Tech Tees, Android and Training Diaries
It's been a long month of hot days here in Chicago but we've got some updates for you.
WalkJogRun Tech Tees
Cotton tees are generally a bad idea for working out or running. They're generally heavier than polyester, they bog you down as they soak up your sweat, you feel uncomfortable and a cotton shirt that soaks up sweat every week isn't going to last long.
So why did we only offer WalkJogRun cotton shirts until now? I'm picky. I wanted the tech shirt we offered to be something I would wear and be proud of. Shirts were either too expensive to customize or the quality meant a compromise on they way it looked or the comfort it offered. The cotton shirts were at least something you could wear when you're not working out.
All that changes today. I got a Leslie Jordan brand shirt in my Wisconsin Marathon goodie bag and called them within a week and the result is our all new WalkJogRun Black Tech Tees.
At $10 US (or local equivalent) we're hoping they're cheap enough to buy a few so, if you run 6 days a week like me, you don't have to keep rewashing your favorite shirt.
We've got international shipping rates too so if you're one of Aussie fans or a fellow Brit you can get your hands on one.
We've got just 200 of this first batch so get one while they're hot.
We touched on them in the last email but I wanted to talk a little more about our training diaries. Every member of the site (this means you) now has a free training diary as part of your membership to help you track your progress.
There are two key ways to add a training diary entry - a quick way for when you're in a hurry and a more complete way for tracking your progress on a specific route and competing with your neighbo[u]rs.
The quick way is to click on your member name in the top right when you've logged in. You'll see a new tab "training" you can click. Click the link to add a new workout and submit the form.
The more complete way is based on the fact that most of you have at least a handful of your own regular routes. Find the route you ran and either click add to diary in the listing on the left or view the route on the map and hit add to diary on the right in the route actions panel.
This way it pre-populates the distance for you but more importantly once you save it you'll associate your workout with that route.
The fun part is that when you look at a saved workout you'll see all your past runs for this route listed and the course records from the top 3 WalkJogRun members who hold the records for that course.
Still figuring out the Garmin import piece though...
Wait. What? Did he say Android? Yup. We've got a crack Android developer working on an Android version of our iPhone and iPad apps.
Unlike the iPhone there are lots of brands and models of Android phones so to support them all is impossible. We're going to officially support the 5 most popular Android phones and the Galaxy tablet but that doesn't mean it won't work on your Android phone if it's not in the list - it just means we didn't test or design specifically for it so we'll need your patience as we try to work out kinks.
If you haven't already, please complete our facebook poll and let us know which Android phone you're using.
If you're using our iPhone or iPad app we've got updates coming for you too.
Thanks for your time and for being involved with WalkJogRun!
Adam and Jeff