Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Best Running Partner Ever

Ok, so I don't actually have a running partner. Sometimes I can talk Andrew into running a few miles with me, but it takes a lot of pleading. I tried to get him to run a half-marathon with me, but sadly, it was not a success. But it's ok. I don't mind running by myself, especially now that I have this new little running partner:

So my "partner" isn't actually a person, but I love my Nike + Sportband. It tells me how far I've run, my pace, my time, how many calories I've burned, and doubles as a regular watch when I'm not running. It's really easy to switch between the different modes while I'm running. I usually watch my pace the most during my runs, but I occasionally check to see how far I have run. After I calibrated it, the sportband has been really accurate (it was pretty accurate before - only off by .1 or .2 miles).

You can also detach the face of the watch and plug it into your laptop to upload your runs online. I really like being able to see my progress week to week - definitely keeps me more motivated. You don't have to have a Nike + Sportband to be a member of the Nike + community. Instead, you could just buy a sensor and download the free app on your iTouch or iPhone. I run with a iPod nano (I know, old school) on my arm because I don't like carrying anything while I run. I like being able to look down at my watch during my run and check my progress. However, you could also do this with your iPhone or iTouch as long as you don't mind carrying them.

For $59.99, you get the sportband and the sensor that goes in your shoe and tracks your progress. I don't have Nike shoes (I'm a huge Mizuno fan), but I bought a little pouch that attaches to the top of my shoelaces. If you have Nike running shoes, there is a specially designed place for the sensor under your left heel. 

I highly recommend this for any runners out there! It's a great, basic running tool that's not a huge investment (some running watches can be $200-$300). I wish I could track my non-running workouts, but I'm happy with what I have right now. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Updates of Life!

It's been almost a month since I posted, which is not good in the blogging world. This semester has started out busier than ever. Every semester is busy, but I'm in class/on campus a whole lot more than I have been in past semesters. Although busy, classes have been going well so far. I may not say that after next week because I have two tests, one midterm and one very time-consuming design project due.

One of the reasons I have been in class more this semester is because of my design class. Even though we only get two credit hours for the class, we meet for six hours in-class each week. However, this class is probably one of the most beneficial classes I have taken during my college career. I'm learning how to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. The class is a ton of work inside and outside of class (especially for two credit hours), but I enjoy learning how to use these programs and think it will be really beneficial in the future.  Maybe I will post some of my work eventually :)

Another update about my life - I'm training for a half marathon! I'm planning to run one on March 31st, so I'm heading into week six of my twelve week plan. Usually I don't like it when we have mild winters, but I am so thankful this year because I get up and run early in the morning 3-4 days a week.

Hopefully I will have some recipe or craft posts for you soon! I have been dying to bake this week but haven't had the time. I'm planning on making some cookies tomorrow, so I will try to post them if they are yummy.

Have a good weekend!