Friday, December 29, 2006

New Treadmill at the Gym

The gym I recently joined just upgraded all their treadmills to the Precor C966i Experience. It's a great improvement over the old treadmills, especially with the additional custom routines you can program and a wider selection of predefined routines. My one big complaint is the gym went with the TV screen attached to the console (see picture). Keep in mind there are already TVs hanging from the ceiling all over the place, so these are a tad redundant. My problem is that when I don't want to watch the TV, I still have this screen two feet in front of my face. If you want to know what it is like, try running with someone else's hand directly in front of you. Lest I become a Luddite, I turned on the TV to see if I liked it. It was okay when I was walking on the treadmill, but when I started running the screen obviously does not move with my bouncing up and down, so focusing my eyes on the screen was impossible and I soon had the feeling of motion sickness (which I'm not normally prone to). So I have to give the TV screen a big thumbs down.

(Bias Disclosure: I have an aversion to TVs when running. They cut against what, for me, is a quiet, reflective moment of the day. More on that later...)


thelonelyrunner said...

hey there! i just changed my blog address and starting to blog again on my runs! congrats on ur first marathon! well done! :)

-christina said...

hey, thanks for adding all the runner's blogs on you page. I'm always curious how other runners train and stuff, so this way it's all in one spot.
Congratulations on your marathon!

Anonymous said...

I usually watch ESPN or some kind of sports when I'm running on the tm - that way you don't have to focus on any one thing really, and watching the athletes keeps me going.

congrats on the mary!

Faithful Soles said...

My name is Robert Key and I am a runner from Houston, Texas. I saw your blog listed when I was looking through the RBF directory and very much enjoyed reading some of your entries. I especially like your charity part because I am heavily involved through my web site in promoting walking and running programs to youth and teens.

I have a web site at that is inspirational stories for walkers, runners and athletes of all ages and abilities. A new feature I have recently added to the site is a categorized and searchable Running Blog Database where members of my site can find a blog of interest to them based on other walkers, runners or athletes of similar abilities, goals and interests. To my knowledge it is the only one of its kind specifically for walkers and runners on the internet. I would appreciate it if you would take a moment to put a link to your blog in our Running Blog Database. Just click on "Link your running blog" under "Free Features" from the home page. If you want to learn more about my running background, just click on "Meet Robert" from the main menu , or to learn more about my involvement in the running community, click on "Faithful Soles in the news" in the left column under "Weekly Features". I also have a blog that I just started at, but most of my running information is on my web site. Also, if there is anyone else in your blogger network that you think would be interested in listing their blog, please feel free to pass this information along to them. Thanks and continued good luck in your training.