Inspired by our Running Hamster

Marshall’s the third hamster we’ve gotten from the pet rescue, and like all hamsters, he absolutely loves to run.

We’ve always had the traditional hamster wheels, but one day at the pet shop we snapped up a Critter Trail Revolution — “the home that revolves” — in the clearance isle.  It’s basically a 14-inch diameter mesh wheel that rotates.

So yesterday Marshall is running in the wheel.  (For the past couple weeks he’s forgotten he’s nocturnal.)  His running inspired me to finally get up and out the door.

I got in a 9-mile run, and when I got home, he was still running.  I think I ran a further distance, but he probably outdid me on time (unless he secretly slacked while I was out.)

And as far as I can tell, he doesn’t sweat either.

I really need to get a bike computer hooked up to his wheel so we can track his distance and time.


  1. Comment by Steve Kinley on March 2, 2009 10:55 am

    I like that. A trip meter on the hamster cage. Can you calculate the wattage he puts out?

  2. Comment by Todd Scott on March 2, 2009 11:11 am

    Steve, This web site estimates a hamster’s wattage output at 0.5 watts, but I think they’re method for estimating it is wrong. I don’t think it takes that much energy to keep that wheel rotating once it’s in motion. This makes a good story problem though!

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