Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

Training Day One

Happy Tuesday πŸ™‚

This morning marked my very first day of training for the Nike Women’s Marathon! Woop woop! Like I said yesterday, I’m following a schedule put together by my Team in Training coach, but I am modifying it a bit so I only run 3x a week and do all my short runs on the treadmill to save my shins. On the schedule today was an easy 20-30 minute run so this morning I grabbed a quick snack—

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And went upstairs to run on the treadmill and watch the Today show. I ran 3 pain-free miles and then came back for breakfast. I’m SO glad that I sucked up my pride last month and took a break from running to heal my shins. If I would have just kept going I probably would have a higher mileage right now but I also would be in every day pain, which is not something I want to live with!

On the breakfast menu was oatmeal….my first batch with the new stove!

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I used:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup whipped cottage cheese (finally found some!!)
  • 1 banana
  • last bit of the raw almond butter from the bottom of the jar
  • scoop of Mighty Maple
  • sprinkle of raw grawnola

And now for a fun announcement!

If you haven’t noticed, I have mentioned that I’m writing a lot lately. The blog actually IS my job but I wanted to pick up a few more freelance positions while I work on my book. Enter Creative Loafing.

Creative Loafing is a newspaper here in Tampa that has a big online base and, as of last week, they hired me as one of their food bloggers! So, every day in addition to blogging here, I will be writing posts for “The Daily Loaf”….and my first aired last night! I will be linking daily to my posts over there so you all can follow what I’m writing—it would be a lot to me if you checked it out!

Click here to read my first post about the merits of Greek yogurt!

Its funny how things work out. I actually got this position based on a recommendation from my brother’s history teacher. He came over the night after the service and we were chatting and when he found out I was a writer and had been to culinary school, he immediately said he would place a call to his friend at the newspaper who was always looking for new food writers! Crazy, huh?

My plan for the rest of the day includes:

  • yoga at some point
  • lunch with my mom at Louis Pappas
  • donating all John’s textbooks and school supplies to his high school
  • writing

See you in a bit!

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73 Comments

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 12, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Glad you had a great run!

    I can’t wait to read your pieces for Creative Loafing! It is strange how things work out. I’m proud of you for finding so much positive in this tragedy. You are such a positivite light Jenna!

    Much love to you guys,
    Court

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    Nicole
    May 12, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Hooray for your new job! That’s awesome news! And you’ll have a great base of followers to help you through! Best to you!!

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 12, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Aww Jenna, this new extra job sounds perfect! I just read the blog post, and I must say that I loved the part where you call Greek yogurt ‘sexy.’ Haha, I totally get that!

    Congrats on a pain-free run! That breakfast looks absolutely amazing right now. It looks so fluffy and nut buttery! Yum!

    Have a great Tuesday πŸ™‚

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    kim
    May 12, 2009 at 7:11 am

    that’s so awesome that you’ve gotten your foot into the writing pool! Reading your article is like reading your blog – fun with a personal touch. I’m sure you’ll gain a wide audience in no time. πŸ™‚

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    Lisa
    May 12, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Congrats on your new job, and I look forward to reading your posts!

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    Marie
    May 12, 2009 at 7:17 am

    yay, one more thing to read! I recently started reading your blog and I really enjoy it — it’s a nice boost of motivation for me to continue to eat healthy, try new recipes, and stick to my running schedule. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Ellen W
    May 12, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I really enjoy reading it! I just wanted to say that, for shin splints, running on grass/trails may be better than running on a treadmill. I had terrible shin splints early on in my running, but luckily I was able to get some custom made orthotics, and I don’t have any pain anymore! So, if your pain comes back, both of those would be something to think about.
    Good luck with your training, you’ll do great!

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    FitFoodie
    May 12, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Congrats! That so great that you can follow your passion πŸ™‚

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    hk
    May 12, 2009 at 7:22 am

    congrats!! sounds like a great mix of your two passions- writing and food!! enjoy πŸ™‚

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    Yelli
    May 12, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I love that you called Greek yogurt sexy…too funny πŸ™‚ Great article!

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 12, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Congrats on the writing gig! How cool!!

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    Melanie
    May 12, 2009 at 7:25 am

    CONGRATS on the new writing gig!!!! How exciting!!

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    K
    May 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Good luck with the training!! What a great article! More people need to discover the amazingness that is Greek yogurt πŸ™‚

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    Sarah
    May 12, 2009 at 7:36 am

    love the article! I tried the plain greek yogurt with PB2 yesterday and it was a no go for me. It tasted like cardboard flavored sour cream. As much as I want to like it, I guess I just can’t get on board with the flavor of plain yougurt. πŸ™

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    Nicole
    May 12, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Congratulations on the new job, Jenna! I’m glad you found something like that, it seems great.

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    LisaR
    May 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Congratulations!! That’s awesome and a huge blessing!!! I’ll be reading your other blog for sure!

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    Yasmin
    May 12, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Congrats on being a professional blogger now! Can’t wait to read your columns!

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    Tanya
    May 12, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Congrats on the new writing gig. Yay for leaving one job you hate to getting something you love to do.

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    May 12, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Congrats on the new writing job! It sounds like fun!

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    Christina
    May 12, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Congrats on the new job! I loved the post, I never really knew why greek yogurt was different, I just knew it had a lot more protein. Now I can be more informed when convincing my Dad to buy me it πŸ™‚

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    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    May 12, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Oh my gosh Jenna – GOOD for you!! How exciting that you’re able to branch out like this with your writing. What a fantastic opportunity!

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    Paige
    May 12, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Your article is great! I have looked for Greek yogurt at Wal-Mart, and they don’t carry one single brand! I guess I’ll have to check out Greenlife Grocery (kind of like Whole Foods).

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    Still Life in South America
    May 12, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I was going to ask what you were writing. I’m so happy for you!

    Are you still planning on creating a cookbook?

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      jenna
      May 12, 2009 at 8:02 am

      Still Life in South America,

      My book is top secret for right now….no hints! πŸ™‚

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    Lauren
    May 12, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Just read your piece on Greek yogurt…I loved it! It was very fun to read, you had a very friendly, upbeat tone (like always!). Funny how things work out like that…I guess you were meant to have this job. Congrats!!!

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    Michelle Hisae
    May 12, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Congrats on your new gig! You’ll be a great addition! I look forward to following you posts πŸ™‚

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    elliebelle
    May 12, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Congrats on the new job! Very exciting!!!

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    *Andrea*
    May 12, 2009 at 8:03 am

    congrats jenna! this is amazing.. i can’t wait for your book to come out so i can buy it. doing what you love is so gratifying!

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    Victoria
    May 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Cool gig at the paper! SOunds like a perfect fit for you right now.

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    Sheri
    May 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Congrats on the new job! Loved the artical..wish I could get Fage greek yogurt in Canada! But alas I just make my own still works.

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    Natalie
    May 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Congratulations on the new job! It sounds like a perfect fit!

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    Anais
    May 12, 2009 at 8:12 am

    It’s crazy how one bad event can lead to great things! So happy you got that new job πŸ™‚

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    Angie
    May 12, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Best of luck with your new gig!

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    Kayla
    May 12, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Congrats on the writing! It’s a great article!

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    Run Sarah
    May 12, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Wow, congrats on the new job!!

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    Jori
    May 12, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Congrats on the creative loafing job! I will have to check that out.

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    weight and meditate
    May 12, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Jenna, congratulations…you know you are going in the right direction when doors open for you like that, I have chills just thinking about it!

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    Meghann
    May 12, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Congrats on your first training day! Its funny as yours is starting, mine is ending!

    CONGRATS on the new job! That is seriously awesome Jenna πŸ™‚ I am soo soo soo happy to hear about it

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    Hangry Pants
    May 12, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Awesome new job, Jenna!

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    Leah @ simply Fabulous
    May 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

    That is so great that you started training today! And the writing- fabulous!

  • Reply
    Bec
    May 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Congrats on the freelance work!

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    Rachel
    May 12, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I’m so happy to hear about your new job! That sounds PERFECT for you!! Your article was great and I love that you can write more laid back like you do when you blog.

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    Jess
    May 12, 2009 at 9:11 am

    That’s great! I would love to be a professional blogger. Awww…bliss.

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

    The beginning of a training cycle is so exciting! Nice run!
    Amazing looking oats! Whipped cottage cheese is a nice add!
    I will definitely check out the Creative Loafing site!

    Have a wonderful day!!

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    Gretchen
    May 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Congratulations, Jenna! You are going to have huge success as a food writer. Its perfect for you!

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    Amy
    May 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Congrats on the new job, Jenna! That’s so exciting. πŸ™‚ I have kind of a random question for you–I was wondering how tall you were? I was reading your food philosophy and it mentions your weight but not your height. Thanks!

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    brandi
    May 12, 2009 at 9:34 am

    great job on the run, and congrats on the freelance work! that’s awesome.

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    Lauren
    May 12, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Jenna!
    Congratulations on that job!! That’s very exciting. I did read it and will definately be following. I wondered about greek yogurt since I have never tried it and now since you’ve mentioned that pb2 mousse, I simply have to!
    Lauren

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    Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 12, 2009 at 9:47 am

    congrats on the new writing gig!

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    Matt (NoMeatAthlete)
    May 12, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Congratulations on getting a blogging job. That’s so awesome!

    Make sure your easy runs are just that, EASY! It’s so tempting to run faster and faster when you’re pain free. And keep that stride rate high to avoid shin pain πŸ™‚

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    Lindsey (fiteats)
    May 12, 2009 at 9:54 am

    What a great job! Congrats!

    How long is your marathon training?

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    Erin
    May 12, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Congrats Jenna, so cool!
    Are you done with the bakery now?

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    Leanne
    May 12, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Congratulations Jenna! Sounds perfect for you!

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    Sammie
    May 12, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Great job on the Greek Yogurt article. I love the examples on how you like to enjoy it – especially the second one πŸ˜‰
    Good luck with the new job.

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    Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    May 12, 2009 at 10:22 am

    great news on the new job – so well-deserved πŸ˜‰

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    HeatherBakes
    May 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Good luck on the marathon training! It’s such a fun process- you’ll just want to keep signing up for more races.

    Congrats on the new job! I’m in culinary school right now and though I LOVE cooking, I’m starting to realize that I may like food writing better than actually working in a restaurant. I’m anxious to read about your experiences!

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    Beverly
    May 12, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Congratulations on the job! Great article!!

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    Sarah M
    May 12, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Congrats Jenna! It’s good to hear that the professional aspects of your life are going so well right now. I’m sure you will great success as a food writer!

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    Hallie
    May 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Great job on the new gig! I liked the yogurt article. I would love to do some freelance writing but I’m not sure how to get into it…I guess having a popular blog helps with that, huh? Guess I need to be more dedicated to my little blog, haha.

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    Manda
    May 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

    The new job sounds like a great fit! I’m willing to bet that this is one of those “things happen for a reason” happenings πŸ˜‰

    Also, I’m so jealous that you’re in training right now! I really need to sign up for a race, but school has definitely kept me busy. Hopefully, I’ll find some time this summer.

    By the way, I laughed out loud when I read that you are writing for “The Daily Loaf,” considering your previous occupation… Can’t wait to read more posts by you!!!

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    Rose
    May 12, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Congrats on the new gig!

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    skinnyrunner
    May 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Congratulations on your new assignment/job! Doesn’t God work in amazing ways??

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    Jordan
    May 12, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Congrats on the freelance work! That’s awesome and will keep you busy. Do you have a link or something to your actual training schedule? Like how much you’ll run each day? Thanks πŸ™‚

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    RunToFinish
    May 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    it’s hard for me to sometimes just have faith that things will workout like they should…but they always do!!

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    Karen Teague
    May 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    Congrats on your new writing assignment, you did a great job. Best of luck to you.
    I had to tell you that you helped solve my shoe dilemma, never knew how or where to stack all my shoes, always made my closet look messy, I followed your idea, from the Ikea store, it’s perfect, going back for more additions to this group.
    karen πŸ™‚

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    kirsten
    May 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    congrats on the new job !! the article is great πŸ™‚ That PB2 looks fantastic !

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    Jen
    May 12, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Lovely breakfast, Jenna! I’m really glad you found the freelance work you were looking for. Life works itself out in mysterious ways sometimes. I read/commented on your post today at The Daily Loaf, and you did an awesome job! Can’t wait to read tomorrow’s!

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    Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    That is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!

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    Samantha
    May 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Congrats on the job..how cool! I love the name of the paper!

    Its awesome you had a good run with no pain. Yay for starting things off on the right foot!

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    Kath
    May 12, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Congrats on the writing gig Jenna! We have Creative Loafing here in Charlotte too πŸ™‚

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    Akshu
    May 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    r u still at greenwise? just curious

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      jenna
      May 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      Akshu,

      No i am not.

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    Elina
    May 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Cute post on yogurt. I think fage IS sexy πŸ˜‰

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