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.