Thinking Out Loud

Hi, guys! I hope everyone is fully recovered from New Year’s Eve by now. I might have had just a wee bit too much wine, but that’s what celebrating is all about. So, no regrets!

new year

I’m linking up with Amanda for this weeks edition of Thinking Out Loud. This couldn’t have come on a more perfect day because I’ve got lots of randomness to share with y’all!


It took a lot of urging with myself, but I was able to get my lazy butt out the door for a 14 mile run. I just had to ring in 2014 with 14! Considering I ran 13 miles last New Year’s Day; next year is looking a little scary. ;)


Just FYI, drinking almost a full bottle of wine and eating too much cake the night before a 14 mile run is not a wise decision. I felt fine when I woke up, so I thought all was good. My run went great and luckily when I got home I had some Muscle Milk to help me refuel. But it wasn’t long after I had been home that I got sick and I mean REALLY sick. I’m glad that I was able to get the run in, but the rest of the day was pretty much wasted because I felt like sh$%t for several hours. Yuck!

muscle milk boxes

The people at Muscle Milk are soooooo generous. They are sponsoring the ZOOMA race in Austin and as an ambassador they sent over Muscle Milk Light to help fuel our training runs. These are delicious and the nutritional stats are pretty awesome too! They contain 20 essential vitamins and minerals, are sugar, lactose and gluten-free and depending on size have 14-30 grams of protein.

muscle milk bottle

If you’re interested in running a half-marathon, 10k or 5k in April, with me (in Austin, TX); register here—> use code TXAMB4 for a 10% discount. ZOOMA races are supposed to be AWESOME. This will be my first one and I’m so excited!

Have you made your slideshow with 2013 photos, yet? I had so much fun with this Tuesday night. Get the free app, Flipagram. You can use any photos, even those from Facebook and set your slideshow to music.

I was sure to eat my black-eyed-peas for prosperity in the new year…. taco style with guacamole! This Spicy Mexican Black-Eyed-Pea Casserole is good any day of the year!


I already shared with you how much I loved the novel, Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes and that I would be reading The Girl Left Behind, by the same author. I’m not completely finished with The Girl You Left Behind, but I’m really loving it and totally anxious to see how it ends. Two winners in a row!!!!!

the girl who left

The winner of the Balance Bars, calendar and Yurbuds is Chicha W. and she won by tweeting the giveaway!
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Congratulations and thanks to all of you who played!!

And I’ll leave you with a quote that I came across the other day and really liked.


Something to think about…..

Have you read any of Jojo Moyes books? Or any other really great books, lately?

Have you ever tried Muscle Milk? Do you drink any type of special shake after working out?

Did you eat anything special for New Year’s Day?

Have such a great Thursday!!!!!!!!!


  1. How fantastic! I know the feeling of banging out a long run after a night of…well…enjoying oneself. :\ I will definitely check out the Jojo Moyes books you’ve mentioned. Since there are probably feet of snow accumulating outside at this very moment, I might need some new cabin material.

    The boyfriend and I had our black-eyed peas last night. He has never had them, and wanted seconds! Hooray for introducing a new tradition! :) Your taco version looks amazing!

  2. Wow, I really love that quote!!
    Danica @ It’s Progression 2014 GoalsMy Profile

  3. I have grown up being forced to eat black eyed peas every New years Day for good luck (I don’t like them), but this year I actually enjoyed them! My mom and aunt both made two different dips that incorporated black eyed peas and they were delicious! I still wouldn’t have liked them by themselves though. :) I love that you ran 14 miles for 2014!
    Becky@TheSavedRunner Surprise, Surprise!My Profile

    • My mom makes a cheesy black-eyed-pea dip too and it is delicious. Hope your New Year’s is off to terrific start!

  4. Props to starting out the new year on such a good note! I’m honestly not sure I would have been able to work up the motivation to get that kind of a run in after NYE… especially since it was like -1000000 outside ;) And I’ve never read any of the books by Jojo Moyes, but I’ll be on the lookout for a new book after I finish reading The Last Unicorn, so I may just have to pick one of those up.
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. . thinking out loud #59 .My Profile

  5. Happy New Year Kim! That 14 mile run was awesome. My New Year Run wasn’t quite as nice hehe… I guess I was too tired from the night before and I felt like poo too ;–)
    Tha quote is lovely, I really like it! And the tacos look delicious! x
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs Carrot Quinoa Chickpea Moroccan Salad with Tahini DressingMy Profile

  6. I’m glad you were able to get your run in before you started feeling ill. I didn’t get in a workout yesterday, I know it’s not the best start to the year but it was the last day before most of the family headed home and spending time with them was more important!
    Nicole @ FruitnFitness The cold cabins and new yearsMy Profile

  7. Major props to you for running 14 miles on New Years Day – and after a bottle of wine the night before! I love Muscle Milk after a good workout, especially when it is warm outside and the mile is super cold (liquid smoothie). My NYD splurge was my husband’s homemade hummus – delish! Thanks for the Dr. Seuss quote – so true!
    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust Well Hello There 2014My Profile

  8. I love that you put blackeyed peas in the form of tacos! I am totally going to try that out since I am always looking for good alternatives for meat in tacos. I hope you are feeling much better!! ;)
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Happy New Year!My Profile

  9. I’m always looking for new books to read, thanks for the recommendation! Not sure if you’re a coffee gal, but I like to add the choco flavor Muscle Milk in my coffee! Just to spice up my mornings sometimes ;)

  10. i disagree… wine and cake the night before a long run is perfection ;)

  11. Bummer that you felt sick after you run! But that cake and wine must have seemed pretty appetizing the night before ;). Way too hard to pass up!
    Christine@ Apple of My Eye Thinking Out Loud #1My Profile

  12. What an awesome way to ring in 2014! I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t feel well afterwards though :(
    Those black-eyed pea tacos look amazing too. We had lentil soup as our “lucky” food!
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves Quads on Fire Home Workout {VIDEO!}My Profile

  13. I have tried Muscle Milk and did like it!

    I haven’t read the books, but I heard good things about the first one.

    Happy Thursday!

  14. Happy 2014!!! Thanks for the book recommendation, I’m always looking for more books to read :)
    Jen@PregnantDiabetic 2014My Profile

  15. I never knew people ate special things for New Years… Then again, my family generally eats prosperity on Chinese New Year. Does Muscle Milk taste just like milk?
    Alice @ Daily Sweet Potato Happy New Year + Blogger Goals!My Profile

    • I’ve only tried the chocolate muscle milk and it tastes a lot like chocolate milk. It’s pretty tasty! Happy New Year!

  16. I REALLY wanted to run 14km yesterday but I woke up sick and had a date with the couch instead. Boo. I’m hoping to make it up this weekend.

    I didn’t have black eyed peas, but did eat leftover hash with brats and sauerkraut and then I found out it’s good luck to eat that on Jan 1, so I’m pretty happy about that!

    I’m going to have to add those two books to my (really long) reading list.
    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs Thinking Out Loud Thursday: 1/2My Profile

    • Sorry you were sick. Hopefully, you’ll feel better this weekend and you can make it happen! My reading list is sooo long too!

  17. Kim,
    I love the Dr. Seuss quote too! But I have to ask, if you run in Texas, doesn’t it get really hot in the summer? How do you run then in the summer? Just curious. But a really great post, thanks for the plethora of information and insight!
    Rushfit RUSHFIT What Is It?My Profile

  18. I’ll have to check out both those books. I’m reading the newest Divergent book right now and it’s good. I am so tired when I get into bed lately that I usually only get a few pages read! And that’s at 9:30! I’m such an old lady ;-)
    Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome Happy New Year! A Day Late…My Profile

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