A bit of a technical post here. My brand new Nordictrack Commercial 2450 treadmill is finally able to stream videos!
I’m not proud that I need to be so plugged in lately as a runner. But I am bribing myself with whatever it takes to get me to do all my weekly runs and to get up at o’dark thirty to do them. The problem I was having was that even with a wireless wifi network in the house, every time I started running on the treadmill, it would stall the wifi streaming to the monitor of my treadmill. I tried using my iPad and an old Nintendo Wii to stream and neither of them worked. But as soon as I stopped the treadmill, both of them worked fine. So for the past few weeks I’ve been watching old DVDs while I ran. That got really old, really fast.
Finally, I called Nordictrack and explained the situation to them and they said they were surprised to hear it and that they said they would send me out a ferrite clamp to help boost the signal. But they said the clamps were back-ordered and would take 2+ weeks to get to me. I would have gone out and bought one myself but I didn’t know what size and I wasn’t convinced it would work anyway.
And then lightning struck. Literally. Florida lightning blew up my Wii the other night. We’re lucky nothing else got cooked. Anyway, someone recommended I try the Apple TV streaming device. I was desperate for something to fix my treadmill streaming problem so I went out and bought one. I had to buy all these cables too (apparently when you buy a new treadmill you have to keep throwing cash at it to feed it). I came home late, ate a late dinner, and then set out to configure this thing. It was easy but I still had to test it. *whoops* I forgot about the run test thing. I had a full stomach and was still in my work clothes. Oh well!! I threw on my run shoes and did a mile sprint while streaming a show. I thought I was going to vomit up my dinner. But the streaming worked!! YAY!!!!!
I went to bed excited to wake up and do that 5 mile run in the morning. I know I sound crazy for saying that. But I have two small kids and I don’t have cable and haven’t for years. And even though I could stream on the Wii, I never had time to sit and watch shows during my school semesters. This Apple TV thing is like a new toy for me. It’s a treat! It’s guilt-free tv watching because I’m getting my runs in at the same time. My friends have given me lists of all the shows I should watch and, I’m not gonna lie, it’s fun! I don’t even notice I’ve run a million miles when I can stream shows and run. The Apple TV has apps for Netflix, Hulu, HBO, ESPN (to watch races??), History Channel, and a million other things. I can’t wait to check all those things out!
I’m not sure if anyone else out there has ever had this streaming issue with their treadmill but I just wanted to let you know that Apple TV works. And, so far, it seems like a pretty great product on its own. I can’t wait to try watching big road races (Boston, NYC, etc) with this ESPN app while running on the treadmill one day. But for now, I’m just happy to wake up and have something to watch besides my wall. It wasn’t cheap but I’m mentally factoring the Apple TV into the overall treadmill cost like I factor chocolate and soda into my overall grad school costs. Best to not think about it.
For all you treadmill runners – Do you watch shows while you run or do you just listen to music? What are your favorite shows to watch while running on the treadmill?