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Wellington waterfront is so beautiful and relaxing that you cannot avoid spending most of your spare time wandering along the promenade that surround all the Lambton Harbour. So, when it's not raining or the wind is under 20 knots I spend my lunch break running from my office till the end of Oriental Parade and return.

I think that running is the best way to spend your lunch break: you get fit, you eat less, you have a "real" break from your work stuff and you enjoy the warmest hours of the day outdoor. And now that the sunset is at 5pm, it's also the only way I can run outdoor during weekdays.

What is this map? It's one of the 2 new features introduced on the NikePlus web site in the last month: Map your routes and public profile.

Map your running routes

Now you can draw on a Google map your running routes, you can make them public, and you can share them with you runner friends (here is the map of my lunch break running route). And you can also search for all the routes in a specific city.

Here are 2 screenshots with all the public routes in Wellington and Milano:


The only problem is see is that the map is constrained in the 700x 300 area of the main window of NikePlus: this forces to constantly drag the map around to the details. A more standard squared map would have been a better solution.

Public profile

With the intent of increasing the feeling of being inside a community, the other new feature introduced is the public profile. Both in the NikePlus forums and when looking at the competitors in your challenges, you can see a small popup with some information about the user: where he is from, how many kms he ran, his average speed, his latest run and his "power song".

On the left you can see my public profile. My power song is the infamous "Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers" by Digital Droo (featuring Steve Ballmer). If you want to put it on you iPod, here is the mp3.

posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 12:03 AM

Comments on this entry:

# re: The best way to spend the lunch break: running with your iPod

Left by Phil Scott at 5/13/2007 3:46 AM

I've wondered why they haven't exposed their data in the past. Anyone who is going to be spending $30 on something that tracks their mileage on their iPod probably also has some sort of weblog or online presence. Why not give them a branded graphic that they can customize and plop down on their blog? Free advertising for Nike on all kinds of runner's weblog. Lord knows I'd plop one down.

I spent some time sniffing my network while using their flash animation to figure out their API and picked out quite a bit of data. I was going to do more with it but my patella tendinitis hit me pretty hard so I've been sticking to biking and eliptical work for the past few months, so my enthusiasm wained on the Nike+ stuff.

Here's basically what I'm pulling right now:

# re: The best way to spend the lunch break: running with your iPod

Left by Simone Chiaretta at 5/13/2007 11:09 AM

Actually they have released some widgets for the Mac Dashboard and for the Yahoo widget engine, but the public profile is only in their own websites, I wish there was some kind of js widget to put into sidebars
And there is a Wordpress plugin:

# re: The best way to spend the lunch break: running with your iPod

Left by denis at 5/14/2007 5:28 AM

pretty interesting blog about nike+ and runnung for music

# Four life changing gadgets

Left by CodeClimber at 5/25/2007 11:54 AM

Four life changing gadgets

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