Incase you couldn't tell I'm a big supporter of the Nike+ system. It's what kept me motivated to keep running and provided the training program I used to get ready for the Chicago Marathon.
The day before the race I got a chance to meet with some Nike staff and talk about the new Nike+ GPS iPhone app (available in the app store).
At first I was skeptical, I have tried other iPhone GPS apps for runners during the course of my Marathon training and they didn't really workout... Mostly because they didnt work. One would assume that using GPS would provide an accurate log of your distance. Most apps I tried failed to do that.
So when Nike told me about their GPS app for Nike+ I was sure I was going to get the same result....
I was mistaken!
The new app offers some great new additions to Nike+. Lets talk about the obvious first... GPS tracking. For current Nike+ users this eliminates the need for the shoe sensor, which I'm sure we can all agree has caused us some headaches in the past. The app uses the GPS sensor in the iPhone to track your distance, pace AND provide you a map of your route after you run!
But the app also allows you to run indoors too. (Say whaaaaaa?!?). By using your phones, gy... um gyro... that thing that makes your screen turn and stuff... You know that thing... Well by using that it can track your run on a treadmill just as the original Nike+ shoe sensor did. All of your run info can then be automatically uploaded to the Nike+ website with out having to sync your phone... Pretty nifty huh.
But I think my favorite new feature is "Challenge Me". Its an option in the designed to bring your training to a new level. When using "Challenge Me", you are able to try and set a variety of new PR's including speed, distance and duration.
With Nike+ GPS you still get your same functions as the original iPhone app as far as voice updates, but for you Facebook fanatics there's something new....
Have you ever just needed a little extra motivation on your run? Well Nike's got you covered. When you begin your run using the new GPS app you have the option automatically posting it on facebook. So when your friends are checking your status and see "Phil is out for a run, cheer him on" when your friend clicks "Cheer Phil on" you'll hear the crowd cheering you on through your headphones.
The app is definitely a great addition to the Nike+ family. I think anyone looking for some motivation to start running or complete a new running goal could benefit for trying it out.
Leave a comment below and tell me what your new running goal is for a chance to win the new Nike+ GPS app!