I ran on my first treadmill when I was 12 years old. I remember going with my dad to a neighbors house and he said I could have their treadmill if I was interested. I ran about 400 meters on the treadmill and told my dad I would love to have it. I was so excited. Everyday after school I would lace up my running shoes and run 1 - 2 miles on the treadmill. It went up to 6mph and in order to adjust the speed, you had to turn a dial. That treadmill lasted until I was a sophomore in college. My last time running on it was during a blizzard when I was home with two friends during winter break. We ran on our college team and really needed to get our run in. So I showed them the treadmill - they had never ran on a treadmill and the poor machine looked like it had traveled to our house from the very distant past. Nonetheless, we each started running. Each of us ran for one hour, incline and dial turned as high as it would go, while the other two played games, watched TV, took naps. We each did this twice. 6 total hours on the treadmill. The next day it wouldn't start.
This is not my treadmill, but it looked just like this!
This is also not me, but I am sure I have looked like this if not worse.
I am on my fourth treadmill now and about my 30,000th mile on the treadmill. Each workout on www.choosemyworkout.com is a workout I have done in my life. Depending on the era in which the workout was done, some workouts were done a lot faster than others - but I have completed all of them. Some people love the treadmill and some people hate it. For me, there is no better sense of accomplishment than finishing your treadmill run, dripping in sweat, exhausted and bent over grabbing your knees. You knew at that point you did something. You started and finished something that required not only physical strength but emotional and psychological fortitude. Because with a treadmill, you can slow down, stop, quit at any moment. It takes mental toughness to continue when everything else is saying stop. It takes guts to increase one more.1mph and to stick it out for just 800 more meters. There are no distractions on the treadmill. There are no cars, no houses, no pedestrians to look at. Its you vs. the treadmill. Mind over matter. Some may call it boring - I just think its the true test of human ability.
I love treadmills. I love running on treadmills, writing about treadmills, and my favorite thing to do when I go to a hotel is to look at their treadmills.