Treadmills. Some people love them. Some people hate them. I’m actually pretty neutral. Sometimes I’m in the mood to run in place, some days the thought of getting on makes me ill. So, Patty, April, and I decided that this week’s topic for Tuesdays on the Run would be treadmill tips. Seems pretty timely with the cold and snow that is buffeting much of the U.S.
Since I’ve written a post or two about running on the treadmill and used up all of my tips on a guest post about surviving a long run on the treadmill, I decided to write about my own personal hell right now: treadmill purchasing. So many options out there, so many different price levels, so many decisions!
1. Set your price level. Most of us have a budget that we need to keep under, so this is a really good place to start. Remember that the price you are seeing at the store may not include shipping or set up and definitely does not include tax. You may also want to consider some sort of warranty or service agreement (still debating that myself.) So, make sure you are taking the whole picture into consideration when you are looking at treadmills if your budget has no wiggle room.
2. Decide what features you must have. I noticed that some treadmills only give you your distance in .1 instead of .01. That quickly drove me crazy LOL. I need to feel like I’m making progress, thankyouverymuch. Also think about speed, incline, weight limits, types of usage, etc.
3. Consider the space you have for it. Last time we bought one, we were putting it in the basement. We have low ceilings and Beer Geek is 6 feet tall. A couple of treadmills we considered stood up too high, even without incline. This time we need to look at length as we are turning the playroom into a workout room, but the room is not very wide.
4. Read some reviews. I’ve looked at TreadmillDoctor and TreadmillReviews.net, in addition to Consumer Reports. There was also a link up recently on NYCRunningMama of blogger reviews of their treadmills.
5. Run on the ones you are considering. Different brands feel a bit different. What fits one person, might not make another person happy. I’ve run on a bunch of different treadmills at hotels plus mine and my dad’s and various friends and, while I am able to run on pretty much anything, I definitely liked some more than others.
Our purchase is fairly imminent. Part of the reason I’ve been running outside in the crazy cold is that our belt is starting to “catch” a little bit and I’m afraid it’s either about to die or something’s gonna break and I’m going to go flying. Of course, if I can just make it a another month or so, I can put off the purchase until it truly stops (Beer Geek walks on it each day) or until next January. And the longer I wait, the more money I can save up.