I emailed about five people on Craigslist who were selling treadmills for as much as I wanted to pay, and none of them wrote back to me. Then I started looking into buying a new one. The biggest problem with Craigslist for large items like a treadmill is that I don't have a vehicle large enough to transport it. I'd have to try to borrow one from someone and/or rent a truck, which takes more planning and time. If I buy a new one, I figured, I might pay a little more, but I can get free shipping.
I started to get bummed out looking at prices for new, kind of crappy treadmills online. Turns out that the amount of money I want to pay doesn't really get you much in treadmill-land, and I struggled to come up with a new plan.
Thankfully, I was on Craigslist one day as a new ad for a treadmill was posted, and I emailed the guy right away. After some back and forth, he even agreed to deliver the machine for an extra $25. So my new treadmill arrived last week and I forked over some hard-earned cash after hauling it into the basement and doing a quick walk on it to make sure that it worked.
Then I tried to run on it.
Turns out that the reason I probably got such a deal on it is because the belt was slipping. I could barely walk at a brisk pace on this thing, let alone run, and I started to feel even sadder than before. I hoped that it was just dusty from sitting in storage, but after cleaning it off, no luck.
So I did what any modern gal would do--I took to the internet to try to find a solution and it came in the form of this video:
I now have a functional, gym-quality treadmill of my very own! I was so excited, I ran on it far longer than I should and now my legs are sore--but I don't care.
I was so, so bummed when I thought I spent $125 on a crap treadmill, but now I think I got such a good deal because the guy just wanted to unload it! I'm damn near euphoric, and it took about 20 minutes total to fix (once I found the appropriate tools). Double bonus, the city will haul away my old, broken down treadmill for free.