Avid runners know the importance of a reliable treadmill. If the weather is anything less than ideal, many will take advantage of the ability to run indoors.
Running on a quiet treadmill is a necessity for anyone who puts in miles within the confines of their home. A high-quality treadmill is especially important for Sister Stephanie Baliga, who is training to break a marathon record on the treadmill.
Franciscan Nun Plans to Break Treadmill Running World Record
Baliga is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist of Chicago. The running scene is nothing new to Baliga, who has been training for and running marathons since she was enrolled at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she was the 6th fastest freshman in America. In her college days, she never knew that she would one day be a part of The Mission of Our Lady of The Angels.
Since joining the order, she has been running on a quiet treadmill in the basement of the convent for a race that is fast approaching. She is hoping to break the record for the fastest treadmill marathon on August 23, 2020. This race will be her 10th marathon to date.
Her purpose for the event is clear: to break the record for a women’s treadmill marathon and raise money. Baliga has led the 103 members on Team OLA, a group that participates in the Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle. Team OLA supports The Mission of Our Lady of The Angels in their outreach goals.
Upon hearing that the Chicago Marathon would be canceled due to the Pandemic, Sister Baliga promised her team that she would run the marathon on a treadmill. The upcoming event will be live-streamed on YouTube and her supporters will be able to donate toward the OLA’s fundraising goal. In an attempt to entertain live stream viewers, she has invited others to join her via Zoom throughout the course of her 26.2 miles.
Admittedly, the Chicago sister has had limited training for her upcoming run. In an interview, she mentioned that she has had little time to spend in intense marathon training because she is busy teaching students and volunteering.
Still, breaking the record may be attainable for Baliga. Her fastest outdoor marathon time is just under 3 hours. To beat the treadmill record, she just needs to beat 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Sister Stephanie Baliga’s story should come as an inspiration to anyone who aspires to get on the treadmill and build a running habit. Those interested in following her run can tune in on YouTube, where there will also be instructions on how to donate to her cause.
The Importance of Treadmill Quality
Anyone who has spent any time on a treadmill knows how annoying a noisy machine can be. Not everyone who uses a home treadmill is training for a marathon, but the quality of the treadmill significantly impacts enjoyment. Many buyers prioritize running on a quiet treadmill that will allow them to run in the house while others are asleep.
SnoringSource.com advises taking a hard look at the structure of a home treadmill before making a purchase decision. There are many components that go into the production of each treadmill, and a quality machine will allow minimal sound and maximum usability for runners. Components like the belt and built-in cushioning play a large role in the machine’s comfort and the amount of noise it makes.
The pieces that go into the construction of each unit can make or break the running experience. A good quality treadmill is a worthy investment, as buyers typically get what they pay for. Those looking to buy a new home treadmill should do ample research into their option before deciding.
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