it stands now, I can’t believe they’ve released this product with a straight face.  Seriously, head over to NewEgg and grab a 1GB music player for about $40.  Then go over to JogTunes or Google and grab yourself some tunes that match a nice, comfortable pace.  Already have an iPod Nano?  Then just grab the Nike+ Sport kit and some BPM’d tunes.  Seriously, any combination of music player plus music you already like has got to be better than dropping $299 on this thing.

Nike+ iPhone Screenshots Leaked

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UPDATE: AppleInsider says that the leaked screenshots are fakes.  Are the screenshots the real deal or are they the result of a hopeful photoshopper?  We report, you decide.

The Nike+ iPhone we’ve all been waiting for may now be one step closer to reality.  Leaked screenshots are showing up all over the web this morning, all of them seeming to come from the french blog iPhon.fr.  Gizmodo has this to say:

From what we can skim, Nike+ users will get all of the nifty performance graphs right on the phone (before this stuff was available on the web only). But the biggest improvement over the old Nike system may be Google Maps support.

Rumor has it that we’ll see the new functionality coming sometime in September.  I’m excited, but I’m not holding my breath.  What have you guys heard?  Let us know in the comments.

July Challenge Winners - New Challenges for August

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Congratulations to our challenge winners for the month of July!

  • Most Miles: Once again, lasabur takes top honors with 250.08 miles. Go lasabur!
  • Fastest 1 Mile: mdoug earns fastest mile honors with a time of 4′47”
  • Fastest 3K: mdoug again, with a time of 9′42”
  • Fastest 5K: mdoug takes the prize with a time of 16′30”
  • Fastest 10K: mdoug sweeps the July “Fastest” challenges with a time of 35′23”

Congrats to both of July’s winners, and best of luck to August’s challengers. If you’re not already running with us this month, head over to the Challenges page, join in, and get running!