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