7 Easy Ways to Keep Your Treadmill Clean

7 steps to clean a treadmill
I have two things to confess. First, I am one of those weirdos that actually don’t mind workouts on the treadmill. For certain workouts, I even prefer to do it on the treadmill, even if it’s not the middle of January in the Northeast and perfectly fine to run outside. The treadmill allows me to peg a pace and hold it and the treadmill offers little distraction (for better or worse!). I’m notorious for returning from runs where I’ve stepped off the curb or onto a root and twisted an ankle. 
 
Second, I am a championship sweater. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 20 minute low impact stretching session or a 90 minute tempo run, at the end my shoes will be sodden and I’ll be five pounds of fluid lighter. And if I’m doing that workout on the treadmill, most of that run off ends up the treadmill. In short, my treadmill is well-loved and usually disgusting.
 
Here are the things I try to do daily, weekly and monthly to keep it working and fungus free.

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Workout Wednesday: Hill Repeats

Hill intervals workout

I’m comfortable saying it now. I’m not a gym person. I know strength training is important for an endurance athlete or runner, but getting in the gym and lifting weights is at the absolute bottom of my list of training activities.

In the last year, I’ve found HIIT workouts to be helpful by mixing in the cardio with the weights, but even then I struggle to get myself to the gym to lift. My preference to improve strength and speed is to actually do it by running and the best way I know to do that is to run hills. That’s what I did yesterday. Continue Reading

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Lye

Homemade Pretzel made with lye

In the interest of full disclosure, I made poop pretzels last week. I am not joking, they bore a very strong resemblance to Mr. Hankey. I’m not totally sure what went wrong. Everything was going well right up until the end when I pulled the poop sticks out of the oven. I suspect my second proofing after shaping wasn’t quite long enough.

The silver lining? They were for Cecilia’s school winter carnival so the fact that my proposed pretzel braids came out looking like poop emojis might have actually made them more attractive to first and second graders. The other silver lining? I was planning on making them again for the church bake sale this past week. I’m not sure poop would go over so well there….. Continue Reading

Scenes from Saturday + Baking

For the first time in almost a month, no birthday parties on the calendar for the kiddos this weekend. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a party on the agenda though, as Michelle is off right now at an 80’s party school fund raiser. Since there were costumes involved, I volunteered to stay home with the kids and save the babysitter money.

Here’s what the rest of the day looked like… Continue Reading