Book reading, an awesome quote, and my goal for Saturday

January 24, 2013

I got all ready to go out on the treadmill to run this morning but then Brooke had a much better idea.  This is her favorite book because it makes a crunchy sound every time you touch it.  (Yes, we are in the same outfits for the third day in a row… the laundromat is simply too far and I can’t convince Billy to stay home from school to do the laundry)  

(PS I did purposely crop my eyes out of the picture to spare you my raccoon eyes… who has time to wash their make-up off these days?)

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After book time we hit up the treadmill (Brooke sat next to me again like yesterday) for an easy 9 miles.  I am going to take tomorrow off and then SATURDAY at 9 a.m. I will be doing my first trail race ever which is funny considering I have ran on trails a total of 6 times in my entire life.  

Goal for Saturday= not call Billy from somewhere in the mountains to come pick me up on a 4 wheeler and take me for donuts.

For lunch today I had a baked potato, corn on the cob, carrots (we are out of chips…BILLY) dipped into guac all washed down with my bag of white chocolate chips while I type. Since that is probably the most unappetizing meal in the world, I will show you yesterday’s meals instead.

Bang’s Friend was working from home and had a ton of leftovers and invited me over (I am starting to believe she is using me for my talent of finishing off all of the food).  We had caesar salad (with homemade dressing and homemade chicken nuggets), watermelon and a quinoa dish.  PS I bought a ten lb bag of quinoa a while ago and have yet to open it because it intimidates me.  

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We have stuck to our  dinner plan for THREE FULL DAYS and had cheeseburgers and corn on the cob last night.   Chocolate covered pomegranates for dessert (I am also proud to say that I have stuck to my dessert plan of attack all week long too).

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I posted this quote a long time ago on the blog but I wanted to post it again because it is one of my favorite things to think about before doing a hard workout in preparation for a race!

“The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in war.”  Ed Eyestone (BYU’s head cross-country coach) said it in an issue of Running Time’s a few years ago.


Bangs’ cousin has an incredible non-profit organization that helps foster children to be able to participate in ‘typical’ childhood activities like playing on a sports team, taking a dance class, music or art lessons, and have a special birthday party.  Please visit HERE to learn more about the fundraising campaign!


What is a goal for your next race?!?!

Are you good about washing your make-up off at night?


Do you make quinoa ever?  Any recipes to share with me?  What food intimidates you to make?

Favorite running quote lately?

Burgers: Yay or nay?

Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad January 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Washing my makeup off at night was one of my silly pseudo New Years resolution last year. I have actually been quite successful which is shocking. I like you goal for your first trail race.


Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad January 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I hate it when I look back at a comment and realize that I skipped some letters and sound like an idiot. Whoopsies.


Cate January 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Jessica, I had to go back and reread to find any typos! :)

Great goal for the race! Mine is always to just finish on my own two feet!

I mix quinoa with feta, onion, and diced tomato. I add some pepper (sometimes salt, depends on how much feta!) and olive oil. Super simple. You can add any veggies! And buglers? YAY


Jenn @ Run It My Way January 24, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Haha I had to re-read it before I found it too!


Jenn @ Run It My Way January 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I love that quote, it’s now stuck on my treadmill with a post it!!


Cate January 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Speaking of typos – Apparently, burgers is now spelled buglers! :) Darn you, autocorrect!


Jenn @ Run It My Way January 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Oops… well speaking of errors, my second comment was supposed to be on the whole post!! Sigh! I blame the tablet revolution and autocorrect!


Emma @ Culturecopia January 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Goal for next race: PR (don’t know when that next race is but when I do I’ll let you know :P)
Good at washing off makeup: Definitely not
Quinoa: I like stuffing it into sweet potatoes or red peppers with some other veggies/spices
Burgers: mehhhh sometimes


RunInBoise January 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I really love that running quote. I think maybe mine for this year is Go Fast. Take Chances. which is on an Oiselle shirt I need to buy.


Sonia the Mexigarian January 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

My goal is to finish the 10k, hopefully under 1:20. I added some extra time from my last 10k since it will be my first trail run and I dunno how the weather is going to be. I think you do great! I hiked the trails before a couple years ago and they didn’t seem too bad except for one incline….. if i remember correctly. lol.

Love burgers!!

I don’t wear makeup all to often, but when I do I forget to wash it off before bed. Usually it’s a stumble from the front door to the bedroom and then faceplant into the pillows :) Late nights make me tired. lol.


Emily Gossett January 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

What is a goal for your next race?!?!
To finish. hahaha

Are you good about washing your make-up off at night?
Not usually but im trying to be better.

Do you make quinoa ever? Any recipes to share with me? What food intimidates you to make?
I love quinoa. Dont be intimidated! There is nothing wrong with learning through trial and error. There are a ton of yummy recipes with quinoa on Pinterest.
Favorite running quote lately?
“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.”

Burgers: Yay or nay?
I try not to eat much red meat but I do love veggie burgers! YUM!

Good luck on your trail race on Saturday! Ill be thinking of you and cheering you on from Omaha! So So SOOO excited to read all about it! Give little Brookie a kiss for me! =)


Logan @ Mountains and Miles January 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I, too, was afraid of quinoa for quite some time. I whipped up a dish last week finally and it was DELICIOUS! I’m now converted.


Amy N. January 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’m terrible at putting on makeup in the first place, and I’m someone who could use it, so washing it off is never a problem.

That food looks so super delicious!

Good luck on your race on Saturday! There is no motivation like knowing that if you don’t get yourself out of ther eyou aren’t getting out of there!

Random question for you – What marathon training plan do you use? Are you going with Hansons? I’m trying to decide what to do for my next one after doing my past three with the Run Less Run Faster plans (which I loved, but am now isck of). Just curious because I can’t make a decision without asking everyone who possibly could have an opinion.


jan January 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I have to wash my make-up off at night because even though I’m 37 my face still thinks it’s in puberty and I get zits. ANNOYING.

I can’t wait to hear all about your trail race! I’m sure you’ll do awesome, although getting picked up for doughnuts sounds like great blogging material. You could use that as an excuse.


Katie @ msfitrunner January 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

My next race is in 4 weeks, it’s a very hilly half marathon so my goal is just to beat my time from last year! Don’t think a PR is in the works for this one- it’s tough! I never wash my face before bed, it’s terrible, and I always have “raccoon” eyes, even more terrible! And, that’s what I usually look like when I go to the gym super early in the morning:)
Quinoa is super easy, lately I’ve just been adding a packet of taco seasoning to give it some good quick flavor, then tossing it with veggies – it’s great with feta cheese too:) You can mix it with anything!
Can’t wait to hear about your trail experience!!


Ranae January 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I would love to do a trail race but i dont actually think we have any in the surrounding 60 miles? Is there a website you use to find races? The only one i use is

Also i never wash off my make up but really need to start. I need a good make up remover that doesn’t burn my eyes when trying to get rid of the racoon eyes lol


Amanda Davis January 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I have a sub 1:45 race goal for my next half marathon, which I’m pretty excited about because training is going really well.

Quinoa is really easy. Just use 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid boil and cover till the liquid is absorbed. I like making mexican quinoa by adding black beans, corn, tomatoes, jalepenos, and chicken then covering it with quac and salsa


Samantha @ Reineke Ramblings January 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

My son always has better ideas than to run =] He usually sucks me in too!

Goal for my next race — to finish! (It’s my first marathon!)

And I’m terrible at taking my makeup off at night. I always wait too long, then I’m way too tired!


Bri January 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Yay to burgers! Especially if they’re on toasted bread.


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Well, my next race is on Saturday – a half marathon I signed up for before I was injured. My goal is to cheer on my friends without getting to upset I’m not running, and without freezing to death!


Rachel @ Operation Rosebud January 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Favorite running quote:

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and knows that he must run faster than the faster lion or he will die.
Each morning in Africa a lion wakes up and knows that he must run faster than the slowest gazelle or he will starve.
So it doesn’t matter if you are a lion or a gazelle– when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!

So great– good luck on your race. I am stealing some of your ideas for the “The Bachelor” party I am hosting tomorrow night.


Cathryn January 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I love quinoa…it’s fantastic stuff. Check out the quinoa patties on…perfect for on the go!

I have my first trail race (half marathon) in’ll be my second ever trail race :) Rubbish, aren’t I!!


Josyanne March 8, 2014 at 2:47 am

I think it’s hard to give tips on how to schedule. I just know for myeslf it has to be a priority. This week was March break and I had all 4 kids home, my husband was working crazy hours, the only time I had to work out was at night when they were in bed. So that is what I did. It was hard but I pushed myeslf to do it. I felt great afterwards. It think just trying to get it in, even in 10 minute spurts of that is all you have time for, will benefit you in the end. I know for me once I started it became a habit, so try and be consistent and you will see results. You can do it!


Sarah @PickyRunner January 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Yummmm burgers! Those are my fave :) You’ll do awesome in your race! If I can do it without tripping and falling on my face every weekend for cross country meets, you can DEFINITELY do it.
P.S- I wear the same clothes all the time too. If they pass the smell test and don’t have obvious stains, I see nothing wrong with it…


Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Quinoa intimidated me in the beginning as well, and the first few times I made it, I -still- wasn’t convinced that I was doing it right. I think I’ve gotten the hand of it (omre or less), but something that still scares me to make is yeast bread. I love the idea of fresh, homemade bread, but the thought of working with yeast is scary! It just seems like there are so many things that could go wrong.


Kate @ So Cal Runner Gal January 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

That food looks delicious!

I totally support Bang’s Friend’s organization. I also work for a non-profit that advocates for foster children. Go Bangs!


Leigh January 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

My favorite quinoa dish is quinoa-stuffed zucchini boats! Slice a zucchini in half-lengthwise, cook in the skillet until soft, scoop out the insides, and fill with quinoa, goat cheese, and marinara! I feel so gourmet and FANCY when I make it!


Leetra @ January 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

That sounds amazing. I’m definitely making those as soon as I get home to my kitchen!!! I’m adding olives (sorry Janae and all the olive haters :) ) Thanks for the idea, Leigh!!!


Leetra @ January 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I love that I’m not the only one afraid of cooking certain things. I’ll do almost anything in the kitchen unless it involves yeast or a rolling pin… So I guess it’s really baking that I have some serious hang ups with. So many great looking recipes I have to pass up on with my weird kitchen fears :(


Julia @ FitFreshFood January 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I have a HUGE bag of quinoa too, from Costco? It’s so cheap!
But don’t be afraid, it’s so deliciously simple to make!
My no-fail method:
Boil water (ratio 2:1 with quinoa, ie. 2 cups water for 1 cup quinoa)
Add quinoa, stir.
Reduce heat to simmer (just below medium). Put a lid on & leave it for 15min exactly.
Keep lid on and take the pot of the heat.
Let sit 5 min.
Fluff with a fork and impress yourself with how awesome you are :) (and billy!)


Erin @ erinruns January 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Next running goal: finish and enjoy Boston! No time goal (for a change).

Favorite quote lately (although not necessarily a running quote): “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” _Aristotle


Leah January 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Is your quinoa bag from Costco? I probably have the same one. OPEN IT!!! We make quinoa at least three days a week now. We most frequently eat it as a side grain (made in chicken broth) with some sort of vegetable or fish, but I also made super yummy quinoa black bean burgers last week and quinoa kugel from a New York Times recipe this week. So delicious, put it on your meal plan and make it happen!


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles January 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

No goals right now except to run pain-free!
I do wash my face every night.
No quinoa and no quotes right now.
Definite YES on the burgers. With bacon, guacamole, onions, ketchup. YUM!

The Kidless Kronicles


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Sounds like a reasonable goal… However it would make a great blog post if you didn’t meet it so either way it’s a win ;-) Goal for my next marathon is 3:05! Eventually I’d like to work towards 2:50ish but that’s a goal for over the next few years. Never wash off my makeup… gross I know. I actually made quinoa the other night and I mixed it with a packet of hidden valley ranch seasoning and olive oil. It was so good! Then any kind of meat you like. And YAY to burgers!!! Love them!


Stephanie Potter January 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I usually don’t wear makeup
I love quinoa and make it instead of rice for one it cooks way faster. I usualy just make it with chicken broth for better flavor. Then you can add things to it for a cold salad.
I love burgers but I use the thinbuns and try to have turkeyburgers with no mayo to keep them healthier.
As for a race I am thinking of doing the 10 mile leg of the Big Sur marathon. It is the day after my 40th birthday so I have to decide if I want to party or run the race because both things can’t happen.
I can’t think of a running quote.


Sierra January 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Mussels and clams really intimidate me and I think they are too expensive to buy and mess up.

I would like to PR the half this year. I am looking at sub 1:50


TorontoRunner January 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I can’t wait to hear about your trail race – so exciting! :D

why does laziness take over to a whole new extreme when it comes to taking off makeup at night?? I’m terrible at it. Even worse when I go to the gym straight after work and sweating OFF the make up instead of just taking it off! ick!


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I’m terrible about taking my eye make up at night too…

As for quinoa, I was super intimidated by it for the longest time too. I finally convinced myself to buy some and try it out a couple weeks ago, and it truly is so easy! You just boil it like you would rice. And I used it for fried “rice”, except obviously used the quinoa instead of rice. After I boiled the quinoa, I put it in a skillet along with a few eggs and chopped veggies and spices, scrambled it all together, and voila! Veggie fried “rice”. I’ve also added it to a few soups and used it just like I would rice in any other meal.


Megan D January 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

If I re-wore my running clothes without washing them I would probably gag and die from the smell. I am the most stinky runner ever. Ross AND THE KIDS make me shower RIGHT after a run. I usually eat breakfast anyway…but no one will sit by me. lol.

I wash my face every night. Otherwise I will for sure break out.

Next race?! What next race?? I need to change this pronto!

My favorite quinoa recipe is SO easy and quick that I love to make it – too bad my kids don’t like it…yet, I make it anyway. They are so lucky to have me as a mom!
(I use chicken breasts in my crock pot with BBQ sauce & double everything – that way I can use 1 can of corn and black beans & don’t have random left over ingredients)

Yay for burgers. Especially withOUT cheese – but WITH bacon, avocado and grilled pineapple – scrumptious.

My current favorite quote can be applied to running, eating, life in general: ‘Never trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment’

Today is National Peanut Butter Day! Hopefully you got a chance to celebrate. I think some of your no bake cookies would be the perfect way!


Andrea @mainerunnergirl January 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I like “You only regret the runs you don’t do.” Also quinoa used to intimidate me too…I buy the pre flavored ones and they are good! But not so cheap…


Allison January 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

You have such pretty pictures! And yes, I always wash my makeup off at night. It’s this weird habit I have. No matter how wild of a night, I have to do it before I go to bed or I go nuts! One time at a restaurant I had quinoa mixed in with the dressing in a Caesar salad…it was phenomenal.

Reply January 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Favorite quote: “If it was easy everyone would be doing it!”
Burgers: Big ol’ YAY!
Terrible at washing off the makeup! I just want to go to bed…


Melissa January 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Sweet quinoa is the best!! After cooking on the stovetop (2:1 ratio, boiling, simmering for 15 minutes yada yada), I put about a cup in a bowl, put in just a tad of almond milk, a bit (read till it tastes sweet) of honey, couple dashes of cinnamon, and shredded coconut (when I have it). I am obsessed with having this for breakfast or a night time snack. I make a bunch on Sunday, put the leftovers in a container in the refrigerator, then just heat some in the microwave in the morning. Try it!!


Kristin January 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I am so bad at washing my make up off a night (one of the reasons why I actually use mineral make up b/c it’s not that bad if you leave it on for say 48 hours straight). Next race is the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon in April….I’m looking to PR, but I get so nervous putting it in print or saying it out loud b/c it might not happen. Oh the pressure we put on ourselves!!!

Good luck this weekend!!


Pam January 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

THAT’S my favorite running quote! I never heard it before!! :) Soo true.

I can’t wait to hear about all of your details on your 1st trail race. Good for you for doing something different & stepping out of your comfort zone. I’m scared of trails & don’t know if I’ll ever have the desire to run a trail race. But, I’m also the girl that said that I’ll never run another 26.2 after my 1st one! ;) Good luck on Saturday!!

I’ve never made quinoa before. But, I enjoy it. I’d probably make it if I wasn’t the only one that would eat it. Maybe if I drizzle hershey’s chocolate syrup on it the family will eat it! :)

My goal at my next race is to run s.m.a.r.t!! s-slow the 1st half, m-mile at a time, o-on pace, w-walking is not an option! :) luv ya!! xo


Pam January 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

let’s do that again…s.m.a.r.t s-slow the 1st half, m-mile at a time, a-at pace, r-run only, t-to the finish!! ok that’ better! hope I made you smile!! :)


Annette January 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney I guess that’s not really a running quote but I just ran my first marathon and it was the Disney marathon and I definitely used this quote to motivate me and its awesome that it’s on the medal :). As far as makeup – I am 100% successful at cleaning my face as soon as I get home at night. Good luck with your race this Saturday!!!


Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I, too, was intimidated by quinoa, but then I just cooked it in a rice cooker and it turned out awesome!! I cook about 4 chicken breasts with a small bottle of salsa and one cup sour cream in the crockpot all day then pour that little mixture over quinoa and it is divine!! Tonight I am experimenting with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I’m hoping its good. Oh and the best part is I always make way too much quinoa so then I don’t have to make dinner the next night. Whoo hoo!!


Sharisse January 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm

BURGERS-YAY! I really want one now. Maybe In-N-Out?

Does Bangs Friend have a blog? If not, she should start one!


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I loveeeee burgers! Bangs cousins charity seems like such a great idea. Very cool.


Kait - @runkaitrun January 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

LOVE me some burgers!!! OF all kinds – beef, black bean, turkey, chicken… all fab in my book


Meagan January 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

My goal for my next race (a hilly 10 miler at the start of Feb.) is to beat last year’s time! Shooting for the stars, I know.

I actually don’t wear makeup. I probably should, I guess, but my mom never taught me how to put it on and I have no idea how to. I only wore it for prom and then my wedding, haha.

Favorite running quote: “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” -Pre


Lauren January 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Oh girl, you need to get on that quinoa~ It will change your life. The recipe ideas are endless. One of my favorite uses for quinoa is subbing it for any dish that calls for rice. It’s much easier to digest and has a nutty taste that I love as opposed to brown rice. So simple to make too!


jenni January 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

1) I just want to get to the start line – I’ve been injured :(
2) I ALWAYS wash my makeup off…usually right when I get home from work (which is when I get my p.j.s on too!)
3) you must try this recipe. I didn’t use a shallot in the dressing because I hate raw onions of any kind, I used a cinnamon pear vinegar, and I added some leftover roasted butternut squash. Oh, and I get the shelled pistachios at Costco :)
4) Lately it’s a simple one: no excuses
5) yay!


solarpoweredlife January 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

6 times already? You’re practically a pro! Well, compared to me, anyway. I did a 10k trail race in the mountains of Colorado this summer. I had NEVER run on a true trail, and I had NEVER run at altitude. I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but I had a BLAST!!! And I didn’t die, and I didn’t come in last.

You’ll do great!

I have a veggie stew I make with quinoa. Delicioso!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I’ve been having a major love affair with cheeseburgers lately. I used to never order them and now we’re practically engaged.


eep January 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I have the BEST recipe for quinoa. I make it all the time, especially in the summer. You are going to LOVE it.
Cook one cup of quinoa according to directions (I use a rice cooker which makes it very easy). Cook one 16 oz bag of frozen corn according to directions, or cut the kernels off of a few ears of fresh corn. Cube 1 avacado, chop a pepper (any color), maybe half a red onion, and mince a few tablespoons of cilantro. Add about a pint of grape tomatoes, cut in half. Toss it all together with the juice of one lime and some olive oil, maybe some rice wine vinegar if you have it on hand. If you want to add some leftover chicken you have a yummy salad, or serve a dip with very salty tortilla chips and you have heaven. Adjust all ingredients to suit your taste and what you have in the refrigerator.


Lanie January 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

We are getting a trader joes where I live later this year and this post made me even more excited!


Deana January 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Love that quote – you could apply that to so many aspects of life! May have to steal that one for a while. :)

Burgers YES! But I like them with either grilled onions & Bleu Cheese, or Bacon with Cheddar cheese. Nothing else. SO GOOD!

I have a few virtual races that are coming up. Free and then I get to truly race against myself. I am am enjoying that lately. (Running 5bythe5th by Lauara @ Mommy Run Faster; and Tackle the Miles by Jill @ Jill Conyers – Fitness, Health and Happiness)


Abby January 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I love when other people make quinoa, but I find it intimidating too. Every attempt to make it has been disappointing!

I wash my face at the gym immediately after I run, and again in the shower when I get home. Sweaty makeup on my face really grosses me out!

Current race goal is for a marathon PR at my second full… By at least 36 minutes!!


Lisa January 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

All I want is a Trader Joes near me. :( I get so jealous of all the bloggers with them in town! Lucky, lucky! Love this giveaway though. :) Eek!!!


Jen January 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I used to suck at taking my makeup off, until I discovered baby wipes. I buy the Pampers unscented with aloe and they just take everything off, are gentle, and don’t irritate my skin. And they’re cheap. I love them. I don’t recommend Huggies though! They’re pretty rough.


Lindsey January 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

When my cousin and I turned 12 my grandma bought us the Clinique 3 step system. From then on, I have been a religious face washer. My grandma has great skin, it’s my goal to look like her when I’m her age! There are nights I’m so not in the mood so I buy the e.l.f. cleansing cloths from Target (so cheap and work great) and at least I get the majority of it off by using one of those.

Love your goal for the trail race. I know you’ll kill it!


Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy January 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Are burgers EVER a nay?


runningwithscissors January 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Burgers are a YAY and quinoa intimidates me in the biggest way!!!I NEVER wash my make-up off. Bad girl I know!
I don’t have a goal for my next race simply because I’m not registered for anything as of right now. Well I shouldn’t say that….I’m running a 200 mile/12 person/24 hour relay called Run the Mitten in June in Michigan. So looking forward to a great time with my running buds. I will certainly be running at least one half prior to that possibly more just not sure when and where.


Nerri January 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm

good luck on Saturday!!! I love quinoa. My favorite way to prepare it is to cook it in chicken broth instead of water. Instant super flavor :) also stir fried up like fried rice with the quinoa replacing the rice. Yum!


Kaleigh January 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Quinoa!!! So easy and makes so much that is even better as leftovers!! Just throw it in a pot with water or chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid is gone and its softened..(not very specific but I never measure it!) then add corn, black beans, fire toasted tomatoes, edamame, lime juice, honey, salt/pepper and hot sauce!! My favorite is Tabasco Chipolte, but Frank’s is always good too!! You will love it, an it’s great running fuel!


Jade January 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I. Love. Quinoa. Quinoa mac-n-cheese…Google it, lots of great recipes for that. I just use it like rice for lots of dishes also!


Annette@FitnessPerks January 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Yay for sticking to your meal and dessert plans!!

I wash all my makeup off, but not usually eyeliner or mascara….whoopsies….


Beth January 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Ooh, I love quinoa. I don’t really have any good recipes, but I do like switching up the liquid that I cook it in, like using stock/broth or even apple cider. Also, you probably already know this, but you can cook quinoa in a rice cooker. That piece of info totally changed my life.


Why would you walk when you can run? January 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

It cracked me up! :)


Khushboo January 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

When cooking quinoa, just remember- 1 cup water to 2 cups ratio….it might seem like a lot of water at first but just stick to it!


Leilah January 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Please make this:
But substitute the quinoa for the farro. I use red leaf lettuce and cilantro and it is the best most favorite salad ever!


Monica January 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I always wash my makeup off before I go to bed only because if I don’t my eyes feel like they have gravel in them the next day. Not kidding. It’s weird.

Quinoa is delicious! My whole family loves it and my three-year-old asks for it at every meal. I make a big pot of it every Monday for us to eat all week. My #1 suggestion for cooking quinoa is to rinse it really well before you cook it. If you don’t it will taste bitter.


Holly KN January 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Quinoa: Don’t let the weird pronunciation intimidate you! As long as you have a fine mesh colander/strainer, you are golden (otherwise, quinoa is a major pain):

2. Boil in an excess of water (like, 4 x the amount of quinoa) – and remember it EXPANDS.
3. Drain.
4. Top with whatever veggies you have around. My personal fave is: lettuce on the bottom, then quinoa, then cukes, tomatoes, feta cheese, all covered with a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil.

I could eat this every day for lunch without growing tired of it, for at least a very, very, very long time.

Burgers: Beef, nay.
Burgers: Chicken satay, yay. Or, rather, YAY!

Goal for next race? Not to race, just to run. :)


Kathee January 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I can’t get over how long the Dark Chocolate Pomegranates are lasting you two. I can eat a bag (from Costco) in less then a week. I have a problem…

Reply January 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I eat Quinoa for breakfast instead of porridge. I’ll add som flaxseeds, cinnamon and just a bit of coconut oil. Quinoa is much lighter than oatmeal and has a lower glycemic index and is gluten free. I find that quinoa doesn’t make my blood sugar levels rise like oatmeal. AND it’s much more healthy and contains high quality protein and helps support exercise recovery and muscle growth, according to the Women’s Running Magazine.

I cleanse my face every night, if I don’t I know I’ll be punished the day after with breakouts.


Serpil @ January 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I eat Quinoa for breakfast instead of porridge. I’ll add som flaxseeds, cinnamon and just a bit of coconut oil. Quinoa is much lighter than oatmeal and has a lower glycemic index and is gluten free. I find that quinoa doesn’t make my blood sugar levels rise like oatmeal. AND it’s much more healthy and contains high quality protein and helps support exercise recovery and muscle growth, according to the Women’s Running Magazine.

I cleanse my face every night, if I don’t I know I’ll be punished the day after with breakouts.



STUFT Mama January 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Not a huge burger fan. Love your goal for Saturday. LOL. Any outfit that cute should be worn for no less than 4 days. You and Brooke have one more. :)


Louise @ January 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

My goal for my next race is to run 15km in 1 hour 30 minutes. I’ve been trying to include a few more hills in my runs to help me get fitter so I can make my goal.

I hardly ever wash my make-up off at night. When I get ready for bed at night I am way too tired (or maybe just lazy) to walk 4 steps into the bathroom and then wash my face. I will probably regret it when I’m older though.

I sometimes eat quinoa, however I’m not very good at cooking it. Mine always tastes undercooked as it’s hard and raw in the middle. I just can’t seem to get it right, but I still just keep cooking with it as its so good for you. My husband doesn’t mind that it has a strange texture from being undercooked.

And burgers – YAY!!!! Thinking about burgers makes me want one now!


Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 25, 2013 at 3:26 am

Definitely a YAY for burgers! During the first trimester, I craved burgers and fries all of the time. Yum!


Michelle January 25, 2013 at 4:29 am

My first trail race was a trail half marathon and i think i only ran on trails a few times before the race (And I came in 2nd place!!). I learned that your trail race times are slower then road race times because you have to concentrate more on not tripping or falling over tree roots and rocks. Good Luck:)


Kari @ Running Ricig January 25, 2013 at 4:49 am

As much as it would suck for Billy to have to come and pick you up during the race, it would be hilarious to see those pictures of him coming to your rescue on a four-wheeler. Good luck at the race!!!

My next race is the second weekend in March. Woo!


Dr. Trot January 25, 2013 at 5:12 am

I’m not even close to a quinoa connoisseur, but this girl ( sure is (frankly, you can replace “quinoa” with just about anything for her). This quinoa recipe is delicious and easy!


Danielle January 25, 2013 at 5:55 am

I never take my makeup off at night! Its just so easy to wash it off in the shower the next morning! :)


Stephanie January 25, 2013 at 6:10 am

I neeeever washed my face before bed. I always justified that the warm water wakes me up and that was dumb right before bed. Now I get some coconut oil on a hand towel and it wipes all if my makeup off plus mousturizes. Boom two in one, extra lazy, and smooth skin without waking me up before bed!


Monica January 25, 2013 at 6:15 am

My favorite quinoa recipe:

I detest cooking and have made this several times. It is easy and scrumptious!


Genie January 25, 2013 at 6:16 am

Oh I love that quote!!

My next race will be… uh… my first race, so I just plan on finishing! LOL!


BeepieRuns January 25, 2013 at 6:26 am

Once you’ve opened that bag of quinoa you are going to be hooked! I make it all the time – it’s so quick and easy and healthy! Good luck on your trail race.


Lisa January 25, 2013 at 6:28 am

I can’t go to sleep without washing my makeup off. Even if I’m half asleep I’ll wash it, and the water is always cold (I don’t want to wait for the water to warm up!) but surprisingly it never really wakes me up.
Quinoa really intimidates me too. I’ll have to check out some of these suggestions.
Good luck on the trail race. I ran a 50K trail race this year and I had *never* run on a trail. Boy, was I surprised! I had no idea what I had gotten myself into!


Julia @ Smile More Miles January 25, 2013 at 6:41 am

I blogged about quinoa this week I am forcing you to try the recipe. I actually think I have made the quinoa you had at Bangs’ house. It looks like Greek Quinoa.


Rebecca January 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

Seriously the yummiest Quinoa recipe ever, Avocado Lemon Quinoa Salad, you will love it! You have to scroll all the way down to this link to get to this recipe.


Laurin January 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

I use quinoa as a base for burrito bowls, greek salads, stuffed peppers. USE IT! So yummy and so filling.


Alison January 25, 2013 at 7:46 am

I read somewhere once that you age 7 days for every one night that you don’t wash your make-up off. If that’s true, then I’m at least a bajillion years old by now.
I am also very intimidated by quinoa – also steel cut oats (but only because I’ve tried to make them several times and it never works out) – I’ve never even attempted the quinoa.


Jade January 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

I’m a tad jealous that Brooke will sit beside you while you run and not yell/scream/demand to be picked up while you run hence preventing you actually running!! My babe is not patient at all.


Blaire @ Just Been Running January 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

Girl you need to start making quinoa!!! It is one of my favorite things to make and it’s so super easy (easier to make than rice) and you can add it to any dish! I like to make it and then add it to whatever sautéed veggies I’m cooking that night! Delicious!

Good luck in your race this weekend, I know you’ll rock it!!


courtney! January 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

speaking of hamburglers… one of my favorite ways to use QUINOA is in quinoa burgers!!! soooo yum in the tum! here’s a link to my favorite recipe:

you can bake or fry them (ehhhh frying= heaven in my humble opinion). enjoy! (with trader joe’s sweet chili sauce, even better!)



Jasmine January 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Get a Norwex face cloth! You’ll love it!


Kay January 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I usually shower at night so it’s easy for me to wash my makeup off haha. Or wipes are always a good option!


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