Monthly Archives: February 2014

Update on Nike Challenges

In a previous post, I had talked about the possibility of Nike dropping Challenges from their website. Looks like that is now the reality.

nike_challengesThe idea of the Challenges returning to the website had me tied to Nike. They were great.

In this day & age where we are concerned with privacy, Nike has tossed out your concerns. I don’t want my telephone feeding Nike, I’m also not too jazzed that instead of me having a fictitious online name, now the site uses my real name. Sure I can swap all this to private, but the idea of challenges was having that competitive fun with other people without giving up your private information.

Whatever, I guess I’ll only buy shoes from them in the future, and go with Garmin for the tech stuff.

 

 

Another Canceled Event?

In an earlier post, I was talking about event cancellations, and it looks like the trend continues.

I was hemming & hawing, as to whether I would sign up for the Suncoast Classic Run For Kids here in St Pete. I had previously run the 10k, and early word was that they were going to have 5k, 10k, and a 15k.

But the runforkids.com website disappeared, Active.com has the registration as closed, and on facebook there has been no response by organizers to all the people asking about the event. My guess is, it’s not going to happen.

If I had to guess the reason why for the cancellation, I would say it’s because the Gasparilla running events are just one week before the Suncoast Classic. Probably a lot of people would toss their entry fees at one or the other, but not both. A second guess is that the event is centered on the Baywalk Plaza (now Sundial), and since it’s still under construction, there was no room to organize the festivities. A third (possible) reason is that the City of St Pete has gone rogue.

I’ve heard reports lately, from people walking/biking downtown, of run-ins with the police. I suppose the city is trying to ram an iron fist down on anybody that they deem as undesirable. Especially with the upcoming reopening of Baywalk (Sundial). Which is too bad. In the 80’s and early 90’s downtown St Pete was a dead zone, and if the city continues at this pace, it will be again.

Here’s a Neat Run/Ride Mapping Tool

I was looking at the running sub reddit, and somebody had posted a thread that takes your map data from Strava.com, and creates a map that shows all your runs on one map.

It looks like it was created by Jonathan O’keeffe. There are folks out there that are using the potential of that tool to create terrific looking maps. Mine is quite sparse in comparison, so maybe it will motivate me to find new places to run.

RunRoutes

Updated Historical Running Data (via Smashrun.com)

Is the Nike+ Sensor Going Away?

A few posts back I griped about how Nike had rebuilt the running website, but abandoned the Challenges. I’m beginning to think that they might be abandoning even more.

To be brief, the challenges on the website were replaced by the Nike App for cellphone. The app challenges pale in comparison to the website challenges of a couple years ago.

Cut this week (early February 2014) Nike released the Nike Flyknit Lunar2. I’ll probably need another pair of sneaks in a few months, so I keep an eye out. After studying the pictures of the shoe, I realized I wasn’t able to locate the Nike+ logo. Meaning that when you see the logo, the shoe could accept the Nike emped (sensor). It’s so early, in the release, that there are no online reviews, just Nike ads. Via twitter I asked Nike if the Flyknit Lunar2 could hold a sensor and was told no.

NoNikeEmped

I read the response from Nike to mean, that there won’t be a Nike Flyknit Lunar2 produced that will have the cutout. Which is a departure from the Nike+ Flyknit Lunar1, which was Nike+ capable. Peculiar. There is nothing special about the sole that would eliminate it from holding the sensor. There area a couple models of the Nike Free that have a minimal sole, and are not able to hold the sensor. So not all Nike running shoes are capable of holding the sensor, so this is a specific departure away from Nike+.

I’ve used my Nike GPS Sportwatch without the sensor, and the results were less than adequate. There were moments when the watch wasn’t paired with a satellite, and it looked like I took break. At least with the sensor in, the watch knew I was still pacing, and maintained the measure. There is a pouch that holds the sensor that can then be looped through the laces. So there is that. But if the cutout is going away, then should I assume the sensor is going away?

What a shame, I have two GPS watches. The watch looks good on my arm, and offers enough data for me (even better when the data is moved over to smashrun.com!).

I’m not sure if the Nike+ emped is soon to be phased out, so for assurance I’m going to order a spare sensor. I have been buying Nike’s because they work with my feet, and look good, but this might be the sort of thing that gets me to try other running shoe manufacturers, and eventually a different manufacturer of GPS device. Nike, I don’t know what the long term plan is, but you may be heading down a path that I won’t follow. We’ll see.

UPDATE 4-4-2014: I abandoned the Nike GPS Sportwatch in favor of the Garmin Forerunner 220. So I’m no longer beholden to Nike shoes, or the Nike+ anything.

UPDATE 4-19-2014: A link to a CNET news article concerning all of Nike’s wearable trackers. Looks like Nike are abandoning ship. The jist: If you are shopping for fitness gizmos, do not buy anything from Nike.

You’ve Probably Seen Something Odd Lately

I’ve been trying to walk at lunch. Originally I would walk the parking lot at work, but my fellow employees see me more as a target rather than a pedestrian. It forced me to begin walking around the business complex. It was a brisk walk, but still a walk.

One day I figured I may as pick up the pace, and jogged the route. The odd thing is that I’m doing this dressed in business casual. It’s not uncommon for me to come across people wearing run specific gear. Oh well.

As an added touch I recently added a lap around a pond. It brings me in contact with more people, so folks if you see a guy jogging in business casual clothing, it’s just me. I get a 30 minute lunch, and there is no time for clothing changes.

lunchroute

Canceled Events

The Rock ‘n’ Roll series was held twice in St Pete, and then was canceled. It’s a big organizer, and although they made money, they didn’t make enough money, and St Pete was cut. Common practice in business. In our area, there are a few half-marathons so they were never going to steal that market share.

The event I do miss, was the Run With the Nuns. It was originally scheduled, and then was canceled a couple weeks prior. I’m guessing one of the bigger sponsors wasn’t financially sound enough to support the race. The race was a 5k, and is a easily my favorite. The first half of the race is paved and winds through a tree-lined road. The second half is a trail. Hopefully the race comes back next year. I have a previous post specific to a race, it has a route image and some pics.

At this point, I’m not sure what event I’ll run next. The weather, and a bout of illness have kept me from doing very much running.