Things I Can’t Live Without: my treadmill

I decided that my treadmill deserved a more thorough review.  I gave a quick assessment right after I bought it.

I generally have big purchase anxiety.  In the did I REALLY just spend that much money?  Did I really need to?  Is it too big?  Should I have gotten a better one?
Well, it only took a few days for that feeling to pass.  The treadmill was a fantastic purchase and here is why

  • I don’t have to rely on the weather.  I can run whenever I want without worrying about ice or rain or heat.
  • I don’t have to rely on daylight.  I don’t like running at the heat of the sun or in the dark.  It’s never too bright or dark at home!
  • TIVO!  I can catch up on my TiVo AND workout at the same time.  Sweet!
  • No traffic.  I didn’t have to stop for any lights or stop signs.
  • Better track of speed.  I know exactly how far/ how fast/ how long I went.  It is far superior to being outside.
  • A bottle holder.  I get so thirsty when I run.  This way I can drink while I’m running.

My treadmill is a little bare bones.  I don’t need much.  I don’t like any of the preset workouts since they are more than I can do.  Instead I just press start and adjust the workout to my needs.
For example, today I needed to do a big workout because of last nights excesses.  I got on the treadmill and walked for 2 minutes.  Then I started on the run.  Thank goodness I had psych and project runway to keep me entertained! 

I was running at a comfortable speed until I realized I could probably beat my 5k time from Thanksgiving  I upped the speed and did 3 miles (since the 5k wasn’t exactly a 5k, it was 3 miles) in 41 minutes.  I slowed down to walk for a few minutes and then decided I needed to finish 4 miles, I upped the speed and got to 4 miles in 56 minutes. and then I cooled down for the last 4 minutes of my workout.  I know this doesn’t seem like far or long to most of you, but for me this is huge!

When I was running outside I couldn’t make those types of decisions since it was all guess work.
So, overall the treadmill was an amazing purchase.  I’m excited to be able to workout whenever I want, in the comfort of my own home.

Do you like to workout inside? Outside? In a gym?  Where are you most motivated?