Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nike App for Running

My husband has moved me into the 21st century. He gave me an iPhone and iPad for my birthday.  I didn't think I needed either and so I acted excited when I opened them, even though I wasn't all that thrilled.  OH MY GOSH!  How did I live for 55 years without them?  My husband now likens me to our son when he got his first Nintendo.  I simply can't help myself.  A question pops into my head and now I can find instant answers.  It's incredible.

Whenever I run, I like to know how many miles and what kind of incredibly fast pace I've run.  In the olden days (2 months ago), I would wear a stop watch and then clock my route with the car after I finished.  It worked for the most part, unless I went off-roading.  Now, with my Nike running app, I know as I'm running my mileage, pace, and how long I've been running.  A lady updates me every mile.  The first time I used it, I didn't know about the lady and thought people were behind me talking.  Of course, I had my iPod playing separately, since I hadn't downloaded any music to my phone, so I couldn't tell where the sound was coming from.  Now I have my music and phone all in one.  The lady's voice comes through my headset.  No more turning around to find nobody there.

Running in Charlotte has been a challenge.  When we first got here, it was so hot.  I like to run when the temp is in the 60's.  The low temps in July and early August were in the 70's.  I don't do well in heat.  We've turned the corner in the past week and it's perfect in the early morning.

Secondly, I can't leave the house without going down a hill, which leads to the problem of having to run up them when I come home.  My route yesterday was the hilliest yet.  Thankfully, now that I have my phone with me on my runs, I can always call 911.

Lastly, in Michigan, whenever I came upon other runners, I would say "hi", or at least nod my head, and I always got a response.  Here in Charlotte, I say hi and people don't even glance my way.  After a few rejections, I tell myself I'm not going to say hi anymore.  Of course, when I come upon the next runner, I have to say hi and, of course, I get nothing.  For the most part, people elsewhere in Charlotte have been very friendly.  I guess the runners here take their exercise seriously.

We have a greenway near the house 
we're renting.  It's great.

 I like the boardwalk portions of the greenway
as there is less likelihood of seeing snakes.

Keep your eyes open for things 
moving in the grass.

One of the many mega-churches in Charlotte.

I love running down the tree-lined 
boulevards here.

An example of the hilly streets.  
They're a bear as I get older.

My routes take me by several golf courses.  
They make for nice scenery.


1 comment:

  1. I feel like I'm running with you, without all the work. I like it!