Saturday, January 06, 2007

Runagogo!

Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about running--I really don't like it. Even when I've been in great shape, I'd rather do any number of things for exercise than run, and right now I'm in pretty poor shape. My visits to the gym have been few and far between over the last five or six months, and I'm past due on getting back on track. I've now joined Runagogo, an exercise challenge with a goal of running/walking etc. 100 miles by April 1. It sounds like a lot of miles, but when you break it down it's less than 10 miles a week, and as long as I don't fall too far behind it should be totally manageable. Plus, it gave me an excuse to buy the Nike+ kit, which uses a shoe transponder and a receiver on my Nano that captures stats and then sends them to a website where I can look at them. I loooooooove stats--for instance, sometimes I think that the main reason I have a blog is so I can check my stats regularly. The transponder is meant to go into a special spot in special shoes, underneath the insole. Rather than spend $100 on the special shoes, I made a batik sleeve to tie onto my shoe. It's sort of like one of those shoe wallets. So far (today) this has worked well, at least well enough until I NEED a new pair of shoes. The Nike site is pretty flaky, but hopefully that's a temporary problem.

3 comments:

Laura said...

Who is to blame for this blasphemy?? Probably some crazy runner on the 2nd floor... Even you are running now - WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO????

Seriously though, maybe I'll look into this Runagogo. At least it's got a catchy name...

Kevin said...

I think for about the same price you could have gone for a PS2 and a Dance Dance Revolution set up. According to the heart rate monitor I picked up it's about 600 calories an hour, and it's inside, and it's techno. Bah, ch, bah, ch, bah, ch.

Elinor said...

I just heard about Runagogo. It's a great idea. Do you know about the Jeff Galloway run/walk training method?? It is so painless. If you google him, you'll find his website. He has free training plans available. He's a big believer in walk breaks both for new and experienced runners. I find that taking a short walk break every mile makes a really long run more manageable. But a structured run/walk routine also helps you get into shape with the least amount of pain!!! Good luck!