If you’re one of the many runners who have been suffering through the recent lags and service interruptions at the Nike+ website, you may be wishing for a better way to upload and view your Nike+iPod data. The folks at Gordon Labs know how you feel. They’re currently developing an alternate website, Runometer.com, which allows users to view and track their Nike+iPod run data. But they haven’t stopped there. They’ve also added support for attaching routes to specific runs by by letting you draw them in a Gmaps pedometer-like interface, or by uploading GPX route files. They are also working on adding Garmin Forerunner support for those who prefer it over the Nike+ system.
Unfortunately, my wife has the iPod nano today, so I’ll have to wait until this evening to give their system a spin, but the site looks very promising. Registration is free, and signing up takes about 30 seconds. They provide an online guide to uploading your run data via Mac, Windows, and Linux, so you should be happily uploading within just a few minutes. Sure you don’t get the fancy graphics or the community features of the Nike+ site, but if you’re like me, the novelty of those things wore off long ago.
One thing to keep in mind that the site is very much a work-in-progress. As they say on the home page…
Currently, this site isn’t even Beta. We’re still getting stuff set up, experimenting, and moving things around. This means things may be a little patchy, but it’s a great time for you to send us feedback, we’ll be reading!
I’m sure they’d love to get feedback from us Podophiles, so I encourage everyone to try out Runometer.com and let them what you think… good, bad, or indifferent. As we’ve learned from the problems of the past few weeks, it’s in all of our best interests to have a solid, stable alternative to the Nike+ site.
Via Hack A Day.
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