How random is that title? Let’s take a second to all acknowledge THAT.
Ok, Moving on…what a GREAT week it’s been! Let’s back wayyyy up to Monday, shall we???
Monday I got home from work and the husband informed me that my poor treadmill is worse off than I thought it was….I’ve known since last winter (2014) that I needed to replace the belt in it..I was hoping to get away with it through this whole winter and revisit it during the spring. I bought my ‘mill in 2006, brand new. I’ve also had to replace the belt and the motor one time each-both in 2010- so i already knew that I would rather buy a new treadmill than continue to repair my existing one. (to anyone wondering, it’s a Horizon rct 7.6 treadmill)
I run about 200-250 miles per a month. During the winter months, a lot of those miles are done on said treadmill. (I don’t have a gym membership-this is the only one I use) My husband and I figured out that I use the treadmill pretty consistently throughout the months of November-March. Let’s say it’s 200 miles a month (some runs are outside!) In the nine years of owning this treadmill, I’ve probably run about 8500-9000 miles on it. (I’m not including 2015 cause it just started) that’s a lot of mileage on one little treadmill!
So back to how my ‘mill is worse off than I thought–> When I did my 13 mile portion of my long run on it last week–> I noticed that it felt “springy” but didn’t really give it a
Second thought. Honestly, if I’m being honest….i was delighted at the springy-ness since I had just come home from a brutally cold run on cold, frigid- definitely UN-Springy pavement. The treadmill felt heavenly.
But, My observant husband happened to be working out in our basement and realized that the deck of the treadmill is curving in the middle…and about to break in half! He is the best because i would have kept running on it, ignorant, and would have ended up falling through and hurting myself! (Pause here while you think on this image, mmmkay?) I literally carved a hole in my treadmill in “my spot” that I run on! It’s actually kind of funny that little me was able to do that! But I guess after 8500ish miles that it kind of makes sense!!!
On a whim we wound up at Sears (where I also got my first treadmill) and I immediately spotted the “dream treadmill.” I probably looked around at the other treadmills for ten
one millisecond before deciding, in my head, that i wanted The Dream (AKA-Nordic Track 7700) It had a TV, a huge deck, wifi, ifit, inclines up to 15, and DECLINES to -3 (I’ve never seen a decline before on a treadmill!). It uses Google Maps and works with IFIT to display courses on the TV for you so you can plug in addresses and run on ANY COURSE YOU WANT TO while looking at it on the TV. How is THAT for being realistic? I’m BEYOND excited and my new friend arrives on Monday! ( So if you are looking for me after that…you pretty much already know where I will be) I promise that once I start running on and get used to it, I will do a review on it!
instant best friends!
The best thing happened on Wednesday night! I had dinner with my running partner. I used to mention her a TON on this little piece of the www but lately it probably seems like she has fallen off of the planet! (she has not!) It was amazing to catch up and i have missed her TONS. I am a bad blogger who took not even ONE picture!
I do have this picture for you though…
Wednesday, I ran on my mill for 3 miles and suddenly decided I could not stay on it for ONE more second., (I ran on the end of it and not in “my spot” so as to try not to break it in half) Instead, I decided to brave the elements and hit the track. 1 1/2 miles later, I arrived at my track to find that IT WAS COVERED IN ICE. I was so sad/disappointed. BLA. Winter, I hate you, DIE. It looks like I will be doing some 800s on the new treadmill til spring instead of on the track!
Thursday was slightly warm with a balmy 27 degrees. I couldn’t resist the warm (haha) temps so i headed outside for my run. About 3 miles in, it really started to snow. I didn’t even care because it was one of those beautiful, gentle snowfalls. Sure, it made it hard to see, but overall it was SO pretty i didn’t even care!
Happy Friday everybody! My weekend of running is going to consist of a bad ass tempo and a long run. I am disclosing this on the blog because if they DONT happen– I will be sad that I have to whine to you all about WHY i Didn’t follow through with my running plans!
And now this is where i leave you! Tell me one of you favorite things that is happening this weekend!
-We are having dinner with M and Mr M tonight! Two dinners with friends this week–It doesn’t get any better than THAT! 🙂 AND i have a fun Bridal Shower on Saturday morning that I’m excited about! AND Sunday the Pats are playing!