Y’all this morning I ran 5 miles strictly for scientific purposes… but before I get to that we have to go back to yesterday. Yesterday was when I broke another treadmill, well technically I shredded the belt or more specifically about two inches off the right side.
From what I can gather, and from MacGyver’s long winded explanation, I surmise that because the treadmill is sitting on a rug and isn’t properly balanced when I inclined it to a certain level it became even more unbalanced and it caused the belt to slip to one side. That’s just a guess really but it’s my best guess.
Because I only got about 1.4 miles in yesterday I may have been a little testy. Or a lot. Let’s be honest some mornings I wake up in a foul mood and I like to run…. because punching people is frowned upon. Anyway, MacGyver was still working on the floor in the bedroom and he wanted me to help and so I did, but I’m sure he regretted that decision because as I stated, I may have been a little testy and that’s why MacGyver decided to take a little look-see at the treadmill.
Now, let me preface this next part by saying DO NOT TRY THIS EVER unless you happen to be skilled in the area of treadmill repair, I repeat, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX YOUR OWN TREADMILL.
MacGyver is skilled y’all. Not only is he a general contractor but he once worked in the electronics field and he often does electrical work. There’s that and the fact that he can fix anything in the world with a paper clip and chewing gum. The man is good. The point is, he knows what he is doing.
And he fixed my treadmill. Kind of. What I mean is, he was able to trim the belt up and get it centered. It is not as wide as a typical belt but it doesn’t really affect me when I run because I don’t run near the sides of the treadmill anyway.
MacGyver said that because there are so few hours on the motor and because it’s in great condition I should be able to use it for a while. Unfortunately, the belt may still slide because he isn’t sure the balance issue was caused by the rug. Therefore I needed to run on it so that he could test it. So, I ran a teeny bit yesterday but it wasn’t the distance needed to see if the belt would slide.
That brings us to this morning. I ran 5 miles. MacGyver doesn’t want me to incline past the 1% level until we get a new belt but in the meantime, the old belt seems to be staying put and I was able to run at a 1% incline and I took the speed up to 7.3mph.
The only uncomfortable thing about my run this morning was MacGyver standing behind me staring at
my butt the belt as I ran. It was a little awkward to say the least but I got to run, right? Anyway, the new belt should arrive in a week or so. In the meantime, I can only run at a 1% incline and I have to keep the speed under 7mph. Oh, and I have to keep my eye on the belt at all times.
It’s so worth it! It beats running in the heat and humidity any day. Besides, if it breaks again, I can always have MacGyver build me this:
What’s the most extreme thing you’ve ever done so that you could run?
Did you run this morning?