How to choose a treadmill to fit your needs


Monday- 2 miles

I ran one mile on the treadmill, then J ran in and asked if we could go in the stroller. So we walked one mile in the stroller to the park. It is just too nice out to pass up an offer like that.

Yesterday we met up at my sister Neeley’s house for dinner. She made the best penne pasta with spinach! I’ll have to bug her for the recipe.

20131007-202007.jpgAfter properly fueling, we headed to the Black Island Farm pumpkin patch. We go every year and this year didn’t disappoint.

20131007-202101.jpg 20131007-202118.jpgIt got dark quickly, so I didn’t get too many pictures. The above picture is J holding a severed foot, he was terrified at what he found haha

We also had doughnuts and cider. Traditional pumpkin patch dessert. I think I tried 3 different kinds of doughnuts, all of which were delicious!


1 of 3 boxes

Definitely a family night success. Wish I had gotten a pic of the whole group, next time!

How to choose a treadmill to fit your needs

I am by no means a professional in the area of treadmills, but I do run on mine quite a bit. When winter rolls around here in UT I do most of my runs and training on the treadmill. I thought I would share with you how I found the perfect treadmill for me.

1. Decide on a budget.

I didn’t want to spend my whole life savings on a treadmill, so we had a budget of $400-$600. You can easily spend over $3000 on a treadmill, but you can also get a very decent treadmill for under $1000.

2. Decide what you can’t live with and without. This was my wishlist:

A treadmill with a flex board. I knew I’d be running on it a lot so I didn’t want my knees to feel it. The flex board(wooden) allows the board to absorb the impact instead of my knees. It does feel much different than your average gym treadmill.


Be able to incline(simulates uphill), I didn’t care much a about a negative decline(simulates downhill) that some treadmills have.

Needed to be able to store easily and be compact


Cup holder, place for a magazine, phone, etc.

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It could be used(most likely was going to be used to fit in my budget)

3. Never buy a treadmill without being able to test it out if it’s used.

4. Check online and find reviews to see what other owners think about it. Some treadmills are not for high impact running or for high mileage. Make sure you get one that will fit your workout needs i.e. mostly walking, jogging, or running.

I looked on our local Craig List called KSL. I found one up the street for sale. The guy was an avid runner but was going through a divorce and needed to get rid of it. I had done all my research online and this particular treadmill(NordicTrack 2500R, storage edition) fit all my needs. I tested it out in his garage before we hauled it away. I’m very happy with my decision and I hope my list can help you too!

Anything else to add to the list?

have any treadmill questions for me?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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11 Responses to How to choose a treadmill to fit your needs

  1. I just died seeing the picture of J holding the foot. His face is just too much. The penne pasta with spinach looks delicious!

  2. Erin says:

    That pasta looks unreal!! And oh precious J, love that face!

  3. Ash & Diz says:

    I want a treadmill so bad! I’m not sure how I’ll get my runs in with baby Ford, so a treadmill is on my wish list. Not entirely sure where we’d put it in our house though… LOL. Our apartment is tiny, and even more cramped for space since it’s been taken over by baby things! šŸ˜‰

  4. I think once I buy a house or when I get married I will def have to buy one…but for now I’ll use my fancy apt gym one with the t.v.

    You are making me drool with those food pics…it’s definitely time for lunch over here šŸ™‚

  5. I loved that picture of J! And I thought you hated doughnuts. I’m glad you’ve changed your mind šŸ™‚

  6. Your J is so precious!! And doughnuts and cider…YES PLEASE!!

  7. ribbonrunner says:

    Please do bug your sister for that recipe! I’m salivating over that box of donuts and now I will need a donut tomorrow. Great treadmill tips. Mine was seriously the best purchase we made before I had Cole. I use it all the time. Hope you had a great weekend with your family around.

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