I waited til Bee fell asleep in the swing and I told Bug that she could watch me get the big box in and she did. She loves big boxes because they are perfect for jumping and climbing on. That was enough to keep her interest. Once I got it over the 7" step into the house I had to turn it around and figure out how to get it down into the basement. It must have sounded scary because every step down, Bug would ask, "Mama, you ok? You ok?" And I would shout out, "Oh, Mama's fine! This box is very big! Big box!" When I came back upstairs, she said, "Yaaaaay, Mama!" and repeated about 5,204 times; it was our song for the afternoon.
Putting it together was a feat. I waited til O got home and put up the two supports that hold the console. My patients wore thin, so he did the rest. From what I could tell, the instructions were very easy to read. The only gripe I had (and I did so little with putting it together) is that the allan wrench that they provided was suuuuper long and had a very small length of metal after the bend. So, you hold a 2" piece of metal to turn some difficult screws. I ended up getting another tool of our own to do that bit of assembly.
So far I have ran on it twice. It is very basic, which is fine. Most importantly, it is quiet. Bee watched me run this morning and I could hear her coo. It has three manual incline options, speed increments of .5, goes up to 10 mph. Something about it felt "off" and I found treadmilling to be difficult and suckier than before. Maybe it's because I am at home, feet away from my laundry that needs folding? Maybe because with every step, my head got closer to the ceiling spikes the previous homeowner zealously threw on to hide imperfections? Regardless of cause, something wasn't working. Not feeling the strength I was used to, my motivation to run was waning while I ran. Forlorn, I decided to tell Erica that Thanksgiving racing is not on my schedule.
Later, we all were in the basement and O hopped on the treadmill. "Do you like running on this incline?" he asked. When I indicated that I had no clue what he was talking about he said, "You haven't moved this from the highest incline setting since I set it up."
So, lessons learned:
1. Listen to the guy who puts your treadmill together.
2. Don't freak out of a couple of runs go poorly.
3. I am BA for running two training runs on the highest incline and not even knowing it. Or just a little ditzy.