The treadmill is dead ’til (Day 15)…


… March 1st, 2008, when I officially end my green challenge. But for now, I’m running outside only and conserving the electricity that would otherwise be used not just by the treadmill in my building, but by the lights I’d need to turn on in the gym and the TV I’d probably watch, too.

Considering I’m running at least four times a week these days — training for the Sporting Life 10K — I think it’ll make a significant difference. Obviously, by next February, when there’s no sun until 9 a.m. and four feet of snow on the ground, I’m going to have to become a serious runner, or a serious couch potato.

The other thing is, this isn’t Springtime in Paris, it’s Springtime in Toronto, so it’s still pretty nippy out there and I only have a couple pairs of jogging pants. Think Lululemon has the Reverse Groove Pant in organic hemp? That stuff will make my butt look cute too, right?

Image © Tim McGuire/CORBIS, from obiwanmakanubi on Flickr

7 Responses to The treadmill is dead ’til (Day 15)…

  1. Emma says:

    American Apparel leggings are pretty good too for buttification.

  2. Lori V. says:

    And, according to their record in my Shopping Guide I talked about in my blog, American Apparel is one of the best 10 companies on the planet!

  3. Jak says:

    There are manual (self propelled) treadmills out there that do not require electricity if you find the cold unbearable but want to keep up with the running. They are not as fancy, but they do the trick. And then there is my favorite, the manual rowing machine, if you can find the space.

  4. Dan says:

    Surely there must be a treadmill that generates electricity rather than using it…

    Actually there is!

  5. Vanessa says:

    Thanks Dan! It does make a lot more sense that, if you’re expending energy, it could be directed into propelling the treadmill… or exercise bike or what have you. That would be amazing to be able to power my laptop with my own two legs!

  6. Laura says:


    …Refurbished treadmill is not for everyone…

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