You should do this after every run and the Boardwalk.

July 21, 2013

I did my first double digit run in a very long time yesterday and it went pretty well.  My stomach felt a little weird from the very start of the run but other than it was pretty uneventful and I finished the 10 miles with a 7:11 average pace.  I started at about a 7:40 pace and worked down to a 6:45 pace.  Progression runs are my very favorite because it allows my legs plenty of time to really wake up

I came home stretched, did core work, 8 minute arms, ate and by the time I was done with that everyone was still asleep so I did the right thing and also went back to bed.

Every long run should be followed by going back to bed.   Actually every run should be followed by that.


It was quite crowded in Santa Cruz.

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And like always I really wanted to try the deep fried Oreo.  One of these days I will spend $5 to eat an Oreo.

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Restaurants that have toys for kids to play with are officially my new favorite.

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We went for Surfrider Cafe for a late lunch/early dinner.  I have a thing for buffalo chicken sandwiches with coleslaw on them.  See that mountain of cheese in the back?  That was the amazing parmesan garlic fries.

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I have to show you my cousin’s salmon tacos because they came with avocado fries (fried slices of avocado, they looked amazing) in them.

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And the best part of Marianne’s is the stylin’ wallpaper.  I had a scoop of the heath bar and the brownie/caramel/fudge/oreo one.

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Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday!

Lauren @ The Highlands Life July 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

I have totally had a deep fried Oreo and they really are good. Splurge one day! You’ll be happy you did.


Sarah @pickyrunner July 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

That ice cream. You’re killing me! I surprisingly don’t love fried Oreos. I’ve made them homemade before but the ones at fairs and things have too much batter for my liking. Happy Sunday!


Annie July 21, 2013 at 5:23 am

I am very happy you added “Actually every run should be followed by that” when you said “Every long run should be followed by going back to bed” because that it exactly what I did after my 4 mile run yesterday. I had to run early to beat the heat and headed back to bed as soon as I got back! And it was bliss!

I think you are still successful in your quest to eat icecream every day ;)


Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now July 21, 2013 at 5:33 am

Awesome sauce! I wish I could hold that pace for even a mile! Great job :)


Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama July 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

Back to bed after a run sounds heavenly! Fried avocado slices?! YUM!


Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad July 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

Nice run! I love getting back in bed after a run. I only have time to on Saturdays but it is glorious every single time.


Elizabeth @ my neon running shoes July 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

So glad your run went well! I was thinking about you!! And ps you are taking me to Marianne’s when I come ;-)


Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

Anndd….now I want ice cream.


Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy July 21, 2013 at 5:53 am

I’ve never tried a fried oreo but I’ve tried a fried milky way… amazing. I was supposed to get 14 miles in this week but with moving, a hard 4 hr workout Friday, rain, and work it looks like my body is getting two rest days and a long run tomorrow. I keep telling myself that it’s OKAY.


Adriana @Laced Up With Lipstick July 21, 2013 at 5:57 am

I love fried Oreos, my cousin makes them every time we visit him and they taste way better than the ones at the fair. You should
Just make them at home and I bet they will turn out great!!! Tell Billy to hang in there my brother is a lawyer and a big time runner so I know how busy they can get. I’ll be praying he passes his patent BAR exam the 1st time!!


Kristi July 21, 2013 at 6:00 am

I tried a fried oreo once. It’s one of those things you just have to try, just because.


Asia July 21, 2013 at 6:01 am

Hi Janae!
First and foremost I would like to say that I’m a HUGE fan of your website. Secondly I would like to say that you at such an inspiration to me! I struggled with an eating disorder for a while and my life was miserable, I was weak all the time I couldn’t concentrate and I honestly just wanted to die about 99.9% of the time. After a few months of inpatient I gained 20 pounds after being 90lbs. As I started to get better i decided to take up running to cope with the darkness that is anorexia, and it worked! One day I stumbled across your website and saw this BEAUTIFUL woman and the bad thoughts came flooding in again. But, just before Made the decision to starve again I saw a post about your troubles with food, and I thought: ” wow look at her! She has a healthy relationship with food and she’s still skinny and gorgeous! If she can do it well… I can do it too!” So thank you janae! Thank you so much for showing me how to be happy! You are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

P.S thanks also for starting my unhealthy obsession with skittles and candy in general! ;)


The Hungry Runner Girl July 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

Wow! Thank you so much for commenting! I am so so happy to hear you are doing so much better! Running is such an incredible way to cope with things and I love that it is helping you so much! I would love to chat more if you want to send me an email! You are doing an incredible job on your recovery!


Missy @Miles with Missy July 21, 2013 at 6:03 am

I will be doing my long run today!!
I have never tried Deep Fried Oreos, but I love Oreos so I can imagine they should be tasty :)


Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 21, 2013 at 6:17 am

Glad your first double digit run went well! That city looks beautiful! I wish we had nice places like that around here to go. The closest is about 2 hours away – enjoy your Sunday!!


Heather @ Run Like a G! July 21, 2013 at 6:31 am

So happy your run went well!!!!
I have to run 6.5 mile today or tomorrow and I can’t seem to find the motivation! Will def. be looking for some today! :)


Allee @ Griselda Mood July 21, 2013 at 6:46 am

Nice work on your run! There’s nothing like coming back to a peaceful house and getting some relaxing time for yourself!

Also, deep fried Oreo’s are where it’s attttt! Kind of gross in theory, but I promise they’re delicious!


michelle kim July 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

What a great progression run! Sounds like you executed it perfectly (as well as the post-run recovery stuff). Hope you have a relaxing day as well!


Jen @ milesandblessings July 21, 2013 at 6:51 am

That is an awesome run!!! Way to go! I am not sure I have ever left early enough to have everyone asleep when I got back.
I want that ice cream!!!!! It looks so good!!


Jessica July 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

Did you know that today is National ice cream day?


The Hungry Runner Girl July 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

Ahhhh I didn’t know that! Time to go celebrate! Thank girl!


Jazz July 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

In Canada it’s free ice cream at Cold Stone if you’re in the first 200 there at 2… not sure about there!


The Hungry Runner Girl July 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

That is the coolest thing ever! I will have to check on ours!


Andrea R. @ Morning Runner Girl July 21, 2013 at 6:55 am

Great run!!!
My legs always feel so tired when i run lots… I miss when my legs felt fresh for a good long run!!!


Jill C. July 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

I love when you have pictures of Billy and Brooke! They’re so sweet together :) I’m sure you will, but do make sure to review the fried Oreo when you finally try one! I live in Texas, and the home of the original fried anything you can think of, but fried cookies and candy generally freak me out, haha.


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More July 21, 2013 at 6:59 am

Looks like a fun place! Not sure I would try the fried Oreo. What if it was bad and then every time I wanted to eat a regular Oreo, I thought of the bad one and then Oreos were forever ruined for me?! That would be tragic.


Alyssa @ See This Girl Run July 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

I’ve never had a deep friend oreo but my parents got one at the Houston Rodeo one year and I’m pretty sure they liked it (how can you not!)


Natalie @ Twenty-Something Talk July 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

JANAE. You HAVE to go back right now and get a fried oreo. HAVE TO! They are the MOST INCREDIBLE THINGS EVER!!!

Sorry, I am just super passionate about fried oreos. I look forward to the state fair every year, because that’s the one time a year I get to indulge in a fried oreo, I’ve never seen them anywhere. They are seriously LIFE CHANGING!


megan d July 21, 2013 at 7:29 am

Great job on your run!! That average pace for 10 miles is no joke! You are amazing!

I have had deep fries oreos before. They usually give you they are like a $1a piece ;) I wasn’t a huge fan. I felt like mine had too much batter/not enough chocolate or filling flavor. Perhaps I need to create my own :) I have had the deep fried pb&j and I reeeaaally like it. It made the bread super soft and the pb all melty. This year I want to try the Snickers. Basically, I know how to set some awesome goals for myself.


Lauren July 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

Your tummy probably hurt in the beginning of the run because you were nervous about your first double digit run! But you made it and that’s AWESOME. YAY. And I really want to come eat ice cream with you, Brooke, and Billy at Marianne! The flavors always look so good!


Reese Runs July 21, 2013 at 7:39 am

I haven’t done a double digit run since January but my plan is to finally do a ten mile run within the next two weekends. I usually do my long runs on Sunday mornings, then I like to either make pancakes and go back to sleep, or go back to sleep and then wake up later and go out to breakfast. But definitely always go back to sleep :)


Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns July 21, 2013 at 7:40 am

That sandwich and ice cream cone both look and sound amazing!! Omg! Your hubby is fast!! I bet that run felt amazing for him. I don’t thing I could only just run once a week, I’d feel like I was losing it. Enjoy your Sunday :)


Pam July 21, 2013 at 7:47 am

I completely agree that we should be allowed to go back to bed after our long runs. It should be a rule! :) Great, awesome job on your speedy 10 Janae!!

I’ve never tried a deep fried oreo but, I’ve heard they are really good. Happy to see that you’ve been having a great time with your cousin this past week! xoxo


Allison July 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

Next time you are in Orange County – you should hit up the Seabirds food truck – they are a vegan food truck famous for their fried avocado tacos – they are insanely good!


Kathy McElhaney July 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

I tried the deep fried Twinkie in Santa Cruz last year. I was in awe! I hate Twinkies, but deep fried changes everything ;)


Jazz July 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

At our food festival here there is always fried mars bars… havn’t tried one yet though…


Kris July 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

Omg. I did the sleep after run thing last week. Heaven. Snuggled right up with my daughter and enjoyed another hour of pure bliss :)


Nadia July 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

I’ve tried deep fried Oreos and was HORRIBLY disappointed. It was warm and tasted very stale.

Deep fried Mars Bars on the other hand ROCK!!!


Anjali July 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

I love Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and haven’t ever but really want to try a fried Oreo too! Congrats on your run!


Katie July 21, 2013 at 9:01 am

Ahh how fun! I love the boardwalk! :) You’re getting me excited for the Fair!! I definitely agree that going back to bed after a run is a great idea. We should make that mandatory.



Miranda @ Miranda Runs July 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

After reading posts like this, I really want to live in California :(


Mireya July 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

We used to make deep fried Oreos in college all the time, just dip them in pancake batter and fry! We also experimented with twinkies, tootsie rolls, snickers, leftover Easter candy… :D


Michelle July 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

Omg! Please try the deep fried Oreos! I don’t even like Oreos and they were amazing!! I actually just got home from a half marathon and I’m about to take a nap!


Kristina @ Blog About Running July 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

I couldn’t agree more that every run should conclude with eating + shower + getting back into bed. Every time I do a long run at the break of dawn on the weekend I climb right back into bed :)


LosingLindy July 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

I love the picture of Brook completely wiped out from all of the fun


Carson July 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

Heath bar ice cream is my favorite! I make it homemade and it is killer!!


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats July 21, 2013 at 10:24 am

I tried a deep fried Oreo a few months ago and it was awesome. 100% worth it.


Laurin July 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

That is some stylin’ wallpaper! Love finding little local shops like that!


Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. July 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

Deep fried Twinkies?!?! Oreos?!?!

I think it would be good to taste, but I’m pretty certain my stomach would churn after


MartinaNYC July 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

Long runs+heat=napping all day for me! That’s my new summer routine: long run+eat+nap+eat+nap… I know, a very productive weekend! HAPPY SUNDAY!


Sierra July 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The Santa Cruz posts are total childhood flashback for me. I totally know the wallpaper you are talking about at Marianne’s. Marini’s also has delicious sugary treats and ice cream. They are on the wharf, downtown, and at the Boardwalk. MUST try Morenos for tacos and quesadillas.


Leigha July 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Sometimes I try to go back to bed after I run but I can’t because running makes me awake for the day! I eat ice cream everyday too – it’s a food group haha! And I totally go someplace a million times until I find something else to go to. Same thing with making my own meals.


Melissa @TryingtoHeal July 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Marianne’s Ice cream is AMAZING. I had their watermelon sorbet/sherbert/what ever it was that didn’t have dairy and I could have just kept eating it for eternity. I seriously need to head back there!!


Amy @ crazysweatymommy July 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Avocado fries….yum…must try to recreate


Kara July 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Hey! You were in my neighborhood again! One day I’m gonna see you :)


Kari @ Running Ricig July 22, 2013 at 4:58 am

My Sunday was gloriously relaxing. After my run, I pretty much lounged for the entire rest of the day. It was great.


Amy N. July 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

Speedy run! I agree, every run should end with a nap. It’s part of the run, I mean we’re supposed to recover right?

Avocado fries? Sounds like heaven! Seriously. I want to go to there.


court! July 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

go for the oreo!!!!!!! you will NOT regret it!!!!! omg we had them at my spring fling every year and it was a once-a-year splurge that was incredible.

good luck to billy! hope you guys get some good time together post-bar/ internship!


Michelle @ 3cheaprunners July 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

Santa Cruz looks like a beautiful place!


Theresa July 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I was at the Boardwalk on Sunday! Too funny! It was so crowded, we didn’t last long. But we had a great day. I couldn’t believe how easy the drive was from SF, we’ll definitely be going back.


Kay July 23, 2013 at 7:29 am

What a fun day! Get the fried Oreo!!!


Megan October 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I was in Santa Cruz 2 summers ago and REALLY wanted one of those Oreos too! I did not get one and still regret it…


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