It’s Time to Treadmill

This is my weekly blog post from the Fitness Magazine Half Marathon Diaries…make sure to read it every week until the big day in April :).

Now that we are less than a month away from the big day, I thought it would be a great time to talk about treadmill training! First off I have to admit something to you…I am a HUGE wimp when it comes to the elements outdoors. I am not joking. If it is sprinkling out I am in the gym on a treadmill. So, as you can imagine that makes it a little tough to get the miles in when you live in NYC and it is like the Arctic Tundra outside. Yes, I admit it…I have done a lot of my training on a treadmill. That being said I wanted to share with you all the details of the treadmill I chose to have in my home.

I keep this cutout close by in case I need even more motivation to get on the treadmill!

From the day I left The Biggest Loser Ranch I have been doing research on treadmills. I spent so many hours running on a treadmill at the ranch that I knew it would become a very important piece of equipment in my maintenance journey at home. After looking at what felt like hundreds of treadmills and reading thousands of reviews I chose the NordicTrack C900 Pro. I really felt like NordicTrack had such a good track record with “at home” equipment. Let’s face it…as much as I would LOVE to have a huge commercial treadmill at home, they are just plain huge & extremely expensive. I’ll just enjoy those at my gym Crunch. ;) Anyway, I was extremely fortunate that NordicTrack and Sears were gracious enough to gift me with the C900 Pro. It now sits in a proud spot in my living room! Yes, that’s right it’s in my living room…right smack in the middle. I love watching people’s reaction when they come over! I figure you can’t ignore a machine like that when you see it everyday….AND I’m proud to say not only have I used it everyday, but there had never been a single pair of clothing hung on it. Hahaha!

I had a lot of help in the beginning from a running coach who gave me some instructions on how to train for a half marathon in a treadmill. Unfortunately, it would probably not be super beneficial to just run on a flat treadmill for 10 weeks. I knew I had to prepare for those hills in Harlem right? So, the C900 has been amazing for incline work! I find that most indoor at home treadmills feel extremely “rickety”….you know what I mean? That was what sold me on this NordicTrack model…it was the stability! Even on an extreme incline the treadmill stays very still & stable. I love that…and that is saying a lot because it goes all the way from 0-15% incline. There are very few other at home treadmills that have that capability at such a great price. Oh, AND it folds up when you’re done! For those of you spec people out there (type A folks raise your hand) it also has a 3.0 CHP DURX commercial motor & 20″ X 60″ tread belt. What does all that mean…well, basically it is comfortably wide & long in addition to being very quiet. I find because Im pretty tall that I love the length of the tread belt…on some treadmills I feel like I’m going to fall off the back!! It has an awesome backlit display with tons of course options and it’s compatible with iFit Live with Google maps. I love the iFit Live because I downloaded all the Jillian Michaels programs & she has been coaching me every step…just like at the ranch! Love that! Lastly, it has an iPod port & speakers which is my favorite part because I love to rock it out when I run.

Seriously, I can’t say enough amazing things about this treadmill I have been using it for over 3 months now so I feel like this is a real tested review. Of course there are tons of other things this machine does, so if you are interested in checking out ALL the specs click on the link below for more information!

Many thanks again to NordicTrack and Sears for this amazing gift…it has been a lifesaver in more ways than one! If you are thinking of buying an at home treadmill go and check the C900 Pro out. You will love it….trust me.

http://www.nordictrack.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_-1_10301_12401_59002_182219

xxo Olivia

Comments

  1. Heidi Bond says:

    WOW! Where have I been…didn’t know you were in half training! I’m so way beyond excited for you! I have a 12K coming up on the 1st and hope to run a half some day. My hubby has done 2 and really focusing on your nutrition before racetime and during the race has helped him so much. No running out of gas! Good luck to you on your training. Being gifted a treadmill like that is so awesome! XOXOXO! Hope to meet you some day :)

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  2. Ok first off you 2 are my idols and I really do hope I get to meet you in real life someday very soon! I want to see you in person not only on facebook, twitter and your blog..

    Now I have always wanted to get a treadmill at home but im scared that if i will get it I wont look at it… thats what scares me..

    I have lost 85 lbs and I am losing my motivation I still have 50 lbs to go and its so hard.. any advice of you I would appreciate cuz I am at my breaking point.. Plz listen and hlep me!
    xoxo
    Liba

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    • Liba, you might be asking them but maybe I can give my input.

      I can think of two primary things here. First, you need to find the motivation. So test yourself. First, see if you can spend 1/2 hour per day at least 25 days in the next month doing similar exercise. Second, see if you’ve got room to store this comfortably. Set aside the space and see if it stays clear and available for a month.

      If yes to both, then I’ll let you draw your own conclusion.

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      • Thanks Rob. even if im losing my motivation i am a fighter and i still work out every day… its just I dont feel as motivated as i felt when i started this journey.. second i do have space for it but third I dont have the $$ for it.. but i do appreciate your advice.

        Thanks
        Liba

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    • Hi Liba! The biggest thing I’ve been learning (and still am!) is to not let fear run my life. Jillian always used to say that whatever you’re afraid of has a way of manifesting itself…coming to be. So make a choice to not be afraid. If you think you won’t use the treadmill, prove that fear wrong! You can do it. Face the things that scare you. Hannah and I are proof that it is possible.

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      • Thanks O for replying to me! this means the world and I am just gonna keep going strong! your are my motivators forever! Love you for life! xoxoxo

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  3. Olivia,
    I am very excited to read you blog. I too have just started blogging. I have a little different story from you but still looking for the same results – being healthy and living my life to the fullest. I have had an eating disorder for the last 30 years. I have been in recover for 2 years but only actively participating in my recover for about 3 months. In the last 3 months I have been training for my first 5K which I will be running in April. I am completely scared but super excited. I am looking forward to Finishing, even if it is me crawling across the finish line. If interested in my story feel free to follow my blog. http://bit.ly/wsKJgr

    I look forward to the weekly inspiration that you will be providing! My longterm goal is to help others who struggle with an eating disorder find their way through recovery and get health!

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  4. This does sound like a really great treadmill. I use my treadmill a lot in the winter and during the summer. You know how hot our southern summers can be!

    Good luck with your training! I’m sure you are going to do great!

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  5. Sue @AlwaysBKind13 says:

    Olivia, you are not alone in the wimpy category. I love running outside in the warmer, non-rainy weather, which here in the Northeast as you’ve mentioned, is not nearly as long a season as I’d like it to be. But for interval training, I much prefer the treadmill because it forces me to run faster, whereas outside if I need to speed it up, I’m not gonna fall on my face if I don’t.

    So team treadmill here for training, and outside running for the scenery, the people, and the beautiful weather (of which the past few days have been simply amazing).

    Good luck with your half-marathon next month!

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  6. I have a confession to make. I am terrified to run on a treadmill. I had a spinal cord injury that resulted in loss of sensation in my feet, so I tend to not be so steady on my feet all the time. The thought of running on something that is moving under me is pretty scary. I’m passing on the treadmill for now and sticking with the elliptical. If you have any advice for getting over the treadmill anxiety PLEASE share.

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    • Hi Sarah, the elliptical can definitely be a good burn, too! Have you tried getting used to it by walking on it a lot? How does that feel? Your doctor might also be able to offer some insight! Don’t be afraid to ask for help (I always try to remember that one!).

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  7. My friend also has a NordicTrack treadmill. He’s been using it for 4 years know and the machine keeps him fit. Great treadmill!

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  8. Hey Olivia and Hannah!
    Way to go on your training!! Hope some day to accomplish a major race!!
    I have a question for you about running!
    I am on my own weight loss journey, I started at 283.8 and now weigh 262.2 so I have lost a little over 20 pounds. There is a 5K in 3 1/2 weeks on April 21 which happens to be my 19th birthday! Is it even realistic to think a person so over weight as I am right now to be able to train and be prepared in such little time? I am currently running a mile in 13 minute and 20 seconds! If its something that can be done, what kind of training schedule would you recommend? I have looked online and they all seem to be for 10 weeks of training and I only have a little over 3 weeks! I would appreciate your advice! Thank you!
    Sara :)

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  9. Roxanne Franklin says:

    I bought this exact treadmill and got it set up almost 2 weeks ago – LOVE IT!! Loving the ifit….(still trying to figure it out…) And yes its a very sturdy, solid, treadmill!! Good luck with your training! I myself am starting the 5k training by Jillian! :)

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