1000km

July 11th, 2007

1000km.jpgYou may have noticed that I’m a huge fan of Nike+. Today, I finally reached the 1000 km mark on Nike+! After 130 runs and 86 hours, Nike+ congratulated me right away after logging my 7,5 km from this morning. “You’re definitely bona fide now. You’re joining the ranks of the most dedicated amongst us, and it’s truly a feat to share. You’ve got our most humble congrats.” Thank you Nike+. There’s now even a button called ‘brag‘ in the ‘my records’ panel.
This calls for a party! What about tonight at the Belgian embassy in Berlin? O, there’s already a party planned, today is the Flemish Community’s official holiday. We once won a battle, The Battle of the Golden Spurs … They better have some fries at the embassy, I don’t mean those toothpicks coming from those we defeated 705 years ago.

Can you feel it?

June 11th, 2007

Jobs in tha house! The WWDC keynote is coming up soon. Get your groove on the F5 button!

“Let there be ‘One more thing'”!

Nike+ Addicted

April 24th, 2007

True dat, true dat. I enrolled myself for the Berlin Marathon 2007!
A nice TVC by Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam.

3 days later

April 3rd, 2007

It has been 3 days now since the Berlin Half Marathon and I’m looking for a new goal. Should I try a full marathon right away or should I try to gain more speed and endurance first? Questions about questions …
Yesterday, a strange kind of muscle ache kicked in, one like I have never experienced before. I knew I should have done some cool down and stretching afterwards but I was too high … runner’s high. I’ll try to get rid of it tonight with a slow run, it’s really strange not having a training schedule anymore. Speaking of runner’s high, there are some parts of the half marathon where I only have vague memories, it’s really strange.
If Apple and Nike wouldn’t have teamed up together to create this whole Nikeplus system, I would still not be able to run a few kilometers. Actually my uncle, who is an experienced marathon runner, laughed at me when I told him I started running because of a gadget. Who cares, I enjoy it and will continue doing so.

Here are 2 more graphics from the Nikeplus website which show the work I did during the last weeks and months. Damn, I ran over 170 km in March!

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01:41:35

April 1st, 2007

I made it! I finished the Berlin Half Marathon in 1 hour, 41 minutes and 35 seconds! Hell yeah!
So unfortunately my motivation soundtrack got a little messed up ;-)

The weather was nice, a lot of people were cheering along to road, maybe that gave me that speed bump. Although I lost some time the first kilometers because I had to overtake a lot of people.

Here’s the little graphic that nikeplus spit out afterwards.

Half Marathon of Berlin

Maybe you notice that the time and distance aren’t right. Well I didn’t push the start and stop button exactly when I passed the start and finish line. And apparently I need to recalibrate my Nike+ set to match the right distance again. So my actual average pace was around 4’48”/km.

Motivation

March 22nd, 2007

10 days to D-Day a.k.a. the Berlin Half Marathon. Time to boot up the motivation machinery. The most important thing at that day will be the playlist on my iPod. So here is my current selection, maybe I’ll adjust it a little towards D-Day.

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00:00:00 – Jürgen Paape – So weit wie noch nie

As far as never before, true dat true dat, I never ran that far before.

00:05:59 – Ellen Allien – Alles sehen (Miss Kittin remix)

It will probably be a little too late to check out the Pariser Platz and the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), but hey I passed here many times before so no big deal.

00:09:57 – Sascha Funke – Strassentanz

I think the title of this track is perfect for the area around the Siegessäule (Berlin Victory Column). In honour of the Love Parade.

00:14:39 – Tocotronic – Pure Vernunft Darf Niemals Siegen (Superpitcher/Wassermann Single Mix)

Reason my never win, I guess that’s why I’m here.

00:18:35 – Superpitcher – People

I hope there will be some cheering people along the road

00:24:24 – Minilogue – Hitchhikers Choice

An excellent track with an excellent video! I don’t think I’ll need to hitchhike to finish this one.

00:33:20 – Paul Kalkbrenner – Steinbeisser

Stone biter, as soon as I saw the title of this track I knew I had to add it. By now I should be around Schloss Charlottenburg and running steady at 5.10 minutes a kilometer (wishful thinking).

00:40:22 – Ada – And more

That’s right, halfway is still a few kilometers away.

00:46:30 – Peter Grummich – A roboter

Halfway point, I’ll love it when I hear that on my Ipod. Nike+ just rocks.

00:50:45 – Ada – Believer

Yeah I can do this. I should reach Kurfürstendamm by now.

00:58:09 – The Hacker – Fading away

Runner’s High may kick in NOW. Please!

01:02:53 – Ellen Allien – The brain is lost

You bet! So I probably won’t notice the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche and the KaDeWe.

01:08:11 – Tomas Andersson – Numb

No comment.

01:11:52 – Gui Boratto – Beautiful life

Stay positive!

01:20:22 – Oliver Hacke – 8:20

Another long track to pass time.

01:28:48 – Sascha Funke – Forms & shapes

I’m curious if I will still be able to recognize something.

01:32:44 – Lawrence – Untitled 07

One of my favorite tracks! I can smell the victory and Checkpoint Charlie.

01:38:32 – Jeff Mills & Montpellier Philarmonic Orchestra – The bells

Leipziger Strasse, here I come.

01:44:15 – Tomas Andersson – Happy happy

I hope to cross the finish line during this track. Happy Happy!

01:48:15 – Closer Musik – Maria

Shit, something went wrong … my knee, my hip? Damn.

01:53:24 – Lawrence – Spark

This is embarrassing. I hope no one sees me half dead on the Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse.

02:00:07 – Mayer/Aguayo – Slow

My cool-down track. Sieg!

The only thing that I’m afraid of … will the battery of my iPod last?

Anna Tascha

March 9th, 2007

earphonesEverybody knows that you shouldn’t walk around with your white iPod earbuds in the big metropolises unless you’re fed up with your iPod and want to get rid of it. Anna Tascha Larsson thinks that you should push it a little further and wear these gold (or silver) earphones necklace designed by her.

194 posts later

February 14th, 2007

So it has been 194 posts since I posted my last achievements …

1. Yesterday I ran 5 km in 25’31” which is ok after my knee problems of the last weeks. My records on the 5 km is 25’00”, with the amazing pace of 5’00” per kilometer … math is so easy.

2. Yesterday I passed my drivers test, so now I can rush to the Berlin Lamborghini dealership and get this car.

3. This is post number 695.

Number 9,300,001

January 9th, 2007

If google finds this post, it will be the 9,300,001st iPhone article …
Now I can start saving for this beauty as it will only become available the 4th quarter this year in Europe.

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Nike+ New Year’s Resolution

December 27th, 2006

Nike+ is running (lol) this new campaign “Nike+ New Year’s Resolution”. The users are challenged to say how much miles they will run in January and what they will do when they don’t keep their resolution. Ofcourse there are some clips to illustrate this: “Become nosehairless”, “Skate like a princess”, “Bob for lobsters” or this one … “Ride Helga”.

Actually, my new year’s resolution is to run the Berlin half marathon on April 1st, no joke!


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