Nike GPS app and the Weekend!

by Nicole on April 4, 2011

Good morning! Happy first Monday of April! Just saying the word April makes me happy, because of the upcoming months.

I didn’t blog over the weekend because I took a road trip to Providence with my family to see my sister in the play Gypsy. This is her last production of her college career and we all make sure we were there to support her. She was amazing and so was the rest of the cast. We ate at some of my favorite places and one new one in Providence.

I didn’t take any pictures because I counted this as a blog vacation, but we ate at Kartabar on Thayer Street, Union Station Brewery and the Brickway on Wickendon for breakfast. All really great, reasonably priced places. My family was pretty shocked at the prices because they were so low for such good food…which usually happens outside of NYC. It was a great weekend.

When we got back, since my IT band was feeling great for 3 days, I decided to go for a 4 mile run/walk. It felt great during, but after it was all tight. I stretched, foam rolled and iced but it still doesn’t feel as good as it did. It doesn’t feel nearly as bad as it did, but I think I’m going to try going to the chiropractor this week anyway.

It is frustrating to me that I got injured after both long distances races I did, when I do train, cross train and strength train on a regular basis. I don’t know how people go out and run race after race, back to back, not injured. But I know I can’t compare and every body is different, but I still need to complain and vent a little, but I’m done now.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you the APP I’m in love with. I found it through people using it on facebook and twitter. It’s the Nike + GPS APP. If you don’t have a garmin and want something like it, for a really small price, this app is for you. (P.S. I bought this with my money.) You can track your runs and keep track of your pace and distance. It lets you choose a basic run (think quickstart on treadmill), time (run against the clock), or distance (run for a certain amount of miles).

While your running it tells you when you have reached mile markers and your current pace. When your race is over it will show you your exact route, elevation, your pace and you can sync it with facebook or twitter. Then if you really want you can sync your ipod or iphone with your computer and it will update to the website. You can download running workouts and training plans and get support from the Nike running community.

I love this because it was $1.99 and it has so many features. I don’t always like keeping track of my runs, so a garmin really isn’t for me. I’ve said before how I like the freedom of running without a device, so for $1.99 it’s perfect to use it sometimes and leave it home others. It has so many features and options, I haven’t even explored them all.

Even though I’m not running right now, I thought you all should learn about this great App. I hope I’ll be back to running soon, but my first concern is walking around Italy with zero pain. If I have to drop out of the Brooklyn half, I will, but I really don’t think I’ll have to. Only time shall tell! We’ll see!

Have you used the Nike App?

Off to work! Enjoy your day!

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Jane April 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

dont sweat it. I hurt my IT band 5 weeks out from my half. so for the remainder of my training I foam rolled like no other! I swear by it. I took off running for a full week. did the elliptical for cardio a few times per week but always foam rolled for 10 min before and after sessions. went back to running every other day, and continued to foam roll and stretch. that little thing is a hurts so good miracle! you’ll be good to go!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 4, 2011 at 8:17 am

Yeah, everyone is definitely different in terms of what their body can or can’t handle– I mean, think about that guy who runs a marathon every week!!! Crazy!

Glad you like the new app! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard good things!


Elizabeth@The Sweet Life April 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

Such a bummer when we get injured–hope you find a rhythm that works for you soon!
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MelissaNibbles April 4, 2011 at 9:19 am

I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the injury. I hope it heals soon :(


Jackie @ Baking Charms April 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

I hope your IT band starts feeling better soon :)

I use the RunKeeper app on my Droid to track everything for my workouts!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 4, 2011 at 9:53 am

Sorry to hear about your IT band, hope you feel better soon. Every single time I run, I get so paranoid about my plantar fasciitis. It is frustrating but you’re right, every body is different…
That apps sounds pretty good! I am addicted to my Garmin and yesterday I ran a race and forgot to charge it – but ended up using Run Keeper from my iPhone.


joanna April 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

in 3 months, we will be at OC on a weekly basis :) :) :) (you, me, beth)


Rach April 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Ooh that looks like a great app! And for the price, it’s even better. :)

Girl, I hope you are back to running condition soon! I know it’s frustrating, but you got it, girl. :)


Plantar Fasciitis Exercises July 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

Thanks my friend for this superb article. Plantar Fasciitis is certainly a debilitating condition…I ought to realise – I have been a patient myself personally!
The simplest remedies I think is a great deal of rest merged with the proper kind of stretching exercises.


Reima February 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Nicole, you looks great and “sporty”! :)

I have no android and there are soo many apps available for free and $$$, it is hard to choose – I think you could make a killer post comparing different applications.

PS hope your forgot about your injury mouthes ago!
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