I'm not sure if any of you have noticed it, but I have this little "Nike+ profile" at the bottom of the right column. If you you already know what Nike+ is, bare with me. But if not, I will quickly explain.
I felt out of shape. I didn't want to pay for a gym membership. But I needed some kind of accountability to keep me exercising because, let's face it, I wouldn't keep at it if there wasn't something to remind me to do it. That's where Nike+ comes in.
I went out and bought a new pair of Nike+ Shox running shoes, since I haven't ran (pretty much at all) since high school. Under the sole of the left shoe, there is a space to put a little receiver that talks to an adapter that I plug into my iPod Nano. So when I run, it keeps track of distance, pace, and calories burned. I need this.
When I get back from a run, I disconnect the adapter and plug my iPod Nano into my Mac. It automatically opens iTunes, downloads the information and also uploads it to the Nike+ website. So I can go there anytime I want to check how far I've been running, how fast, and how often. I even set goals for myself to reach to keep me going. Because, at least for me, getting up an extra 45 minutes to stretch and run is not something I like to do.
So there you have it. That's why I have the little profile on the sidebar. It tells you my latest run information. Hopefully it may help motivate someone else to run, because it sure motivates me.
If you want to see my running profile and progress, just go here.