something to keep you interested on the treadmill


Tuesday- 3 miles on treadmill + sculpted arm workout by NTC

I haven’t done a strength training workout in a couple of weeks(I’m counting moving boxes and scrubbing cupboards as a good arm workout;)) so it felt really good to get back into it. I’m sure tomorrow I won’t be feeling that way, ha!


I tried something new on my treadmill run yesterday. I read a magazine. I never thought I could read and run at the same time(it is hard but not impossible) and it kept me so entertained. My SIL Whit got me a subscription to Runner’s World for Christmas. I love it!

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It snowed yesterday in UT after a couple of weeks of gorgeous spring weather. I was actually okay with it for a couple reasons, 1. it didn’t stick and 2. it was a nice excuse to be inside and just have a play day with J. I couldn’t finish painting the lights since it was wet outside so we wrestled(his favorite thing to do), played hide and seek, and cuddled. I’m gonna really hate the day that he doesn’t wanna sit and watch Dora and cuddle with me.

His fav hiding place, inside the ottoman

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Since it was such a cozy day, I made my friend Nat’s clam chowder recipe and some Rodes rolls. It was perfect for a nice warm dinner on a cold day.

Here’s the recipe:

Boston Clam Chowder Yield:

Serves 6-8 Ingredients

•1 cup chopped onion

•1 cup chopped celery

•2 cups diced, peeled potatoes (I use Yukon Gold or Red potatoes)

•3/4 cup butter

•3/4 cup flour

•1 quart half-and-half

•2 (6.5-oz.) cans minced clams

•1 1/2 teaspoons salt

•1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

•Pepper to taste Directions

1.Drain the clams and reserve the liquid. In a large pot, place the vegetables and pour the claim juice over the top. Add enough water to barely cover the vegetables. Simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are almost tender (don’t overcook them in this step!), about 5 minutes.

2.Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the butter and add the flour, making a roux with a wire whisk. Constantly stirring, add the half-and-half slowly. Cook and stir until smooth and thickened, without boiling. When slightly thickened, add the roux to the vegetables and add the clams, salt, vinegar and pepper (to taste). Can keep warm (without boiling!) for a up to an hour or serve immediately

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After dinner we made these cookies. My new neighbors already know me so well, bringing me sweets=)

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what is your favorite cookie brand?

where was your favorite spot to hide in hide and seek growing up?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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8 Responses to something to keep you interested on the treadmill

  1. absgoldberg says:

    I’ve never tried reading on the treadmill but like you said I just didn’t think it would be possible. Maybe I’ll try it out on one of my moderately paced runs. omg, in the ottoman! That’s brilliant!

  2. so cute how he can hide in there, a perfect fit. haha.

  3. I love to bake so I usually opt for homemade cookies. I am really loving Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter lately!! 🙂

  4. Piper's Run says:

    I used to read magazines on the treadmill but now watch show’s on my husband’s IPad…I love getting lost in the show and not looking at my time or km.

  5. I wish I could run and read at the same time. I have tried but that just does not work for me. Blame my a.d.d. 😉 I sometimes will watch the news but mostly just zone out to music.

  6. jumpeatrun says:

    mmm…clam chowder is my favorite. I should really make a big batch 🙂 We had snow yesterday too after days in the 70’s. And now it’s warming back up again.

  7. My fav spot to hide when I was little was on top of the washer/dryer. It was inside of a closet thing, so most people would forget that it was there. I canNOT read and run at the same time. It would involve an ER visit 😉

  8. runsaltrun says:

    Mmm that chowder sounds amazing!
    My favorite spot to hide was in this old wooden chest of my grandmother’s. My mom still has it and I totally forgot about it until the other day when we were over at her house and my daughter lifted the lid and climbed inside. It’s about a million times more dangerous than I remember!

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