November 17, 2010

Technology

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Last night when I got to the gym, my favorite treadmill was taken. It's the one nomadic one at the end of a random hallway, which I like because it's isolated. Likewise, my favorite elliptical machine is located on the walking track above the basketball courts - nowhere near the area with the weights, running track, and dozens of other machines. I just like being able to go off and do my own thing without others around - partly because of old fears of people being mean, but also, I don't want to feel pressured to do more because the guy next to me is. I am doing what is right for me right now.

I've only recently begun using the treadmill. Maybe it's because it's right before Thanksgiving, but lately, the running track at the gym has been kind of crowded - there are 15 laps to the mile on that track, so I think six people running on it at a time is a bit much, especially when so many of them are so fast. Since C25k still has me walking at points, I don't want to get trampled or cursed at, so the past three C25k days, I've worked on the treadmill. It's a totally different experience - I feel like I sweat a lot more on the treadmill than I do with "actual" running. I need to get more practice on the track, I think, since that's physically pushing my body forward. Though with the treadmill, I can easily monitor speed and distance. I'm torn. (What are your thoughts on/experiences with treadmill vs. "real" running?)

Anyway, I wandered into "the main room" of the gym, and I looked for an open machine. Most of those were full too, and as I walked towards one that looked like the same model as in the little hallway, some lady hurried up and jumped on it before me! I looked around, and there was one more open. I walked over, and saw that it was a super fancy high tech new one, complete with the Nike+iPod training system.

What a coincidence, then, that I very recently upgraded to a fancy schmancy iPod with fitness capabilities!

The little voice in the back of my head that's been kicking and screaming and resisting change as much as possible? Totally pacified. This thing was so cool! I plugged in my iPod, chose a playlist, and it showed the song info on the treadmill screen! (Admittedly, this would have been much cooler if I were listening to actual songs and not a C25k playlist.) The coolest thing, though, was that while I ran, it recorded all my workout info and stored it on my iPod!

so flippin' cool
My internet connection at home was not working last night, so tonight when I get home, I will have to check out the online component to it. How cool is that, though?! I know you're probably tired of my iPod metaphors, so just one last one: keeping records on a treadmill (or even working on a treadmill!) is something my old chunky iPod could never do...

11 comments:

Life as a Caterpillar said...

I have never had an ipod! Or any mp3 player! You are making me want one!

Amy said...

That's super cool. I don't even want to know what the iPod's of the future will be like. I love my iPod Touch - but it's very bulky for the gym, I am partially wishing that I had gotten the new Nano, just so I could clip it on!
Also - I read your 101 in 1001 list - it's awesome!!

Jessica said...

I am very interested to see what other people say about treadmill v outdoor/track running. When I am outside I run faster and longer than I can on the treadmill. Most people say that the treadmill is easier, but I find running outside much easier and more enjoyable...or maybe it is easier because I find it more enjoyable! My gym has been PACKED too! It is driving me crazy! I haven't been about to run on the treadmill in days! They are always full! I have been on the elliptical and bike everyday this week! UGH!

Anne H said...

See - it's never as bad as we think it will be...
Well,,,,,, most of the time, we can say that!!!

jayme @ Losing Half My Weight said...

very cool. i'm coveting an iphone for christmas or soon thereafter for the same reason. my dinky little shuffle is hard to navigate podcasts for traveling to work, playlists for weights, and my c25k podcast.

and i'm a bit torn with the running bit too - i think i'd prefer outside/track if it were sunny or climate controlled, but i do like the treadmill and the control it gives me re: speed and time. but my gym isn't half as busy as yours seems to be....

SheZug said...

I'm going to have to figure this nike+ipod training thing out. It came on my iphone and everytime I turn it on it freezes. Then again, I just figured out how to put songs on the ipod part of my phone.
I like treadmill walking because it helps me maintain my speed, but I feel like I get more of a workout outdoors because of terrain.

Anonymous said...

I just listened to the second ever podcast by TwoFitChicks and a microphone this morning while doing my LAST C25K run (W9D3)!! Anyway they had a running expert on and the whole topic was running. She said that if you are just running to burn calories and general exercise, then the treadmill is fine. But if you want to run races, like a 5K or Half Marathon, or whatever, then you should try to run outside as much as possible. Like only run on the treadmill when outside is not an option due to weather. The treadmill does half the work, she said. You are not propelling your self forward, you are basically just lifting your legs up and down.

In my own experience, only two of my runs in the 27(!!!) that I did for C25K were on the treadmill. And they were both so much easier than running outside. It's hard to run outside here because of the heat and humidity (FL). But I do want to run a 5K, and after feeling how much easier the treadmill was it felt like cheating to me. So I decided to run outside whenever possible.

I'm glad you are coming to terms with your new iPod :)

Tim said...

Ahhh! I wondered what that nike/ipod training thingy was. I've got that on mine but I just kinda ignored it because I didn't know what it did. Unfortunately I don't think I have any machines at my gym which allows me to use that but I might double check tomorrow! Fingers crossed!

Anonymous said...

Well there you go! While letting go of the old iPod was excruciating, change is good! Glad it worked out for you but I hope you shot a nasty look to the woman who hopped on your machine before you! Granted, at the gym there is no "my" machine but dang it...you were heading that way! I've had that happen at the gym before! Some people are rude and too into themselves to worry about others.

Just wait til the first of the year when the gym is PACKED! I workout every morning at 6:15 and then I come home to do my treadmill. Well, at 6:15 the place is empty. I guarantee at the beginning of the year it will be packed! All those New Year Resolutioners!

Anonymous said...

Dang it...forgot to say..I am an avid treadmill user. I prefer it because it keeps track of everything for me and my treadmill also has the arms that move. I have done the C25k on my treadmill and enjoyed it. It is a completely different experience. If I were trying to become a jogger, I would focus more on the outdoors/road jogging. But since I am doing it strictly for fitness, I prefer to be indoors on my treadmill. I also get real nervous with lots of cars around, having it dark outside when I am up and exercising early in the a.m., and not having anyone with me. So I prefer the treadmill...for safety.

Anonymous said...

That is very cool! I didn't know the new iPods had that feature. Technology is very cool. I use Nike+ to track my run and I consider it my running partner.