I have a confession to make. Running has never really been my thing.I never got the so-called runners high because when I run, I normally make it, like, two minutes before I have to stop. So, in comes the Peloton, the exercise craze that’s got a huge community over its stationary bike. Earlier this year, the company shipped its second device, a treadmill, and I thought, if a bike can get so many people excited about spinning, maybe it could teach me to learn to enjoy running.
And that’s why, for the past two months, I put the Peloton Tread, and myself, to the test by signing up for my first 5K. So, I just woke up. It is the middle of February, and I’d like you to meet my new roommate. So, here’s the thing: the only place that I could fit the Peloton Tread was in my bedroom, and even though that was really awkward, I wanted it to encourage me to use it as often as I can.
Plus, I was pretty emotionally invested in this 5Kbecause was raising money for pancreatic cancer research, something that’s personally very important to me as a two-time survivor.
The plan is to train three to four times a week for two months, and well see how I go. If you haven’t heard of the Peloton Tread, here’s how it works. The machine offers a variety of classes, like hill training, walk/run combos, and even body workouts like arms and leg exercises and yoga. There are even programs for 5K training, or you can stream into a class that’s being taught live from a studio in New York. The treadmill has a 32-inch touchscreen, a soundbar across the bottom, and knobs on the side that let you control speed and incline.
There’s a button to jump to the next level and also another one to stop the tread. The tread has slatted belts with rugged texture for smoother landings. Now since I don’t really run, I can’t really compare it to other treadmills, but I will say that the Peloton Tread, I didn’t really have any kind of knee pains that I did from other classes I’ve taken in the past. Now, its a beautiful piece of hardware, and it better be for $4,500.But where the Peloton shines is its programming.
There is a great variety of classes, instructor personalities, and music genres to suit your mood. And because Peloton is teaching a new class almost every day, there’s always something new to try. There are also a couple of other gamification tools, like achievement badges or challenges that you can complete every month.
On your profile page, you can see stats like how you’ve done the past 30 days, the fastest you’ve ever run, or the instructors whose class you’ve taken most often. I found this to be really helpful for tracking progress over time because it was so encouraging to see those numbers go up and all the miles I was running, that I just really wanted to keep going.
Hey, so it’s now been a little over a week since I got this. I have run seven runs out of the past nine days. A lot more than– basically more than I did in the entire last year, I think. I haven’t really been able to run more than two-ish miles every 30 minutes, which I think is a good start. The fact that I can just roll out of bed, put on my shoes, and just start in my PJsif I wanted to actually helps a lot. I normally start with a 10-minute warmup walk, and then a 30-minute beginner or intermediate class.
It’s actually kind of funny how well the gamification features worked. For example, at the end of March, I was two miles away from a gold badge and I added a power walk session at the end, just to get the badge. Surprisingly, it was kind of hard to get into a live class. They were either super early in the morning or at times that I wasn’t quite home from work yet. And when I was, it was like bodyweight training that wasn’t really what I was looking for.
I wish there were more life running classes because it would have been really nice to see the leaderboards jump around. After all, Peloton is about the community and I really would have loved to see that in action. Update time, I look pretty gross right now, but I’m really excited cause I have to show you all. I started out at about two miles for every 30 minutes, and today’s the first time I crossed 2.5.
In fact, I hit 2.62, which is like, wild. That’s is a lot more than I thought I could do, especially since I, again, hate running. Yeah, I don’t know if I will credit the Peloton. That would discredit myself because I did work really hard, however, I’m a little nervous about trying to run outside. But so far so good, I’m really excited. Guess I’ll check back in soon. The first month with Peloton is like the week after a New Year resolution. I was consistent, I was motivated, I saw progress really quickly.
Then I lost my routine. I just finished my run of the day. I have to admit that this past week I haven’t been very good at keeping my runs. As you can see, this is the entire past month since I started on February 19th. And I skipped a lot of days in the past week. It’s just been a little busy. My bad. But the good thing is it seems like I’m still getting faster with every run. My pace is still quite slow, but I think that if you compare it to the very, very first time I worked out, I went up a lot.
Anyway, I have now about two, three weeks left till my 5K, which is nerve-wracking. Right now, the pace is good, I think I’m just going to have to keep trying to sustain that pace on my own since the treadmill keeps up the pace for you. So, now that the weather is getting nice in New York,I will be running outside and seeing how I fare. In the final weeks leading up to my race,I actually did go and train outside.
Overall, that made me feel pretty good about the training I had been doing with Peloton. But leading up to the race, I was still pretty anxious about it. 7:00, we really gotta hit the road before was too late. Very nervous, didn’t get any sleep. But that’s okay, let’s do it.