I run outside no matter what the weather is like but now that I am a single father, I can not run when I have my kids. I have never run on a treadmill but now that life is forcing me to get one if I want to run more, what should I look for.
There are some amazing deals on treadmills right now.
Here are two that I was thinking about.
Tempo 632T - 2.25 CHP, large 20 X 55" cushioned deck, 10mph, 10 pre set programs. $550
Livestrong 10.0T - 2.75 CHP, not sure on deck size, 12mph, 11 programs. $800
Is it worth the extra $250 to get a little bit stronger motor and the extra 2mph. My days of running sub 6 minute miles are long over. This is to do a bit of speed work, indoor bricks and some running when the kids are in bed.
I think it is. While I haven't heard of more than anecdotal reports of 2.25HP treadmills failing from engine burnout, the truth is that most of the TMs in the $500-$700 range were really meant for walkers and not runners. Running TMs nowadays are typically 2.75-3.0HP, with most of the good midrange ones being 3.0.
The smaller engine will have to 'work harder' to maintain the same pace as the bigger motor, which means more noise and potentially more engine burnout, and also lower top speed.
As you will likely keep this TM for quite awhile as a dedicated triathlete, I'd at least get the $800 one - sounds much more like a running treadmill to me. While the cheaper one could work just fine, I think you're taking a bit of a risk by buying it, and TMs are big and bulky enough that it doesn't seem worth the hassle, especially for something that you'll be keeping for a long time.
For what it's worth as well, there are a lot of folks who bought the Livestrong TMs on other forums, and I haven't heard nary a peep of complaint from them, so it does sound like the real deal.