12.31.02 - Washington Resolution Run
01.19.03 - San Diego Marathon
07.13.03 - Tri For Real #2
10.23.05 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.23.06 - Sparks Turkey Trot
05.05.07 - Marathon de Mayo (Half)
05.13.07 - Moms on the Run
10.??.07 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
05.10.08 - Moms on the Run
06.21.09 - Pleasanton Spirit 5K
07.29.09 - San Francisco Half Marathon
10.04.09 - SJ Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon
10.18.09 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.01.09 - New York Marathon
11.26.09 - Spark's Turkey Trot 10K
02.20.10 - Bay Breeze Half Marathon
03.14.10 - Shamrock 'N Half Marathon
03.21.10 - LA Marathon
03.27.10 - Scheel's Fanatic 5K
04.25.10 - Marin County Half Marathon
05.02.10 - Reno Rock 'N River Half Marathon
06.05.10 - See Jane Run Half Marathon
07.25.10 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.05.10 - Pier to Peak Half Marathon
10.10.10 - Chicago Marathon
10.30.10 - Healdsburg Half Marathon
11.07.10 - U.S. Half Marathon
11.25.10 - Scheels Turkey Trot 10K
02.06.11 - Surf City Half Marathon
03.13.11 - Dublin Shamrock 5K
04.18.11 - Boston Marathon
05.01.11 - Big Sur Marathon
06.11.11 - Lake Tahoe Relay
07.31.11 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.11.11 - Walnut Festival Run 5K
09.18.11 - NorCal Half Marathon
11.24.11 - Scheels Turkey Trot
12.03.11 - Las Vegas Santa Suit 5K
12.04.11 - Las Vegas Half Marathon
03.11.12 - South Bay Duathlon
03.25.12 - Oakland Half Marathon
05.20.12 - Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon
06.24.12 - Silicon Valley Intl. Triathlon
07.15.12 - Ironman 70.3 Vineman Triathlon
03.09.13 - Lucky 13 Half Marathon
04.28.13 - Eugene Half Marathon
05.11.13 - Folsom International Triathlon
5k:19:17 @ Dublin Shamrock 5k 2011
10k: 41:01 @ Scheel's Turkey Trot 2010
Half:1:30:07 @ Oakland Half 2012
Full: 3:31:44 @ Boston Marathon 2011
70.3: 5:20:07 @ Vineman 2012
Tag Archives: App
If you’ve seen me in the gym, you’ll probably notice that I’m checking my phone frequently. No, I’m not checking Instagram (well, maybe), but I’m most likely following along with the Nike Training Club app. To this day, I haven’t found a strength training app, or any fitness app for that matter, that has beat or even matched it…and trust me, I’ve tried A LOT.
Well, that was until this month. There I was, scanning health and fitness apps like any normal person does (right?) and stumbled upon “Yoga Studio.” The name may lack creativity, but maybe they went for SEO instead of quirkiness. Whatever, I don’t really care because after one use I knew…this is right up there with NTC status. Yoga Studio is literally like having my own, personalized yoga studio in my pocket. Ready for me, anytime, anywhere, all personalized to whatever I’m after. Let’s talk about why…
Yoga Studio is a paid app (I can’t tell how much it is because I already bought it and now it won’t display the price, but I think it’s $1.99). Once you launch the app for the first time, click “Classes” an you can choose from any of the 30 pre-made yoga classes (I checked their dev site and apparently that’s more than 16 hours of FREE yoga), or create your own (more on that later).
You can scan the “Studio Classes” section based on ability (hello, beginner!), focus (balance for me, please) or duration (everything from 15 minutes to an hour).
What’s that you say? You’re a yoga pro? Well ok then…go ahead and make your own class. I’m not skilled like that so I’ll just go with pre-made classes for now.
BUT, if you are that enviable yogi, go ahead and make your own classes based on poses, type, ability or focus.
Or maybe you’re just looking for a pose, or a block of poses, click “Poses” and try one on for size.
And if you’re like me, each training cycle you vow to do more yoga because we ALL know the benefits. But then before you know it, that yoga goal has been forgotten. Fear no more! Yoga Studio actually syncs with your iPhone calendar to schedule classes.
WAIT! I haven’t even told you my favorite part: VIDEOS! Yup, all of this is in HD video! There are plenty of yoga apps that have photos and instructions, but for yoga, I need video to see the flow. Ask and you shall receive!
To top it all off, you can choose the music, if you want the instructor to guide you everything or just a single bell. I’ll admit, the instructor’s voice kind of creeps me out, but you get used to it.
Two Cents Review: 5 out of 5 stars! Worth every 199 of those pennies that I spent on it.
Tell me, because I’m an addict, what are your new favorite apps?
Lately, I feel like I’ve been blabbering on about swimming more than I have been talking about running, but perhaps it’s because that’s all I’ve been able to do lately. But the question is, where does a die-hard runner learn anything about swimming, let alone get a structured training plan fit for their personal level? Sure you could Google until your eyes turn an array of Google-icious colors, but I spared myself and joined/downloaded the Speedo Pace Club site/app (this link will open up your iTunes to download the free app).
You may know how much I love the Nike Training Club app, well, the Speedo Pace Club app is pretty much just as amazing and here’s why. (NOTE: This is my two cents on the iPhone app more than the official site itself – enjoy!)
Once logged in, you can see your training progress. You’ll notice that I haven’t been using this feature – I have enough trouble trying to remember to add my workouts to DailyMile, let alone another app. Wouldn’t it be amazing if these both worked together?! A girl can dream…
The app features five simple options along the bottom: Home, Training, Add Swim, Swim Team, Pools. Pretty self-explanatory – well done Speedo Pace App UI guys!
The Training section is where my heart starts to pitter patter. It begins with the “Training Guide” where you can determine what training program you should adhere to; I’ll take “Beginner” thank you very much.
Once you’ve chosen your level, there are 24-36 specific workouts to choose from, but I believe that they are designed to build on skill and progress. Thus, start with week one and go from there. Within each week, they break it down even further. For the beginner level, it’s two workouts a week: workout A and workout B. This is why you’ll see things like “1A and 1B” in my Vegas training plan. The beginner training plan starts you off at two workouts a weeks and builds to three in the advanced training plan.
Each workout is broken up into a warm-up set, a drill set, a swim set and a cool down. If you don’t know what something means in each of the sets, just click on the set and it will expand to even more detail. What’s even more amazing is that there are YouTube videos that demonstrate the technique or drill. GENIUS! If someone said to me “Head Lead Balance Drill,” I’d have no idea what they mean, but thankfully, Speedo is there for me!
After you’ve completed a swim, you can “Add Swim” to a training log. Similar to DailyMile, you can add all of the details to track your progress. But as noted above, I don’t need one more app to track yet something else. Can’t we all just work together? Another finicky thing, you can’t log a workout unless you’ve completed ALL of the fields. What if I don’t remember my time? I’d like to see the field completion optional.
The social element of this app comes into play with the “Swim Team.” My team is depressing as I only have one friend (holler, Rebecca! She’s a MUCH better swimmer than I am). Much like DailyMile, you can comment on your friends’ workouts, give them high fives and follow their training.
The last feature of the app is “Pools,” where apparently you are supposed to be able to find pools based on your location. This feature has yet to work for me, it just keeps saying “Finding your location…” Lame.
But then the question arises: it’s great that all of this is on your iPhone, but don’t you know that iPhones and water don’t mix?! Fear not, young one, a ziplock baggy to the rescue. I simply place my phone in a ziplock back and leave it at the end of the pool (my gym is pretty safe…knock on wood). I am actually able to use my iPhone through the ziplock baggy, keeping it safe and dry.
Two Cent Takeaway: This app is the begging swimmer’s dream. I’d love to hear two cents for a more experienced swimmer, but as someone who is new to the sport, the structured workouts, the instructions and the videos have been key to my new relationship with swimming – without it, I’m sure I’d be singing a different tune.
Two Cent Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I’d love to see the “Pools” feature work for me and the tracking is cool, but I can’t keep up with all of these tracking sites! Also, you can find the entire Speedo Pace Club site here.
Happy Running (and Swimming)!
P.S. These thoughts and opinions are my own. No one reached out to me to do this review – just sharing what I love.
Along with running, eating and being with Chicken Face, one of my other passions (and my career!) surrounds all things digital. With this geeked-out passion comes an obsession for discovering new apps, especially those that relate back to pounding the pavement. Yesterday, while standing on Bart (damn you train for having no seats available), I was perusing the app library and found a great, new free app – perfect for the lazy/math-challenged runner: “Running Pace Calculator by Andrew Wyman” a.k.a. PaceCalc. (Please note that this is an iPhone app. I am unsure as to what other smart phones it is available on). I wanted to share it with you in a new feature, “Digital Favorites,” where I’ll share my favorite, geekiest, digital finds and turn you into an uber-nerd too!
In it’s simplest form, this app is a pace calculator that will “help you find your pace based on your most recent race time and distance, or a goal time.” It goes on to calculate pace, projected race times and training paces. While there isn’t anything groundbreaking to the app and there are plenty of sites that can already do this for you, I love it for a few specific reasons.
- It’s free. Thus, that’s two more dollars that I can put towards Gu, Chomps, and some new songs on iTunes.
- It’s an app. Like mentioned above, there are a plethora of online sites that can do this for you and sure you can access them on your smart phone anyways. But having an app that is optimized for your mobile phone makes life that much easier – especially after a long run when you can barely think about anything other than food.
- Caters to the lazy. I’m not a math person – plain and simple. I did perfectly well in school, but when it comes to personal preference, I’d much rather write a 10-page essay than sit in a calculus class. Thus, this app only furthers my math laziness and I love it!
- Training times. While I love the projected pace and race times it spits out, the most valuable part to me are the estimated training times. How fast should I be running my easy run? Tempo run? The app provides estimates based on the information you entered in the first screen – the pace calculator.
What pace tools to you use?
If you ask me to do anything other than run, you’ll usually get this: a not so happy camper.
But today, ladies and gentleman, I present to you my two cents on what may be the best exercise tool since the treadmill. Whoa…bold claim? Indeed, but one I’m happy to back. Here’s my two cent review on the new Nike Training Club iPhone app.
Full disclosure: while I am a Nike ambassador, they did NOT ask me to review the app. Instead, it was something that I happened to stumble upon and fall madly in love with. So here goes…
Unfortunately, I don’t have $200+ a month lying around to pay for a personal trainer. As much as I’d like one, I think that the free Nike Training Club app (yes, FREE) is the next best thing. Their site describes the app as follows:
“Nike Training Club is a full-body training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be…Inspired by world-class athletes and developed by a Nike professional trainer, each one of the 90+ drills builds on the fundamentals of strength, cardio, interval and core training.”
Not only is the user interface clear and beautiful to look at, without reading any instructions it was easy to figure out how the app works:
Step 1: Drag Yourself Out of Bed
Awesome. We’re off to a great start.
Step 2: Choose a Goal
This ranges from “Get Lean,” “Get Toned,” “Get Strong,” or “Get Focused.” All of the different workouts have a handy description do you know just what you are getting into. “Get Lean” focuses on high interval cardio drills while “Get Focused” is comprised of a variety of 15 minute workouts to target specific areas.
Step 3: Choose a Level
Within each workout you can choose beginner, intermediate or advanced. This wimpy, no-upperbody-strength-gal will stick with beginner for upper body, thank you very much.
Step 5: Get Your Sweat On
I think we know what happens next…
Ok, so this all sounds fine and dandy, but it’s the extra bells and whistles that really make me never want to workout without the app again. Throughout your workout, the app has an interface that features a clock counting down to the end of the workout in its entirety, a clock counting down until the end of that drill, a photo of the exact drill that you are on, and options to read instructions or what a video tutorial on how to do the exercise. You’ll also want to make sure that you are wearing your headphones while using this app as you can choose your own playlist to accompany the workout (no more cheesy workout DVD music) and there is a women who talks you through the routine, updates you on your time and gives helpful tips throughout the workout. You know what this all equates to? PRACTICALLY A FREE PERSONAL TRAINER!
Once you’ve had your butt kicked, you can track your progress, earn badges and sync them to the Nike Women’s site for additional rewards. I consider it digital bling-blang!
Two Cent Takeaway: In earlier posts, I’ve confessed my love of workout DVDs and my desire for a personal trainer. However, this handy app is everything that a runaholic who knows she should be cross training could ever dream of. No more cheesy DVD instructors, no more awful music, and finally the helpful motivation to ensure that I get my strength training sweat on. The workouts are envigorating, challenging and definitely easy to mix into marathon training (which I will be doing). Cherry on top? It’s absolutely free…need I say more?
Two Cent Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (and that’s the first 5 I’ve ever given)!
Day 49: Woops, overslept
Day 50: Three mile repeats at 10k pace plus NTC ab ripper!