With the annual Jaunt coming up tomorrow morning, we thought we would share a great app for runners. Â The Nike+ GPS app is a perfect tool to map your runs, track your workout progress and even get â€œcheersâ€ from your friends on Facebook. Â Thatâ€™s right, cheers. Â Your friends on Facebook can see when you open and start the app and they can comment on Facebook which will translate to you getting their â€œcheersâ€. Â You can even set it up so celebrities will keep you motivated with words of encouragement.
Nike+ GPS features gives the ability to track each run, keep total miles, average pace, total duration, and total calories burned. Â During the run, you can also have a playlist set up and listen to your favorite tunes while you run. Â However, the main reason I chose this app is because it does not require you to have a Nike chip in your shoe to track your run. Â It uses the GPS in your iPhone to track all of your useful workout data.
We had the chance to talk with former Heartland track standout, Drew Newton, a 2002 graduate who also competed at Concordia University in Seward on the track team about the app. He uses the it regularly and said, â€œI really wish I had had this technology available to me when I was running track for Heartland and later on for Concordia University. To be able to track so much data from each and every run as well as progress over a defined period of time is not only â€˜neatoâ€™, it can be helpful for both a casual jogger as well as someone training for a race of any distance.â€
You can buy the app for $1.99 in the App Store. Click this link to download http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nike-gps/id387771637?mt=8
Now donâ€™t fret if you do not own any of the above mentioned devices. Â We found a great alternative app called RunKeeper for both Android and Blackberry. Â If you choose this option and download RunKeeper, please let us know your pros and cons about it.
Good luck to all of the runners tomorrow! Â HeartlandBeat.com will be there capturing the photo finish of each runner and will make those photos available for purchase at http://heartlandbeat.zenfolion.com.
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