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The first couple of days my ankles were a bit sore, but I must say - so far in about 7 workdays I have walked at least 35 miles (tracked daily by spreadsheet) and it is 35 miles I would not have walked with my butt in a chair :-)

So far so good...

Here's to a productive new year ON MY FEET! :-)

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Comment by Cindy M on January 1, 2012 at 8:05pm

Great job Ryan!!!

If you want an easier way to track your miles, I use to track mine, even making "gear" that I track specific details of my walking...

Let me know if you end up over there so I can track your progress - I know of at least one other office walker over there & we do "challenges" each month to try to get to a certain amount of miles in a month... We would love to have more people join us!

Comment by Kelly on January 3, 2012 at 8:15pm

Hi Ryan -- Cindy told me about DailyMile when I first started, too.  I love it! 

As Cindy mentioned, we do a monthly challenge for Office Walkers and everyone is welcome to join.  If you're interested, you can join us at


Comment by Janet Oberholtzer on January 5, 2012 at 3:31pm

Yay for you Ryan... 35 miles the first week, good for you! My one ankle (which had been badly injured in an accident) was sore at first, but is feeling better now. 

Keep on... one step at a time.

Comment by Ryan Hulslander on February 2, 2012 at 12:35pm

One step at a time indeed!

Well - so far, the first treadmill, a Vision Fitness T9500 had a bad motor and it smoked itself in the first 2 weeks. The second one that replaced it was already starting to smell. So, after numerous conversations with the vendor and such, it was determined that between .5 to 1.5 and walking is something very hard on the motor for 6 to 10 hours per day, and these particular models are not designed for that kind of duty cycle. My options were to crack open the top cover and mount a small vortec fan under my trek desk and blow it on the motor the whole time I am on it (again, no guarantees) - or go with a vendor (Landice) that said "Bring it on, and we'll warranty it for life!". Okay - so shelling out another $1300 and upgrading I have a Landice underfoot. So far, so good. Very smooth but was a little noisier at first but the desk is VERY comfortable at any speed I pick - moreso than the Vision. The only difference the manufacturer recommended is that I slick the deck with silicone about every 3 months. Easy enough to do. apparently this particular model that goes in reverse is a hit for places that do patient rehab - so I figured I couldn't go wrong. I need something that doesn't break on me and force me to wait days for a repair. I cannot become a mushroom again :-)

One large difference is that the plastic head of the Landice beast is HUGE that holds your iPod and has a cute little fan (whoopie!). After yanking 4 screws and pulling the faceplate, I stripped the circuit board out of it and is now down to 4.5"x11.5" and after putting an insulator on the back, I have it propped on the desk. In a few weeks I'll try to build a nice box for it, but for now it just looks like a hacked board from a Borg.

Something to note about both treadmills - when you turn it on and just go, once the time hits 99:99, it keeps going. They both just roll over and keep counting - and I think that's a good thing. Having it just quit on you while deep in thought would be a cage-rattler.

Another nice feature of the Landice - when I pause it, it stays paused. It doesn't time out after a maximum of 20 minutes. I can jump back on and take up where I left off. The only things to note are that the incline always stays where you put it - on or off, and the speed always starts at .5 and stays there when you resume. You have to manually bump it up to where you were. But - the calorie and distance values stay loaded for the whole day and that alone is worth it. I don't have to be prescient enough to update my spreadsheet every time I jump off it for a few minutes so I don't lose my accumulated distance figures.

In any case - we'll see how this one works out. I am sure the second treadmill I had would have probably worked VERY well had I both slicked the deck more often, cracked the lid and used a fan on the motor, and I was a quite a bit lighter. Probably more the latter than anything else.  :-)

My next adventure will be to start trying the whole "Vibram Five Finger" thing so the walking I do is as natural as possible...


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