I decided it was high time for me to make use of this treadmill we bought, so for the past few days I've been using it for short 30 minute workouts. So far they've been just walking workouts, up to 3 mph using this Fat Burner program that came built in.
Today I dialed it up to the first running workout, max speed 4.5 mph (I'm going to have to reprogram this thing to read out in metric...). I actually went the whole 30 minutes with only a few walking breaks (part of the program). Much better than I thought I would. Granted treadmill running isn't nearly as strenuous as being out on the road, but I'm quite happy with how I did today.
To top it off, I've been doing it all barefoot. Not quite as punishing as I thought it would be, which is probably a testament to the shock absorbing capabilities of the treadmill. I need to get a new pair of running shoes anyway, but I kind of like the barefoot thing. I don't think I'll be doing it for anything much longer than a half hour or 45 minutes though. Even that would probably be a little too much punishment on these bones and joints.
Feeling good about these treadmill workouts. Better than doing nothing I suppose. Maybe I'll even be able to lose some weight before the reunion.