How To: Make a Nike+ iPod Sensor Shoelace Holder

Items Needed:

  • Nike+ iPod sensor
  • 1-1/4 inch heat shrink tubing about 4 inches in length.
  • 4 nails or golf tees
  • A heat gun or blow dryer.

Estimated time: 15 mins Cost: about $2.50 To better track my running, I bought a Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom (Black). I bought the one with the iPod sensor as it communicates with the watch to help keep better accuracy when the GPS signal is weak or lost.  Since I don’t wear the Nike shoes that have a place to put the sensor in the shoe sole, I made a holder for it to attach to my shoe laces.  There are plenty of options you can purchase to hold the sensor on your laces in the $10 range, but I thought I could come up with a different solution for a cheaper price.  I was going to find a piece of rubber tube, but while wandering the hardware store, I found 1-1/4” electronic heat shrink and thought it would be a perfect option. A 2 pack of 1-1/4″ x 4″ was $2.50 at the hardware store. Image The 1-1/4″ heat shrink is a perfect fit for sliding the Nike+ iPod sensor. Image I took 4 golf tees to make holes for the shoe laces. 4 large nails would also work well for this. Image I then used a blow dryer on the highest heat setting to shrink the heat shrink around the sensor while leaving the tees in place until it had cooled off. Using a heat gun would speed up this process as it took a while to get the blow dryer warm enough.  Since I wasn’t sure if the sensor had to be kept in a certain orientation, I cut out a small arrow out of cardboard and slid it on the sensor before shrinking the heat shrink.

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After a little trimming to clean it up, I laced it into my running shoes.  I think it turned about pretty well and the black blends in with my shoes nicely. I’ve used this setup for a few months now and have been very happy with it.  It’s very secure and it’s waterproof so no worries when running on wet days.

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Fitness Goals for 2013

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I recently started running again after taking a few months off.  I needed something to help motivate me to get out and get active this year so I’ve created some attainable fitness goals for the new year.

  1. Run a 5K in under 30 minutes. My personal best last year was 32:03.
  2. Lose 20 pounds. This will help make my other goals easier to complete and get me down to a healthy weight.
  3. Become more flexible and touch my toes. Thinking about learning yoga or a good stretching routine. My flexibility is poor and I’m lucky to touch my shins.
  4. Run 400 miles over the course of the year. I’m at 4.5 miles so far so I will need to average about 8 miles a week to accomplish this goal.

I’ve started to use Nike+ on my phone as a way to track my running. Feel free to look me up and add me as a friend.  Let’s make 2013 great!