December 20, 2011

I Love My Treadmill (and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say)

I Love My Treadmill (and Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say)

When I first decided to run, I was going to buy a treadmill. After all, I had no idea what I was doing so why on Earth would I want to humiliate myself in public? Then I went and looked at treadmills and changed my mind. I was not going to spend over a thousand dollars on something that:

  1. I did not know how to use
  2. I did not know anything about
  3. I really did not know if I would use because I did not know if I would keep my commitment to running

So I decided that I had better learn to run first and also learn a thing or two about treadmills before making a major purchase on something that might just end up as a coat rack.  So I bought a cute pair of running shoes (more on that another time) and started to run. I live at the beach, so I have great flat roads and trails, and I quickly decided that I was not going to care what the neighbors thought. I also travel a lot for work. Last year I logged about 200,000 air miles both in and out of the US. This means hotels. Hotels have treadmills.

So my strategy was to try as many hotel treadmills as I could. And I did. This was a great strategy. Over the course of several months, I really did find there were features I liked, features I disliked, and those that just didn’t matter. When the weather started to turn cold (or at least the California version of cold) in November, I decided I was ready to shop.

I am small and I am not trying to train for a marathon, so I already knew I did not need a $5000 unit. I am space limited, so it needed to fold. I wanted some features like a fan and push-button incline, and was willing to pay more for those. I also wanted a reputable company with a decent warranty. There a all kinds of great sites on the internet that let you compare features and prices – and I looked at several of these.

My final choice was this: LIVESTRONG® LS10.0T


I can run comfortably now rain or shine, light or dark, right in my house. It has all the features I needed, plus some I didn’t (and I’m sure I’ll figure out how to use them eventually).  The folks at LIVESTRONG have been great too – they have excellent, kind, patient technical support people, who have walked me through anything I really could not understand in the manual. They have also been encouraging me on Twitter (@LIVESTRONGFit)

Today, I have an extra reason for praising my treadmill: I ran 3.2 miles on it this morning. That means I hit my goal of breaking 3 miles before the end of the year. Of course maybe I would have done it without the treadmill, but I am going to give it part of the credit. I was cold and a bit tired this AM and really did not want to get up. But my shoes were by the bed and I knew I only had to walk down the hall, so I did. Yay!

Of course, that probably means I need a new goal…



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  1. Debbie Powers
    December 21, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    Awesome! You’ve run a 5K!! Congratulations!

    • Jacqueline Jacques
      December 21, 2011 at 4:48 am #

      Thanks, Debbie! Maybe I’ll try one with other people one of these days. Happy Holidays to you!

  2. Cyndi
    December 21, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    You truely are my hero! You manage a very busy life, are raising two awesome young men, yet you are so humble. Every life you touch is enriched. I love your blog. I can honestly hear your voice in your writings.


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