Do Something That Scares You

by jenna on January 23, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Today is actually National Yoga Day! Who knew?! However, since this past week I have done five intense vinyasa classes, I decided to take it easy and go for a run instead! Yep, that’s right….could Eat Live Run possibly be making a comeback?! ;) I know I probably won’t run any big races again and I’m super excited to start training for the Gran Fondo (I think I’m getting my bike next week so training will officially start then!), but I’d like to be able to do some short distance runs every once in a while.

Truthfully, for the past three months I’ve been scared to death of running. My ankle is taking a heck of a long time to heal and the last time I tried to go out for a run (probably a month ago), I could only run a mile before my whole foot started throbbing in pain and I limped home. I told myself I wasn’t going to even attempt to run again until I knew I was fully recovered and in the spirit of doing one thing a day that scares you, I strapped on my Garmin and laced up my running shoes this morning.

AND IT DIDN’T HURT!!!!!! I was 100% pain free and it felt aaaamazing. I forgot what that feels like!! I was able to run two miles and it felt wonderful. What a positive start to my Saturday! When I got home, I hit the mat and did a few long downward facing dogs and hip opening stretches. Wahhooo!

Breakfast was pumpkin egg white oatmeal:

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And then later in the morning I got hungry so I snacked on my leftover roasted veggies from lunch yesterday:
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My house is STILL having plumbing issues!!!! It really put a damper on my great running mood, actually. However, with a bit of elbow grease I successfully fixed everything myself (?!) and didn’t have to harass my landlord again to get the plumber back out here. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!
I ate an early lunch of a big yogurt bowl:
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This is a mix of 1/2 cup Oikos, 1/2 cup Nature’s Path granola, handful of cinnamon puffins, 1 scoop Barney butter and some pumpkin butter. I forgot how good yogurt messes are!
Since I didn’t really get any work done yesterday, today is my day to make some progress. I need to stop downloading iphone apps and write a few thousand words! Tonight I’m going on another date, this time with my friend Kelly. I’m a roll, huh?! ;)
Enjoy your day!
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Ideanna January 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Hey! May I ask what happened to your ankle? I am going through some ankle problems as well which are keeping me from running…my doctor told me that I have Achilles tendonitis.

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jenna January 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Ideanna,

I sprained it moving a mattress back in October!

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Emily Eats and Exercises January 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Congrats on the run! Sprains can take forever to heal – I hope this means you’re fully recovered. I can’t wait to follow your training for your bike ride – you (and Caitlin) make me want to look into some bike racing in my future…

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Plumbing issues are totally lame. I’m sorry to hear they’re still going on, Jenna.

On the other hand…YAY FOR RUNNING AGAIN! I’m so happy to hear your nerve-riddled decision ended up being a great reward. I’m with you on the “Do something that scares you” theme. Explore those edges, girl!

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Mary (Food Fit & Fun) January 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Those Pumpkin Egg White Oats look SO DARN GOOD! I just bought more pumpkin so I can’t wait to try them out. Congrats on a pain-free run! I think that’s a wonderful plan to get some short distance runs in every once in a while. Go Jenna! :)

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The Paris Food Blague January 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

wow now i must do yoga!

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The Paris Food Blague January 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

wow now i must do yoga!

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Madeline @ Greens and Jeans January 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Welcome back to the world of running! It has missed you!

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**Lauren (Biochemísta)** January 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Heyyy :)

I added you to my blogroll…Is that cool? I don’t know the etiquette as I’m new to the blogging world :) :)

xx

Lauren

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Mae @ OhhMay January 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Aww I’m so happy you had a pain-free run. When you listen to your body, it lets you do what you want with it!
Mmm I still want roasted veggies!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Woohoo for getting in a run! :)

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Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I love the “Do something each day that scares you” mantra. it’s awesome!

How on earth did you manage to fix the plumbing by yourself? I wouldn’t have a clue where to begin on something like that.

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Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet January 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I can’t believe that is your mantra today! I am in a eating disorder recovery program and each week we choose quotes for each day. Guess what quote I had already chosen for today? Yup, “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”

:-)

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Ideanna January 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Oh man! I hope your ankle heals really soon but I am glad to know that you were able to run w/o no pain today. Its so hard not to run on your ankle when you want to. I haven’t run in two weeks and I feel deprived. haha

Btw…I am really enjoying your blog. Thanks for giving me ideas for healthy meals/snacks.

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Jamie January 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Congrats on your run!! THAt must have felt SO good! Im so happy for you.

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Estela @ Weekly Bite January 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

So glad you were able to run! What a great feeling!

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theemptynutjar January 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Cinnamon puffs and NP granola are yum…love your oats too!
One thing a day that scares me? I think I will strive for some simple things “spend one hour without worrying”…”stop feeling guilty for doing nothing…and enjoy doing nothing”…etc.. :)
I applaud you. I am only a walker…and honestly I see no exercise in my future for a very long time…but if I am capable even in 2 or 5 years from now then I will treasure the little things. In the meantime, a lazy walk is a treasure :)
Now eat lots of goodies and fantastic stuff girl!

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Congrats on the pain-free run!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Yay! Congrats on your run– I know that must feel great after having to stay away from running for so long!

Happy Saturday!

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Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Congrats! It looks like giving your ankle rest is exactly what your body needed and now it’s paying off =)

I’m going to have to try pumpkin egg white oatmeal. just the name of it sounds so incredibly delicious and *filling.*

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Kyra January 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Yay for National Yoga Day! I tried some classes out at a Yoga studio in Seminole, FL today and joined!

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Marisa (Loser for Life) January 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Glad you had a nice run, Jenna!
Have fun tonight!

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Hooray for running! So glad your ankle felt good. Sometimes a little rest is all your body needs :-)

Love the pumpkin butter addition – it’s never out of season in my book!

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Marla January 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Will Echelon help you with cost of bike?
(expensive investment!)
Congrats on run and all the best with the bike ride and fundraising!(sorry,I am a little broke now from Haiti donation but perhaps finances will improve …)

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christie, honoring health January 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

yaya! glad you got out and were able to enjoy a run!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

congrats on the run! woohoo!

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Love yogurt bowls! I eat them a lot for breakfast — such a refreshing way to start the day. :)

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eatmovelove January 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I had no idea was National Yoga Day…weird! Congrats on your run girl – yeah it can be scaring trying “new” things…even if they are “old” things…;) haha, you know what I’m saying!
Your oats and cereal look picturesque! Still take care of that ankle remember – don’t let it come back to bite you! slow and steady…and a little bit of ice!

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Jenna January 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I’m so happy for you that your ankle is feeling better! Sometimes there is nothing more mind clearing then going on a run, I can’t imagine not being able to do so for a few months.

Maybe pluming is a new calling for you in life? haha. Have fun tonight on your ‘date’. :)

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Leo @ cupcakes in Paris January 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Your pumpkin oatmeal looks great. I just found some canned pumpkin here in Paris and I’m super excited to try this soon.

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Jamie January 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Congrats on the new phone AND on a successful, injury-free run! Keep at it!

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Kristine January 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Congrats on the run!! I am so happy for you! :)

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Katy ( The Balanced Foodie) January 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

So exciting that you can run!! It must be like a breath of fresh air after not being able to for so long. Excited for you!!

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Jenna January 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Glad your run went well!
And yes yogurt messes are the best- have one nearly every morning:)
have a fun night!
Jenna

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Cynthia (It All Changes) January 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I remember my first run back that didn’t hurt. IT was amazing! So glad you got a painfree run.

I love trying to do things that scare me even though I hate being scared. I feel so accomplished afterward.

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Valerie January 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I’m so happy you can run again! I pulled my hip flexor pretty badly about a month and a half ago. I was so upset. I was down and out for a month. I got back in the gym, and I was walking for two weeks to make sure I didn’t have any pain. I just got back into running this week, and I have no pain! I feel your feat for the day :)

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Suzanne de Cornelia January 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

‘Do something that scares you.’ I once paid $600 to walk barefoot over 2,000 degree coals. Amazing experience with about 1600 people at one of the big hotels by the SF Airport. It’s party mode when everyone arrives, and Tony Robbins is so cool in person. To get folks to settle down, everyone goes outside to see the river of hot coals will walk over barefoot. Think ‘Burning stumps. There is NO possible way.’ Back inside it’s dead quiet/people riveted on instructions. It seems IMPOSSIBLE and once you do it a powerful metaphor for how much we stop ourselves by believing things to be impossible–when really just need to find out ‘how’. You learn that fear was designed as a caution sign, not a permanent barrier.

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Karla January 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Glad to hear your ankle is well! That’s so exciting! Have fun on your date :)

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Lizzie January 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Now that’s awesome news! I just start back from an ankle injury a couple of weeks ago and have been building up gradually. 10 then 15 minutes on the treadmill. One day it was nice enough that I did the same distance you did today. Slowly but surely! Congrats!! :) I think your breakfasts always look SO good!!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Yay! Good for you for trying running again! So glad it worked out well.

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Kim January 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

So glad you were able to run again! I know how maddening it can be to want to run but be held back by an ankle injury! Good job only doing 2 – enough to run but not pushing your ankle too much! Have you thought about wearing an ankle brace for awhile until you know your ankle is 100% again? Sprains – especially bad ones – stretch out the supportive “stuff” around our ankles and can lead to an easier-to-injure ankle (trust me, I’ve experienced it). I find that wearing a simple ankle brace that gives a little extra support can really help the ankle recover and keep you from reinjury!

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Katie @ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Yay! Glad your ankle is feeling better and you were able to enjoy your run!! The do something that scares you advice is something to think about… I definitely haven’t done anything daring today.

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm

How fantastic about your run!! I know how you feel. I have a stress fracture and it’s starting to heal and it’s weird because I can’t wait to run but yet i’m SO afraid to.
I love yogurt messes. And congrats on fixing your own plumbing! You’re more of a woman than I am haha

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Gabriela January 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Congrats on the run! I injured my knee more than five years ago, and I’m STILL scared of certain activities, like ice skating…I’m terrified of doing it again! Thanks for the reminder to push those limits!

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Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm

So happy to hear you were able to RUN today – that’s super duper. Your oats look yummy. You can def tell the difference with the addition of egg whites. Enjoy your girlie date tonight =)

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Jenny January 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Congrats on your run! That’s great that you enjoyed it pain-free :) haha and I think it’s nicely ironic that you challenged yourself in a “new” way on National Yoga Day.

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Michelle January 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I’m so glad you can run again! Hooray!

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Katharine January 23, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Yay for being pain-free! I bet that felt AWESOME! (Boo to lingering plumbing issues – hope that gets fixed soon.)

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Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I am so happy that you had a nice run, that is wonderful! :-)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) January 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm

that’s so great you could do that run pain-free! congrats on that…i’m hoping someday i’ll be able to do the same thing :)

have fun tonight!

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Amanda@thgrainsofparadise January 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Happy to hear you went running today! Now it’s my turn…lol

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

:) I love that you fixed your plumbing issues yourself. What can Jenna not do?! he he

Your yogurt bowl looks like a whole bunch of yum.

Here in SoCal, the rain took a break. Hope you guys up North got the break too.

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Jac January 24, 2010 at 12:33 am

great to know u can run again!! And so wonderful to have bfast as lunch!

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amanda January 24, 2010 at 5:18 am

I would take running slow if you are looking to do it again. You just have to be careful with your foot that is for sure. But of course you already know this. :)

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Jessie @ thehappinessinhealth January 24, 2010 at 5:39 am

Yay for your pain-free run! :D

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Tami @nutmegnotebook.com January 24, 2010 at 6:32 am

Congratulations on a good run. Those oats look good. It has been a while since I have made oats-gonna make some soon. I love to snack on the Puffins cereal squares-they make a great movie snack!

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Paige@ RunningAroundNormal January 24, 2010 at 6:35 am

Hooray for doing the One-thing-a-day-that-Scares-You challenge, and for getting out there and running. Pain free runs always make for a nice time :D
Sorry about the reoccurring plumbing issues, but it sounds like you took matters in to your own hands this time.

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Jil January 24, 2010 at 7:31 am

Hooray for a pain free run!!!

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Erin January 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

That is so wonderful that you were able to run again! I sprained my ankle once and it really does take a long time to heal…you think it will be better and then it’s just not…I want to say it took almost a whole year until I felt mine completely back to normal. Keep taking care of it!

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Kalli@fitandfortysomething January 24, 2010 at 9:08 am

you are right…..do something that scares you!

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Teniah January 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Great job getting back out there for a wonderful run!! So glad you were pain free……Keep up the great work.

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diana(mymarble rye) January 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Aaw. I can’t run lately due to a little tendonitis. I’m glad you finally got to run again!

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Steph January 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

When do you add the egg whites to the oatmeal so they don’t end up as scrambled eggs?

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Laura Georgina January 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

Yay to the return of the run! I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to give it up for so long… but sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise–though not being able to run must have been really rough, it probably gave you the time to focus on yoga and other things, like that AWESOME bike race coming up.

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Claire January 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Totally a great philosophy! I should strive to do something that scares me each day! However, living in Wyoming and walking to work = walking on ice….so I guess I already do!

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