Monday, May 5, 2014

Nike Running App Review

Imagine this...

You want to go out for a jog so you put your sneakers on (or rubber shoes in Philippine speak), put your iPhone in your pocket, put on your earbuds, then switch on the Nike Running app to track your run.

However, in the first half kilometer, you meet an acquaintance and you chat for a bit. You ended up having coffee and before you knew it, dinner was around. You each had your entree, talked some more, then said your goodbyes. Than you realized that you were supposed to run and your Nike Running app had been running all 6 hours. So, essentially, you had a 1 kilometer run for 6 hours!

This has happened to me. Several times. And when it does, I always end up deleting the run since I don’t want that run to ruin my average!

But with the latest update, Nike has essentially solved this problem.

With the latest update, version 4.5.3, Nike has improved the app by giving it the ability to auto pause: when you stop running, when you sit down, the app will pause its tracking. When you restart your jog, or walk, then the app will track again. This is a nifty thing to have since you won't have a run like what I've described above.

Oh, one disadvantage? I played some badminton and the app kept on reminding me that it will pause the work out while I was waiting for a serve and it will remind me again that it will resume the workout once I start moving. And aside from annoying my teammate, the battery will take some toll also since the phone will vibrate for every stoppage and resumption of measurements.

Forgot to turn on the app before your jog? Don't worry, you can log the event afterwards. This is also included in the most recent upgrade.

The app can be used for both indoor and outdoor runs. This is its major advantage over the built-in Nike iPod app that's been in all iPhone and iPod Touches since the beginning. The built in Nike iPod app cannot map your run. Oh, and you need the Nike+ running sensor also for this app to work, the one that you put in your shoe.

The app can be used even without a data plan. The GPS in an iPhone will continue tracking your location though you would not be able to see the map where you ran - for that, you need either a cellular data plan or a wifi network.

Oh, make sure you turn off the app when you go to your car, take a cab, or ride a tricycle (a common means of conveyance here in the Philippines). Or else, you will find yourself having a 50mph run. Well, wouldn't that be nice!!!

I heard a joke somewhere that goes like this: a marathoner has a note on his person. The note says: “if ever I faint, please pause my Garmin!” Now, with the Nike Running app, you won't have to worry about that!

You cannot go wrong with this app!

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