this thing is really cool! i can choose if i want to run for a certain distance, a set period of time, or if i want to burn a certain number of calories. i typically like to run for distance, an imprint left from the traumatic years of the 'mile run' in grade school. since it's been a while, i went with 3K. i flipped through my 'nrg shuffle' playlist until i found my current favorite song ('shipping out to boston'; it used to be 'living on a prayer', but i'm a sucker for the irish accordion rock) and took off. what makes this especially rad is that a nice lady notifies me of every .5K, which not just a helpful gauge of how to pace myself, but it's also a morale boost ('i've gone 1K already?')
the 'calorie-roasting' option is intriguing to me, due in part to my fascination with the mcdonald's nutrition facts. i really can't think of a better scale. for example, knowing that i burned 193 calories doesn't mean much; knowing that i burned over a third of a big mac, that's something i can understand.
my next goal is to burn a full cheeseburger.