If you missed part one of my treadmill thoughts you can find that post HERE
I’ve owned a treadmill for around 7 years. We purchased it used from my brother-in-law. It hands down was one of the best purchases we made and at the time, one of the priciest. As a mom to three little people I can’t tell you how invaluable a home treadmill is when it comes to being able to still run and train for races. Without the treadmill and multiple running strollers I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with marathon training after my kids were born.
My kids are too old for the running strollers now and too old to want to sit in a day care gym while I run on a gym treadmill. During the summer I’m not willing to get up at 4 am to run just to be back before my husband needs to leave for work. Thankfully my kids are now at the age where all three of them are in school all day so running during the week is easy for me. This is the first year in the 10+ years of being a mom that I have been able to run every day if I choose to. Summers and breaks are now the only tricky times of the year when running/working out becomes a bit more complicated. I could get up early during the summer and fit it in that way but if I am honest with myself, I know that leaves me exhausted and cranky. That’s not who I want to be around my children. That being said, I know I have the luxury of saying I’m not willing to get up that early and am willing to let running slide a bit in order to get sleep.
The treadmill I owed prior to getting the NordicTrack Commerical 1750 has been on the fritz for over a year, essentially making it worthless for anything other than walking. I happily kept it because I’d rather walk on a treadmill than do nothing but I knew I needed to replace it when our budget allowed. I am at the point (after feeling like I didn’t train properly last summer) where I would like to consistently train over the summer but wasn’t sure how I was going to make that happen. I didn’t want our summer plans to revolve around making sure I could get in a run, so a treadmill was the at the TOP of my list of things that I wanted to save for.
I did a lot of research online before heading to Sears to test out their treadmills. I knew that I was most likely going to go with a NordicTrack so I asked my friends on Twitter and Facebook if anyone had one, what the model was and how they liked it. I find these type of reviews to be the most helpful when picking out a big-ticket item. No one is going to sugar coat their review if they don’t actually like it, since for most of us, it’s a huge expense.
I’m glad I went with the Commercial 1750 but honestly when I was testing out different models at Sears that were in the $600 range I was shocked at how nice they were compared to what was in my basement. (As a reference, the treadmill I had before was right around $5,000 new). If I had known that I could purchase a treadmill for under $1,000 and be REALLY happy with the quality, I wouldn’t have waited this long to get a new one.
Now on to why I picked the one I did…..
- I wanted the decline feature – No I didn’t need this but I thought it would be fun and was willing to pay a bit extra for that option.
- It has a heart rate monitor/chest strap -I don’t train by heart rate but it’s something I’d like to explore in the future so I wanted that choice.
- Wifi enabled
- Touch screen
- iFit enabled – You can download workouts and then press start and away you go!
- Two fans – Oh my goodness….can I just tell you how incredibly awesome it is to have fans right on the treadmill. I’m a sweaty runner and didn’t have a fan at all in my basement, so even though it’s cool down there I always end up opening the doors/window to try to get more air in. I didn’t realize what I was missing out on till I had the dual fan option. I haven’t even turned them all the way up because they work so well that I would feel like I was running outside in the winter with them on full blast.
- Sound system – I can play my music or listen to a podcast through the speakers on the treadmill.
- Tablet holder – I can pop in my iPad and read books which is much easier for me than attempting to read a book placed over the console. It gives me a headache to look down and try to read a book but this way it doesn’t.
- Commercial grade – It’s built to handle a lot of miles. I decided I’d rather make the upfront investment and get a treadmill that costs more now, rather than replace it again down the line.
The treadmill also folds up. I didn’t need this because I had space in my basement, but this would have been incredible back when my treadmill was in my bedroom. The treadmill was so close to my bed at one point I could touch it while in bed! You do what you have to do – right?!
If you could be in love with a treadmill, I would say I’m in love with this one. It makes running on a treadmill fun. Fun and treadmill don’t often go together in the same sentence but in this case they do!
Note: This is part of a series of conversations sponsored by Sears about treadmills.