Why Commercial Grade Equipment is Better than Jewelry

This past weekend, Mr. Engineer got me a present. Something shiny and beautiful that I’ll be sure to cherish. Something that clearly conveys his love and affection.

He gave me A TREADMILL!

Screen grabs: how slackers post product information

It’s the Spirit Fitness CT800. It’s commercial grade, can incline up to 15%, and go 16 kmph (about 10 mph…aka plenty fast for me!) It’s commercial-grade so it’s pretty heavy duty and it’s solid enough to run 22 miles on and not bust a knee.

I never thought there would come a day when I’d be SO EXCITED to have a treadmill mere steps away, but boy am I. While I do have access to a gym (for now, anyways…the system here is screwy) after calling a car, waiting for it, getting there (sometimes there’s traffic) it’s usually somewhere in the neighborhood of an hour from the time it enters my noggin I’d like to run to the time I can actually do it.

And if you’ve ever struggled with motivation, you know how much that sucks. Right?

I quickly realized one of the things that was really killing me here was the loss of that freedom to just put my shoes on and go. Even when it was a million degrees in Houston and heading out the door would have been deadly, we had a gym in our building–so a run was just an elevator ride away. Since the outdoor option is even less convenient (and safe) here than the wait-an-hour gig, having a treadmill at my disposal is pretty damn amazing.

Here are some photos of the assemblage and her maiden voyage! (ALL courtesy of screen grabs because my computer is being a jackass and refusing to recognize any of these photos as an upload-able file. Jerk. After three days of screwing with it, I’ve given up.)

treadmills come in a BIG box.

starting to take shape...

eeep it's almost ready!

I think he asked me to smile but I already had my iPod on and was setting this baby to GO!

(PS I’m totally wearing shorts. Promise.)

Happy running.

5 Responses to “Why Commercial Grade Equipment is Better than Jewelry”

  1. 1 Elizabeth May 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Wow–That’s so exciting Jenn!! Congratulations and run a mile for me!

  2. 2 Dominique Anderson May 19, 2011 at 7:40 am

    That IS better than jewelry. That treadmill looks nice. I have one too, it’s an ironman. It’s been moved in just about every room of my house. Where are you keeping yours? I’m keeping mine in the living room. I use it more in the winter time and on weekday mornings (4 am). It’s nice to have the treadmill option. I’m happy for you! The best part of running on a mill is catching up on TV. ENJOY!


  3. 3 Katie May 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    These pictures crack me up, I know you were tired of fussing with the site but it makes me laugh. πŸ™‚

    And, this is WAY better than jewelry. Bomb.

  4. 4 Heather C May 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Uh I have to second Katie up there – I’d take exercise equipment over a shiny piece of bling! πŸ™‚ Get your run on!

  5. 5 jeri May 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    a) I thought you were announcing your engagement on your blog and I was going to PUNCH you.

    b) I request more blogs with you sans pants.

    c) I think that’s a really creepy way of saying I miss you.

    d) If our hotel has skype this weekend, we should probably have a date with you me and Meg post-race.

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