An alternative to Nike+

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Since this post gets a good bit of traffic, I think it’s worth noting that you ought to check out RunKeeper if you happen to own an iPhone 3G/3GS. Not only does it not require a dongle, it’s more accurate and doesn’t require the latest hardware (3GS) to run.

Well, I am nearly two weeks into my walking challenge and so far so good. I’ve walked a total of 7 times since August 17th, for a total of 8.59 miles and 3,291 calories burned. Considering my lack of activity prior to the 17th, I’d say I’m off to a pretty good start. Walking with the Nike+ sensor and being able to track my progress has made walking fun for me. It’s exercise meets video game in a way…

My only beef with Nike+ so far is the website. The all-Flash interface is certainly nice on the eyes, but it doesn’t offer the functionality I’ve come to expect from sites that offer “social” features. It should be easy to direct people to your profile page, but it isn’t. You should be able to see how your friends are doing, but you can’t.

  1. If you want to share your progress, you have to do it via Nike-provided Flash widgets. You cannot link directly to your profile on the Nike+ website.
  2. The only way you can keep track of friends is through challenges (or via widgets – IF they happen to display them somewhere). Then and only then can you click on your friends’ name … and see their last run, and total run time and distance.

Neither of these are deal-breakers for me, but they’re annoying. That’s why I am excited about RunnerPlus.com. It’s everything that Nike+ isn’t. It has profile pages. It has friends. It has better visualizations of run/walk data. And it works with or with Nike+. (You can set up your profile to sync up with your Nike+ account if you like. Otherwise, they offer a software solution that allows you to sync your runs/walks without having to bother with iTunes or NikePlus.com.)

RunnerPlus has:

  • Better, more accurate visualizations.
  • Calendar-view … so you can see which days you walked and how far.
  • Profile pages with easy to remember URLs! Here’s mine: http://cdharrison.runnerplus.com/
  • Friends! You can see how they are doing and they can see how you’re doing.

In short, it has more to offer than the official NikePlus website, and that’s a good thing. If you’re using Nike+, do yourself a favor and check our RunnerPlus.com. You’ll be glad you did.

Thanks for sharing this site with me, Patrick!

5 thoughts on “An alternative to Nike+

  1. What you said is one of the main reasons I think flash sucks for full websites. I hate it, hate it hate it. And when a client asks me “can you do a site in flash?” I roll my eyes and say, “what’s flash?” jk. I tell them no, and then explain why it won’t be a good idea unless they’re NIke. ;)

    Thanks for the tip to that running site. That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I have my running shoes and I’m ready to go baby.

  2. What you said is one of the main reasons I think flash sucks for full websites. I hate it, hate it hate it. And when a client asks me “can you do a site in flash?” I roll my eyes and say, “what’s flash?” jk. I tell them no, and then explain why it won’t be a good idea unless they’re NIke. ;)

    Thanks for the tip to that running site. That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I have my running shoes and I’m ready to go baby.

  3. I agree with you…the Nike+ site is nice on the eyes, but the functionality stinks. Heck, I’d like to search through challenges and see what my friends are doing.

  4. I agree with you…the Nike+ site is nice on the eyes, but the functionality stinks. Heck, I’d like to search through challenges and see what my friends are doing.

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