Behind The Butter

Hide Your Food

Thanks for the encouragement, y’all! This whole event is going to be a great lesson in growth for me. So often we talk about facing our fears and I even go so far as to buy ridiculously expensive yoga pants that I can’t afford because I support that concept.

You bet your wunder unders that I’m scared pant-less. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been more scared for any one event in my whole life. And, sorry, but its not a good type of scared. Its the type of scared that I want to head for the hills. Unfortunately, the hills are exactly where I am going.

I’m sure it will be fine.
Moving on.
I snacked on some millet toast with coconut butter and raspberries preserves this afternoon. Coconut butter + jam = match made in heaven.


And then I headed out on the very long voyage to pick Caitlin up. It really shouldn’t have been 2 1/2 hours there and 3 1/2 hours back……I’m blaming my GPS. Clearly the GPS was wrong and it wasn’t my expert sense of direction.
On the way, I ate a turkey and cheese sandwich and then picked at a variety of goodies that I brought with us

I ate the apple, a piece of chocolate and a few Mary’s crackers.
Plus two cookies.

The goal is to eat everything in sight. Everything.
And now I am dealing with this.


Best friends forever.

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  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    May 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, just reading about your jitters gave me the sensation of butterflies! You just gotta remember that you have everything it takes to finish the ride, so you know you can do it. Focus on how awesome and proud you’re going to feel after finishing! That feeling is going to far outweigh the nerves you have now!

  • Daisy
    May 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Caitlin and Dexter are adorable. Bike your heart out lady.

  • Julie
    May 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Cute! It’s ok to be nervous. I’m running my first 5K tomorrow and I’m a little scared too. Maybe I’d be more scared, but in two days I’m hoping on a plane to go to Europe all by myself. So that’s over-shadowing the race just a little? (Scariness wise)

  • Me-Linh @ Sweets and Sweat
    May 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    You’re giving me the heebiejeebies with your nervousness! I have a race in July and now I’m feeling the butterflies. But I know you’ll do great because you’ve worked so hard training. Have fun with Caitlin!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Awww, cute pix of Dexter & his new BFF.

    Can you slow down on the hill parts that concerned about. Or hop in a sag wagon and skip that part. Or is there some big macho experienced guy(s) that can bike with in a pack? On the San Diego Gran Fondo the #1 rule was ‘This is a ride–not a race.’ So hopefully that applies here for everyone.

    Am sorry you’re feeling anxious, maybe you’ll feel better once at the event, and in parts if not, trust your instincts.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Jenna!! You’re #5 Top Fundraiser for the Napa Gran Fondo!! AWESOME!! Congrats!!

    I just checked the site to see if they have rules/bike safety for all participants–hopefully it’s in the participant sign-in area as wasn’t visible to visitors (at least I didn’t see). So Googled some on the theory that knowing as much as possible is helpful.

    That’s outrageous that with that many participants you’re #5!!

    Here for the Big Sur Marathon etc–they close the roads including Hwy 1 to traffic during the event.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    May 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    It’s okay to be scared, I’m terrified for my marathon in two weeks!!! Just turn the scared energy into biking energy!! You’ll be awesome! GOOD LUCK!

  • annie
    May 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Best wishes to you! I’m feeling anxious for you! Thinking of you for this Sunday. You’ll rock it out 😀 😀

  • Claire
    May 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I know that feeling but have yet to try something that intense! I know you will do the best of your ability and try to have some fun as well lady! I am sure you will also have a blast with Caitlin!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    You’re going to do great! You have thousands of people backing you and wishing you all the best 😀
    Hehe, I love it when bloggers appear on other blogs! Especially since I just read Caitlin’s blog…it’s funny 🙂

  • ~Jessica~
    May 22, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Seriously Jenna, you will do brilliantly. You’re a strong woman and more than capable of doing yourself justice in this event.

    The fear and anticipation of such a challenge is inevitably worse than the challenge itself: I was scared witless before my marathon last week (in exactly the same ‘run for the hills’ way as you ~ I even kept looking behind me at the start line and wondering if there was any way for me to back out) but the race was amazing in the end and I enjoyed every minute.

    Have some confidence in yourself and rock that race.

  • Sara @
    May 22, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Good luck, Jenna! It will be over soon and you’ll feel so accomplished when it’s over!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    May 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Crazy, Jenna! You are going to do amazing!!!

  • AM
    May 22, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Don’t be scurrrrrred! You’ll do great.

  • Helen
    May 22, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Jenna panic not you will be brilliant! You and Caitlin will encourage eachother and help eachother through the tough bits. I hope there are LOADS of donuts for you!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 22, 2010 at 5:15 am

    You’re going to be great! Just try your best to enjoy it, because that’s kind of the whole point. 😀 This is something you’ll remember for a lifetime!

  • Erin
    May 22, 2010 at 5:16 am

    You girls are going to have so much fun! Just ride safely and smartly–that’s the most important thing. 😀

  • eatmovelove
    May 22, 2010 at 5:45 am

    That should be my title. Caitlin is so pretty. And I want a cat.

  • Emmanuelle
    May 22, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Hi Jenna, it’s ok to be scared, I mean who wouldn’t? But I’m sure you are going to do great!
    (And I wholeheartedly agree with you on the coconut butter + jam combo, I must say.)

    Good luck to you and Caitlin!
    (I want a cat too)

  • Evelyn @ cheers2healthy
    May 22, 2010 at 6:00 am

    You’ll do great and you’re amazing for participating anyway!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 22, 2010 at 6:28 am

    So cute! Have a great day, guys!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Awwww Dexter makes friends with everyone!

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist!
    May 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

    You will do amazing! you have trained you will have girlfriends with you and it really doesn’t matter how fast you go b/c no matter what you will finish the race (I am certain you will) and you can revel in the feeling of accomplishment you will have after. You ladies AMAZE me with your dedication.

    Coconut butter? I didn’t even know it existed! I feel cheated haha!
    Headed to Tampa today so will probably head to my old health-food stores to get staples AND CB too!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 22, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Awww, have so much fun with Caitlin!

  • kristen
    May 22, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Jenna- you can do this. It will be hard and it will test you, but you CAN do it (and you will do it). Put some mantras on your bike, write yourself some notes and put them in your pockets or the bag on your bike and when you are doubting yourself, pull them out to remind yourself that you are stronger than you know and that you will get to the end.
    Good luck to both you and Caitlin!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    May 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I would be scared too, but I think you’ll do so well! On the plus-side, you get to eat alot to make up for all the energy spent! Ha! 🙂

    Good luck and be safe tomorrow!!!

  • alicia
    May 22, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I just wanted to send good luck wishes and happy vibes your way. You’re an awesome lady for doing this, and your “friends” over here are so proud of you! We don’t care how long it takes you to finish, or how many times you may have to pull over, you’re already a true winner.

  • Hannah
    May 22, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Jenna, I know you will rock this race, NO MATTER WHAT happens. Putting yourself out there on that trail is the biggest part, and know that by going out on the trails, you’ve accomplished something already!

    A side question: how come you changed your hair back to blonde? I like it both ways, but I’m just curious! 🙂

  • adrienmelaine
    May 22, 2010 at 7:30 am

    coconut butter and raspberry- genius! I too am dealing with eating everything around me- why not?! It’s not like I’ll be in a bikini anytime soon.. oh wait- it’s summer coming.. F***

  • Kellie
    May 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I get really bad race nerves. I have trouble sleeping, eating, etc the day before. Remember, it is only one day. Enjoy yourself and before you know it, it will be over and you will be celebrating.

  • foodandfarm
    May 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

    MUST have coconut butter and a black cat as cute as Dexter.

    Have you ever used coconut oil on your skin? It’s super moisturizing.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 22, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Remember that you have prepared for this and you are able to accomplish far more things than you think you can. And a little bit of nerves is good. Take a deep breathe and ride like the wind.

  • Camille
    May 22, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Haha, be careful! Seems like Caitlin is a good competitor for Dexter’s attention!

  • BethT
    May 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

    It took you 3.5 hours to get from Oakland to Santa Rosa?! Do you need a Beth Teague hand drawn map??

  • Teresa
    May 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Jenna repeat after me “I can do this, I can do this … and I have NO fear! Say this as many times as you can because Jenna I know you-can-do-this !!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY !!!!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    oh man you girls are going to get into so much fun trouble!!! i’m loving y’alls weekend already…that sounds so stalkerish by the way… 🙂

  • Shannon, Tropical Treats
    May 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    You girls look like you had some fun pre-race shennanigans! 🙂 Best of luck.. mind over matter!

  • Joyce
    May 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    It will all be OK, you do have so many people pulling for you. Believe in yourself, We do!! Have a great time, that hardest part is usually the waiting! Lots of good karma sent your way, and you can enjoy some great wine afterwards!

  • runnerforever
    May 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Coconut butter is appearing on blogs all over, it must be really good!

  • Sarah
    May 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Jenna, you’re going to rock the ride! How can you not with cookies to motivate you 😉

  • Casey @ Chasing Casey
    May 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    You can do it! You’re going to do great!

  • Stacey
    May 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I have some of that coconut butter, I’m going to have to try that.

  • Bianca King
    May 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    why is this called “hide your food”?

  • Lisa
    May 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Good luck you two!