Get three runners in a room, and you’re not likely to find agreement in their feelings toward a treadmill. Moms tied to home because of a deployed spouse or napping baby think a treadmill ranks right up there with plumbing and TiVo as greatest inventions ever; women who live in always-sunny-SoCal think they’re instruments of torture. Then there’s the rest of us, neither loving nor hating treadmills.
Yet instead of seeing them as a mere necessity, maybe we should start viewing a treadmill workout as a natural complement to running. Got a rollercoaster race coming up yet live in Florida or NOLA? Hop on a ’mill and make your own hills. Only have 30 minutes but want to get a booty-kicking, calorie-incinerating workout? Crank up the incline and get a major sweat on. A treadmill offers incline intensity and variation at a runner’s fingertips (and under her feet).
In an effort to help change some attitudes about treadmills, NordicTrack has shown incredible generosity by offering a NordicTrack C900 treadmill as a giveaway. Yes, you read that right: A free treadmill could be a permanent part of your family room, basement, bedroom, garage, you name it. (Delivery and installation included. Suggested retail $1,599; Black Friday special $999.)
And this beauty won’t become just a fancy clothesrack. The C900 just snagged the highest possible score in Consumer Reports “Budget Folding Treadmills” category. With its commercial-grade motor and 20” by 60” two-ply belt, this baby can handle up to 350 pounds and you can crank the incline to 15%. (I get winded simply envisioning that incline!) With that much terrain variability to play around it, this treadmill is ideal for training and losing weight.
For this extra-special Hump Day Giveaway, we decided we needed an extra-special way to enter and win. Instead of a random drawing, we are going to choose the winner based on…an original, treadmill-related haiku. Since it’s been a while for most of us since sophomore English class, let us refresh your memory: A haiku is a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second, and five again in the final line. I solicited a few on Twitter to get your creative juices flowing:
Up on the treadmill,
ready to rock out my run.
This is my me-time
Dislike the treadmill.
Use anyway when needed.
End up enjoying.
You used to taunt me,
silently, piling on guilt.
No more! I own you!
The run I adore
sits between front and back door.
Treadmill is freedom.
A few quick rules: Only residents of continental U.S. can apply. One haiku entry per person. Submit your original, treadmill-related haiku by clicking the “Comments” link below this blog post, not by emailing us or posting on our Facebook page. Contest is open until Wednesday, November 30 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. We’ll choose the winner based on what we deem as the most clever, well-done treadmill-related haiku, announcing the chosen winner on Friday, December 2. So in between making gravy, shopping Black Friday sales, and running to regain your sanity, write 17 syllables of inspired poetry for your chance to win a NordicTrack C900 treadmill!