iPhone – Runner’s Best Friend

I’ve been running for years, but while running I’ve always had a few issues come up that are quite irritating:

  • It’s difficult to find a running partner with your same schedule and your same ability.
  • It’s easy to get bored while you’re running – unless you’ve got something to listen to
  • If you do try to run with headphones on, they continually fall out of your ears
  • It’s a lot of work to track your progress, and there’s not much sense of accomplishment.

Well, it seems that running with your iPhone is now the perfect sport 😉

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First, the Sennheiser PMX 680i earphones hook over your ear, making them the first earphones to not fall out of my ears when running vigorously, the earphones also have an onboard control (volume, pause) and a microphone – just like the standard iPhone 4 headset.

Next, there is an iPhone App called “Jog Log” that supports multi-tasking the way you would expect, including some smart iTunes controls that also work exactly the way you would expect. There are lots of iPhone running Apps, but Jog Log actually lets you listen to your music, and even to pause and skip, but doesn’t get in the way.

Jog Log also gives your a “Ghost Partner” that you can use to train against. First, go into Settings / Audio Cues and turn ALL of the Audio Cues on. This way you get updates on your Average Pace, Current Pace, Target Pace and Heart Rate – typically every minute. You can adjust the Cue frequency if you like.

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Then, go into Settings / Target Pace, and set the pace of your Ghost Runner Nemesis. As you’re running, you’ll get an updated every minute telling you how far you are ahead of (or behind) the Ghost Runner.

When using Jog Log, you get all the information you could want while you’re running, and you never need to actually look down at your iPhone until you get home and want to inspect the map of the run you just completed.

Last, there’s the DailyMile, which Jog Log integrates with, and will automatically pump your daily run results into. DailyMile keeps stats on how much you’ve run this week, this month, year-to-date, and lifetime – including maps of your runs, commentary and even blog posts if you like. DailyMile is a whole online community focused entirely around running.

Jog Log also has Heart Rate monitor integration, and lots of innovative Heart Rate related features in store. If you’ve got your own Heart Rate monitoring ideas, join in the discussion.

If you’re using this monitoring solution in Shanghai, be sure to fix your iPhone GPS first.

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