My Running Relay Team.

June 3, 2013

As I was running by Whole Foods this morning the sun was rising just above the store and it made me think of all of you Whole Foods salad bar loving people out there.  It gave me warm fuzzies.

I still haven’t tried their salad bar yet but I am sure at some point in the near future I will break down and try it out.


Surprisingly my legs felt really good this morning after Saturday’s 5k and I was able to do the workout my coach had for me.

6 miles @ 7:27 pace followed by 10 x 20 second strides with a 1 minute jog in between.  The strides started at 5k pace and then I worked down to mile pace. Try these sometime because your legs are guaranteed to feel like jello at the end.  I did a total of 8 miles.  

I think early morning running is my best time to run, now I just need to find races that start ridiculously early.  In Utah all of the races (that I did at least) started really early but I am having a hard time finding any races that starts before 8 here.  I guess I will just deal with that considering the fact that it is perfect running weather here 12 months of the year.  

And on to our relay team:

It is a parenting relay team.  I plan my run so that I don’t have to wake up a second earlier than I need to to make sure that I get home 45 seconds before Billy has to leave for work.  He passes the baton on to me when I walk in the door and it is working out really well for us.  I get in some core work and stretching and then the Brooker wakes up ready to party.

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Fun fact Monday:  Brooke is just as in love with watermelon as I am and a bonus fun fact for your day is that my house is a disaster and I don’t even mind.

We spent the day doing errands including one of my absolute favorite things in the world.  The car wash.  Having a clean and freshly vacuumed (they even vacuumed Brooke’s car seat)  car is just as good to me as entering a free all you can eat froyo bar.  My house can have clutter (okay, not the kitchen or bathroom) but I just need a clean car.

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For lunch I had roasted veggies with a chicken panini….aka I had leftover chicken/cream cheese mixture from making the chicken rollups yesterday and decided to make a panini of it.

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Time to find something sweet to eat because you kind of need something sweet at the end of every meal and then I will be putting together my race wish list for this summer and fall.   

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What is your absolute ideal race time start?

-6:30 a.m.

Ever had Whole Foods salad bar before?  Thoughts?

What is the next race on your schedule?

Car:  clean or dirty?  What kind of car do you have?

Emma @ Culturecopia June 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The next race on my schedule is my first marathon in October! Although I’m going to try and find a half sometime this summer :)


Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I am so excited for your first marathon! Can’t wait to follow your journey!!


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes June 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

WF salad bar is AWESOME!!! You NEED to get it! Next race on the schedule is the Houston Marathon… you need to come run it with me and we can break 3 ;-)


shelly June 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I love Whole Foods!! Their salad bar (really anything in that area), you pay by the pound. The food is always wonderful and the people are nice!


Courtney M. June 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

The next race on my schedule is the American Fork Canyon Half on June 15th! eeek! It’s my first half EVER. Please send happy running thoughts my way :)


Kari @ Running Ricig June 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I hate getting up for early races, but it’s awesome to still have your whole day ahead of you after you finish. The whole day to lounge on the couch.

My car is super clean. I drive my dog around everywhere with me, but it’s still pretty much spotless.


megan d June 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

My house has to be near spotless at all times, but my car is hardly ever clean. Ross always points out this strange phenomena of mine. I swear the mess is 90% our children and their crumbs. They are always eating! NO idea where that comes from;)

Never had the whole foods salad bar. Everyone’s pics always loom amazing but I know I wouldnt fully enjoy it knowing it cost so dang much. I am super cheap like that.

Ideal race time is 7am.

My neighbor that I ran the marathon with wants me to run a half with her next month. As fun as that sounds, I need to give my hamstring a break or at least figure out what the heck is wrong with it before I do anything long or fast.

Speaking of fast: I wouldn’t even know what my ‘mile’ pace would be. I have never been one who is fast/good at sprinting. You are seriously dominating all your runs right now. I can’t wait to see where you go/what is in store for you!


Anissa angelosante June 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Whole foods salad bar is one of my favorites!!!


Michelle @ 3cheaprunners June 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Really looking forward to the next race on my schedule…the Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler!!!


Kristin June 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Whole Foods salad bar/hot bar is highly OVERRATED. I’ve had it a handful of times. It’s really expensive and not worth the price. The hot food is never hot enough/fresh enough for the price, in my opinion. I can get similar salads from other grocery stores in my city for half the price. I prefer to bring my own salads for lunch, but if I need to buy food out, Whole Foods is not my first choice. =)

I have a 07 Toyota Matrix hatchback. It’s awesome for transporting stuff and it’s small and easy to drive! It is usually very clean, but I don’t have kids or pets and rarely travel with passengers.


michelle kim June 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I LOVE eating food at the Whole Foods food bar. I go there at least three times per week. I can make a pretty good salad for around 4 bucks, which is much tastier and possibly cheaper than one of those salads from McDonald’s. I loves it :)


Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona June 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

It makes me crazy having a messy car interior. I can’t stand having garbage/random stuff in it. However I could care less if the outside of my car is dirty. I can’t even remember the last time I got a car wash. My boyfriend on the other hand always has to have a clean car on the outside.


Alyssa @ See This Girl Run June 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I am a clean car kind of girl! I don’t even have anything in the back seat or anything!
I’ve never eaten at whole foods but it sounds great!
Next race coming up in 12 days! Ah! 4th Half. Hoping for a PR!


Mallory @ my quarter life [crisis] June 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

my car is soooo dirty – inside and out. ugh.

whole foods salad bar is okay but wayyy too $$$. i can make a better one on my own!


Wendy @ New Moms Talk June 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Fun fact-when I was a baker at Whole Foods, we (the Bakery Team Members) would plan our samples around what Prepared Foods was having. We could sample on the job, so we’d make the most of it!

When PF didn’t have the best of samples, I lived at the salad bar.

I don’t race, but the hub’s next race is the Bear Lake Monster Ride in a few weeks. Camping at Bear Lake? Yes, please!

Our car is inhabited by 2 trail runners, 1 of whom is a triathlete, and a cute baby. It’s far from clean, but it’s stocked full of all essentials (currently a wet suit, 2 pairs of running shoes, plenty of emergency food, a stroller, sun screen, an Ergobaby carrier, and more).


Dee @ The Hungry Fit Chick June 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I am in love with the Whole Foods salad bar! I recently moved to London from Dallas, and it’s a hike (1 hour) to get to the nearest Whole Foods. I stock up when I can and savor every bite from the salad bar!


Lauren June 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

My car is an absolute MESS. I am embarrassed by what you may find in my car or what might be GROWING in my car. Water bottles, coffee mugs, almond butter packets, tootsie roll pops, cliff bars, gum, mints, and pieces of trash/receipts are scattered everywhere. I am embarrassed by my car. lol


Natalie @ Free Range Human June 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I’m exactly the opposite. I always keep my car free of clutter, but it doesn’t have to be completely clean. My house is a totally different story. I can’t stand for it to be dirty!!


Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) June 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

that makeshift panini looks delicious. You are so gorgeous and brooke is a little doll face! so cute!!

What is your absolute ideal race time start? 7 AM….im an early riser and morning workout person

Ever had Whole Foods salad bar before? Thoughts? yes many times. its decent. dont think its anything crazy tho…maybe i dont get the good stuff? i should try again haha

What is the next race on your schedule? hmmmm a 10 mile beach run down in SJ!

Car: clean or dirty? What kind of car do you have? i go crazy when it gets dirty…im a clean nut…btu i must admit things pile up quite easily but then i just clear it all out and start all over again! haha


Julia B. June 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I try so hard to keep my car clean…but it inevitably gets covered in puppy hair & paw prints. My next race (for sure) on my schedule is a half marathon on June 22. But I might squeeze a 10k in before if I can find one!


Caitlin June 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I like a 7 AM start because that’s when I begin my runs daily anyways and it’s pre-sun and the humidity here is starting to decrease.

LOVE WF’s salad bar, but I always go way over board and it ends up costing a ton, so I avoid it.

I have a trail half on June 15th in the north Georgia mountains.

Semi-clean- no clutter or stuff in it, but still dirty with dirt and crumbs. I drive a 2013 Subaru Impreza hatchback and LOVE it.


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats June 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I have no idea how but I end up with 6 pairs of shoes in my car every week. Other than that, it’s clean :) my ideal run time is 7a-8am but since I’m usually working at that time those runs are limited to weekends only.


Kimberly @ Keeping up With Kimberly June 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I am the exact opposite! My apartment is always clean but my car is a disaster. It’s probably because I live in my car 5 days a week. Work clothes, running clothes, a change of clothes for class…empty lunch boxes and snack wrappers…it takes me most of the weekend to clean it out :)

My next race is the Gatorade-Steelers 5K and it starts at 9am. I agree with you, the earlier the better for race time. I love finishing a race, going for a huge recovery breakfast, and still having the entire day ahead of me.


Debbie @ Deb Runs... June 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I like an 8 AM start for shorter races and an earlier start for longer races, especially when it’s hot! My next race is a small community 5K in early September, and then it’s the Hokie Half in mid-September!

We don’t have a Whole Foods very close, so I rarely eat there, but my hubby loves to have lunch at their seafood bar. Good News! They are building a WF near us next year! Still no TJ’s though.


Bridget June 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

My perfect starting time would be 7:30. Ahhh, yes, I would love that!
(btw Brooke is so cute!)
Next race is the UV half this weekend!!! Signed up last minute, and today our family caught the stomach flu. I am trying not to freak out inside and telling myself I’ll still be able to get some runs in before race day. Ayayay!
I’ve never eaten at whole foods.
My all time favorite night time treat is Dreyers Smores ice cream. However, for safety sake I think I’ll stick with crackers tonight.


MartinaNYC June 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

No car here!

I tried the salads at Whole Foods- they’re good but EXPENSIVE! I don’t know in Cali but I cannot go to Whole Foods here in NYC… I’m not that rich yet ;) Good thing we have my beloved Trader Joe’s!

Next race: Oakley Mini 10K this Saturday at 8am- the perfect starting time for me! 9am is more convenient but it get’s too hot.



Claire June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

#1… I am obsessed with your blog. Thank God that my boss hasn’t figured that out yet….

#2 I am feelin ya on this one. Between my husband and I and the little man finishing up his 9 month stay inside my belly, we go through an embarrassing amount of watermelon. They are crazy expensive EVERYWHERE this week (and tiny on top of that) so I am settling for cantaloupe for the next few days :-( And the car! The hubby makes fun of me for my obsession with needing my Charger spotless. I can’t sit inside of it without losing it if it has dog hair, for instance, plastered on the seats.

#3…. Any good literature you have found about bouncing back to running after childbirth? I went from competitive distance running to carrying what feels like a 100 pound ruck sack on my front so I have slowed down… A LOT. I was able to knock out a half marathon 2 weeks ago (at 33 weeks) but it was like 4 min/mile slower than my non preggo pace. Oh well!

#4… Whole Foods is a mile from my office. I ‘accidently’ forget my lunch quite often so that I can hit up the salad bar. Give in. You won’t be sorry.

Thanks for always entertaining me!


JAzz June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I gotta work on the baby wake up time, mine wakes up at 6 am every day so I have to workout during his first nap….hopefully he moves to 8 am wake ups soon!


Lauren @ The Highlands Life June 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

7-7:30 is a good race start time for me.

And I’ve never had the Whole Goods bar either. It just never seems as appealing as other people make it to be.


Emily @ Running for Boston June 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

My ideal race start time is 8am. My next race is the Nike Womens Half in Chicago!

My Prius is SO dirty from dogs and the weather.


Leah @ Running with the Hayneses June 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

My next race is a 50-miler in two weeks!!!! EEEEEEEEEEK! I don’t care too much about the condition of my car, but I hate having a messy house!


Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I can guarantee that your house is WAY less of a disaster than mine! Housework is always the last item on my priority list, although I agree with you and can’t stand a dirty bathroom! I’m looking for a flat, fast 5K so I can attempt the 20-minute mark this summer. Your 5K got me fired up to try again!


Erica June 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I never eat at WF salad bar except when I am on vacation. It is a way to have an absolute glorious salad for lunch while traveling.
Perfect race start: small close by, 7. But if bigger or too far away I prefer later because I still need to leave the house in the dark.


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles June 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

5am. I have a trail race Saturday night. 8 miles in the dark! I won’t be “racing” really.
Car is clean. Right now anyway.
Whole Foods is ok. But expensive.

The Kidless Kronicles


Erin June 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

My minivan is always dirty and cluttered but my house is always tidy and clean. It’s like my “Monica closet” from Friends. Not sure when my next race will be b/c we are moving from NC to FL next month so I’ll have to find something when we get down there!


Molly June 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Hello There! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and loving it, and I figure it’s time I leave a comment. You have such a fun style of writing, it’s hard not to feel like we’re already BFF. ;)

I just started running in January and to run a 5k in March. I kept training and my second race is this weekend, I’m doing the Utah Valley Half and getting pretty excited.

I like keeping my car clean, doesn’t have to be spotless, but with only a ‘controlled amount of clutter’. I totally hate vacuuming out my car (carried over from my most hated chores as a child?) so that makes me feel like I don’t have to have it spotless. I have a Toyota Highlander. :)


The Hungry Runner Girl June 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hey Molly!! Thank you so so much for writing me! This made me so happy!!! GOOD LUCK this weekend at the UV 1/2! The course is amazing.


april June 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

i drove thru the car wash at the gas station yesterday afternoon. i agree, it feels so good having a clean car!

i’ve only made a salad from the WF’s salad bar once, but i absolutely love the seafood bar – they have really yummy seaweed salad, salsa verde shrimp, and ceviche!


Elizabeth @ Positive Changes June 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Whole Foods salad bar is amazing and you need to try it soon!! I just can’t get items with a lot of spices because they really like using their spices and I am not a fan of too many flavors at once!! I agree, my house could be dirty, but I HATE a dirty car! I have a Mitsubishi Galanet. I really love a 7:00, 7:15 start time. But early is for sure better. Next race is a 5k on Saturday and then a 1/2 in August.


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Oh I love Whole Foods salad bar! It’s a good thing there isn’t one close to me otherwise I’d be in trouble! I like a clean car, but mine is rarely spotless! We have a Mazda3 and a Toyota 4runner – love them both!


Crystal@TheFastFitRunner June 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I LOVE early morning runs, but I would say the absolute ideal time for is 7am. Still late enough to get a solid 7.5-8 hours of sleep in without going to bed ridiculously early.

FYI, I wake up approx 10-12 minutes before I need to be “feet on the ground”, so I don’t mess around. =) I have all my clothes laid out, nutrition on the kitchen counter, etc.


Shanna June 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

If you REALLY want an early morning start, you should do the SF Marathon. The 1/2 half at least started around 5:30AM last year. Combine that with the fact that you’ll be driving up from the south bay makes for a super early morning wake up!


Sarah @PickyRunner June 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Whole Foods has the BEST mac and cheese. Last time I went it cost me $17 for the 2.1 pounds of food I got. Love the relay team. Genius. And totally something I’d do. Also where’s the sailboat shirt from? I’m obsessed with boats and it’s so cute!


Meredith June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Love the foodbar but haven’t been back since I paid $19 for my salad. Although, I did get to keep the bowl (which is a story for another day lol). I love using the big blue bowl though at home! Kinda makes the $19 salad bar purchase worth it. Maybe. lol.


Mary @ minutes per mile June 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I always pick small races because they don’t have ridiculous start line logistics so I can stick to my schedule as much as possible! 6 or 7 am is ideal.


Brooke @ sweats & sweets June 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

My next race is this Saturday. Its a 10K along a river here in Georgia. I’m so excited because its the first 10K I know I can run the whole 6.2 miles without stopping!


Jessica June 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

If you don’t mind sharing, what time does Brooke wake up? I am just curious what time you have to go on your runs in order to get home before she’s up.


The Hungry Runner Girl June 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

She usually gets up at 8! It is wonderful! Billy has to leave much much earlier than that though.


Jessica June 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Oh that is nice. What time does she usually go to bed? I’m trying to figure out a better schedule for my little guy with my workouts. But, he’s not sleeping through the night either though, so early morning is hard.


The Hungry Runner Girl June 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

That makes it really hard! Brooke usually goes to bed at about 9! This is all just a recent thing that she is sleeping so well but man is it nice. Good luck and I hope your little guy starts sleeping better!


Sam @ Better With Sprinkles June 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I’ve only ever had the salad bar once, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t think it was teh greatest thing in existence. Some things were amazing (Moroccan sweet potatoes) and some things were just meh (the mac and cheese…which was horribly disappointing). However, Whole Foods gelato is another story ;-)


Annette@FitnessPerks June 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I love that you get warm fuzzies thinking about all those who eat WF bar salads. Hahahah :) I’ve never gotten a salad there–I shudder to think how much mine would cost…..

Our apt is a mess too. It’s cool. I’ll get to it sometime next week. xo


Nerri @ LaPetiteRunner June 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Loving that panini idea! My ideal race time is 7am – early but not too early :) But my next race is a “happy hour” 10k that starts in the evening! It’ll be my first, and probably a good start time considering the ridiculous heat/humidity here at this time of the year.

I love having a clean car and I vacuum the inside of my car a lot, but it is currently still cluttered with things from my move 2 weeks ago. I finally got the trunk emptied out and just need to tackle the back seat!


Crissi @ runninggirlrn June 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Good Afternoon!
My ideal running time is 8am. Most races are about 1 hour drive, so this ideal time would allow me a 530 wake up, breakfast and coffee before heading out by 615!
Never had Whole Foods salad bar.
Th next race on my calendar is the Color Palozza! Its really just for fun! But I am super excited to be running with my niece and sister!
Clean car, most of the time. I just cleaned it last week! I LOVE a clean armour-alled car!


Anne June 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Ohhhhhh If only races started at 6:30am!!!! I don’t like t eat before I run, but races are usually so late that I am hungry before and then I just don’t know what to do :)

I think the summer heat means this past weekend was my last race until fall.


Meaghan @Tale of Two Teachers June 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

My car is filthy and I hate it! But we just moved and it becomes the last thing on the list of to do’s… Hopefully soon though!

My next big race will be the GoodLife Victoria Half Marathon in October but I hope to find some fun ones to do over the summer. Color Me Rad 5Km last summer was sooooo much fun! I hope I’ll get to do it again this year! :)


Katie June 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I have always heard good things about the Whole Food salad bar. I should definitely try it out sometime! I like that yours and Brooke’s shirts are color-coordinated :) And the parenting relay sounds awesome! You got it down!



Jenna June 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I wish I had a thing where I had to have a clean car. Mine’s not so pretty right now. :(
I do keep a very clean house though. And I can’t stand when a bed’s not made. It drives me crazy!


Runningwithscissors June 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

6 am race time is ideal for me but pretty much unheard of in Michigan.
Next race 200 mile relay!!! Can’t wait,it’s the last weekend of June.
Messy car! I ran a half April 14th and my race bag of goodies and race shirt are still in my car!!!! Now….I’ve ran other races after that and the aftermath of those has been removed but…..just can’t ever seem to get all my stuff out of it at once.


MM June 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Next race is Ragnar Wasatch Back! (My first Ragnar)! And then a 10k in Chicago then lululemon SeaWheeze in Vancouver!!


Colleen June 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Whole Foods Salad Bar is amazing. Ugh…it adds up fast ($$), though, as does Fro-yo! I am my strongest from 4:30am-6:30am so anytime in there would be great for a race. Unfortunately, most of the adventure races I do start at 9. My car is a disaster…organized chaos.


Miranda @ Miranda Runs June 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Is it a blogging sin to have never been to Whole Foods?


Kay June 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Definately morning races over anything after 11! I love finishing a good run early and just the rest of the day basking in it ;)
I tried the Whole Foods bar once and was not super enthused with my results. I think you need to have some experience to master the art of it, definitely potential there
My next race is the half in two weeks :))))


Amanda June 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I totally just got back from giving my car a spa day! I went to my favorite coin operated car wash and washed and waxed to my hearts content. It’s smells so nice!


Nikki @ mykindofhealthy June 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Whole Foods Salad Bar = party in your mouth! I love all of the combos. No matter what I put in my container, it all seems to just go together. It’s good for my wallet that the nearest one is 50 mins away :)

How long to you wait to run after you eat bfast? If I ran that early, I feel like I would need to get up an hour earlier just to eat!


Amy N. June 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I hate early race starts when I hear my alarm go off, but once it gets started I love being done before the heat sets in.

Whole Foods Salad bar is amazing! You must go.


Luv What You Do June 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I’m addicted to the Whole Foods salad bar. I love everything on it and could eat there every day!


Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog June 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Parenting baton? How cute! Seems like you’ve got it down.

I think 7:00 is my ideal race time…but depends upon how far the start line is from me.

I think you are the only person I know who likes salads more than me, so I’m certain you will love the whole foods salad bar. All of those fresh veggies in one place will make you super excited – I am sure of it. I love it – and I love just wondering what surprises await! It’s different EVERY TIME!


skinnyrunner June 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

my husband always cleans, washes, waxes, vacuums my car like obsessively clean and I always make sure to get it nice and dirty. I think im a secret slob.


Stephanie @ Steph's Miles June 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm

You will love the whole foods salad bar! Be careful and check your portions – my last meal cost $17 there!


Gracie (Complicated Day) June 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I think your homemade salads are probably better than those at Whole Foods. They are pricey and kind of look gross to me!


Kristina June 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I have never been to the Whole Foods salad bar. One time I went in just to see what all the fuss was about and walked out immediately. I have no self control and know I’d make a shameful $50 salad, so I stay far, far away.


Rebecca June 4, 2013 at 1:44 am

Morning time! I’ve only ever done one race (newbie) it started at 10 but I think earlier would have been also good. I started morning running about 2 months ago and I am never going back, it is amazing!

I have never had a Whole Foods salad bar before. Are they in NYC? That’s my next trip to the USA so if they are there I will definitely check it out. I do frequent the salad bars here and they are pretty good in the local supermarket, got a cous cous one with surprise chicken and lemon the other day (surprise because I had no idea it even came with chicken).

No races on the horizon until autumn, just enjoying the beautiful weather in Ireland for summer running at the mo, hoping to do a couple of 10ks in September and I am hoping to do my first half marathon asap :)

I haven’t got a car. sad face!

Have a great day!


Brandi June 4, 2013 at 3:36 am

I’ve only tried their salad bar once and really liked it, but they are kind of far away from me. :)


Teresa @ June 4, 2013 at 4:15 am

My hubs is a car guy! He keeps them clean inside and out and I love that!!!


Patti Smith June 4, 2013 at 5:06 am

I’ve had Whole Foods salads before when traveling and I like them. I’m actually thankful though that there’s not a Whole Foods close to where I live. I tend to eat too much at buffet type bars…I think I need to get my money’s worth and all the familiar pitfalls.
My next run is my 4th 5K on June 29. I’d like to improve my time of 40 minutes…yes, that is slow, I know. I’ve only been running since January so I’ve got a lot of progress to make :)
8 a.m. is early for me!! I run in the early evenings; I’m not a morning person at all!
I love a clean car but don’t HAVE to have one…you should see mine right now; you would die!


Monica June 4, 2013 at 5:56 am

Where did you get your shirt with the little boats on it? It is adorable!


The Hungry Runner Girl June 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

Thank you! It is from j crew!


Koryn @ High Heels & Healthy Alternatives June 4, 2013 at 6:53 am

The hubby and I LOVE the Whole Foods salad bar. We’re guilty of making it our date night dinner quite a few times, especially since one is walking distance from my job. You MUST try it. I’m positive you won’t regret it. It can be a bit pricey but the trick is to fill up on foods that aren’t very weighty (like fruits & veggies) and then add a little protein too!

My next race will be a 10k in September! My first 10k actually, and the first race alongside my hubby. :-)


Christina June 4, 2013 at 7:54 am

It sure is fitting that the sun would rise behind Whole Foods like that, seeing as Whole Foods is my very own version of heaven. Not only is their salad bar phenomenal, so is their pizza! And they have take n bake options. Plus you can buy their prepared dough to bring home and make your own pizza with.

Also, I thought of you yesterday (in the least creepy way possible I promise). I went to Trader Joe’s for lunch and on a whim grabbed a package of the Thick & Hearty old fashioned cinnamon grahams. Ummm have you had those? It was life changing. I love graham crackers, but these are taken to a whole different level. They are thick, but perfectly crispy.


Kelly @ Running Wild June 4, 2013 at 8:00 am

I’ve never had the Whole Foods salad bar because I’m scared I’ll love it and have to get a second job to afford to eat it everyday.

I’ve got a race this Saturday, the Oakley Women’s 10k in New York with my best friend!


Kay June 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

Ahhh I LOVE Whole Foods, I bet you will too!!


Blaire @ Just Been Running June 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

The Whole Foods salad bar is absolutely amazing!!! YOU HAVE TO GO THERE!


Caitlin June 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

Hey There!

I have been really curious about strides lately. I have been doing tons of research and they are still a little confusing to me! Do you go all out for your 10×20’s? I read that its supposed to be somewhere around 85% effort but that may be kind of hard to judge in the moment! Do you feel like you get a lot from the strides?



Nicole June 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

I would love it if races started at 7:00 a.m.

I enjoy Whole Foods Salad Bar. …even for breakfast! They have yummy options like Chorizo & Eggs (which I’ll mix with plain egg whites), the best and juiciest fruit, smoked salmon, waffles, etc. Go for it Janae!! :)

Next race on my schedule is the RnR Seattle (June 22). I’m so unprepared, it’s not even funny. I’m going into it with the “ehhh, I’ll just have fun” attitude.

My car is dir-tay! Needs a bath desperately.


Sarah G. June 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

It depends on the time of year for me as far as race starts – if it’s hot out, the earlier the better, but if it’s cool I could go either way. Also, if I am traveling there I would prefer a later start time so I don’t stress as much while driving. My race this Sunday starts at 7am and I am very thankful for that so I won’t be running 13.1 in full-on June heat!


Leigha June 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I would love a 7:00 start time. I can’t believe I’ve never even been in a Whole Foods… living in the middle of nowhere probs. I made a panini for lunch today too :)


alycia June 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Next race for me is the MOOnlight 1/2 in Davis [it starts at 7pm and has a medal that glows in the dark…Epic cool points!]

.. Speaking of early running – there is a half marathon in San Jose [called race to end of summer] that starts at 7am. I did the 10k last year and it is pretty decent. In case you are looking to fill your race calendar:


Sarah June 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I ran the San Francisco marathon last year (July 29) and my wave started at 5:45am. It sounded super early at first, but ended up being perfect, especially since I stayed in a hotel right next to the starting line!


Leah June 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I like to run at night, so I would love to run the Disney World Food and Wine half that starts at 10 pm. (Plus there’s nothing better than running + food + wine!)

You said you like races with early starts; the Great Aloha Run (here in Honolulu every February on President’s Day) is an 8.15 mile race that starts bright and early at 7 am. It’s a super fun run if you ever get the chance to do it :)


Kristin July 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Cute shirt! :)

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