A Birthday Treat

It’s my 42nd birthday today, so I decided to take the day off work and buy a treadmill. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, so when I realised I’d saved enough money (including Christmas and birthday money) I decided to go for it.

It’s a Pro Fitness one from Argos and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed so far. Unlike the exercise bike I bought a year ago, it didn’t really need any self assembly – just unfold it, stick the safety thingy in and you’re good to go!

Having never used a treadmill before, other than when I was buying new running shoes, I wasn’t sure about the settings, so my first trial run was pretty slow – 1 mile in about 16 minutes, but that doesn’t really count as I was just testing it out. I’m sure I’ll get the hang off it though.

So, there really aren’t any excuses now – rain, wind, snow or even the unlikely possibility of too high temperatures, I can now run any time I feel like it… and even when I don’t!

Do you use a treadmill? How do you find it compares to running outside? Please share your thoughts in the comment.



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20 responses to “A Birthday Treat”

  1. CeeJayKay says :

    Oh how KEWL! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! And what an amazing pressie to yourself!!!!

    I had a treadmill I named it Roger (it was a Roger Black Gold) πŸ™‚ omg I LOVED ROGER!!!! One day… I think I ran too long… Around 50minutes and his circuit board caught fire lololol!!!! Hubby thought THAT was hilarious!!!! I was devestated!!! R.I.P. Roger 😦

    Enjoy K ENJOY!!! It’s THE BEST thing in the world to have at home! I just totally zone out xxx

  2. artisticsharon says :

    Happy Birthday to you Kirsten!! What a great present to give yourself πŸ˜€

    There are some great suggested treadmill workouts on the internet, take your time finding one that works for you. Happy Running!!

  3. Keith says :

    Great idea. I’ve been planning to use the treadmills at the gym but my ITB is still playing up.

    Anyway happy birthday. I’m 42 on Monday! πŸ˜‰

    • theblogrunner says :

      Yeah, I figured I’d make more use of it than a gum membership – and probably works out cheaper over the year too.
      Sorry to hear you’re having ITB issues – I hope it sorts itself out and that you have a fab birthday on Monday. πŸ™‚

  4. madhat2014 says :

    Happy birthday!
    I much prefer running outdoors, but treadmills are good for setting a specific pace or incline. I tend to be faster on the treadmill (either that or it lies to me 😁)

  5. dgobs says :

    Happy birthday! I opt for the treadmill when it’s icy or otherwise gross outside, but I definitely prefer running outside. Enjoy your new toy! πŸ™‚

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thank you. πŸ™‚
      I don’t mind the rain so much, but the wind has been crazy here these last few months so it has been difficult to get back to a routine. No excuses now though, and the novelty value of the new toy should help a bit too. πŸ˜‰

  6. Kerrie says :

    Happy belated birthday! Hope you enjoyed your day off! And enjoy that treadmill πŸ˜ŠπŸƒ

  7. ishouldrun says :

    Congrats on your treadmill! I love my treadmill! It feels better on my legs than running outside sometimes b/c where I live the roads/paths are beveled for water drainage. My treadmill is flat, of course, but also feels softer than the concrete outside. Plus mine came with a tv monitor that really helps with the boredom of 18 miles on a treadmill (like when it’s raining or I have to do a run at night). I hope you like using yours!

    • theblogrunner says :

      A TV on the treadmill? No wonder you love it! I did consider balancing my lap top on the dashboard so that I could watc Netflix, but at the moment I’m probably better off focusing on not falling off:-D
      I’d never thought about it being a softer running surface, but that does make sense.
      So far, I’m really enjoying it. Takes a bit of getting used to, but it does make it easier to fit a run in after work, and not having to worry about weather etc is a big bonus.

      • ishouldrun says :

        Treadmills help get all those runs in. I have never regretted mine. And yes, a TV on the treadmill! I could write a book on how much I am in love with the TV monitor-treadmill combo. Does that make me a high maintenance treadmill runner? I don’t care! I love it! πŸ™‚

  8. David M says :

    A belated happy birthday, and enjoy the treadmill. I love treadmill running and am a huge advocate of it, so I’m rather jealous!

  9. fisefton says :

    A belated happy birthday!
    Sometimes I think I’d love a treadmill but we don’t have the space. One day, when I get my dream house. Oh, I need to add that to my dream house wishlist – a home gym!
    Have fun learning to run on the treadmill x

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thanks Fiona. Luckily I have a large living room so it hides (sort of) behind the couch. You can fold it up too, but I haven’t done that as I might forget to use it. πŸ˜‰

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