Thai Peanut Noodles and another thing to add to the NEW RUNNER list.

January 30, 2013

A few of you (and my mom) were very upset with me about my last post because I didn’t include ONE picture of Brooke in the entire thing. I apologize and will make it up to you by including three pictures of her this morning.

I brought out a toy she had never played with before.

This is her ‘Thanks mom, new toys are my favorite’ face.

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This is her ‘it’s a toy AND it plays music’ face.

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This is her ‘I’m bored with this toy now and so I will try to eat it because that sounds like a lot of fun’ face.

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You get to enjoy a recap of the whole day in one post. Don’t get too excited.

I started off Tuesday with 8 easy miles on the treadmill and ten minutes of weights. Next thing I knew it, it was time to go over to see a friend’s new house and eat her homemade soup that tasted just like Cafe Rio’s tortilla soup. We also had those rolls in the background with our soup. I would be quite content eating this for lunch every day of my life.

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And then she brought out these personal key lime pies. What is it about miniature desserts that make them so stinkin’ cute?

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I got out of my comfort zone and made something unlike anything I have ever made before for dinner (good thing they were incredibly easy… I am pretty sure my 4 year old niece could have made this). The Thai Peanut Noodles were incredible and you have to add shrimp like we did if you make it.

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Oh yeah and in the afternoon I made peanut butter bars because Brooke’s new stage is that she likes to take 3 hour naps in the afternoon? I am trying to teach her moderation (clearly, I am a great example of moderation) because I got really bored while she was sleeping and was forced to bake.

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After dinner I went over to a friend’s house to watch The Bachelor. That show just gets more and more ridiculous.


I LOVE what Breanna added to the 10 Things I wish I knew as a NEW RUNNER post. I thought it was so perfect!

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What was the last thing that you baked?

What is your workout going to be today? How much time a week do you spend on strength training and or core work?

What was the last thing that got you out of your comfort zone?

Do you have a hard time comparing yourself to other runners?

-I think we all do but like Breanna says… all that matters is YOU!

Sarah @PickyRunner January 30, 2013 at 5:04 am

I love that you get bored while Brooke is sleeping! Most people wish they could have a break! It’s so cute! How could you not want to hang out with her when she makes facial expressions like that? I’d totally love those mini desserts, but even more if they weren’t mini. It just means I’d have to eat about 100 of them to make it a normal sized dessert, oh well.


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 30, 2013 at 5:05 am

I used to struggle a lot with comparing, especially in college. It’s gotten so much better lately! Those Thai noodles looks amazing! Thanks for the Brooke pics ;-) She is super photogenic!


Brooke @ Running In Heels January 30, 2013 at 5:05 am

TOTALLY agree with Breanna! One of my favorite quotes has always been,”If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” -John Bingham

If you run, you are a runner :)


Becky January 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

that is a great quote!!! thanks for sharing!!


Brooke @ Running In Heels January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

You are welcome! I love it too!


Tammy January 30, 2013 at 6:43 am

Wow that’s an awesome quote…thanks for posting.


Crystal@TheFastFitRunner January 30, 2013 at 8:14 am

This is the best, and oh-so true!


Amy @HoneyBadgerRuns January 30, 2013 at 5:07 am

Such cute photos of Brooke! I loved those 3 hour naps when my kids were babies, but I don’t think I ever baked! I have a 7 mile tempo run today, and don’t have regular strength training, I need to start. I don’t compare myself to other runners most of the time, I am more in awe of how fast other people can run!


Khushboo January 30, 2013 at 5:08 am

Those peanut noodles look amazing..even better that they were easy to make! I tried CrossFit yesterday which definitely got me out of my comfort zone….I’m glad I went for it!


Caitlin January 30, 2013 at 5:08 am

Last thing I baked was oatmeal raisin cookies last week at like 10 PM. Sometimes you just need some cookies.

Today is a 6 mile tm run. I never use to run on the tm, but the weather here’s been so fickle that it’s become convenient.

I have a very hard time not comparing myself to other runners. I struggle going on “easy runs” because I’ll spot another runner and feel like I have to catch up and pass them.


Marcia January 30, 2013 at 5:10 am

I loved the New Runners need to know list! It is very true! Plus Breanna’s addition really hits close to home. I read tons of different running blogs everyday (including this one) and it is sometimes difficult to see them post about the mileage they hit every week. I am not a new runner but I am definitely not advanced. I take a lot of pride in my 10-15 miles a week!

P.S. I think I should start a Mini Dessert Bakery…or even just a Mini Pie shop.


Kait - @runkaitrun January 30, 2013 at 5:17 am

i’m slowly becoming a much bigger advocate of weights – and try to lift 2-3 times per week for 15-20 mins. LOVE core and do it almost daily in some way shape or form.

Brooke is a freaking heart breaker.


Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns January 30, 2013 at 5:20 am

Brooke is just so darn adorable!
last thing i baked was sunflower butter cookies!!
i do weights 3x a week and core 3x a week, today is legs :)
last thing i did to get out of my comfort zone…..start weights lol
oh ya! i compare all the time, even when i’m trying not to lol, it’s honestly ridiculous.


Andrea @ mainerunnergirl January 30, 2013 at 5:21 am

Last thing I baked was coconut flour banana muffins and today, since I don’t have work due to weather, I think I will bake something delicious (aka with butter and chocolate).

I struggle with comparing myself to my training partners when they have good days or strong races and I’m huffing and puffing behind them!


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles January 30, 2013 at 5:23 am

Ha! The last thing I baked was banana bread yesterday and it was a big, fat failure. I misread the ingredients. Oh well.

I PR’d 5 and 10k distances this fall. And doing that definitely got me out of my comfort zone. The 5k was about pain and the 10k was about discipline.

I don’t compare myself to other runners much. I can only work on improving my own time, not someone else’s.

The Kidless Kronicles


mary @ minutes per mile January 30, 2013 at 5:25 am

I made chocolate chip cookies last night! Yum yum yum. The Bachelor is ridiculous, and also, I want to make those Thai noodles. So much food, TV, and running to talk about all the time!


Julie @ Sweetly Balanced January 30, 2013 at 5:28 am

Great wor


Erica January 30, 2013 at 5:28 am

The last thing I baked were peanut butter bars, too! That was over a week ago, so I should probably make something tonight. p.s. Brooke is SO beautiful!!


Julie @ Sweetly Balanced January 30, 2013 at 5:29 am

Great addition from breanna!! Love that one!! Thanks for the extra Brooke pictures this morning!!!! :).


Kari @ Running Ricig January 30, 2013 at 5:30 am

Those pictures of Brooke kill me. She’s so stinking cute!

I definitely just pinned that recipe. I’m pretty sure I even have all of the ingredients already. I know what’s for dinner tonight!

The last thing I baked was brownie pudding. It was AMAZING, but definitely all gone.


Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 30, 2013 at 5:31 am

I definitely struggle a lot with comparing myself to other runners, especially since it’s such a struggle when you’re just starting out. I keep trying to keep in mine that the only person I should be measuring myself against is myself, but it’s easier said than done. And the last thing I baked waaaaaaas… chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for the third time in a row :mrgreen: I can’t help it… they just bring back the perfect amount of childhood nostalgia.


Lauren January 30, 2013 at 5:32 am

Ah, Brenna’s addition is SO true! I hate when people say that running is a catch all thing. What bugs me the most is when others think that walking during a run doesn’t qualify it as run. That’s crap! So many GOOD runners take walk breaks.


Renee January 30, 2013 at 5:35 am

I made berry muffins to go with our chili last night. It worked out perfectly that’s what I planned to make because it ended up snowing here last night.

I’m going for a run today and maybe do my Pure Barre workout–since I opted for Jillian Michaels yesterday and didn’t do it then.

Weight training gets me out of my comfort zone…I’ve never done much of it and it’s definitely a mind over matter sort of exercise.

I am horrible about comparing. I always like to do well at everything and a perfectionist so I really struggle. I am slowly, slowly learning that I can only strive to be the best ‘me’ and can’t compare to others.

Brooke is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen. She makes every post better.


Jade January 30, 2013 at 5:36 am

I try hard to not compare myself to other runners, but I find it very difficult to not compare myself to what I used to be able to run! The last thing I cooked that was out of my comfort zone was pad thai, which looks kind of like the thai peanut noodles you made. I love the picture of Brooke ready to eat her new toy!


Mo January 30, 2013 at 5:38 am

Brooke is such a happy baby. Enjoy those 3 hour naps! When they get mobile, you will rejoice in the nap time.
I’m baking a chocolate mocha cake today for my husband’s birthday. Yum!


Therese January 30, 2013 at 5:41 am

I’m extremely competitive and always compare myself to others-then I remember that I’m almost 50 and to be able to run as much as I do-weather I’m beating the pace the day before or other runners-is truly a gift. I never take any run for granted.

PS I never do strength training-I just run-It’s all I can do.


Cate January 30, 2013 at 5:47 am

Those noodles look so good! I made how sweet eats Thai turkey burgers last night and you must make her Thai slaw. It is so good! I can’t wait for leftovers tonight!


TorontoRunner January 30, 2013 at 5:47 am

GOODNESS – that last pic of Brooke!! SO cute!!

What a very, very real thing Breanna said. I’m glad you highlighted it. running is such a great personal achievement and activity!


Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad January 30, 2013 at 5:49 am

I am finally making a few changes to my workout to include more strength training and core work. I know how important it is but since I started running I totally dropped it. Pre running I was very into overall fitness. I want to get back into working the entire body while also working on my running abilities. I got up this morning and did Ab Ripper (from P90X) and some weights. Tonight I will run. I want some muscle definition again!


Dana January 30, 2013 at 5:51 am

I cannot wait to try that Thai Noodle dish! Yum,! The last thing I baked were these unbelievable salty/caramel topped, rich fudgy brownies! I got them from another food blog I love,…check these out!

Here are mine..but they weren’t as pretty as Rachel’s.

You have to be in the mood for something so sweet and rich though..they are crazy good! I hope to hit the gym tonight just to break a decent sweat on either the arc trainer or’s been two days. although I did something to my right calf and it’s just starting to feel better now.

Brooke is precious!!

Reply January 30, 2013 at 5:53 am

You do have a cute baby! Just look at those baby blue eyes..

Love, love the food pix.. I always get so hungry just looking at your meals.

I’m doing a happiness challenge.. what do you do to make you happy?.. other then run?


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 30, 2013 at 5:56 am

omg Brooke is so ridiculously cute. Seriously. And I’ve gotten so much better about not comparing myself to other runners. I’m still a little competitive when it comes to racing, but I usually just focus on doing MY best.


Cari January 30, 2013 at 5:58 am

wish I could say today’s workout would be a run… I CAN’T WAIT to run again! It hasn’t been too too long, but I’ve got a little bit of a knee strain right now and don’t want to push it before it’s ready. I’ve learned waiting for a short time now is better than making it worse and having to wait longer later!

Also: Brooke’s face in those pictures is adorable!


Lindsey January 30, 2013 at 6:04 am

Last thing I baked was Red Velvet (beet) cupcakes. So yummy!
30 Day Shred tonight I am hoping. I usually spend about 30 mins 4 days a week on weights/core exercises.
Well right now I am switching my blog over to Wordpress which is a huge change for me and out of my comfort zone for sure, so much to learn!
I am pretty good, sometimes in races I get competive against others but that is about it.


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 30, 2013 at 6:06 am

Lots of yummy food yesterday! And good choice on those peanut butter bars – they look amazing! I’m thinking you should probably share the recipe with us… ;)


Steph @ Water, Extra Ice January 30, 2013 at 6:07 am

Those thai peanut noodles look de-licious!

I haven’t baked anything a while (that should probably change)..but my mom brought me some dark chocolate pretzel cookies last weekend that were to die for! It was all about the sweet and salty combo..yum!


Meagan @ Managing Meagan January 30, 2013 at 6:13 am

Brooke is so stinking cute!!!!! WAY cuter than individual desserts, though those are pretty darn cute too! :)


dana a. January 30, 2013 at 6:16 am

omg, can she get any cuter? seriously, every time you post a photo, she gets more and more cuter!

Last thing I baked was those cookies with 2 ingredients: bananas and oatmeal, plus I added chocolate chips, haha! not bad but ok!

Workout today will be 4 miles later this afternoon. i don’t do any strength training, bad I know, but I find it boring.

Happy Wednesday!!!


Becky January 30, 2013 at 6:19 am

you could make a whole blog of just pictures of brooke and i’d still read! she is the cutest baby and the picture of her trying to eat her toy had me cracking up!!! my roommates and i LOVE thai noodles – very delicious dinner!! if you ever happen to be in northern virginia, you have to go to Thai Basil! The owner was on a cooking competition with Bobby Flay and beat him! Her food is just the best!


Laura @ Carpe Run January 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

I have only been running races regularly for about 2 years, and I’m definitely still struggling with comparing! I hope I can get past it this year since it is not healthy and either makes you feel down on yourself or causes you to make unfair assumptions about others. Everyone works and trains on their own level and you really can’t compare to others! I think the tips yesterday were all great :)


Potatoes and Pilates January 30, 2013 at 6:21 am

Yay – Brooke is back on the blog! The picture of her eating her toy is totally one of my favourites.

Peanut noodles with shrimp and key lime pie? Sounds like a delicious day you had!


Kim January 30, 2013 at 6:23 am

I love the Brooke pictures! The last thing I baked was Death By Chocolate Cake.

My workout was going to be a long run with my BRF. She is just making her comeback after an injury so we have had very little time together. Unfortunately, my daughter has pink eye. No school for her = no long run for mama.

I think I will be breaking out of my comfort zone and trying weights from home. Eeek!


natalie @ southern fit foodie January 30, 2013 at 6:24 am

Other than baking acorn squash, I made a new (to me) recipe last weekend. It was honey coconut muffins, and they were awesome (and grain free)!

I just started Chalean Extreme, and I have one of the burn circuit workouts today. I can’t wait!

I used to have a hard time comparing myself to others in EVERYTHING, but I have realized how damaging that was to my self-esteem. It’s tempting to compare, but we are so different and unique that I honestly wouldn’t want to be JUST like someone else. We’re all messed up people, right? :)


Sierra January 30, 2013 at 6:30 am

I baked chocolate chip cookies over the weekend and my husband declared them “like muffin tops” and doesn’t like them. That means I am sitting at work this week working from my office with chocolate chip cookies calling me from the kitchen. Very productive…

I am constantly comparing myself to other runners, especially with blogs. This is such a great addition…you Do you.


Jill January 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

New reader to your blog. Love reading it! Last thing I baked: Energy Bites.
And I eat the whole batch in 48 hrs….because they are healthy, right? :)


Joy January 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

Oh my goodness. That first photo of Brooke is gorgeous! She is one lovely little lady.

I just made a Lemon Cornmeal cake this morning and am so disappointed because it tasted like nothing so I ended up throwing it in the garbage. I hate when a recipe doesn’t turn out like I was hoping it would.


Katherine January 30, 2013 at 6:35 am
Jenn@ Run It My Way January 30, 2013 at 6:40 am

Ahhh Brooke is so cute!!! I just love her chubby little cheeks :)

You’ll be proud of my answer to the baking question: the last thing I baked was chocolate chip cookies using your recipe :) They are SO good and are always a hit when I take them anywhere!!


Brittany January 30, 2013 at 6:41 am

Does Egg White Ham Crock Pot casserole count as baking?? bc I had that this morning – slaved over it ALL night! lol

Lately I’ve taken a step back from running bc the new Cross Fit in our area was offering free classes and the bff begged me to go… I’ve been 4 times now and each time it’s a different level and location of SORE omg. Talk about out of your comfort zone…

I think I’m super hard on myself when it comes to comparing myself to others, but at the same time you can use it in a good way. When I first started running and it felt miserable and impossible to go on I thought to myself ‘If HRG can run WAY faster than this for WAY longer it’s not impossible to just keep doing what you’re doing! seriously!’ lol and it would push me a little bit further!! Thanks :)


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 30, 2013 at 6:47 am

I am guilty of comparing myself to others and beating myself up over it. I am constantly reminding myself of where I started and how far I’ve come. Also, reminding myself that I run because I like it and that’s all that matters :)


Tiffany January 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

Is it just me or is Brooke really starting to look like Curly? Cutie!


Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant January 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

The last thing I baked? Eesh it was awhile ago…some gluten free cornbread or a birthday cake were definitely the last two. I know you won’t believe this…but I have a really hard time getting into baking! I’m more of a savory/salty person and I just like to buy my sweets ready made and eat my frosting out of the can :)


Amanda January 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

So true! I sometimes beat myself up for running so slow, but then I remind myself that hey, at least I got out there and ran.

Work out today was speed work on the tredmill. I used to do abs right after but I got bored with the routine and didn’t feel I was getting as much out of it. Guess it is time to find some new moves.


Lindsey Frank January 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy” and it is truly the worst when you constantly compare yourself to others. Breanna couldn’t have been more right when she advised new (and old!) runners to avoid comparing running accomplishments. I always, always need to remind myself of this especially when I take a day off from running and try a new workout! Today was my first gyrokinesis class and it was definitely a switch from my normal cardio routine!


Breanna January 30, 2013 at 8:02 am

That is a great quote to remember, Lindsey! Thank you so much for sharing it. because you are absolutely right, new and old runners can benefit from it! When we compare we often lose sight of the amazing things we’ve done in our own lives.


Laura @ runningjunkie123 January 30, 2013 at 7:16 am

The last thing I baked was Salted Chocolate Toffee Cookies. SO GOOD.

My workout today was going to be spin class, but it got canceled:-( I might try Zumba but I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

Hmmm….I should make my boyfriend a nice dinner that gets me out of my comfort zone.


Emma @ Culturecopia January 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

The list and the additions to the list is so great! THANKS!!


Lindsey January 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

Those Thai noodles look incredible! Definitely trying those. Can you post the recipe for your peanut butter bars? The bottom layer looks crustier/more cookie like-which is what I am looking for. LOVE YOUR BLOG!-you crack me up!

Happy Wednesday :)


Melissa January 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

I made some rolls and tortillas last week. I’m planning on running 30 min on the treadmill (intervals) and doing weights today.


Holly KN January 30, 2013 at 7:28 am

Well, it’s already the end of my Wednesday. Today’s workout was an hour of spin + an hour of yoga.

Core/Strength? These days, I try to take 2 Body Pump classes per week (2 hrs), and at least 1 “strengthening” yoga class (1 hr). So I guess, about 3 hrs/week.

To get out of my comfort zone, I went for my first Dr’s visit in a foreign country. Thankfully, it was smooth and efficient. *whew*


Cathryn January 30, 2013 at 7:30 am

I think comparison is a double edged sword. Yes it can bring us down in despair…I know I will NEVER be as fast as you, for example. But it can also inspire us…I’m definitely a faster runner because of the bloggers that I read who inspire me!!

I had a wonderful 6 miles today in the UK countryside. Even the rain couldn’t stop me grinning.


Lynzie January 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

What was the last thing that you baked?

My workout today is going to be weights along with the physical therapy I have to do everyday for my hip tendonitis injury! My therapist says I can’t run!!! :( It’s quite terrible; I’ve been cranky and irritable because I can’t run until I’m better. I don’t know how my family puts up with me. I usually do strength training 2-3 days a week. Core work, right now, is every day as part of my therapy. Plank on the ball is so killer! It is definitely out of my comfort zone. The last thing I baked was Baked chicken penne with broccoli and mozzarella. Yummy!

Do you have a hard time comparing yourself to other runners?

-I think we all do but like Breanna says… all that matters is YOU!


Megan D January 30, 2013 at 7:33 am

I am so glad that you liked the Thai Peanut Noodles (I am being egotistical and assuming you got the idea from my instagram post ) So you are welcome ;)

I baked some pumpkin streusal muffins on Monday for Ross to take to work. They were good!! (Of course I had to sneak one…or two, first) I am planning on making fudgy chocolate rolo cookies today to take VT. Tommorrow is the last day of the month? Whaaat?! I am such a procrastinator!

Loving the pictures of Brooke. She is getting so big. And I just love all of her facials! Please don’t let the mistake of not including pics of her happen again!!

The comparing yourself is a GREAT one! Totally guilty. I see all the ‘fitness’ people on instagram post their crazy sauce work outs and their 20 mile daily runs and how they refuel with those totally healthy meal of just veggies and protein or a salad and I think that I am lame.

I try and strength train 3x a week with either a class or a video – so about 3hrs a week. Today I went to yoga at 6am and then did an easy 5 miles. I should have probably ran FIRST and then did yoga, since doing it the way I did probably reversed any good I did. But then I would have had to wake up even earlier, and that just aint happening right now.

My comfort zone with food is pretty big. I will try anything and I like a lot of ‘different’ foods. But when we went to that Ethiopian restauarant? Ya. That was definitely out of my zone! And I don’t care to revisit that place again. lol.

Hope you have a great day today! Eat an extra PB bar for me. I love those!


Katie @ running4cupcakes January 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

The last thing I baked was a cheesecake – yum! too bad it’s all gone now. :(


Bri January 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

Today is my cross training day! I am going to take a spin class this evening and follow it up with my ultimate comfort food – buttered macaroni.


Teresa January 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

OMG I have a terrible time when it come to comparing myself to other runners! I am 46 years old and only started running a few years ago. Numerous half marathons and a full marathon later, I still do it! I am not in my twenties anymore like so many other bloggers that I follow. I average a 10mm and I am finally at peace with that:)


Katie January 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

I read a decent amount of running or healthy living -type blogs, so I used to have a lot of issues with comparing myself to others. I’m learning to not care because running is so much more enjoyable when you just run for yourself.


Breanna January 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments on this post! I think that at times we all can be guilty of comparing ourselves and I hope the post inspires people to step back and celebrate even the smallest accomplishments in their running.

I am trying two new things today, a new trail and running with a new friend! Those are out of my comfort zone because I am often guilty of running the same route all by myself.


Whitney January 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

I think what Breanna added is great! It is easy to compare yourself when you haven’t tried running before and you are trying it for the first time. It is difficult to remember that you just need to worry about you. The farther I go in my training for things, the more I remember that all that matters is ME!

Bachelor- I am honestly a bit disappointed. Sean is not living up to what I thought he’d be. The fact that he kept crazy, ridiculous, annoying Tierra is absolutely absurd to me. It is almost so horrible (and not in a entertaining way anymore) that I’ve thought about not watching it. haha


Katie January 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

Yes, desserts just taste better when they are miniature sized. Plus, way more fun to eat. And you get to think that you’re eating a “whole pie” which is awesome. Speaking of eating dessert, my workout today is a.m. cardio (on the spin bike, while watching Downton Abbey because I am newly obsessed!) and then some strength training. I like to even out my cardio with my strength training. Both are equally important!



Crystal@TheFastFitRunner January 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

Seeing Brooke grow and change in such a short time frame makes me SO excited for my baby and all the great, fun things to come!


Amy N. January 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

I have a super hard time not comparing myself to other runners. I just want to be fast and it breaks my heart every time I realize that I’m not, I’m learning to use it as fuel to train better though.

That Thai Peanut Noodles sounds super delicious. I’m running to the grocery store today and I might just have to add this to my menu.


Charlie (The Runner Beans) January 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

I always compare myself to other runners, particularly friends. And I find myself qualifying that ‘I know I’m slow’ lots on my blog!! My workout today was a 3.5mile easy run and a WillPower and Grace class at the gym!


Amanda Davis January 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

That’s a really cute picture of Brooke. I have 10 miles tonight after work…gonna be a late night. I have a hard time not comparing myself to other runners but I have to remind myself that every person is so unique you can’t really compare.


Kari January 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

She is the cutest! That first picture should be in a magazine for happy babies! Aw! That is all I have to say really!


Annette@FitnessPerks January 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

That soup looks amazing. Mmmm.

Brooke is freaking adorable!!


Lindsay January 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

You’re a master chef now :)


sMiles From Callie January 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

I want to make the Thai peanut noodles SO bad! For some reason Asian dishes intimidate me! I’ll take your word for it and try it though :)

My goal is to strength train at least twice a week. I typically try to do Body Pump twice a week and one day of yoga. However, I’ve been so out of my routine lately and can see such a difference appearance and fitness wise without it. I’m getting back into it though…the only thing is that it hurts so bad after you take time off :) I’m paying for it now!


Deana January 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

Brooke is as always adorable!

Last thing I baked was ‘Busy Day Cake’ from Lucinda Scala Quinn (Mad Hungry)
It is SOOOO GOOD with chocolate frosting and what I am actually planning on having for my bday dessert next week. YUM!

I try to remember when seeing how well other runs do races / fast pacing / long runs….that I really just started running the process of running a year ago. Many of the bloggers I read, have either been running for several years, or are long out of their weight loss phase (if they needed it). I have some weight to lose, and a huge base of mileage to build up, before I am ever on the same playing field. So for that matter – I just work on improving myself. :)


Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian January 30, 2013 at 10:01 am

My workout today is unfortunately not going to happen! I think I hurt my hip during a recent workout so I’m giving it some time to recover. Speaking of which – that’s something that took me out of my comfort zone – I’m doing the Fitmixer bootcamp and it’s kicking my butt!


Bailey January 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

I really related to Breanna’s comment. The first time I actually ran a whole mile I probably did it around a 14 minute mile pace. Though some people could walk a mile faster than that it was huge accomplishment for me. I actually started crying on the treadmill. Weighing over 230 pounds, running a mile no matter how slow was a milestone (pun intended) no one can take that away from me. No matter what your pace you can be a runner.


Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) January 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

my sister, mary reads your blog all of the time and was telling me how much she loves it… i see why! think you have yourself a new reader haha

What was the last thing that you baked? espresso chocolate chip shortbread cookies-

What is your workout going to be today? How much time a week do you spend on strength training and or core work? I went to a 45 min spinnign class this AM before work with my sister .we are trying to go to yoga later tonight after work too. doble whammy today. look at me go! and strength training? eek maybe once if im lucky and core work usually twice a week because my yoga instructor has us do core at the end of class. I need to do strength more!

What was the last thing that got you out of your comfort zone? an new interval workout i did on the treadmill

Do you have a hard time comparing yourself to other runners? No. my sister is much faster than me and I am okay with that. the problem is that we run our races together- so ill try to start a marathon otu with her- shes going at a good pace for HER and im trying to run with her..and then suffer later. I need to run by myself. my mind is bigger than my physical capabilites sometimes


Laura January 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

Awesome looking lunch, dinner, & dessert!! My workout today will be 30 Day Shred Level 2 + hopefully some time on the treadmill. Yesterday I was doing plank jacks with my two year old literally underneath me – how’s that for a personal trainer.


Beth January 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

Ooh, those peanut noodles look yummy! I definitely have a hard time comparing myself to other runners. I always want to be faster. Lately I’ve also found myself comparing my current self to my year-ag0 self; I’m coming back from an injury and lost pretty much all of my speed when I had to take time off to heal. I think the last thing I baked was Christmas cookies…I haven’t been making too many sweets lately since everyone seems to be trying to eat healthier after the new year (including myself!).


Nikki @ run+breathe+be January 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

Last thing I baked were Christmas cookies far too long ago. Time to get baking!

Today I ran 3 miles on the road and did 10 mins of strength training (arms/abs). I am notoriously bad about doing strength training, so I made it one of my goals this year to really put the effort in and make it a part of my regular routine.


emi January 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

you didn’t even include the fact that you got FOUR points last night missy!!!! haha and those bars were incredible! i need to make the thai peanut noodles now. thank you our best bites! xoxoxo


Jina January 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

Those are adorable Brooke pictures! Love them.

I’m really not a baker … at all. I’m too messy, and it would be too dangerous for me to have that stuff around the house.

I’m horrible at strength training and core work. It’s my goal to start doing it at least twice per week. I just find cardio so much more interesting and fun.

I used to be horrible about comparing myself to other runners. I’m finally at the point that I’m just focusing on how I do. It’s not like comparing is going to do anything except upset me anyway.


Kay January 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

Yum, what a great-looking food day! And Brooke with the new toy is super cute!


Allee @ Griselda Mood January 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

I love that addition to the list! Yes, I definitely compare myself to other runners. “Fast” for me is a 10:30 pace, but hey…gives me room to grow and I’m thankful that I’m able to even get out there. But it’s definitely hard to read so many running blogs where people are running 10 miles like it’s nothing and super quickly! Something to work towards though! :-)


Rachelle January 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

It must be lunch time because I am drooling over all of your food pictures today. Now that thats out of the way seriously Janae how cute is Brooke? I am in love!

Loved the tips for new runners and especially love what Brianna added.


Tara January 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

Great tips!
I have been running ‘casually’ for 2 years, small road races. I have my first Half this May and I am PETRIFIED!!
I start my training next week.
I know to cross train (and would rather lift weights than run each day).
I know not to ‘care’ about my time, just to finish.

My first 10k last fall was great, I went in for fun, loved the route and had a great mindset (I have never paced myself when running, I just run). I just pray that I have that same mindset for my Half!!


Courtney January 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

New reader here… you are my new favorite blog… and maybe person ever! I’m running my very first half marathon in June. You will be my inspiration!

ps… Brooke is the cutest :) And I want the recipe for the Thai noodles. Yum.


Sharsti@theblondehairblueeyedrunner January 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

Mmm that Thai Peanut noodles look so delicious!!! Love.


lauren January 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

I love Brooke’s “I’m going to eat the toy face”. That is adorable!!
I’m taking a 90 minute prenatal yoga class tonight! I’m amping myself up since it doesn’t start ’til 7. I’m terrible with strength, but if yoga counts 1.5-3 hours a week now :) Otherwise…10 minutes?
Yoga is definitely outside my comfort zone. I prefer working out alone, but I’m a cardio junkie most of the time, which is burning me out while pregnant. I found that I wasn’t working out as much as I’d hoped, so I am mixing it up. I figure the socialization and yoga will do me good!
I made huge banana nut chocolate chip muffins on sunday, somehow I’ve managed to only eat one per day…I hid the last 4 in the fridge from my husband so I could have them for breakfast. He thinks they’re gone!


Lauren January 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I baked Figgy Bars last weekend and they were AMAZING. I was skeptical but they turned out delicious. I love how babies always want to put everything in their mouthes but then when you get to be our age we need to explain ourselves. Grrr. I want to stay young forever.


Beth (@RunTraveler) January 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Right on Breanna!!!

Last thing I baked? Lemon olive oil cake… Super easy. 5 ingredients. Even I (a dedicated non-baker) could handle the recipe! ;-)


Tammy January 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Starting this year weights and this new workout called bodyrock I started last night. It involves 50 intervals of moves like burpees that I totally hate and lots of pushups. Modified pushups too. So that is out of my comfort zone. Also those noodles looke great.


Leanne January 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Brooke is seriously the cutiest little girl ever!!
You make being a mother/wife look so easy and fun!
I love that you posted the running info, as I have been running for over 2 years now and had a hard time not comparing myself to others who also run and how fast…But not anymore!!
Thanks for keeping me motivated to keep going!


Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. January 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I definitely have to try and stop comparing myself to other runners. I read so many blogs that have runners that can just run so fast and I get a bit jealous. I am a very very average runner. Can’t even imagine how you all run so fast :-D


tiffany @dynamics of happy January 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm



tiffany @dynamics of happy January 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

btw you should check out aqui in san jose, it is so so good!!


Asia January 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Oh my gosh! Had to make those noodles immediately! They were so good! Definitely going my my list of favorites. Now I just need to know about those peanut butter bars!


Arrienne January 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I LOVE what she said. I do compare myself and sometimes feel like I can’t call myself a “runner” unless I’m running a certain pace or mileage, but I call myself a “runner” because it’s what I love to do whether I’m amazing or not.

I am going to be trying that Thai recipe ASAP. It looks so yummy!


Lara January 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

Question for you: How did you recover from the recent trail half you just did? BTW, love your blog. Read it all the time. I have 3 young boys, living in Oregon and am training for my 4th marathon.


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