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Subject:Ch ch ch changes
Time:09:56 pm
I bought a Droid.

The treadmill is still busted. I want to run, so I guess it's time to go out into the real world.

I downloaded a C25K application. We'll see how it goes. I say 50/50 that I make it through the run.

P.S. Carrying things while running-- presumably this is a solved problem. Help?
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essaying
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Time:2009-11-10 06:24 am (UTC)
Keep us posted on the Droid; I'm contemplating that option myself.
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yayhappens
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Time:2009-11-10 06:33 am (UTC)
For something last minute... a fanny pack. If you don't have one and have one of those cinch-type backpack bags that are lightweight stuff your phone and water or a small juice box in there along with a towel so the stuff doesn't bounce around uncontrollably.

If you have neither, you might try a windbreaker. If you end up using one of those, see below.

Some things that are available for not-so-last minute:

Assuming you're not going to take a whole purse-full of items with you, an armband with a slot is an option. They make them for iPods and nanos. Possibly they are big enough to carry the phone instead of the mp3 player.

There are also utility-type jackets that marathon runners use while training that have pockets all over the place. The nice feature with these types of jackets is that their design and the way pockets and such are placed will distribute weight pretty evenly. They are a bit spendy though.

For a windbreaker with pockets, you'll need to stuff the pockets full if you put something heavy in it like a phone or a small juice box. Rag, sock, etc, so it doesn't bounce around. It sucks to worry about items flopping all over the place. Makes for a frustrating run.

HTH

Any word on when the treadmill will be repaired? I don't recall reading if it was under warranty or anything. It rocks that you're continuing to run while the treadmill is ooc.

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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-10 07:07 am (UTC)
I need to finish taking the treadmill apart to see what's bustamated. Once I do, I'll order parts if necessary and fix it. No warranty, since I bought it used.
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jellymillion
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Time:2009-11-10 09:56 am (UTC)
Robert Scoble wasn't sold on the Droid. We don't have it over here yet so I can't make a comparison with my little HTC, but in my mobile internet dot-com millionaire (failed) days I found Motorola's ideas to be technically excellent and their execution somewhat lacking.

I'm fairly pleased with the ,a gref="http://www.htc.com/www/product/magic/overview.html">HTC Magic</a>. My kids love it - it talks to the WiFi beautifully and they can have hand-held YouTube.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-10 04:36 pm (UTC)
I couldn't tell from the photos how you open the HTC to get to the keyboard. :-)

A physical keyboard is a hard requirement for me. The Droid keyboard is pretty crappy, but it's a million times better than not having one at all. And isn't Scoble the sort of person whose opinion you read and then believe the opposite?
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jellymillion
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Time:2009-11-10 07:31 pm (UTC)
Scoble's a cuddly puppy. I guess the closest HTC match is the Dream. Wasn't an upgrade option for me and in any case I didn't expect to be a big-time phone typer. The Droid's got a lot more pixels than mine. That would be a big plus - I like my pixels.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2009-11-10 02:36 pm (UTC)
When I've gone on my longer walks & organized 5k-type walks, I usually stick with keys (possibly even just the house key), bus pass, ID + a few bucks (vs. whole wallet), and if I've got my iPod, it'll be in a back pocket with the earphone wires up my back.

I know people who just hide their house key rather than carry it, take a credit card that has a photo on it (for money + ID), and don't bother with the iPod-type thing.
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jcdill
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Time:2009-11-10 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the Droid/iPhone wars. Please post a review after you get to know your Droid!

Out into the real world:

You may want to drive to a nearby walking path for your first few outdoor runs. It's helpful if you start out without having to negotiate traffic, curbs, etc. Once you get into a groove of running outdoors, then add in the complexity of starting out from your front door. There are some great trails not far from you - the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park out at the end of the Port of Oakland, the trail around Lake Merit, and the trail along the waterfront next to Shoreline Drive in Alameda. See:

http://www.baytrail.org/maps/East_Bay.pdf

Also, try to find flat but soft footing to avoid hurting your joints. Dirt is better than gravel, which is better than asphalt, which is better than concrete.

Carrying things while exercising:

Sport-specific exercise clothes often have pockets to carry things while exercising - e.g. biking shirts have waist pockets that hold water bottles, keys, phones, ipods. Some have upper arm pockets for the ipod. To find clothes in extra-roomy sizes try a bike shop, look in the mountain biking clothing section. (Mountain bike shirts are designed with a loose fit, road bike shirts are snug fit.) I have a short-sleeve men's mountain biking shirt that has a shirt-sleeve pocket for the ipod along with a strap to hold it snug against the arm.

CamelBack - carries water plus room to carry things. I bought mine at Costco for ~$20 a few years ago. It's usually a summer item only but they might have some left over as they clear out summer stuff to make room for Giftmas stuff. You can also get them at REI (top quality, spendy) and Walmart (bottom quality, cheap), as well as other exercise and sporting good stores.

Some distance runners wear a special waist belt - not a fanny bag but a belt with loops for small water bottles all the way around to distribute the weight more evenly.

Did you pick a race date yet?
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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-10 04:27 pm (UTC)
Plus the trail that's about five blocks from my house, right along the estuary. I know the area pretty well, and it was just the getting-there-and-back that had traffic. And traffic at 10:00 on a Monday night isn't heavy, it just exists.
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daveg1701
Subject:Ch ch ch changes
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Time:2009-11-10 03:51 pm (UTC)
Let us know if you like the Droid. I haven't got a chance to play with one yet.
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