I like to run. Maybe a little too much for most treadmills. In 2016, I averaged 6 miles a day (30 miles a week). Some days I ran longer, some days shorter. This year, things haven’t been so great. Shortly after the year began I had a foot injury which prevented me from running. Unfortunately, the injury didn’t prevent me from eating. If you run a lot, you know that you have about 5-6 days max before you must go run again or else you will begin to lose cardiovascular fitness. After a week of no running, you’ll start getting into worse shape. After two weeks of no running, cardiovascular health really starts going down hill. I notice the effects in all sorts of ways. For example, I’ll start getting shortness of breath when I wouldn’t expect it. It took a little less than two months for the injury to heal enough for me to be able to run again. In the same time, that’s about how long it took for me to gain 15 lbs and completely loss my level of cardio vascular fitness. When I was younger, getting back into the swing of running was relatively easily. If I was completely out of shape, it would take a week or so to get sufficiently healthy to run in the low 6’s. However, as I’ve gotten older, it’s taken considerably longer for me return to my prior level of fitness. This year it has taken three months to just return to a point where I can run over five miles at a time. So I’ve learned that it’s important to keep exercising especially as you get older because getting back into shape can give you a heart attack.
I’ve gone through 2 treadmills in the last three years. In 2014, I broke my treadmill’s main wooden board that supports the treadmill track (the place you run). I was disappointed but I subsequently bought a new treadmill replacement which, unfortunately, lasted for just shy of one month longer than the warranty before that treadmill’s main wooden board also gave out. So I’ve now stomped through (i.e. “broke”) two treadmills in the last 3 years. Apparently I have a heavy foot. Either that or I run too much. Both treadmills were household models. In finding a replacement treadmill, I decided to try a commercial tread mill.
Commercial treadmills, to no one’s surprise, are more expensive than household treadmills. I found a Life Fitness 9500 HR. I’ve ran on that model before. For many years, I ran on the 9500 HR treadmill at the 24 Hour Fitness on Olive Street in Seattle, WA. It was a beast of a unit. Would this treadmill be the same as my prior experience? So far it has. It’s rugged and means business. It requires a 20 amp plugin so not just any’old household outlet will do. You have to have a special outlet. Fingers crossed that this means it will last more than the three years I got out of the last unit.