Using Nike+ without using Nike+

By Skip

Most of you are thinking I have officially lost it now… right?  I mean, Skip, what the heck are you talking about?  Well, a few months back I was looking at another runner on the Nike+ website that I compete against and noticed that his uploaded log files were unusual.  After further examination I discovered he was using a program to generate the upload file that iTunes uses to send to the Nike+ website.

You see, 99% of us use the generated, synced files that come directly from the Nike+ app on our iPhones.  This offers the opportunity for others to compete and utilize the Nike+ website and features without actually owning any of the Nike+ equipment or gear.  The website to create the files for uploading your workout can be found at  It’s not a pretty site but it does the job!  Here is a quick description from the website:

The XML file that contains the data has to be structured in a certain way in order for the Nike+ website to read it and for your run to show on that system. This site simplifies the creation of the file by wrapping the structure expected by the nike+ website around the data you input in the form, and performing some calculations on that data to work out the pace, time elapsed, that kind of thing. I definitely do not save any data that you input into the site. It then gives you the file back for you to save to your hard drive, and then place in the hidden directory on your iPod – which is necessary for iTunes to then upload the file into Nike+.

Another thing I found out later on is that they made a little velcro pouch that attaches to your shoe laces that holds the Nike+ sensor.  This elimiantes the need to purchase Nike shoes.  You can purchase WHATEVER shoe works best for you and just attach it.  There are TONS of different ones available, just go to your local running store or just Google “Nike Sensor Pouch.”

Here is another piece of software I found that will allow you to download and examine your Nike+ data… similar to using Training Peaks or for you Garmin people out there, it is similar to Garmin Training Center.  It is called Running Tracker.  It is free and you can download it HERE.  Running Tracker is a great little piece of software that lets you utilize all of your captured Nike+ data with Nike+ OR an Internet connection.  There is a Java based web version and also a download version for both Mac and PC. 

  • Import your existing workouts directly from the Nike+ website
  • Import your workouts from your iPod Nano
  • Analyze and compare your workouts
  • Generate graphs and statistics

Hopefully this helped some of you out… Come join the fun at!

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Filed in: Fitness and Running Software, iPhone Apps, Running, Walking, Website Resource • Thursday, April 29th, 2010

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