Nothing like a loaf of bread at Outback to start the night off right.
My whole family gathered together for Mer’s birthday celebration last night. She loves Outback and she loves a good burger. It runs in the family. Isn’t it amazing how food tastes even more amazing after a long run or good race?
Cake and presents. My mom made a homemade carrot cake with the best cream cheese frosting and some brownies (because chocolate should always be an option).
We also had an intense game night going on.
PS I forgot to tell you that Brooke got a fish aquarium for Christmas and when she gets back we will be going to pick out her new pet fish. She is ecstatic.
PPS I don’t recommend taking two right shoes to go to pump because you will have to drive home to fix your mistake and then you will be a little late to pump.
Track work today. It’s only been over 2 months since I last set foot on a track. This should feel really good on my legs and lungs.
Favorite post long run or post race meal?!?
What type of run are you doing today? Last time you did a track workout?
What type of cake do you choose for your birthday cake?
Ellie @ Double Trouble Running
My favourite post-run meal is a big, fat curry with naan bread and poppadoms. But that burger looks pretty good too!!
I did track 1 week before Christmas, and had to give up! It was the 2nd run of the day, and was howling with wind and rain. It wasn’t great.
And for birthday cake – there’s only one choice! Chocolate!!!!!!!
emma @ be mom strong
What are poppadoms? Am I missing out on something I shouldn’t be?!
PS- Janae, again THANK YOU for the shout out!
Papadums/papadams are like a thin, crisp pancake.
That picture of your grandmom blowing out the candles is the sweetest. Happy Birthday to her! :)
Missy @Miles with Missy
I love eggs and chocolate milk post long run :)
I am on the tread today since the wind chill this morning is −33. Yes, this is a minus sign in front of 33. Yikes!! However, since I am on the tread, I should throw in some Yasso 800’s I suppose :)
Marble cake has always been my favorite! Happy Birthday to Mer!!
Sanaz @ runforcake
Yum Cake!!!! Favorite cake has to be carrot cake or red velvet cake. I could eat it everyday.
I’m going to focus on my speed work this month since the Miami Half marathon is exactly one month away! Today’s run will be 5 easy miles.
Looks like you guys had fun yesterday!
Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More
I am running today for the first time in awhile. I can’t wait! Though it will be on a treadmill in a super-packed gym.
Favorite cake? Chocolate with white buttercream frosting can’t be beat. It can’t.
Happy birthday to Mer! Remember the whipped cream picture? One of my favorite things ever from your blog…she is great!!
My mom makes me pie for my bday. I love pie!
No run for me today. Only about a month away from running again!
Debbie @ Deb Runs
My friend always makes me an amazing spice cake for my birthday! What a bummer about your two right shoes. Years ago when I was pregnant, I opened the gym at 5:30 AM so it was dark when I got dressed (and let’s face it, all of my brain cells weren’t working), anyway I showed up to work with a Reebok and a Nike shoe on… HaHa!
Brooke will love her fish!
Wendy @ New Moms Talk
If it doesn’t rain today, I’ll be doing sprints on the beach with our daughter. She thinks it’s the funniest thing to see me sprint to and from her.
About birthday cakes.. I’m all about angel food cake, whipped cream, and strawberries. The simpler and lighter the better for me.
For my hub, though, the other day I made Trader Joes truffle brownies. I’m not sure he’ll ever go back to cake after eating those on his birthday!
Kristina @ Fast and Foodiest
Last track workout was sometime in November? I think? I’ve done a bunch of speedy things on the treadmill here and there… today is supposed to be 7-9 easy- unfortunately, treadmill- another snowstorm here in MA.
So long as there IS cake and not a cake impostor, like “ice cream cake” (which is good, but is not cake) and real, delicious frosting- I am a happy camper. I do not love can frosting (call me a total snob, but can frosting is for drowning out sorrows, not birthday cake!)- so… yeah- homemade frosting and not ice cream = :)
Linda @ running4two
Food really does taste better after a long run! I love to eat a big breakfast after morning runs/races….french toast, eggs, and bacon.
Ice cream cake all the way….with funfetti cake on the side. :)
No run for me today. We’re getting a foot of snow. Favorite post long run meal is usually bagels and hot chocolate of its in the morning, or pizza later in the day. But outback bread is SO GOOD! I could totally eat at least an entire loaf on my own. Actually, I have.
Megan @ Meg Go Run
Oh my word I haven’t done a track workout since summer! :( I do intervals on the treadmill but I definitely push myself more on a track.
Last track workout was right before Christmas and it was PAINFUL. The cold air felt like it was killing my lungs from the inside out. Felt SO good to be done though :)
Favorite post-race or long run meal is pizza! (Duh) burger close second :)
Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
It is unbelievably cold here, so I’ll be logging a few miles on the treadmill — oh well, it’s better than nothing! :)
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
Without a doubt, chocolate fudge cake for my birthday or for anyone’s birthday or for any reason. And I always say food tastes that much more amazing after a run or a race! After every race, dinner is always at The Cheesecake Factory. My usual long runs are always followed by oatmeal and yogurt and peanut butter. I look forward to it the entire run.
Oh, fish as a pet instead of a dog is a great idea….and “if” the fish dies you could always put a baby turtle in the tank. We go turtle hunting down a little river up north during the summer and can net some babies and mid-size turtles. We bring some home for our “fish” tank and then release them into the preserve by our house when we start finding a TON of cat hair around the tank.
The cats enjoy watching the turtles as much as we do. ;-)
Michelle @ 3cheaprunners
I am all about Red Velvet cake with cream cheese icing!
Elise @ 9toFit.com
We play headbands with my niece all the time! Kid cheats though lol I swear she has all the cards memorized
Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
After a race or run, I love a cup of coffee and a warm bowl of oats or a stack of delicious pancakes! I have a gift certificate to Outback that I’ve been needing to use. I’ve never been and it’s not one of my go-to places, but after seeing your pics, I’m kind of wanting to go. ;)
Happy birthday Mer!! My favorite cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting!
Close 2nd is carrot cake or lemon cake.
Today is an easy run for me-5 miles and tomorrow is a rest day, I cannot wait! Haven’t had a rest since Christmas!!
I don’t go to any track but I do my speed work on the treadmill–does that count??! I usually try to do it once a week.
Favorite post race or long run meal is either a really good burger or some really good Mexican food!!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Chocolate should -definitely- always be an option… and that’s exactly the kind of cake I’m choosing for my birthday in 2 days. Squee! Can.not.wait :D And happy belated birthday to your Mer! You’ve definitely got yourself an awesome family.
I love ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen and am guilty of getting them on other days besides my birthday. I swear that they are laced with crack! My friend and I were discussing how DQ would make bank if they sold them in individual portions!
Run Charly Run
Ben ‘n Jerry’s has the best ice cream cake!
Pleading the fifth on the track workout question..
Leah @ Running with the Hayneses
I actually did a short track workout with my sister while she was visiting for Christmas, but before that…I think it was sometime last spring!!!!! haha! I’m not running today–it’s 6 degrees out and snowing! I am going to go XC skiing though once the snow piles up!
Amy @ Long Drive Journey
Haha, well if they hadn’t both been right feet, you would have been styling in pink AND orange sneakers ;)
Angela@ Fit to Inspire
I love a good burger after a long run. My body craves meat after a good run and something about a really good burger always sounds so good!
my birthday cake of choice will always involve chocolate with more chocolate and a little chocolate on top ;)
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
I love that quote so much – it is so true!
I love all kinds of cake but I have to say my favorite has to be one of our wedding layers which was white cake with cookies and cream frosting – YUM!
Elizabeth @ my neon running shoes
I haven’t seen the track since college, but I agree every food tastes incredible after a long run! Favorites are cheeseburgers, boneless buffalo wings, and milkshakes! For my birthday I am much more picky about frosting than cake. It has to be about a 5:1 frosting:cake ratio :)
Good luck today!
Danica @ It's Progression
I love that quote!! It’s completely true.
Happy birthday Mer! :)
Outback is my husband’s favorite place for a burger! Good luck on your track workout today! Oh and I can’t wait to see how excited Brooke is when you get her a fish for her tank!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
No run for me today… Running has not really been my priority lately. I’ve mostly been doing strength training and cross training with some random runs in there. Today will be Pump Class!
Favorite cake: chocolate fudge cake (my stepdad’s is amazing) or red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Funfetti is pretty great too. ;)
karla @ finding my fit
a fishy–one step closer to getting her that puppy ;)
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
I always go with vanilla for my birthday cakes.
We went to outback last week! It was so good! I always forget about that place!
LOVE Headbands, soo much fun, so many laughs. Seriously, they need to make an adult version (or I guess, we can improvize on the cards!)
Happy Birthday to Mer!
I love burgers too~ but my go-to after a race is pizza. :)
Haven’t decided on my run today….and I will begin track workouts after Jan 4th when the university track I use opens back up. Love doing my indoor track workouts- I know, crazy.
Favorite cake? Hmmm…Chocolate, White, Cassata cakes, Cheesecake, okay..pretty much all cakes.
Carrot Cake would be my request too.
Favorites for after a long run: burger, pizza, french fries, ice cream.
mary @ minutes per mile
PIZZA is definitely my fave post long run. even if it is 9 a.m.
Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne
I love a giant smoothie! I always crave sugar after my runs, so it always hits the spot :). A year or two ago, haha I can’t remember which one. I don’t like track workouts too much, so that is probably why. A speedy 3 mile run, going to try and increase every 1/2 mile or sooner!!! It’s been a week since I’ve done that, or any 3 mile run for that matter, and I’m super ecstatic!!
Alyssa @ See This Girl Run
My go-to post race or really long run meal is a big salad from Cafe Rio. Love it!! It always hits the spot.
I love a good bagel and cream cheese after a long run!
Today I’m hoping to get out for a run before the snow hits…I have a feeling it may be a few days before I’m able to get outside to run again…
And my favorite cake is a vanilla funfetti cake…the BEST
So, carrot cake is my favorite. And now I want some. And I once went to work in two different shoes and didn’t notice. They were both black and nearly the same style except…one had a back and one didn’t. Yep. That happened. And…I didn’t notice until midnight when I went to bed. Busy and stressed much? It had been a very long day.
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
Aww, I’m glad Mer had a nice birthday…and a nice birthday burger!
My last birthday cake was a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. It was a good choice ;)
Bryan Kraham @ BSX Athletics
did 18 yesterday, so off today
my birthday cake is always white on white.
Headbandz is an awesome game.
Karien @ Running the Race
I agree – chocolate should ALWAYS be an option! :)
Good luck today!! I push myself more on the treadmill, so that seems to be where I do my speed work. Maybe after the winter relents a but I will get my butt into a track.
Today I’m running on my “dread-mill” because it is blizzarding here in MA.
Favorite food after a long run tends to be buffalo chicken but I truly can ravish any little thing in the fridge when I’m hungry!!:)
Aimee - funfitgirl
chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles!! And I actually prefer them cold – so I stick them in the fridge for a while first so they get all fudgy.
I tend to crave a Chipotle burrito bowl after a race…weird I know.
Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
HAHA that is my worst fear- bringing the wrong shoes! At least you were only a little late :)
Jessica @ FromtheKitchentheRoad
Food tastes so much better after a long run! I have a twin sister. Growing up my mom made sure that we each got to pick our own cake on our birthday. That is probably where my insane love of cake came from. I love regular old white cake with chocolate mousse filling. Yum!,
Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom
I really love a nice big yogurt bowl or oatmeal after a long run…because I usually run in the morning before I have a full breakfast :) I’ve been snowed in the last two days, so I have major run envy of everyone :( Hoping tomorrow I can get a long run in. I’m dyingggg :(
I love Altras (running shoe pic)!
I love a plain yellow cake with white frosting and rainbow sprinkles :)
Oh man if I had to go back home to change shoes I probably wouldn’t drive back lol.
I love any food after a long run. But after a half marathon race I always hit up the nearest tim hortons for a hot coffee and bagel loaded with cream cheese.
Bday cake is always white cake or DQ treat pizza. (Strawberry banana is my fav).
My mom’s carrot cake and cream cheese frosting is always my birthday request..yum! Spinning and full body weight training this morning, felt awesome. Run tomorrow.
Have a great day Janae!
Ashley @ Brocblog
I always crave a hamburger or a burrito after a long run! Once I finished a run pretty late at night and went straight to chipotle and almost died when there was a huge line.
Kristina @ Blog About Running
Mmmm I went to Outback on NYE and seriously have to recommend their steak nachos (found on the bar menu only I think). So, so, so good!
Hope you have a great First Track Day of 2014!
My favorite post long run meal is a bagel and biscoff unless it’s later in the day and then I really love Pepperoni pizza, YUM.
I ran 6 miles this morning with some hills, it was my first run of 2014.
I don’t like birthday cakes, I prefer a warm home-made brownie topped with chocolate icing, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. It is the most divine thing ever! You need to try it.
Kari @ Running Ricig
I don’t think I have a favorite post race meal. I always have pizza pre race or long run, though!
The last time I did a track workout was probably some time in the spring. I have no idea.
I will eat whatever cake someone makes me for my birthday.
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Adriana @Laced Up With Lipstick
I love having soup after a long race or run. It’s usually cold so a soup
Always warms me up. I do not have a run scheduled today but I will be strength training and maybe rowing. I don’t even remember the last time I did a track workout . For my birthday I love having red velvet cake.
megan @ that running girl
I used to be a waitress at Outback Steakhouse in college and I would take a loaf of bread home every night haha.
My favorite post race meal would definitely be chicken fingers, specifically Raising Cane’s. I ran yesterday (it was 67 degrees in Dallas), so I may do some sort of cross training today, but we’ll see. I did a track workout like 2 months ago… I really need to get back on that.
And I am alll about the chocolate for my birthday. It doesn’t even have to be cake, as long as there is chocolate in it, I’m happy!
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve brought the wrong shoes, brought no shoes, forgot socks, forgot a sports bra… the mistakes are endless :-)
Runner Girl Eats
I always choose red velvet cake or something chocolate covered in more chocolate. It’s been a while since I’ve done a track workout. It makes me tired just thinking about one!
sally @ sweat out the small stuff
Favorite post long run or post race meal?!? pizza or eggs, avocado bacon and cheese on a wrap
What type of run are you doing today? Last time you did a track workout? I just ran 4ish miles with 2 large hills that i powered up. I have never done a track workout:( I really want to do hill repeats more consistently this training cycle.
What type of cake do you choose for your birthday cake? I’m a fan of good old yellow cake mix from duncan hines or betty crocker. My 40th birthday cake this year was chocolate chip cake. It was iced in fondant and there was 2 layers of chocolate ganache filling in the cake. It was really tasty.
FISH! I just bought a male Beta fish–which is great for Brooke and you, because you both seem like Alpha females. :)
On my birthday, I like cakes bought from our local bakery because growing-up all my friends had fancy cakes from there.. and I didn’t (and still don’t) appreciate the from-scratch cakes my mom made.
I loooooove Outback. Their blooming’ onion is my downfall, but it is so worth it. I was planning on running outside today, but because it is storming, looks like I will be hitting up the treadmill.
A burger is definitely one of the best post-long run or race meals!! Sadly I can’t eat red meat without being in tons of pain but a few times a year its worth it ;)
No workout today. Overslept and theres a blizzard coming tonight, by the time i get out of work way later it will probably be pretty bad!
I haven’t had a birthday cake in years, which is kinda sad now that i think about it. This year I will buy myself one if i have to. It will DEF be carrot cake! :-) Mer is the cutest!!
I love a huge hamburger and fries after a long run!
Leslie @ My Life Begins at 30?
Post race-I love going to brunch and getting a breakfast skillet-potatoes on bottom with bacon and veggies and topped with 2 eggs over easy and cheese…yummy!! Burgers are also good if the race is later and I don’t finish until lunchtime.
My run today is an easy run on the treadmill. We got snow last night, so everything is still slick and messy.
Favorite cake by far is red velvet. Cream cheese icing and delicious cake are the best!!
Love the picture of Brooke and her fish tank! Very exciting! I love me some good pasta with lots of veggies, olive oil and garlic the night before a race or big run. And white cake with white buttercream frosting all the way! :)
How funny we played the same Headbanz game last night too with my kids.
I’m hoping to have time to run 4 miles today. I chose sleeping in while the hubs on vacation. Never done a track workout.
For my birthday next month I’m requesting Cold Stone cupcakes! They are crazy good tried them first time couple months ago.
Mer is awesome!
Favorite post long run meal… Mac and cheese for some reason. That and a nice big Guinness!
I ran 3 this morning (easy miles) and plan on doing 5 mile pyramid intervals on the treadmill later!
Lauren @ GolaurenGo
Ooo, a rousing game of headbandz!! We play that all the time in school when I run a joint group with our speech path. I also prefer cookie cake but I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had one.
Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life
I love how she’s holding a phone ;) Classic Brooke!
Favorite birthday cake is easily Cherry Chip. Too bad they don’t make the premade mix anymore! :(
A burger, fries, and a Wild Cherry Pepsi please :) But I do also appreciate a good, hearty breakfast if it’s just a training run! No run today, just my strength and conditioning class. About to start my half marathon training cycle this weekend! Yay :) If it’s homemade, then I go with Funfetti! But if it’s being ordered I love the Champagne Cake from Freeport Bakery or an ice cream cake from good ‘ol Baskin Robins!
Missy @ Life After Morning Coffee
The only kind of cake … Ice cream cake <3
The Hungry Runner Girl
I completely agree with you!
Same as you, I love a good burger after a long run or race. Today I did speed work, which I don’t like, but know that is makes me a faster runner.
I usually make a chocolate cake with Party frosting (whipped, like the inside of a Devil Dog) for my birthday. But this year my sister will be visiting and she will make me Apple Pie!
Happy birthday to your grandma!
-My favourite post long run meal is lots of sweet potato fries and prawns! And of course candy:)
-Im doing another trail run today, and they kill me because of all those hills! I haven’t done a track run in a while because we only have one track and a lot of people like to walk it. I think the last time was a year ago?
-For birthday cake I love funfetti with lots of vanilla frosting OR cinnamon bun cheesecake… and now I really want cake..
I love pizza after a race! Or a pad thai (I have a problem).
Hawaiian pizza and an ice cream!
Favorite post run meal in my pre vegan days used to be a burger, now any type of pasta, fruit etc.
Carrot cake….yum! Lil Brooke will love having a fish.
What a fun night! And I agree with you “chocolate should always be an option”.
I always run in the morning so favorite meal would be coffee, eggs + tahini in a wrap and fruit on the side. I did 5 easy miles today. I don’t ever do track workouts :) For my birthday we are always on a vacation so I pick what is the specialty there (last year = Key West so key lime pie for me!!).
Happy birthday to Mer! My last “track” workout was in the fall of 2012. I always did my speedwork in my neighborhood to save travel time and because I did it at night as soon as the kids went to bed. The last time I actually ran on a track was probably in 1997. I want to come over for game night! Could we also do charades and pictionary?
Happy new year, Janae!
Leigha @ Minougirl
Happy Birthday Mer!!! I agree about food tasting better after a run. It’s like we’re refueling! In the morning I like pancakes but in the afternoon I’d say pizza. For my birthday cake (bday on Jan18!) I’m having my mom’s famous chocolate cake. Secret ingredient = mayo! It makes it sooo moist!
I have weird cravings after long runs — but maybe french fries? Does that count?
Kay @ goaloflosing.com
OMG. That burger. I’m drooling.
Happy New Year!
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Outback bread is soooo good. I also love that you can get as many loaves as you want! I always get the filet, SO YUMMMMO.
Brooker will be home in no time!
I know a lot of people would think I’m nuts, but I am not a big fan of cake. I think of it as more of a vehicle to hold frosting. For my birthday, I always prefer brownies (my favorite) or an ice cream cake. Yum!
Katie Did What
Fruit basket cake is the best, always, hands down. Mmmm too bad my bday isn’t until June haha!
Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run
I absolutely love fries after a long run – it’s sad, but true :) Also, Starbucks and a salad. Quite a nutritious meal there ;)
I did a speed run today – not necessarily tempo because I wasn’t trying to hit a certain pace. It was awesome :)
Have fun picking out a fish!
Lora @ Crazy Running Girl
Ahhh I love track workouts!! It’s been way too long since I did one. But they are fun (even if they are somewhat painful). :)
Becky @ Ok, so here's the plan
I love pretty much all food after a long run, I’m not picky!
Let’s not discuss how long it’s been since I did a track workout. Much longer than it should be.
Birthday cake of choice would be a raspberry jelly roll made by my grandma, it’s the best!
We had Outback yesterday too. I was craving a steak after my run! Chocolate on chocolate cake for my b-day-always.
Brooke is going to love her fishes :)
Post long run or after a race, I want Mexican food! It’s my favorite and I can’t get enough of Chips and Green Sauce. Every year for my birthday, I ask for German Chocolate Cake.
Gracie (Complicated Day)
After a long run, all I want is eggs and club soda. Yep, weird.
the cake doesn’t matter to me, as long as there’s a good thick layer of icing!!
Luv What You Do
We love headbands!!! We had some intense games going ourselves over Thanksgiving. For Christmas it was all about Likewise and Cards Against…
Chocolate cake for sure! With chocolate frosting!
Aww- Brooke is going to love having a fish!
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Angel food with chocolate sauce and sliced fruit for my birthday cake – ALWAYS! :)