This morning, I went to a boxing class. I don't usually go on Saturday mornings because I have other activities, but it worked out today. Unfortunately, an instructor that I really don't like was subbing. Blah. I did burn a lot of calories, but I just don't like how he does things.
After the boxing class, I went to a fitness equipment store to try out treadmills. My 15-year-old NordicTrack Apex 4100 is about to bite the dust. It's on its fourth belt, and it's having other problems. My husband and I agreed that we'd get me a new treadmill after Christmas.
After some research on the Runner's World's fora, I decided to look at Precor, Spirit, and True treadmills. This store had Precors and Spirits to try out. I ran on a Spirit 485, Precor 211, and Precor 223. The Spirit was the cheapest, and happily enough, I liked it the best. It's certainly a lot quieter than my current treadmill, but that's really not saying much. I liked the set up of the console and the arms, and it felt fine to run on. I ran and walked a little over a mile on it. It also goes up to a 15% incline, which I can't imagine using, but it's notable.
The Precor 211 doesn't have arms, and that turned out to really bother me. The console is also very minimal, without much space to set a phone or tablet, and not much in term of quick-buttons. I didn't bother to run on it much. The Precor 223 had arms and a better console, but I thought it felt clunkier to run on. Also, the tablet-holder on the console stuck up high enough that I think it would block my TV view at home. Given that it was almost $1000 more than the Spirit, it didn't seem worth choosing it.
So, hopefully I will get the Spirit 485 in a couple weeks. The salesman gave me the sale price for New Year's, so it is not as expensive as I thought it would be, although the delivery/assembly and take-away of my old one add to the cost.
This afternoon, I had an indoor tennis practice with my team. In the first round, my partner, Shelley, and I got creamed, 6-1, 3-0. We weren't playing that badly, but our opponents were playing really well. In the second round, my partner, Jill, and I did well, with a score of 7-6, 1-1. In the last round, my partner, Whitney, and I won 6-2, 1-1. We played well together.