Nike+: 3rd Week

Nike+ Goal: Burn 5000 calories in 4 weeks.

Today marks the start of my fourth week of walking with Nike+. Here are some stats so far:

  • Number of Workouts: 11
  • Total Time: 5.8 hours
  • Total Calories: 5845
  • Total Distance: 15.35 mi
  • Average Pace: 23’06″/mi
  • Farthest Workout: 2.56 mi
  • Fastest 1-Mile: 20’51″/mi

I have not been tracking weight loss, though I should. (I’m hoping to buy a scale here in the next month or so.) So far though, I am really pleased with my progress. I feel better. My pace is quickening with each walk. I’ve logged some fairly long walks, and each is helping to build my stamina more and more.

I set several goals for myself after my first walk with Nike+. This morning I accomplished one of my goals: burning 5000 calories in four weeks. I succeeded with 8 days to spare. My next caloric goal is to burn 6000 calories in four weeks. It’s a little more aggressive, but not impossible. As far as my other two goals are concerned:

  • Walk 50 times in 16 weeks: I have walked 10 times. I am current 1 walk ahead of my target.
  • Walk 100 miles in 16 weeks: I have logged a total of 13.3 miles towards this goal. I am 5.1 miles behind my target, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to regain momentum in this area by walking more frequently. I’ve been averaging around 3 walks a week. This week I’ve walked four times, and plan on walking at least two additional times this week. If I can bump my average to around 6 walks a week, logging at least 1.1 miles per walk, I should be able to reach this goal without a problem.

Walking has become a game of sorts for me. Yes, there are obvious health benefits that come with exercise, but right now I am enjoying the improved walk times, pace, distance, etc. AND getting exercise. It doesn’t feel like work or a chore, because I am having fun with it.

RunnerPlus has been invaluable with keeping track of my daily progress. Look for another update in the coming weeks.

Net Neutrality and the DOJ

I don’t think I’ve ever chimed in on “Net Neutrality”, but reading this article this morning irritated me.

The Justice Department is against Net Neutrality, saying that “Internet service providers should be allowed to charge a fee for priority Web traffic” and “imposing a Net neutrality regulation could hamper development of the Internet and prevent service providers from upgrading or expanding their networks.”

I’m paying around $40ish a month for AT&T’s DSL Extreme 6.0. Download speeds range anywhere from 3 to 6 Mbps and upload speeds range from 384 to 512 Kbps. The moment AT&T starts manipulating how quickly I can access sites, I’m through with them. I’m paying to connect to the Internet, not their version of the Internet. If I wanted to inflict that sort of punishment on myself, I’d go back to using AOL.

The moment we lose net neutrality is the moment where ISPs start deciding what we can or cannot see based on how much we or the sites we’d like to visit are paying them. If SiteA.com doesn’t pony up with some cash, and SiteB.com does… SiteB.com’s going to be easier to access when users are connected to the ISP. It’s tantamount to the Mafia visiting local businesses soliciting for protection money.