Friday, August 8, 2008


Tonight's Opening Ceremonies were the most impressive and inspiring I've ever seen - or probably ever will see. SO COOL. I'm really looking forward to watching the events in the coming days.

On a far less impressive - and decidedly un-Olympian - note, I'm running a 10K on the 31st of this month: The Nike+ Human Race. It's a great first 10K for me; un-intimidating because I can run it right in my own neighborhood while people all over the world are running in their own neighborhoods, too. Here's how it works: I paid $30 for the Nike+ sensor chip, which goes on my shoe while I run. I plug a wireless receiver into my iPod nano (technically my friend Holly's nano; she's generously lending it to me), and I run. The sensor on my shoe works like a high-tech pedometer, and the iPod tells me my time, pace, and distance as I run. It also keeps a history of my runs, displaying best distances and times so I can track my progress. It's a really neat gadget, and it's motivated me to double my running distances over the past month. Monday I ran four miles, and today I did it again (a little bit faster), so I'm feeling confident about being able to do six by the end of the month.

If you like to run, or want to like to run, join The Human Race. It's for a good cause (Nike donates money to charity for the miles you run), and it's also good for you.


  1. We also watched and were amazed by the Opening Ceremonies! :-D Good luck with The Human Race! I've never been much of a runner, but absolutely love cycling! :-)

  2. Wow, way cool! I love technology stuff like that. I'm bummed that my Nikes aren't set up for that little transponder. Good luck on the 10K - I'd like to do something like that at some point, but I'm so not ready for that right now! I'm just walking for about 30 min 6 days a week and for right now that's about as much as I can do. But I do have a good excuse at least! :-)