Thursday, March 15, 2007

Run Club and Free Treadmills

Yesterday wasn't quite as nice as Tuesday, but no hats or mittens were required. There was a nice big group of runners for Run Club, 15 were present! I guess we are all crawling out of the woodwork now that the dead of the winter has passed. Thank goodness.

I decided to run 10 miles, 2 loops of 5. I ran the first loop with the club and was even able to run the last part with Brenna Carey, Cross Country star of Big Lake fame. She graduated from high school, but was always at the top at State and has an awesome running record. It was fun to talk with her and learn all about her speed workouts.

Second loop was a bit slower, just finishing up before dark. The chill set in and I couldn't wait to get home and hop into the hot shower. It felt good to run with run club again, it has been a long time.

On another subject, I bought a treadmill from Sears 10 years ago. I was trying to become sober and thought walking may help to get rid of my post pregnancy pounds. I had no intentions of ever becoming a runner but you never know what the future may hold!

I purchased a Sears Pro Form and bought the extended warranty. Each year the Sears maintenance man comes out and does a check on the treadmill. They usually install $300-$500 worth of labor and parts each visit but there is no cost to me as I renew the warranty every 3 years for $200.

Yesterday I had scheduled a maintenance visit. He came out, fiddled with the treadmill, told me he was going to install a new motor and bed - the mill has 6000 miles on it. He went out to his van to look up the parts. He came back into the house and said "well, good news and good news. Because the treadmill is 10 years old, we no longer have the parts. We'll be replacing your 10 year treadmill for a brand new one. Sears will be calling you in 5-6 days to talk about your requirements and the options you would like on your treadmill. Typically it will come in at $2000-3000. No cost to you" My jaw dropped. I looked at the boys and asked if they heard that..the treadmill would be FREE..yes, it was confirmed...FREE.

I was just beginning to wonder if I should look into purchasing a new one or if it made sense to continue purchasing the extended maintenance. I don't have to wonder about it any more!

10 years ago this treadmill cost me $1100; certainly not top of the line, but it has served me well!

Today: 40 minutes stepper, 20 minutes row and RT: Back and Chest. Then off to a County Planning and Zoning meeting.


olga said...

Yay for a free 'mill!!! That is a great news! get another 10 years out of it, you, walker:)

Ellie said...

Holy cow! It doesn't get much better than that!!!

Anonymous said...

I never buy extended warranties, mabye I should.... Sounds like an awesome deal, enjoy that new treadmill!