I swear, I come across things about this…

(vest, shirt, shorts, headband)

A nice little 8.27 miles @ 8:31 pace, including a drop off of one of our friends along the way to her MBA program.

What your glass of water looks like when you leave it outside on the curb while you run:

Beck has reached the stage where he doesn’t want help getting dressed. In his head, I think he thinks he is Knox’s age.

Beck’s favorite day of the week is when we go help in the Kindergarten. His day was made when he saw (and yelled for him) Knox playing during recess.

The eye squeezes when he hugs Andrew when he gets home from work.

We are bringing back our favorite winter salad. This stuff is too good.

And the new thing we tried from TJ’s–> I’ll rate them a 7.57/10.

Two tangents for today:

1. I got my brother a new headband because I was really afraid of the ONE (yes, one) that he had been using for the last few decades. One of his life goals is for all his hair to be white. It’s a good thing he has a few more teenagers to raise to help him get there;)

2. I’m listening to ‘Raising Girls Who Like Themselves (it applies to girls and boys), and this part made me think about what running does for us:

“Feelings of self-esteem, in particular, and happiness, in general, develop as side effects of mastering challenges, working successfully, overcoming frustration and boredom, and winning. The feeling of self-esteem is a by-product of doing well.”

In running, we master challenges–> not stopping on the hill we used to have to walk up, completing a challenging track workout, or hitting a new distance we’ve never met before. Working successfully–> checking off each day on our training plans. We overcome frustrations and boredom left and right–> missing our goal time, injuries, setbacks, weather that holds us back, being bored on a run or the treadmill. And winning–> crossing that finish line we worked towards for ten months, hitting a fitness goal we set, or running our fastest mile in years.

I swear, I come across things daily that remind me why I love this sport and how much it gives to us.


Please include the last new food/store item that you tried and a rating.

Have a recipe or meal that you make most often during the winter?

Who is in school right now? What are you studying? If not, and you could return to school… what would you study?

Random q—> do you buy your running fuel in bulk or right before the runs you need them for?

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The first photo of Beck is giving Joey Tribiani vibes of him trying to be 19. Sup with the whack Playstation?
We love making brothy meatballs (yes, Alison!) and sourdough for a warm meal in the winter!
I only buy gels in bulk. I would prefer to feel the price tag sting occasionally rather than weekly.


Bahaha JOEY. I mean he wouldn’t be my favorite role model for Beck but every now and then I’d love some Joey impersonations from Beck. BROTHY MEATBALLS. That sounds heavenly. Bulk gels are the way to go! Have a great day, Molly!


For the first time in my life I put honey on a pb and banana sandwich. 10/10


I don’t like honey but you have never led me wrong… so I will try it. Thank you in advance.


I make a lot of soups and chilis during the winter! I want to be as cozy as possible, but a lot of the recipes still have veggies and protein and nutritious foods which is good.

I buy gels in bulk to try to save money. Our local running store does 20% off if you buy more than 6 at once!


Coziness is just key this time of year and you are so right, it’s such an easy way to get all of the bang for your buck with nutrients too. And that 20% makes a big difference over the years of training. I love that they do that. Happy Wednesday, Mariah!


‘Raising Girls Who Like Themselves’ sounds like a great book! Reminds me of a phrase I love, “Self Esteem comes from doing esteemable acts”. Running is so good for us!
Nothing brand new, but I recently bought square pretzels & crinkle-sliced carrot chips, and those are my favorite versions of those foods. So funny how the shape can impact how foods taste to me.
Recipe I make most often lately: butter toast and toaster waffles! :)
Seriously though I am making a lot of soup with fresh bread – here are two we tried recently & loved: https://jessicainthekitchen.com/slow-cooker-mushroom-wild-rice-soup/ (I forgot to add the milk, oops!), and https://theclevermeal.com/vegan-chickpea-soup/ (simplest soup ever & even my super picky 5 yr old ate some).
Happy Wednesday!


Oh, I love that quote so much. It is so true. Off to find those shaped foods and I’m with you, shapes change the food for me. Thank you for the links, I cannot wait to try! Happy Wednesday, to you Katie!


I love Turkey chili in the winter and my husband makes a delicious chicken soup.

I just finished listening to a podcast called “the Girlfriends” which is a true crime show about a woman who went missing and was presumed murdered. Somewhat tangential to the book you’re listening to as it relates to women who make poor choices in the men they get involved with. Often I would imagine b/c they have low self esteem or confidence. Anyway it was really well done.

Happy hump day


Oh wow. I must listen to it. I absolutely agree with it and have seen it in myself when I was younger! Thanks for telling me about it and I hope your day is a beautiful one!


I envy your ability to spend so much reliable time running with your friends! How do you do it!? I know you have nieces, etc. but it must take so much organisation – could you please do a post on the logistics of your day? Thanks Janae!


I don’t go too deeply into logistics because of safety reasons online but I feel lucky that I can usually always run before Andrew goes to work. If he has to go in earlier than I go earlier but normally, his previous job was much trickier and I needed my niece a lot more often. Thanks EmmyLee… come move here and run with us!


Cheetos pretzels are my new favorite snack. So good!

My favorite winter meal is white chicken chili. I think I could eat it every single day!

Question for you on the Adidas Adizero Adios: how is the sizing for you? I notice the women’s equivalent is different than other shoes, where a 9.5 = 10.5, compared to Nike where a mens 9.0 = women’s 10.5. I’m thinking of trying them out and wanted to be sure I had the sizing right! Thanks Janae!


Ohhhhh good q. I wear a women’s 10 in both the Nike and Adidas Adios Pro… so a 8.5 mens in nike and 9 in men’s adidas. I hope that helps and please let me know what you think of them. I’m obsessed!


Thanks so much!!! I can’t wait to try them!!

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