Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mr. Treadmill is Dying

I have some sad news to share ... the other special someone in my life, my other relationship, Mr. Treadmill, is very sick. He's been limping along for awhile, but this morning, I realized that his time is limited.

My Faithful Friend, Mr. Treadmill
Last year, he decided to get stuck at a very steep incline (much to J's utter dismay - he doesn't "do incline"). An equipment specialist - one of our friends at the gym - came out to take a look and fixed the issue. Since then, I'd been careful not to push Mr. Treadmill's incline so high. Apparently, even treadmills have limits as to how far they'll be pushed.

A couple months ago, right after my shows, Mr. Treadmill decided he'd had enough of inclines and he was going to remain flat for the remainder of his life span. The "Incline" button no longer works (in addition to the "Up" and the "3" buttons which only work periodically). I didn't realize how much easier cardio is on a flat surface!

This summer, my parents visited us and commented that Mr. Treadmill was a lot louder than when they visited last year. Because the motor had gradually been getting louder, I hadn't realized just how loud it was.

This morning, I was wishing I had ear plugs.

My friends, I think it's time I started looking at other options. I don't want to be unfaithful to my very faithful Mr. Treadmill, but I think our relationship is coming to a close as his life span is also coming to a close. He'll always be close to my heart. After all, I've spent so much quality time with him over the past 3 years, I feel we have a bond.

I don't need a top of the line model - just something durable. Our treadmill gets used a couple hours a day when J and I are both in prep, so unlike most home treadmills, ours will NOT be used as a clothing rack. Neither of us run (unless we're being chased), so we don't need any fancy programs. A cushioned tread and incline functionality are all that we ask for. Oh, and a built-in fan would be really nice (but not necessary)!

Do you have any recommendations for a decent home treadmill? Which brand(s) do you prefer?


  1. I baught an awesome precor treadmill off craigslist. You can find great deals on used ones that people buy and use as clothing racks before they decide to get rid of them.

  2. Hi Kari:

    First I want to say how much I enjoy reading your blog! With regard to finding a treadmill at the price point that you want to spend, check out They are a great source of information and evaluation on treadmills ranging from basic to high-end.

    Craigslist as suggested above, is also very good, but be sure that you have the ability to try out the treadmill before you commit to buying it!

    1. Thank you! I'll check into the treadmilldoctor site.

  3. My neighbors have a nice pre-cor model that has good cushioning.

    Has anyone ever tried one of these?

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