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My head is full of nutty ideas.

Nutty Idea #1: There are so many recipes for nut butters on this blog that I decided to wrangle them together, with my super-cool nut-butter lasso, and make a special recipe tab:

chocolate-spread

CCK Nut Butter Recipes

Nutty Idea #2: Despite temperatures dipping way beyond freezing, with gusting winds, I thought a smoothie would make a yummy breakfast.

green smoothie

green juice

Normally, I only like blended greens in my Spinach Ice Cream.

But today, a smoothie sounded appealing. This one had blueberries, peaches, and spinach. It tasted much better than it looks. (Note the snow in the background. Blech.)

Nutty Idea #3: Nothing about a banana appealed to my taste buds at breakfast time.

vegan peanut butter sandwich

So I sliced strawberries on top of Gingerbread Butter.

I ate this toast alongside my freezing-cold smoothie. The deliciousness made up for the cold.

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Is it Cold where you are?

Yesterday, I woke up to ice-covered roads, gusting winds, and a forecast that proclaimed “feels like –5 degrees.” Yet, for some reason, I still thought it’d be a good idea to go running. Nutty Idea #4. After 5 minutes of battling the tortuous winds, I admitted defeat and retreated back to my warm cocoon to fight another demon… the treadmill.

Do you run on a Treadmill?

The darned things make me feel like a hamster, constantly moving without ever actually going anywhere. Normally, when the weather’s abominable, I’ll suck it up and go outside anyway. Or I’ll take a rest day. (Really, Texas doesn’t see too many days where it’s just too cold/rainy/icy to venture out.) But this morning, already dressed and ready to run, I decided to take a ride on the wild side Nordic Trac.

Gossip Girl, my ipod, and—oddly enough–Sesame Street kept me company, valiantly trying to distract me from the boredom of running in place for over eight miles.

As I asked on Twitter, if anyone has good “beat treadmill boredom” ideas for me, I’d be much obliged! Although I might not need them, providing the groundhog is to be trusted: he didn’t see his shadow!! 🙂

Have you ever had any nutty ideas?

Published on February 2, 2011

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  1. a reader says

    I have a request:
    Can you possibly do a post on how to become a successful blogger? I know other bloggers (Tina, Gina) have done posts like these, and I’d love to hear your tips, especially because it seems like you’ve achieved “big blogger” status by doing your own thing.
    Although I’m not new to the blogging world, I still consider my blog a “baby” blog for the amount of traffic it gets and the amount of other people who make my recipes (zero).
    Also, this post made me laugh with every sentence. I love your creativity. You should write a book! Not just a cookbook (because I know people always tell you that) but even just a story book. 🙂 I love your blog!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Aww, your words are kinder than I deserve! I might try to put together a list of tips I’ve picked up from experience, since you’re not the first to ask for such a post. But as for a “successful blogger” post… I think you’re a successful blogger if your blog makes YOU happy. That’s the only thing that matters! 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I tried to leave you a comment, but it wouldn’t let me! Here’s my comment: Awwww you are so freakin sweet! And ohmigosh it’s too funny that you made a gluten-free version, because I *just* made one too, with brown rice flour, that I hope to post soon. Great minds think alike?
      Yours looks so delicious… and I definitely won’t judge you for eating all the veggies. Can’t let them go to waste, now can we? 😉

  2. Albizia says

    Considering the fact that I’m nuts, I sure have a lot of nutty ideas 🙂 . But I don’t have a treadmill so I can’t help with that. I’m not even a runner, I just walk most of the time. This morning however, the temperature was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (why don’t you people use centigrade??? I already learned lbs and feet but I still can’t get used to this) when I went out for a walk and to avoid freezing I started running. It really helped me avoid crystalization 😀 .

  3. donna says

    My nutty idea was to go off to a cold place for college, where I knew no one and was far away from home for the first time. It was awful! I transferred back to a college closer to home this year, and I’m much happier.

    Off to check out this new nut butter tab!

  4. Amy says

    Love your blog!!
    Where i am we have caught the edge of the storm from Texas. Snows flying everywhere!!! and its -20 🙁
    another treadmill run for me
    To make it more interesting i change the speeds and incline as i go, and fun music is a must!!

  5. Tulika says

    Smoothies kind of do sound great despite freezing cold temperatures…I totally understand! Usually when I’m on the treadmill I watch food network or cooking shows. It definitely motivates, hahaha.

  6. Lisa C. says

    I hear you on the UGLY!
    I would say it’s ugly everywhere, but I hear Florida is missing out on the rest of the US’s pain. Wish I were there. Or wish I were at your house for some of that gingerbread butter! Maybe not the spinach ice cream, though ;).

  7. Jennifer JCD says

    You already know how cold it gets up here. And yes, I still venture out in -30C/-22F all the time. That’s normal for us. I’ll even run in those temperatures as long as the wind isn’t blowing and the roads have been cleared.

    Treadmill, never. I’ve tried, but I just can’t do it. I hate how when I run on a treadmill I get static shocks in my ears from my ear buds – ouch. That, and it’s boring!! The indoor track is a hair better, but I still never go there because it’s still boring. I’d rather run outside in -30C with some scenery and some running buddies.

    As for nutty ideas, I’m full of them. First, I run outside in -30C… which probably earns me a hundred nutty points right there. I also try to add nuts to everything – peanut butter in a stir fry or stirred into quinoa is quite yummy. And then there’s the really random stuff my head can generate…

  8. Gen says

    Its definitely not cold here! Want me to send some sunshine your way? =D
    One of my nutty ideas:
    “Sure its raining outside, the streets are flooded, and there are tons of people and traffic, but I think I’ll go the bread store to get some nice, fresh bread”.

  9. Katie says

    I also just drank a smoothie for breakfast, and it’s negative 17 degrees here! Brrr…the temps forced me to hit the treadmill – although I don’t really mind it all that much. 🙂

  10. dana @ my little celebration says

    I believe it’s 5 below where I live, which is why I’ll be staying inside.

    I do like running on the treadmill, although when the weather’s nice I much prefer running outside. I do like the controlled incline, time and speed on the treadmill, however.

  11. Anonymous says

    I have an answer to all your questions!

    Yes, it is very cold here in Chicago. We just got two feet of snow! Goodness, me!

    Yes, I do run on the treadmill! In fact, I just ran on the treadmill about 3 hours ago!

    Yes, I often get nutty ideas. Some are crazy (nutty) and some are quite literally NUTTY, like when I spontaneously made honey-walnut butter two days ago and FELL IN LOVE. It’s delicious spread on my favorite vegan whole grain bread with some strawberry jam and bitter black coffee — mmmm. Breakfast!

  12. Kathleen says

    For me, actually, I do better on a treadmill. I can push myself more and I enjoy it. 🙂 I get you on how you feel like you’re not going anywhere though. 🙂

  13. Lauren @ WWoB says

    Its not THAT cold over here, thank goodness!! All my Texas friends have been complaining about it – I feel bad for yall!

    And I do run on the treadmill sometimes.. with good music, its not bad at all. But I would NEVER run on it if I didnt actively want to. That would be too tortuous…

  14. Jess from Midwest Vegan says

    I live in Northern Missouri, so I’ve had a snow day since Monday. It’s been awesome! Lol. I think we’ve gotten 1/8 in. of ice, 7 in. of snow, and an actual temperature is a high of 8F and a low of -10F (actual!). Honestly, though. I don’t mind winter. In fact, I could live in Canada if it wasn’t for the fact that I love the Ozarks so much. 🙂

    I also hate running on treadmills. I get so BORED. At least when you run outside you can see all the scenery passing you by. I think time/miles go by sooo much faster that way.

  15. Lauren @ Hungry Dancer says

    I can’t believe you tried to run in that crazy snow!!!! That is some dedication right there!! I think most of the things I do are a little nutty…but that makes life fun!!

  16. Mel says

    I hate the treadmill and have 0 attention span on it. I will walk or do HIIT running on it, but that’s about all. I’ll use the adaptive motion trainer on “run” before I’ll run on the treadmill.

    I had planned on running outside this morning, until I saw that at 4:45 it was 16. I am opting to workout at the gym this evening instead

  17. Kat says

    Is that -5 Fahrenheit or -5 Centigrade?! (Sorry, I’m in the UK and not used to these mad American fahrenheity ways!!) If -5 FAHRENHEIT, then you are truly as nutty as a peanut practising synchronised swimming with a hazelnut, a walnut and a pecan in a large sea of almond butter!!! (Er… as they obviously quite frequently do…) I’m not surprised you were forced to face the horrors of The Dreadmill! :O

    I hate running on treadmills, I read a tip once though that, since there’s almost always a sign of some sort up on/near to the treadmill (e.g. “In peak times only use for 20 minutes” or whatever), what you can do is use that as a sort of springboard for various word games, i.e. think of a vegetable that begins with each letter on the sign (which would hardly be a challenge for you hehe!) or make up a story with each word beginning with those letters, or try to make as many words as you can from the letters in the words etc. etc. etc. Not suuuuuuper fascinating, I know, but better than staring blankly forward with dead eyes and counting how many times you can repeat the sentence “I WANT TO DIE!!!” in your head before you give up and throw yourself off the treadmill and out through the window just to break the tedium (er, just me?), right?!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Ooo thanks for the fun idea! I love imagination games :). Anything to keep my mind away from “how many minutes left on this darned contraption?”

      -5 was F. But I agree that we Americans need to give up our ridiculous ego thing and switch to metrics! It’s much more sensible!

  18. Jos says

    LOL, I hate treadmill! Just like you said, it makes me feel like a hamster running around in that little circle thing…haha..glad I’m not the only one think that way.

    It’s been pretty chilly here in So. Cal as well..pretty windy and cold.

    another good cardio hmm maybe jumping rope? hehe

  19. Allison @ Happy Tales says

    I am so surprised y’all have snow in TX! I am in Charotte, NC and today is partly sunny skies and a high of 65! (I hope saying that out loud doesn’t make me hated…)

    And I agree with you! I always feel like a hamster on a treadmill… I just can’t make myself do it! I’m impressed that you were able to get 8 miles down! I can hardly even do 2 minutes. If i’m doing cardio inside, it’s some form of cross training. Me and treadmills just don’t mix too well…

  20. Raquel says

    ARGH! This weather! I thankfully left work early Monday night, and got home 10 minutes before the sleet started (Yikes!). Got a touch of cabin fever even though I’m happy for the days off from work. What was funny yesterday was watching people drive down my street and get stuck on the slight incline that heads into the next block. There was a couple of boys who live on the corner who kept helping people get unstuck. I told them they should charge everyone, lol! I wasn’t trying to be mean, but I seriously couldn’t fathom driving over ice yesterday. Today…like a said, a touch of cabin fever. Thank goodness for the internet!

  21. melissa @ the delicate place says

    my life is a nutty idea haha. it’s a wild ride at times but i wouldn’t have it any other way. ummmm the weather sucks right now. it’s super windy and cold, my house feels like it’s gonna blow over!! i’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately to combat the horrid winter!

  22. Camille says

    -5°!? Why in the name of god would you venture out in that! People call me crazy when it dips below 30 and I go out for a run!
    Those kinds of days were just made for the treadmill. I have found that watching a movie/TV show on my iPod helps beat the treadmill blues. You can rent them off iTunes or, if you have Netflix, you can download an App to watch your Instant Queue 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I didn’t even think about the fact that I had a perfect movie to watch on the treadmill yesterday: The Hangover! I keep forgetting to watch it!!! But it’s supposed to be awful tomorrow still, so maybe then! 🙂

  23. Heather Eats Almond Butter says

    Yes, it is cold, and I am so over it. I need sunshine in my life! I want to be drinking your smoothie out by your pool in some 80 degree temps! Heck, make it 90’s. 😉

    So fun you now have a nut butter tab. That makes me smile Katie, and in reference to your last post, I use to love Hamburger Helper, but your version sounds much better. Love your recipes – all of them!

  24. Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) says

    Interval training on the treadmill while watching any of the Twilight Saga movies means I’m never bored working out indoors!

    • abby says

      i looove twilight! i know i sound like a crazed preteen, but i can’t help it. they’re my guilty pleasure, both the books and movies :).

  25. Felicia ( a taste of health with balance) says

    yes i have a treadmill… its great for now but i’m slowly starting to go crazy. i need spring! and its frreeezing here. currently an ice storm happening outside 🙁

  26. Ilana says

    Our weather is disgusting. It snowed yesterday, which turned into freezing rain, which turned into just rain, and now everything outside is covered with a thin layer of ice and its impossible to go anywhere. I couldn’t get to class this morning because I couldn’t get down the street to the bus. If *I* can’t walk, I don’t want to be in a moving vehicle!
    But…I woke up wanting a smoothie too! I had a really schitzophrenic one with everything I found in my fridge thrown in – spinach, cuke, a banana, coconut water, lemon, ginger, AmazingGrass, protein powder, cinnamon … I got a little blender-happy, you know? I just kept wanting to throw more stuff in.

  27. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit says

    it is SO cold over here, after over a week of higher temps too so it’s extra bittersweet. obviously, I had a HOT bowl of oats for breakfast, nothing crazy like you ;).

  28. Kimberly @ Im Not Done says

    I have always hated the dreadmill, but have finally come around to it this year. The difference? Hills and intervals. They make it so much more interesting!

    I heart almond butter!! And your gingerbread butter sounds amazing!

    • Melissa says

      +1 I also HATE the dreadmill (and I call it the dreadmill, too, IRL) I started doing HIIT/speedwork on my short training run days. I can handle up to an hour on the dreadmill, then I start wanting to gnaw my own wrists open.

      Luckily the Metrodome is finally open to runners again (the roof collapsed during SNOWMEGGEDON a couple months ago) and I’ve been rearranging my marathon training so I can do my long runs in the dome one of the two days it’s open for us – at the Dome it’s only 2.5 laps to a mile and warm. 😉 Plus, SO many fellow runners that it feels crackling with race day energy rather than workout drudgery. Very cool! Except I got so excited by the mood and so pumped that I ran *really fast* for my first two miles and then sort had to feel like death the last 6. Hah.

      I managed to get outside twice last week for my 8 miler and a 3.5 miler. This week, though, it’s COLD like whoa in MN. I think it’s dome/dreadmill for me! I hate it but it’s not worth getting sick or injured to avoid monotony.

  29. Lauren says

    I cannot convince myself to run outside in the winter, especially with the foot of new snow we got. I can bear the treadmill if I change the speed and do intervals or switch up the incline. It’s a great workout, and it helps me from getting miserably bored.

  30. Alyson says

    Ohhh Katie, your nutty ideas make me giggle. 🙂 I feel the same way about running on treadmills though! I can usually find workouts that will like alternate speeds, inclines, etc., but even those can be a real drag</strong sometimes… Usually whenever I’m faced with the fated dreadmill, I just plug into music, try not to think about the fact that I’m not really getting anywhere, and go with the runner’s high that comes afterward. 🙂 If anyone else has killer treadmill ideas that help fight the “dreadmill blues” I’d be really stoked to hear them!
    Also, although we got like the greater amount of snow in Michigan in Grand Rapids, I still found a smoothie absolutely delectable, unfortunately I realized that my Magic Bullet was not clean (*gasp*) and had to go with a really hearty bowl of oats. 🙂 Nothing wrong with them either! 😉
    Much love chica! Stay warm!!!
    Aly

  31. Kate says

    I live in North Texas and find this weather so insane! It isn’t even the cold that bothers me, but the ice. I ran about 2 miles outside before I had enough of slipping on the roads. Luckily my neighbours don’t mind me running on their lawns:)

    I don’t have a treadmill so -5 degrees or not, I am outside running!

  32. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    I run on a treadmill most of the times that I run. I’m not a fan of the bumpy old sidewalks in my neighborhood, and if I’m outside, I’d rather be on my bike. I run on the treadmill at my gym and my iPod and the gym TVs keep me entertained….but I’m very easily amused.

  33. Krystina (Crunchy Granola Girl) says

    I had a smoothie too, it’s one of the only breakfasts that has appealed to me lately!

    We’re getting ~24 inches of snow between yesterday and Thursday. 🙁

  34. Kate (What Kate is Cooking) says

    I love smoothies, but when I drink them on a cold day, I get so cold that my fingernails turn blue!

    I hate treadmills, but they’re a necessary evil sometimes. If I have to, I’ll run on them, but mostly for speedwork. I ran 17 miles outside when it was almost 90 degrees, and my sister suggested I use the treadmill instead. You know I hate running on a treadmill when I’d rather almost die of heatstroke than run on it!

  35. Namaste Gurl says

    I can’t stand the treadmill, I’d much prefer running or walking outside any day! I get bored within minutes of being on the treadmill; however when I run or walk outside, I could stay out there for hours! Can’t help you with the boredom part…..

  36. Gill (snaxandthecity) says

    oooh a nut butter tab!? me likey.

    treadmill stay-interested tips? intervals! that’s all i can really think of. that, and amazing music. depending on how fast u run, magazines!?

    ps sesame street is amazing. at any age.

  37. Teresa says

    Haha, I love the nutty theme! Well here in Santa Monica we’re living up to our “Sunny Southern California” reputation. It’s been in the high 60’s/ low 70’s. I went for a run on the beach this morning and the sun was beating down strongly on me! Come visit and we can run on the beach all day!

    Wish I had treadmill advice, but I hate that damned contraption! My best advice really is to do something else instead, like jump rope, yoga, pilates, hiit, or any sort of video you may have (kickboxing, martial arts, etc). I’m sending you some sun!!!!

  38. Alyssa says

    Is it cold where I am?? Um how about this, “feels like -45!!!!!” Can you believe that! It was -17 yesterday and again today in balmy Colorado Springs! I definitely haven’t run outside. The forecasters said you can get frostbite within 10 minutes of having exposed skin outside!

    I do run on treadmills because I have limited time to workout and doing loops in this weather can be precarious. Not to mention I have lots of stomach issues with Celiac disease and tend to perform better when near a toilet 🙂 If my treadmill doesn’t have a TV, I have to play games with myself to enjoy my workout in the least bit…I feel your pain!

  39. Ashley C says

    I HATE TREADMILLs!!!! They kill all my joints but i love the elliptical, i can get lost on that thing for hours. All i need is a few good episodes of my favorite show and big powerade and maybe a piece of gum. Then when i think i cant do anymore I powerblast some rap music and really pump myself up for the last 20 minutes.

  40. Laura @ Meet Virginia says

    So crazy because it is WARM in NC today! It was in the high 60’s when I was driving home from the gym this morning. It was so warm that I put the top down on my car! Crazy to think that so many other people are having a snow day today.

  41. Cailin @ Stir Crazy says

    I’ll be visiting the new nut butter round-up often! Great idea!

    We’re having more nasty weather here in Boston… it’s never-ending, and I’m so sick of it! I’ve had to resort to the treadmill too. I used to listen to music, but I’m loving podcasts recently. It makes the time go by much faster for me!

  42. Mandiee says

    I’m planning any icy smoothie for a pre-yoga snack later today, too. I must have my seasons mixed up because it is STILL snowing here and very chilly. Ah, the perks of living in the Midwest… as long as I’m able to go to hot yoga, though, I think I’ll be nice and toasty. Unfortunately, I don’t have any treadmill running tips for you because I’m not a runner (though I’ve heard intervals are good for boredom), but I can recommend something else when the weather prevents you from going outside: try switching up your routine by doing yoga, pilates, or something else you can find online. It’ll keep your workout routine interesting and fun!

    Have a lovely day!
    xox

  43. Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds says

    Is that a pool I see through your window?!!?

    Yes it is FREEZING today. The windchills are suppose to reach -30 tonight. WTF??? haha. I do run on the treadmill but thats only because I don’t want to freeze into an ice sculpture outside. I have this weird thing withi elipticals…I feel like I’m just bouncing and not actually working out. My max is 4.5 miles though…and that’s IF I’m watching the Food Network!

  44. Lyza says

    We are in the middle of a double digit in inches snow storm right now where I live…The snow keeps on pouring and pouring, and there’s at least 10 on the ground by now. So crazy! 🙂

    You are so healthy…working out, even when you’re indoors and it’s cold! That’s definitely something I need to be doing it.

    LOVE gossipgirl. In fact, watching it right now. 🙂 Take care!

  45. Edwina says

    It’s so weird listening to everyone in America talk of snow and minus temps when in Australia we just had 4 days ranging from 35 – 43 degrees Celsius. I had to run at 6 on Sunday morning just to beat the heat and it was still 27 degrees before the sun had risen! It never snows here in Adelaide, although in winter it can get down to 5 degrees or so on really really cold nights. But never snow.
    Btw I’m pressed by your 8 miles. I’m currently trying to build up to that, I’m at 5 at the moment (actually I measure in kilometers but I’m getting used to miles from all the American blogs I read!)

      • Edwina says

        Of course you can! Although at the end of an Australian heatwave (last year we had 6+ days at 40 degrees and over) you get a bit sick of heat and air con and want a cool breeze! However I’ve always equated snow with fun (I’ve only seen snow when going skiing) but I can imagine icy roads + running is NOT fun.
        But anyway ou should definitely come to Australia! It is an awesome country 🙂

  46. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    It’s freezing here!!! We just got 2 feet of snow over night – it’s absolutely insane!!

  47. Jessica says

    Ooh girl, I heart your nutty ideas 🙂

    Even though it’s the middle of winter, you’ve got me craving a smoothie! Mmm, creamy delicious fruit-tastic glory. hahah with spinach of course!

  48. Lindsey @Textbooks and Cookbooks says

    It’s very windy/cold where I am! We only got rain, no snow 🙁

    Speaking of nutty ideas, I have this really nutty habit of only going to Costco to buy the HUGE jar of Maranatha almond butter!! I made a special trip last night to replenish my stash and am currently eating my second bowl of oatmeal (with AB of course) of the day!

  49. bitt says

    I love the treadmills at the gym that have TVs hooked up because the time just flies by when you watch and speedwalk (I’m not a runner anymore, sadly).

    And yes I have a few nutty ideas each day. Thank goodness I don’t act on all of them.

  50. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    I hate treadmills!! I have always said this and every time I give one a try again…I feel like a hamster/wheel…OR worse, I injure myself. Something about my stride/gait and the way I hit the belt, I always throw off my knees and ankles on them so I have learned to skip them.

    And am very fortunate, like you, that San Diego doesnt get too may ‘cant just go outside and go for a walk/run’ kind of days! 🙂 But it’s suppppppper windy here today!

  51. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    HAHA I already new about your nut butter page. Because I go to your recipes tab daily and drool over everything, and immediately noticed the change yesterday! 😛

    I run on treadmills quite a lot now for speeeedwork and my only advice is intervals and/or TV! I love watching Criminal Minds while I run! The scary bits make me run faster! 😀

  52. Disturbed says

    It was freezing here today, but this weekend it was amazing and in the 60s.
    I run on the treadmill, but I can’t stand it. I really should stop running on it, and I am going to try and stop and just run/walk outside for enjoyment.
    Hmmm, I get nutty ideas all the time when it comes to food. It almost always works out though.

  53. Tricia says

    Try watching tv while you run on the treadmill. Entertains me lol. And thank you for all the nutty ideas! I’m in love with nut butters of all kinds 😛

  54. Rachael says

    Jumping on the cold train, though the NC high country isn’t getting hit nearly as badly as folks in climes further north. My fidelity to long underwear and my down comforter is absolute.
    I tend to run on treadmills or trails – my knees can’t handle pavement. I’ll take a trail any day, but the convenience of running indoors also factors in, especially in -20 windchill!

  55. [email protected] says

    Your smoothie reminded me of my conversation with my aunt. She just started making similar smoothies, but she uses kale, spinach, frozen fruit, a banana, and coconut water. Have you ever used coconut water??

  56. Hannah says

    It’s super hot where I am! Think 105 degrees. So I’ve been pretty much living on raw vegan truffles from my freezer, because at least they’re cold 😀

  57. Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day says

    I just got my treadmill out of the basement and moved to my apartment.. I watch super duper cheesy Netflix while I’m on it or I listen to really cheesy fun music or sometimes metal if I’m in a certain kind of mood..

  58. Becky @ my life be like says

    i like your blog. it is unique and interesting. i have a very difficult time running on a treadmill b/c it seems like time stands still and my workout, in turn, seems never-ending. when i do the treadmill i like to listen to podcasts. one of my favorites is ryan seacrest. i get caught up in his interviews and before i know it i am finished. 🙂 hope that helps you!

  59. BroccoliHut says

    I have a lot of experience with treadmill running–I’ve managed to live in places where running outside on the streets is not optimal. Anyway, I keep myself entertained with the morning news and people-watching:)

  60. Angie says

    I always pop in a dvd of friends when running and have my ipod on hand! Friends is such a great show and I love to run and watch it while on the treadmill

  61. [email protected] says

    I need to get a treadmill, because running/walking is nearly impossible with two little ones and a hubby who is rarely home before dark! I’ve been scouring Craig’s List, but nothing promising yet..keep your fingers crossed.

    My tip-read!

  62. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    It’s colder than what it was a few days ago by about 20*, but it’ll warm up again soon so no worries. 🙂 And crazy craving like a smoothie in winter are totally fine! Hey, your body craves what it craves..it’s just not always on the same seasonal clocks as everyone else. 😉

  63. Marija-The Healthiest Habits says

    When it’s -5° I even don’t go out to buy bread or milk 🙂 so- hooray for the treadmills (in winter time only) 😉
    I am very fond of smoothies too, but what I liked more is your gingerbread+strawberries. Yummy! definitely have to try it.

  64. Lori says

    Totally agree with you on the treadmill. So much that I refer to it as the “dreadmill”. It has been really cold in Austin too, and even though I am from Canada and used to run in much worse weather, I have no desire too! The only way I can stand running on the dreadmill is if I do intervals or HIIT. I have to constantly change it up!
    Stay warm! My kids are really hoping for snow and it sure feels like it out there!

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