Julie Lyles Carr: Somehow, It Knew....

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Somehow, It Knew....

I posted just a few days ago about my experience on the Arc Trainer by Cybex and my subsequent run on the latest model of treadmill...and apparently someone let my treadmill at home know about this indiscretion on my part (Arc, The Limping Runner Sings...). The belt on the home treadmill has now completely turned into a stretched-out rubber band whose only purpose is to now try to grab the tread of my running shoes and cause me to turn my ankle in a manner in which ankles were not designed to turn.

I'm a bit surprised at my treadmill's vindictive personality--after all, it's been years since I have darkened the door of a health club (they tend to frown on you bringing in eight children while you work out--something about fire code violations for too many kids in the playroom...). I've put who knows how many miles on my old Pro-Form 900. It seems a bit ironic that this would be the week in which the treadmill would play out, the very week I experienced a health club treadmill manufactured in this century. But, regardless, a new belt the treadmill must have should we choose to give it new life and more miles.

Believe it or not, there are websites dedicated to finding the 'treadbelt' you need for your old treadmill. By my math, my Pro-Form is about 11+ years old, so this should be an interesting scavanger hunt. Then there is the recommended deck wax and motor brushes which should extend the life of the treadmill even longer and bring my tab for belt, wax and brushes to about the estimated cost of....a new treadmill. Now, I want to be 'green' and all that and don't want to be responsible for taking a salvagable treadmill to the dump, but I have a deep philosophical question to answer...do I really want to recondition this decade old treadmill for yet another decade's run? Hmmmmm....
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