Pardon Me, But Did Your Shoes Just Tweet?



I took my Nike+ (s nke) sensor out for another run this morning and I clearly need to calibrate it. While I’d like to think that I ran 4.04 miles at a 7:20 pace, that sounds a bit fast for an easy run. A quick Google Map of the route tells me that it was more like 3.75 miles. Regardless of that minor technological mishap, which I’ll fix shortly, I did find a method to connect my run with the web. Josh Pugh offers a beta service that tweets your Nike+ data right to Twitter. The service doesn’t require you to enter passwords for your Twitter or Nike+ accounts; you simply have to authorize both services. Josh offers a similar method to post your running data to Facebook as well.


While some would say this information is “noise,” there’s a social aspect to training where this comes in handy. I know that I always ran better when training with a group. My best marathon race time was the direct result of working out with a running club. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t mesh with the club’s schedule these days, so I’m on my own. I get motivation from hearing about other people’s workouts and in turn, I’m hoping that my data motivates others.

By the way, I have access to another iPhone app that I’m planning to test for tracking my workouts. Instead of using a $19 Nike+ sensor, it relies solely on the included GPS radio of an iPhone 3G or 3GS. More to follow when I recover from my morning run today.


Ben Novida

The new Nike+ running site now allows you to update Twitter and/or Facebook of your run.


Cool about the Nike+ sensor, but I’m more interested in this mysterious app you’re testing. My office is participating in the competitions, and the pedometers they gave us are, um, lacking. I’ve been using the iTreadmill app on my iPhone but that is still only an estimate of my distance covered. I’d be more interested in a GPS-tracking solution so that we have very accurate distances. Please let us know more about the app…when you can, of course.

Kevin C. Tofel

I’m not under NDA and the other app has been publicly available for some time now. It’s called RunKeeper and there’s both a free and a paid version. RunKeeper uses the GPS radio in lieu of a third-party sensor.


PERFECT! I just downloaded the app and will fire it up this evening for my walk. Thanks loads!!!

Dave Zatz

I ran the 1998 Chicago Marathon. :) Albeit much, much slower. I was hoping for sub-10 minute mile pace, but peaked about three weeks before the race and was definitely out of sorts race day. But even if I had run within my abilities, I’d still have been much slower than you. I have a Nike+ chip that I haven’t used since pre-iPhone days. Wonder if the battery has run out… after opening and closing my desk drawer repeatedly over those last few years. ;)


i use sportypal on my windows mobile (but i think its work on blackberry and iphone too), great and free service that track your stats (speel, distance) thru your gps and them upload it on the web ( soo you can actualy see your parcour on google maps!)


I enjoyed your post. I wonder if the new app you are referring to would work with an iPod Touch as well?? I hate how my Nike+ sensor isn’t calibrated correctly and I’m not sure how I can accurately calibrate since I don’t have a running track or area with a known distance around. Anyway, I’ll keep checking back for more updates!

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