Here is something really cool. There are tv screens on each treadmill. They even have cable! I was so lost trying to choose a channel. I have no idea what is on cable, and I really wanted to get started running, so I settled on a cooking show. My run went so well. I went 1.5 miles before taking my first walking break. And, I learned how to make butternut squash coleslaw.
I also saw how to make baked bologna, but it looked disgusting and I didn't trust Emeril for one second when he kept talking about how delicious it was. What sealed the deal was that the lady he called up from the audience to sample it did not even seem to like it much.
I only took 3 brief walking breaks. Before I knew it, I had gone 3.1 miles (5K) in just under 40 minutes. I could get used to this treadmill running. For one thing, it's indoors! Less heat and humidity is a big plus in my book. Also, I could see exactly what speed I was going at all times, which was very helpful for me. And I have to admit, I liked having the tv as a distraction during the run.
I am looking forward to running at the rec. center this summer. If I had not found this, I might not have run at all because the heat is such a big deterrent for me.