108 miles in 12 weeks: Check

Today I completed the Nike+ goal I set back in March to run 108 miles in 12 weeks. I am pleased to say I finished one day early and only fell behind (by 3 miles) once over the 12 week period and quickly recovered.

Nike+ Goal - 108 miles in 12 weeks - Finished June 21, 2008

What’s next? I start a Nike+ 12 week, half-marathon training program tomorrow. If things go as planned and I avoid injury with the increased mileage and frequency, I will register for a race in the fall. Notice in the picture below, I will more than double my miles over the next 12 weeks from 108 to 233! Wow, this is going to be nuts.

Nike+ Goal - Half-Marathon in October - Start June 22, 2008

Of course, I need gear and gadgets to keep me motivated so, following the recommendation of our strength trainer, Michael, I dropped by Everyday Athlete this morning before my run to get fitted for a proper set of running shoes and pick up some specialized running socks. The specialist watched me run and had me try 5 different shoes. About 40 minutes later, I walked out with a pair of Saucony ProGrid Omni 6 Moderate Medium (size 12 1/2) to replace the Nike Air Pegasus (size 12) that have been with me since I started running consistently back in December. The Nikes carried me close to 200 miles but the stability, fit and comfort of the Sauconys are noticeably better. I’ll need all the help I can get to complete my half-marathon goal. Wish me luck.

As for the socks, I’ve started getting blisters as the weather has gotten warmer. The specialist told me the most important thing was to get away from cotton and go with synthetics. I chose a few pairs of nylon/polyester/spandex blends to see which make and style I prefer. High-end running socks are ridiculously expensive at $12-$14 per pair…however, they do feel great. 🙂 I probably don’t need those for anything under 10 miles so I also grabbed a 3@$10 pack for shorter distances. I can’t afford to be sidelined by blisters so hopefully the less expensive socks will be equally effective as the high-end, super silky, extra wicking ASICS Kayano Low Cut socks I ran in today.

New Nike+ goal: 108 miles in 12 weeks

It has been 3 months since I started with the Nike+ running system. I have lost 7 pounds so far but my running has been sporadic. I’ve completed 21 runs totaling 71 miles. It’s clear I need to get more serious and more consistent with my running so I have decided to set a new Nike+ goal: 108 miles in 12 weeks.

I will need to average 9 miles/week or 3 miles/day x 3 days/week which is doable in my present condition. As with my prior Nike+ goal, I have added a special badge to the sidebar to track my results.

Nike+ goal - March 2008

Wish me luck.

When Low Motivation Meets High Tech

As of this morning, I had gained 6 pounds since November 4th. That’s a pound a week. Yikes!

There are many excuses and explanations I could give, but I won’t. I knew I needed to get it together shortly after Thanksgiving, but get it together I did not. My motivation to workout regularly has been low and my success sticking to a balanced diet has been even lower. I have decided to do two things to motivate myself to a healthier lifestyle:

  1. Go high tech. Nothing motivates a gadget geek like electronics so I am investing in the Nike+ running system.
  2. Report my results. Public scrutiny is a highly effective behavioral adjustment tool and I will periodically report my running (and other exercise) progress here on my blog—I have created a new “Lifestyle” category to make future posts easier to find.

4GB 2nd-Generation Silver iPod nano Despite Apple’s iPod nano being the center of the Nike+ system, I must admit it is extremely cool and very well done. Being a Zune fanboy, I decided to stick it to Apple by purchasing a discounted, refurbished, 2nd-generation nano instead of buying a new 3rd-generation nano at full price. I bought a 4GB refurb, silver nano direct from Apple. It cost $99 (reg. $199) and came with a one-year warranty.

Nike+ Sport Kit sensor and receiver Next, I bought the Nike+ Sport Kit which includes the sensor that goes in one running shoe and a receiver that plugs into the nano. The Nike+ Sport Kit costs $29 from Amazon. I already have a pair of Nike+ running shoes which have a compartment specifically designed to hold the Nike+ sensor.

I loaded the nano with music and registered on the Nike+ site. TB is the runner in our household and she was kind enough to join me this morning as I rediscovered the gym for my first high-tech workout. I spent the first half of my workout calibrating the Nike+ system using the built-in configuration assistant. I then ran on the treadmill for another 20 minutes. Here is a neat Nike+ widget showing the speed vs. time plot of that second half of this morning’s workout captured by Nike+:

I will add a couple Nike+ widgets to the sidebar to track the results of my most recent runs and latest challenge. I will start by challenging myself to run at least 12 times over the next 4 weeks. Wish me luck…