Exercise/ Fitness

Craving Kicked

Mikey is seriously the only cat I have ever heard of that likes the bath! Today he climbed right in while Mikan was being shampooed!

Aren’t cats supposed to hate water?! Strange. My mom and I had a great laugh over this. 🙂
So, this morning I got my act together and ran 2 1/2 miles on the treadmill. For some reason my short runs are SO much harder than my Saturday long runs!!!! Why is that?! I feel like I can go outside and run 5 miles no problem….but then 2 miles kills me. My shins were sore too….bah.

Since I wasn’t meeting Anne until later for lunch I went to town on these amaaaaazing wasabi almonds from the Briden Wilson Farm.


These are dangerous. I feel like I could eat the entire bag!!
At 12:30 I met Anne for some ethnic food lovin’. The other night we discovered we both were madly in love with Lebanese food and were having a hankering for falafel. There’s a cute little restaurant called The Oasis near my house that I had never been to so we planned to go today! In cognito mode with huge sunglasses, obviously.

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I decided on the “Vegetarian Mix Plate” which consisted of hummus, babaganoush, falafel, stuffed grape leaves and tabbouli.

While Anne got the chicken shwarma wrap which was literally the size of my head

I traded her a falafel ball and a stuffed grape leave for a large bite of her wrap. It was awesome! I love it when you can tell that restaurants make their own hummus in house. Makes all the difference in the world, no?!

I’m off to the store now because I offered to make dinner tonight. Not sure exactly what is on the menu but it will include mushrooms since I have a mushroom recipe deadline in two days! 🙂
Later gators!

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  • Recipes for Creativity
    August 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Love the sunglasses pics of you two!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    August 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Mmm I LOVE mediterranean food! We have The Kebab House near us and I seriously go there ALL the time! And holy yum that chicken shwarma wrap!! I want to eat it!

  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    August 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    yum, that veggie mix plate looks awesome!! i’ll look fwd to your mushroom dish tonight – my fave!

  • Nicole
    August 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I am so jealous of your lunch! It looks fabulous.

  • janetha
    August 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    oh my gosh, your cat is awesome!

  • brandi
    August 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    that is hilarious about Mikey! it’s such a pain to give our cat a bath – she hates it!

    lunch looks awesome and fresh made hummus definitely makes a big difference.

  • Lizzy
    August 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    holy crap jenna! that veggie mix plate looks DYNAMITE! I’m Lebanese so i LOVE Lebanese food too! sooo yummy! omg that makes me crave it so bad right now hahaha 🙂

  • Maria
    August 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Haha, Mikey is too cute! My dog’s worst nightmare is to take a bath!

    What kind of treadmill do you use? Would you recommend it? I hope those shins don’t bug you anymore!

    Aaah, the Lebanese food sounds amazing! I’ve gotta try it sometime 😀

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    August 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Mmm, hummus and falafel are two of my fav foods! there’s this place called maoz (locations all over Europe and U.S.) – they have an all-you-can-eat salad/topping bar for the falafel sammies.

  • kay (eating machine)
    August 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    middle eastern food is soooo good!
    There’s middle eastern place here in portland that brings out some type of bread that’s seriously like two feet across. mmmm….

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Haha you crack me up Jenna! Love all these photos. Glad you’re enjoying your day!

    Those almonds look fabulous, and what a lovely lunch. Good luck on dinner tonight!

  • Help Meghan Run
    August 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Yum yum! I love hummus but can you believe I’ve never had falafel? 😉

  • Leianna
    August 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I wish my cat loved to take a bath, every time I try she practically claws my arms and legs apart! That restaurant looks really good!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    August 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    LOOOOVE Lebanese food – one of my favorite restaurants here in Cleveland is Taza, which specializes in Lebanese food – I go here at least 3 times a month – so delicious 😉

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    August 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Oh wow – your platter looks SO fresh and yummy! I agree – homemade is definitely best!!

  • WholeBodyLove
    August 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve never eaten Lebanese food. Your plate looks delish though. It’s always fun to try something new!

  • Barista
    August 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Lebanese food is my favorite! That looks sooo good!

  • The Running Yogini
    August 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Yum! What an amazing meal 🙂 My cats like water too! So weird!

  • Andrea
    August 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    The dog and cat in the tub together…classic!

    Sorry your shins are giving you so much trouble. The only thing that helped my shin splints (aside from a month of rest and icing) were those insoles you heat up in the oven and stick in your shoe that conform to the shape of your foot.

  • Lauren (Runandrejoice)
    August 11, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I often have the same problem! I did ten miles with no problem on Saturday, but huffed and puffed through 4 today, bah! Way to perservere though, and sorry ’bout your shins :\

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Lunch looks good!

    Good luck making dinner!

  • Jane
    August 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    my cat loves water too! hates to be sprayed with it, but loves to play with his water bowl, the tub, even the toilet! lol. we keep it closed so we don’t end up with paw prints all over our butts.

  • Taylor
    August 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    i love middle eastern food too! I went to Israel this summer and had it for the first time! I had the best chicken shwarrma (however you spell it!) It’s my new love.

  • JB
    August 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    i love stuffed grape leaves! i don’t think i’ve ever tried lebanese food. not knowingly, anyway. but that vegetarian dish looks so damn good! i’m obsessed with falafels too. i don’t know what the hell makes them so good, but they’re amazing. can’t wait to see the dinner you make with the mushrooms! 🙂

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    August 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Yum! I love lebanese food, too!

  • Meghan
    August 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    My cat LOVES water so much and she’s been known sleep in the sink while water drips on her! What kind of dog is Mikan?

  • Sana
    August 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    o00o I have always wanted to try falafel! Anything homemade is the best!

  • andmarie
    August 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I love that Mikey likes baths. We can barely get our dog in the bathtub!
    Your vegetarian plate looks awesome!

  • Susan
    August 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Lebanese food is my absolute favourite!! Okay, okay, anything with hummus is my favourite 😛 Glad you guys had a good lunch. And yes, shorter runs are always harder! Why is that??

  • Lia
    August 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    That middle eastern food looks SOOOOOO goood! I love Arabic food! The pets are too cute in that tub too hahaha!

  • emily - eatventures
    August 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Your lunch looks amazing! I always get the sampler when I get Middle Eastern food.

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    August 11, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Mikey is hilarious. I have NEVER seen a cat do that!!

    Your lunch looks so good!

  • Megan
    August 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Oh my your plate is making me crave Middle Eastern food now!!! Have fun grocery shopping 🙂
    Oh, and I like your big sunglasses!!

  • Nicole
    August 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Oh man, that plate looks fabulous!! I love me some falafel.

  • Sarah
    August 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Aww, I think the dog looks way unhappier than the cat, that is strange! Mikey is a special kitty 🙂

    I love Lebanese food too! There is a place also called Oasis in Lexington, KY too and it is great. I haven’t been there in a while so I don’t know if it’s still there but if it is, you’ll have to check it out.

  • Danielle
    August 11, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    What a fun lunch date! I have a craving for chicken shwarma now!

  • Wendy
    August 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    So true about the shorter runs. I just wrote about that very same thing!

  • Whitney
    August 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I love your sunglasses pics! Too cute!

  • Kristin
    August 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    My cat LOVES the bathtub, I don’t think he would ever get in it with the water on but he naps in the tub all the time.

  • Emily (The Experimentarian)
    August 11, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Oh that vegetarian platter is like my dream come true! That looks amazing! I think your craving might be the catalyst for mine 🙂

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    August 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I love that you went incognito. lol. People might recognize you from your blog. he he!

  • Eve
    August 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    That looks so delicious! I love plates that like since you get so many different tastes & flavors.

  • Jess
    August 11, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    That just goes to show you that Mikey was meant to be your brother’s cat!

    Ours don’t exactly LOVE water, but they don’t hate it either. One will play with the faucet in the bathtub all the time. 🙂

  • Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    August 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    haha that is so strange that your cat jumped into the tub!! i would have been laughing too. glad you had a nice lunch 🙂

  • Emily L.
    August 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I love lebanese food. Ann arbor (my hometown) randomly has one of the largest labenese populations in the country. So the restaurants are GYOOOD. Miami, not so much. Sad.

  • Deva
    August 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Your cat made me giggle – so cute!

  • Kate
    August 11, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Most people take 20-30 minutes to properly warm up, so when you do a short run, you never quite get into the groove. Still, those short runs are worth their weight in gold!

    Also, treadmills are hell on the shins!

  • CG
    August 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I always say the same thing…I can run 11-12 miles with TNT on Saturday, no problem!….the short runs during the week KILL, even the 1-2 miler. The coach tells me this is NORMAL…probably bc we have to fit it in with working. I am inspired to try and get a treadmill run in tonight…thanks! hope your shins feel better!

  • Camile
    August 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    That pic of your cat is too funny!
    Mine likes to come sit on the edge of the tub while I am showering. The other day he jumped in! I have no idea why he likes the water, but I splashed him and everything and he still wouldn’t leave!

  • Paige
    August 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Mmm what cool choices for lunch! Sounds good.

    I agree with you on maintenance runs. They seem harder than my long ones! What gives?

  • Lauren
    August 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Too funny about Mikey! My cat loves to lap water dripping from the faucet, but if any falls on her fur, she HATES it. My dog isn’t a big fan of baths either ;).

    Your lunches both look awesome. I just tried a Greek restaurant here in Boston, and am already planning my next trip!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Lunch looks great! I’m also making a mushroom recipe tonight, turkey burgers on top of a portobello mushroom “bun”

  • Marissa
    August 11, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I love hummus!!

  • Jessica
    August 11, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    haha mikey is too cute!

  • Andrea (Fit Healthy Fun)
    August 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    The same exact thing happened to me today on my run! I blogged about it this morning:
    I set out to run 3 miles, but barely squeezed out 2.5. Sunday I breezed through 4 and Friday I felt great after 6. What gives? At least I know I’m in good company 🙂

  • Becky@I Heart Running & Food
    August 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Yummm Mediterranean food!! Your lunch looks amazing. Wasabi almonds are dangerous! As for running…maybe you run faster on the treadmill than outside?? Have a great night 🙂

  • Nicole
    August 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I’m glad you gave yourself the chance to sleep in. Sometimes we fight listening to what our bodies need and when we finally give in, it’s so amazing! Glad you got your short run in, too. BTW, your food looked awesome! Good luck with dinner tonight.

  • Dotsie
    August 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Hey Jenna–

    My baby cat, Buster, was found as a kitten, starving and in overall poor health, at the lake here. My Dad picked him up after a bike ride one afternoon. Needless to say, Buster LOVES the shower, running faucets, bath tubs…toilets! LOL! He just loves water!

    Cats are so awesome!
    As is your blog!

    Take care!

  • Rebecca
    August 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    The look on your dog’s face is hilarious!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    August 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I have the same problem with shorter runs! My fitness level is so weird; one day I can run 7 or 8 miles and feel fab, then 2 days later I get winded running a mile. It drives me crazy and messes with my running mindset!

  • Kristen
    August 12, 2009 at 1:01 am

    that has GOT to be a puggle in the bath- he looks just like my dog!

  • mom
    August 12, 2009 at 9:05 am

    PUGGLE IT IS!!!!

  • Jess
    August 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, that platter looks amazing. You’ve passed your craving on to me now, haha!