Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

I Need a Cookie…Or Wine


Bad new bears. So, last update was that I was beside myself, totally freaking out that I couldn’t put weight on my left foot? Well, thankfully my boss got me into see an orthopaedic surgeon and sports med guy first thing this morning. First thing he said when he looked at my ankle? Girl, there’s NO WAY you are running a half marathon on Sunday morning. At that, naturally (I was in a tender state) I bust into tears and lamented my foot, being 3,000 miles away from home, my training, the fact that I had no health insurance…..he handed me kleenex. Finally, I composed myself and was sent to get x-rays done. Thank God I didn’t break it but I do have a pretty bad sprain. Currently, its wrapped up in a brace and I’m hobbling along. If I still can’t put weight on it tomorrow I have to go back in for a boot. And…no running for 4 weeks. Awesome.

So, I hobbled out of the doctor’s office, called my mom in tears, grabbed all the aleve I could find at the grocery store and went to work. I was sort of worthless and just sat behind a desk imputing data into the computer system while I nursed my wound and ate my chicken enchilada soup that I picked up from the grocery store.


I left work early and made my way across town to the Verizon store because after everything, I was going to have internet at home DANGIT! If I can’t run, I can blog. So, I bought one of those data cards that lets me have the internet wherever and now I’m online and as happy as a clam.



What happened next can only be described as humorous. It wasn’t at the time but now, looking will probably be funny someday. I had to hobble over to my old house to put my clothes in the dryer (I don’t have a washer and dryer in my new place yet and yes…I know I should be off my feet but some things had to get done) and then discovered that the dryer was BROKEN. So, I stuffed all wet clothes, sheets and towels into this massive yellow bag and hobbled with one foot over to Hardy’s house, who just happens to be my new neighbor.

What are neighbors for…right??!! This is why Hardy rocks. He took me in, put my clothes in his dryer, sat me down and gave me a large glass of merlot (even though it was clearly only 4pm). Then, he made me the most awesome grilled cheese ever.



Nothing a little BACON can’t solve!!! muhahaha

Hardy was filming a little clip for Murphy-Goode on food and wine pairings and made a gourmet grilled cheese with sourdough bread, arugula, aged gouda, avocado, bacon and caramelized onions. When he asked me if I wanted one I looked at him like he was crazy. Um yes. Was that a question?

I left with a bag full of dry clothes and my belly full of food and wine, feeling much better about the world as we know it.

I even felt so good that I took some pictures of my new kitchen to share with y’all!





So there you have it. Cozy. Rest of the house + video tour to be released as soon as it’s almost presentable. The space isn’t much but it’s really all I need right now. I am right across the street from the junior high and it was so cute because they had football practice tonight there were cute little kids everywhere.

I might have just had two windmill cookies but whatever…I have a sprained ankle. I honestly cannot even BELIEVE this happened. But…as horribly upset I am about not running (I’ve been crying on and off all day), I know the important thing is that I raised so much money for a good cause. It still really sucks though. Really, really, really sucks. Thank you all so much for your sweet supportive comments. This day has been a comedy of errors almost and I’m really ready to just get in bed and get it over with.

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  • caitlin
    October 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    i am so sorry to hear about your foot (kristien says he is sorry too) but you are right… you have to focus on the good. all that TNT money, your new job, discovering a new state. there will be many more half marathons! i love you!

  • caitlin
    October 14, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    i am so sorry to hear about your foot (kristien says he is sorry too) but you are right… you have to focus on the good. all that TNT money, your new job, discovering a new state. there will be many more half marathons! i love you!

  • caitlin
    October 14, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    i am so sorry to hear about your foot (kristien says he is sorry too) but you are right… you have to focus on the good. all that TNT money, your new job, discovering a new state. there will be many more half marathons! i love you!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    October 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Ah! Sorry you won’t be able to run the half marathon, I can tell how much that race meant to you 🙁 But on the bright side, look at all the money you raised for it. Rest up, there will be tons of more races along the way! Btw, that sandwich looks divine! I might have to try to make that one for myself

  • Suzie
    October 14, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ordeal. I just moved myself from Pittsburgh to San Diego. I know how stressful everything can be and on top of it all spraining your foot and having to change apartments so quickly. I will be praying for a speedy recovery for you.

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    October 14, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Oh Jenna! I am so so sorry to hear about your foot! There are few things worse than being hurt or sick and far away from home! I’m glad you have a wonderful new neighbor and the cutest little apartment ever though! Take it easy lady!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    that looks like one dammmmn fine grilled cheese!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    October 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Jenna! I am so sorry about the ankle! I’m just thinking it’s a sign of some sort.

    In other news, your apartment kitchen is adorable! I love the lighting! So happy. 🙂

    Hope you’re resting for the night!

  • Gina
    October 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Dear Jenna,
    That is a lovely kitchen-so very cozy and lovely.I already like it so much more than your freezing,broken dryer former new apt!
    And congrats on all your fundraising efforts-bravo!
    For some reason fate did not want you to run this particular weekend-maybe someone knew you were just too overwhelmed with the move and wanted you to slow down for a few weeks and have some quiet.Who knows?
    I do know your brother is watching over you ,and he must be simply amazed at all your gumption in the last year and that you ended up in a surfing state of all places.What a meaningful place for you to be,by the ocean and seizing life’s journey in a gutsy wonderful way.Jenna,your family and friends must be bursting with pride.I don’t even know you and I am very proud of you.
    Rest up and take pride in your wonderful fundraising for the run.That really is the most important part of a run like this!

  • Callina
    October 14, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Jenna that stinks!! What horrible timing…I’m sorry you can’t run your race! You sound like you have pretty great perspective on it though. Hang in there! If it helps, the day after I moved to California after driving across the country, I ended up in the ER with a kidney infection. The first soul I spoke to in CA was the triage nurse. Oh geez…memories! This too shall pass!

  • Hayley
    October 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Aw no, I’m so sorry. 🙁 How awful! Get well soon. 🙁

  • sam
    October 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    nice kitchen and you’ve got nice neighbours hurrah!

  • Still Life in South America
    October 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    You’re right—the race donation money is the important thing. You can run weeks down the road and dedicate the run to all of the patients you’ve helped. And you can plan your next fundraising run and maybe even beat the fundraising amount from this last event!

    Look at all you’ve accomplished in only a few weeks (and past year). You’re still a star!

    There is nothing a little grilled cheese can’t heal. (HUG)

  • J @ whole body love
    October 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Glad to see your day has gotten progressively less intense. I love the tile work in the new kitchen!

  • Megan
    October 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Oh Jenna! I am so sorry to hear that you can’t run…but you did raise a lot of money and that’s so wonderful!! I hope your ankle feels better soon, love. I will be praying for you!
    And on a happier note…I adore your cozy kitchen 🙂 It is so lovely…can’t wait to see the rest of your California home!
    I hope you rest well tonight and wake up feeling much, much better about everything!!

  • Leianna
    October 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I love your new cozy kitchen, very simple and perfect for a new start!
    Hope you feel better and know that this is just a small obstacle and happy things are still there in your life:)
    You are handling it better than I ever could, I run everyday and couldn’t do without it!

  • Bree
    October 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Awwwe Jenna, take it easy and don’t worry, the most amazing thing is how much you have raised for research! If I was in CA I would push you in wheelchair for the entire half! Your new kitchen is so cute! Get some rest!

  • amber
    October 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    wow that places looks much better then the first one! SO sorry about the ankle. I’m sure that is a bummer but I hope it doesn’t keep you bummed for too long.

  • Rachel
    October 14, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Oh, Jenna! I’m so sorry that you can’t run. You raised a TON of money for such a great cause though. Caitlin is right, there will be more half marathons. Four weeks off training is nothing…just try to find another one soon. You’re already ready for it, right?

    PS: Your kitchen is so cute! Good thing you have such reliable friends near by too!

  • maria
    October 14, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Super bummer about the foot. Totally too bad. But it would be even worse to run on it like that.

    And really cute kitchen, btw!

  • Allison (Balance in Bites)
    October 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Jenna…I am SO SORRY about your ankle!! Try to keep your chin up. Life can throw curve balls at you, but you CAN handle it. I’ll keep you in my thoughts! *hugs*

  • Daria @ Daria Can Cook
    October 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Aw Jenna, that’s such a bummer! I’m glad you had a friend to help pick you up though – hang in there and keep laughing when you can!

  • Annamarina (Running Tails)
    October 14, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your foot. I know how frustrating it is…I’m currently healing a sprained foot and am supposed to run my first marathon in a couple of weeks. It’s so disappointing when you have trained so hard. I keep trying to tell myself how important it is to get healthy, even if I can’t run the race. I hope your foot heals quickly!

  • courtney
    October 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    dear jenna,

    i am so sorry to hear the news about your ankle… and your clothes… but i am really glad that you have such great support in the blog world AND in real life! you are a fighter, and you are going to bounce back from all of this! have another cookie–you deserve it 😉

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    October 14, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Oh no! Jenna, I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle. Take time and rest as much as you can–you are a lucky girl to have such great friends!

  • Lizzy
    October 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    aw girl! Don’t even worry, the weeks will pass and before you know it you’ll be back on the trails running like always!

  • Jen(eatmovelove)
    October 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    So sorry this had to happen to you so close to your half – but remember, chin up! – things could be alot worse – you could have broken your leg or not able to ‘hobble’ at all…I know that doesn’t help much, but try to keep positive. There will be lots more running and races in the future. Use this time in a positive manner to get adjusted and settled into your new surroudings, make use of your new kitchen! and to even plan out a new running schedule/plan for when you do get back on your feet! A month goes by in no time!! I also love your kitchen – I’ve been living in a tiny 1-bedroom for a while now and still only have a small walk-in kitchen…I’ve had many a pizza do a face-plant in the oven trying to haul it out between the oven door, chair and table counter…oye :(.

  • Tay
    October 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    OH DARLING!! I’m sooo sorry about your ankle 🙁 It seems like you have the right attitude though. You’re awesome, you’ll pull through, and there will be another half in your future 🙂

  • Heather @ Life, Gluten Free
    October 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Have you ever heard of arnica? It can be taken in pellet form (it’s a homeopathic) plus in gel or cream form to apply topically. I’ve had a sprained ankle too. I also fractured my toe recently and arnica was the only reason it wasn’t even more swollen, blue, purple, black and a variety of other colors.

    It’s best to start taking it internally + applying it topically when you first become injured, but it will also work after an injury. I’d highly, highly recommend it. It will help you recover more quickly.

    Here’s more info:

    (I came across your blog through someone tweeting about it on Twitter)

  • Kelly
    October 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear the news about your ankle. Through your fundraising efforts, though, you liberated some serious cash for an incredible cause. Very admirable, indeed. On a side note, I’ve seen a few people post their race bibs for Sunday’s run on Craig’s List. Your injury might allow someone else to run in your place. You could recoup your entry fee or make some runner very happy who didn’t get chosen from the lottery. There will be lots more races for you to run. Take good care of yourself.

  • Sana
    October 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    :)! You are sooo lucky to have an amazing friend :)! Congrats on raising money. Life happens in the most random of ways. You rock!

  • M
    October 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm


    So sorry to hear you can’t run to culminate the end of your fundraising. But to echo what you and others have said, the money raised is the most important part, which you have done – the actual running? That can be done at any time. Why not plan a new date to pound out 13.1 miles to commemorate your training? Of course having it just be you is not ideal but in a way its symbolic because this is a solitary journey, you know.

    Sorry if this doesnt make sense– I’m sleepy. Feel better!


  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 14, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I’m sorry, girl! Injuries are rough–but you’ll get through it! Gourmet grilled cheese helps 🙂

  • Gina
    October 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Oh Jenna! I am so sorry to hear about your foot! I was in a boot and on the bench from running for several months a little while back. I know it is tough. I’ll be thinking of you. Hang in there and remember to rest! Glad to hear it is just four weeks! Hopefully, you’ll be back at it in no time!

    And I want a neighbor like yours! How sweet is that? I love your little kitchen, too! Take care!

  • BroccoliHut
    October 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Oh no! So sorry to hear about your diagnosis–at least you’ll have a cute and cozy kitchen to recuperate in:)

  • sue
    October 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    your ability to stay positive and laugh at what life throws at you is amazing! you rock!

  • Sarah
    October 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    so sorry about your ankle jenna! that really does suck but im sure there is a silver lining in all this:)

  • Linda
    October 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news. When I first read about your ankle, my first thought was there is no way you can run. A co-worker of mine told me today she has had to drop out of her marathon set for this wknd in SF. It was a fundraiser as well. She was heartbroken. She was diagnosed with mono last Friday. She’s been training since May. This would have been her first endurance run.
    Glad you got some comfort food from your neighbor. Take care.

  • Jacqueline
    October 14, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your ankle. That really bites. 🙁 I do think everything happens for a reason though.
    I like the bookshelf over your stove. It’s very convenient.
    Get better soon!

  • Liz
    October 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Good job trying to stay positive. You’ll get through this.

  • Jolene (
    October 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Wow – are these friends of yours real people?? … because they seem like people I only dream about 🙂
    Sorry to hear that you cannot run for 4 weeks … I hope you get some rest and heal well during that time.
    I HAVE to make grilled cheese this weekend. I have seen about 20 beautiful creations on blogs lately, and I just can’t take it anymore!

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    October 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’m so sorry Jenna. I know you may not want to hear this right now, but maybe this is a good thing? You have been running around like crazy, moving, flying across the country, new jobs, etc. etc. etc. and maybe your body just needs a four week break? And a few cookies 😉

  • Mindy
    October 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Oh Jenna, my heart goes out to you. I can only imagine how disappointing it must feel to get injured right before a race 🙁 But seriously, what great guy friends you have!! They really seem like some of the nicest, most down to earth (and raised right) boys I have ever seen.. they take care of you when you need it! I’m happy that even though you can’t be with your mom, at least you’ve got some great friends. Hope everything starts to turn around for the better!! <3

  • Courtney
    October 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your half-marathon being a no-go but as several other people have pointed out it is great you raised all that money and spent so much time training. Things happen for a reason and I’m sure it will all make sense later .. it always works like that doesn’t it? New kitchen is super cozy, can’t wait to see the rest of the place. Sounds like despite some speedbumps life in CA is going great! Hope you are loving it – such a great opportunity for self-growth! 🙂

  • CalliNae
    October 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Oh darlin, that SUCKS big time! I completely understand the sprained ankle bit. I have a bum right ankle, and every now and then it just gives out. A doc told me once that it would’ve been better if I broke it, because then it’s just a right up healing process. But sprains are beasts of their own!

    That having been said, it’ll shrink down, you’ll rock some awesome bruising, and things will get better. You’re strong and you have done so much. Think of how many people you’ve inspired to run! And now how many people you’ve shown how to do what’s best for their bodies!

    Good luck with everything.

  • Kate
    October 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Awe… you are such an inspiration! You pack up your life, move across country and are living your dream. AND in the face of adversity, you didn’t give up and hop on the first plane home! You are FANTABULOUS!

  • Kelsey
    October 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Injuries are so frustrating! Sometimes the healing goes faster than expected, especially if you take care of it, which I’m sure you totally will. And you’re not alone… oddly enough, my little brother sprained his ankle the same day you did, right before High School Basketball tryouts! I remember having a knee injury from soccer back in high school, and once I was able to walk I had to wear tennis shoes all the time for support – I didn’t get to look cute like all the other girls! It felt like sabotage to my high school rep! Ha.. Anyways, you’ve inspired me to start *thinking* about training for a half-marathon, and I applaud your ability to keep your head up in such a discouraging predicament. And hey, the rain’s supposed to clear up for us CA girls, so at least maybe you can catch some sunshine this weekend 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    October 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    You are in our thoughts up here in Washington – healthy thoughts and a fast recovery!

  • Sarah
    October 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Bless your heart, Jenna –I hope you feel better soon! I will be praying for you! I understand what you are going through with not being able to do the race. I was prevented from running in my first half marathon due to a diagnosis of scoliosis just before. Just try not to be TOO upset that you will not be able to complete the race now because of circumstances that were completely beyond your control–you have made such a difference just in the donations you have raised (almost double your goal, if I am not mistaken!)! You should be so proud of yourself!! Luckily, you are young, and you have time to be involved in plenty of races once that ankle heals. Take care of yourself!

  • Michelle
    October 14, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Even though it’s have amazing people around you. Good luck with your recovery…I am a FIRM believer that something good will come out of this. Look at the past fiveish months. Lots of bad and HEAPS of good. Happying icing.

  • Linda
    October 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Oh dear! It sounds like you have an amazing network of kind and caring people around you to get you through this puddle. Nothing else really matters – you will be up and running again in no time.

  • Leanne
    October 15, 2009 at 12:01 am

    live through this and you won’t look back.
    you’ll be up and running in no time:)

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    October 15, 2009 at 12:23 am

    So sorry about your ankle Jenna :(, but yes, just think of all the money you raised! Your grilled cheese sandwich looks incredible and your new place is really cute – I’m sure you’ll be really happy there.

  • RAE
    October 15, 2009 at 12:32 am

    bummer! Here’s to a speedy recovery!

  • ellen eats beets
    October 15, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Girl THANK GOODNESS for friends like that. wine AND grilled cheese. Don’t ever let that one go 🙂

    So sorry to hear about the ankle. Just think, maybe you can start a new type of one-footed yoga!

  • Runningwriter
    October 15, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Oh Jenna, I’m so sorry you can’t run the half. I know how that feels and it does suck when you get so close and you’ve psyched yourself up. BUUUT there will be other races and you have a cute kitchen and wicked grilled-chees-making friends. 4 weeks to settle in and have some time to relax might be just what you needed.

  • Katie S
    October 15, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Your kitchen looks adorable!! Hang in there, Jenna!!! You’ll get your groove back! And that sandwich looks AWESOME! Can Hardy cook for me??

  • Kirsten
    October 15, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Sorry about the bad luck! Your new place looks so cute though, I love the neutral colors. Small places are so cozy and homey.

  • Diana
    October 15, 2009 at 2:58 am

    That does suck but what matters now is that you recover and soon you’ll be able to run again. Everything will be ok. 🙂 I like your little kitchen! 😉

  • christie, honoring health
    October 15, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Sorry about the ankle, Jenna. I wish you a speedy recovery.

    Your kitchen is really cute!

  • Katie (Runs for Fun)
    October 15, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle, Jenna. I had something similar happen about 6 months ago (stress fracture just two weeks before the Boston Marathon), so, for what it’s worth, I know firsthand how much it sucks. God has a plan, and it will be okay. Thank goodness for cute apartments, good friends/neighbors, and delicious grilled cheeses. 🙂

  • polly
    October 15, 2009 at 3:51 am

    hello baby cakes!
    OH yuck… I feel so bad for your foot/ankle. You worked very hard for that race but… in time it will be a-okay and you can run through your new neighborhood in November and think of TURKEY. 😛 XOXO

    Here are some wonderful yoga poses you can do in the meantime, hon!!

    cow face arms
    eagle arms
    spine balance (the bird dog pose)
    thread the needle
    half side plank (one knee is down)
    half side plank with top leg lifted (go obliques!)
    all the ab work you can imagine
    seated twist
    once swelling is gone, pigeon
    headstand (come down on good ankle, please 🙂 )
    legs up the wall (yummmmm)

    Love you!!! XOXO

  • Janet
    October 15, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Oh Jenna, I’m sorry! I know you are disappointed, but take good care of yourself! And now that you’re in the Bay Area, maybe you can do it next year!

    Your kitchen is super cute!

  • Stephanie
    October 15, 2009 at 4:27 am

    I am so sorry about your ankle girl!! But on a positive note, I’m loving the new place so far, that kitchen looks a lot more user friendly 🙂

  • Kelly
    October 15, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Oh man, I am so sorry! But maybe this is God’s way of telling you that your body did not need to do a half marathon this weekend. Now you can let your shins and your ankle rest and be in a lot better position to start running again in a month or so. You have been through a lot the past few weeks. Your apartment is awesome so try to look on the bright side 🙂 And remember to breathe during stressful times (haha yoga!)

  • Amy
    October 15, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Jenna, you handle everything with humor and aplomb! Get well soon!

  • Julie
    October 15, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Oh Jenna, I am so sorry. I know how badly you wanted wanted to run this race. I’m glad you are looking at the positives, because what can dwelling on the negitives do?! Nothing. You raised so much money for an amazing cause. Maybe you could hobble to the race and wait at the finish line to cheer people on? It might be hard, but it might also feel good to be a part of it.

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises)
    October 15, 2009 at 4:43 am

    What a stressful time for you! I was worried when you first posted about your ankle. On the plus side it sounds like you have some wonderful new friends – I’m glad they’re taking good care of you. I think it was a good idea for you to get internet right away – hopefully you can use blogging as an outlet to get rid of some of that stress!

  • Tracy
    October 15, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Hang in there girl…you are such an inspiration to me and so many others. If you can’t run, you can’t run. You’ve set and exceeded so many goals for yourself in the past few years and we’re all proud of you!

  • Karen
    October 15, 2009 at 4:44 am

    Girl, you are being so strong right now! What you need to do is rest and concentrate on YOU and your new life. I love love love your new place by the way. I hope the aleve helped and I wish the best for you and our ankle … I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now, and I just want to say that you’re such a sweet and genuine person. I also just want to say that I’m TOTALLY going to make that gourmet grilled cheese later this week! haha 🙂

  • Anne P
    October 15, 2009 at 4:52 am

    just remember, there will be more marathons 🙂 next time we can train for one together and it will be way more fun and injury free 😉 but seriously, you raised SO much money and that’s what this is really about. i know it’s a HUGE bummer that you can’t run (i was almost in tears over my knee hurting before the army ten miler), but such is life. your ankle will heal in no time – you’ll see.

    hugs from DC!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 15, 2009 at 4:58 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that, Jenna!! I can totally understand why you’re so upset – all that hard work :\ But yes, the important thing is you raised lots of money for a great cause! Also it sounds like you have a wonderful neighbor:)

  • Susan
    October 15, 2009 at 5:00 am

    I injured myself not that long ago and couldn’t run for two months. I was really upset (and training for a triathlon). My mom’s wise friend told me it was “God’s way of slowing me down.” From that point on, I embraced it and took the time to rest up. You’ve been so busy lately Jenna, just take these next few weeks to heal and slow your life down!! You’ll get that half marathon under your belt someday, this weekend was just really bad timing I guess. Feel better <3

  • leslie
    October 15, 2009 at 5:05 am

    jenna, i am so so sorry this happened. but you’re right – you raised such a wonderful amount of money for a wonderful cause. truthfully, i think you’re composing yourself very well right now for all you’ve been through. i know forced rest is never the best kind, but some rest is probably a good thing right now. just breathe and remember eventually things will work out. you’ve still got so many wonderful things happening in your life!

  • Jess
    October 15, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle! Ugh! Keep your spirits up -there are SO many good things going on in your life right now! 🙂

  • Kristine
    October 15, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Ugh Jenna, I am so sorry. This must be so hard for you! Please just take care of yourself! You will be back to good in no time, and then maybe you can run a different half marathon if your body lets you! I am thinking and praying for you.

  • Jess
    October 15, 2009 at 5:20 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle! Ugh! Keep your spirits up -there are SO many good things going on in your life right now! 🙂

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    October 15, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Oh man, sounds like a pretty sucky day all in all. Its great that you can still find humor in it, though, while experiencing the mess of it. That’s what makes you a survivor!

  • Matt
    October 15, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Oh man I am so sorry about your ankle. Hang in there!

  • MelissaNibbles
    October 15, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I’m so sorry Jenna. Get well soon.

    Also, you can feel better about your kitchen because it’s about 3x the size of mine. I’m jealous!

  • Lindsay
    October 15, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I know how you feel. I did something bad to my knee two weeks ago, and I have a marathon in two weeks. I haven’t run since then, but today is my “test” to see if I can still do the marathon. Here’s hoping! Feel better, rest up, and there will be another race, promise! 🙂

  • Kristen
    October 15, 2009 at 5:35 am

    There are a million races you can run- you only have one body. Take care of yourself, then find a redemption race!

    I’m sorry this happened to you and it really sucks, but you will come back even stronger.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 15, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Jenna, I have friends who have stuff happen to them that doesn’t even scratch the surface of everything you’ve been going through and they pretty much decide the world is going to end and that’s that. You, through everything, are always able to find the silver lining and some humor which you express to us through your blog, and I have to say that is just amazing to me. I’m sure you have had times where you felt like being more negative or giving up, but somehow you always pull it together. I really appreciate that about you and that is why I love reading your blog (that and the amazing food pics of course, ha ha). Hope you have a better day today!

  • Jac
    October 15, 2009 at 5:40 am

    so sorry to hear about your ankle! hope all is well soon! But don’t worry.. there are many other marathons in the future!maybe this one’s just not meant to be. Everything in life, God has a reason..

    Love your place!
    Cute kitchen!

  • brandi
    October 15, 2009 at 5:40 am

    I’m so sorry about your ankle, but you’re right! You raised SO much money for such a great cause, and that is the most important thing. There will always be races to run 🙂

    I love your kitchen! so cute.

  • ksquared22
    October 15, 2009 at 5:47 am

    So sorry about your misfortunes! But hey its life and well sh*t happens! I always say it could be worse! Try to continue to keep your head up! Positive thoughts sent your way:)

  • Emily
    October 15, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Oh Jenna! I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle and your misadventures! I really just think that you’re getting them ALL out of the way now so that you can truly enjoy California! You’ll be back at it before you know it. 🙂 Take care!!

  • emily
    October 15, 2009 at 5:51 am

    So sorry about your foot. Sprains are frustating and we all know how hard you’ve worked for this. Congrats however, on all the fabulous other things this ‘misstep’ lets you see – the money you raised, your supportive job, good friends.

  • Katie
    October 15, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Oh my goodness I am so sorry! I will say a prayer that you feel at peace about this situation – I can’t even imagine your disappointment. You have a great attitude about everything!! Love the pictures of your cozy apartment, too.

  • taylor
    October 15, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Jenna, I am so sorry about your ankle, I am sure that is the last thing you needed right now. Thank God for the wonderful support system you have already built out in CA! I also lived in CA (San Diego) and had all my family on the east coast, it took me a good few months to finally feel settled, but once I did, I fell in love with the area and never wanted to leave.

    And your new place is adorable – can’t wait to see more of it!

  • Rebecca
    October 15, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I am sorry about your ankle and the marathon! There will be other ones!! That grilled cheese looks awesome and your apartment kitchen is so cute!

  • Aynsley -
    October 15, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Hey J – Have you thought about going to the race anyway? I think all the effort you’ve put in earns you the right to be there as a motivator for others. You can stand and make signs or even help at a fluid station. Maybe you can plan a post-race blogger gathering. I hope you start feeling better. Your new ‘new’ place looks very Jenna!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full
    October 15, 2009 at 6:21 am

    So sorry to hear about your ankle! Hopefully the next 4 weeks will fly by and you will be up and running before you know it!
    Cute kitchen!

  • MMiller
    October 15, 2009 at 6:27 am

    So sorry the ankle is sprained! But it may just slow you down enough to feel settled more quickly! You will do what you can and probably even a few things that you shouldn’t, but you will sit back and enjoy your new place and city more than you would have otherwise!

    Your new kitchen looks great! I can’t wait to see the rest!

  • carrie
    October 15, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Did you check to see if you could defer your entry into the 1/2 marathon? I know the Baltimore Marathon and 1/2 here in Maryland allows you to defer to the next year if you are injured. Check it out. you might need a Dr’s note – but I am sure you can get one of those! good luck!

  • Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats)
    October 15, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful kitchen.. hang in there Jenna.. it will get better. Lucky you have such super friends/neighbors.
    Have a good day hun 🙂

  • Lizzie
    October 15, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I wasn’t really sure how to respond to this, but I guess the only thing is . . hang in there! You’ve been through a lot in the last month, turning your life upside down, settling into to a new job, TWO new places, and generally finding out what’s what. My only thought (and I know that if you were telling me this, I would be rolling my eyes:)) is that 4 weeks off running means your shins also get 4 weeks off = you better than ever! While you’ll run heaps of races in between, the 1/2 you can’t do this weekend, means that next year you’ll be PR’ing it b/c you’ll be so used to the CA weather it will be a breeze! I can also say this as someone who has been forced to take time out and/or tone down training for injury too and while it’s not the best, we’re in it for the long haul and sometimes we need to take little pauses to keep us there. Chin up chick 🙂 Love the kitchen!!

  • Paige M
    October 15, 2009 at 6:44 am

    oh Jenna!! I am praying for you now! Sounds like you need some R&R anyway. I always try to look at the positives in a situation like this! You have a wonderful future ahead of you, you are (relatively speaking) healthy, you have strong legs to carry you around and good friends. What else do you need? ha! Get some Individual Blue Insurance girl!!! (I live in Alabama, and i’m 29 years old…it is great insurance and only costs me $126 a month!!) Well worth it! Have a blessed day!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 15, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Sounds like you have great neighbors who will take care of you. Being away from home is tough but having good people makes it so much easier. Hope your ankle starts to feel better.

  • ShutupandRun
    October 15, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I hear you sista! I am nursing two stress fractures over here and had to drop out of my Nov marathon. It is no fun, but has given me a chance to re-evaluate and re-assess some fitness goals. I have started swimming (yawn), and am contemplating a half IM next year. Take care of youself and take this time off of your feet to wallow in self pity then to plan your next course of action!

  • Stephanie
    October 15, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I’m so sorry about your ankle! I pray it gets better soon! Injuries are so frustrating, especially when you are so active!

  • Lu
    October 15, 2009 at 6:50 am

    It’s too bad you can’t run. Soon enough you will be at it again though. That is some sandwich love. Wow! I have to have one of those as soon as I can. Your kitchen is adorable. Can’t wait to see the rest of your little place.

  • lindsay
    October 15, 2009 at 6:59 am

    You poor girl. Hobbling around everywhere 😉
    At least you have good friends like Hardy to feed you bacon and dry your clothes!!!
    I LOVE your cozy new kitchen, it is super cute. Can’t wait to see the rest of your place!

  • Rachel
    October 15, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Ahhh that sucks so much, I’m sorry! Good choice nursing it with wine and grown-up grilled cheese though!!

  • Rebekah
    October 15, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your ankle! I’ve done that one to many times and it really sucks.
    I also have the little plug in internet modem from Verizon and I just wanted to suggest getting one of those cords that plugs into the USB port and then you can plug the little internet modem into the other end. This way it is flexible and you don’t have to worry about breaking the little plug in modem so much (like I did 🙂 because then it is just a cord hanging off the side of the computer. Luckily Verizon was cool about it and replaced it without making be buy a new one $$$! I just mention it ‘cuz I had no idea these cords existed and they’re a God send or I would surely broken another one or two by now!
    I hope today is better than yesterday for you!
    Take care, Rebekah

  • Stephanie
    October 15, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I’m so sorry Jenna. It’s just a bump in the road though. At least you have awesome friends who will let you use their laundry facilities and make you grilled cheese!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    October 15, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle and the running! That really is a bummer. 🙁 But if I know you, you’ll discover a new exercise to love and you might just end up loving it more than running! You always find the bright side, and I know you can find it once more!

    That Hardy sure sounds like a nice guy!

    Hang in there, Jenna!

  • Sara
    October 15, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your ankle. I just ran my first marathon a few weeks ago and TRUST me…If I would have gotten hurt beforehand, I would have curled up in a ball and died. After working so hard and, in the process, becoming a running addict, no running for 4 weeks would have killed me.
    Just keep thinking of the money you’ve raised, your reason for doing this in the first place, and how much stronger (ankle aside) you are physically and mentally because of your training. You can handle this and in 4 weeks you’ll be right back on track. In the meantime…cookies and grilled cheese are good medicine. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    October 15, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. I’m sure you’ll be back to your strong self before you know it.
    Your new place looks great.

  • Shelly
    October 15, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Yay! It’s not broken! I know not running this weekend (or for a month) is going to be hard, but there is so much positive and exciting stuff going on in your life right now that you can focus on! The month will be over before you know it! Right now, just rest that ankle and get well soon!

  • Tina
    October 15, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Ughhh, so sorry about the foot! I think everyone knows how hard you’ve been working! Maybe it’s just another sign to slow it down a little?

    Your kitchen is SO adorable though. Seriously love it!

  • Jo
    October 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

    So sorry that you can’t run! But you will be back at it soon. The nice thing about N. California is the weather is great for racing pretty much year round.

    And you will definitely be laughing at this situation someday! Just to make you feel a bit better, I was in grad school (aka BROKE) a few years ago, and in one day my computer crashed losing all my files AND my car broke down twice!! Then it was horrible, but now it is a pretty funny story. Here’s to things getting better for you!!

  • kacie
    October 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Darling jenna, you are such a sweet girl and if you were my daughter

    it would hurt me terribly to have you so far away. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Lara
    October 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

    So sorry to hear that but really I believe all things happen for a reason. You have been through so much in a short time maybe the stress of a Half just wouldn’t have been good for your body right now anyways?
    I have been in a walking cast/boot for 8 weeks. It has definitely helped my foot (heel spur/plantar fascitis) I haven’t been able to do any exercise using my lower body this whole time and I thought it would be just the end of the world but it really hasn’t been. I hafe been able to lift weights (upper), core work, and some swimming. Maybe it is a sign that you really need to chill for a bit ya know?

  • Nicole (dishin')
    October 15, 2009 at 7:47 am

    So sorry to hear you can’t run this weekend or for the next month but there will be another half marathon. This one just wasn’t meant to be, that’s all. Your sprain will heal and you’ll feel better and be back to running in no time. Bacon, wine and sweets make me feel better too!

  • Nadine
    October 15, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Wow, I’m so sorry about this! You will run next year, and it will be that much sweeter. Take a deep breath and stay strong!!

  • Jil
    October 15, 2009 at 8:04 am

    1. I’m soo sorry about the ankle. Hope it feels much better soon!! Everything happens for a reason, I guess…we just don’t always know that reason.
    2. That grilled cheese looks freaking delicious! and I’m glad to see you’ve got such good friends/neighbors!
    3. Your kitchen is adorable!!

  • Seth @ Boy Meets Food
    October 15, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Wow, when it rains it pours sometimes, huh? I’ve moved a few times over the past couple years, and so I understand how stressful of a time this must be for you. Not to mention all that work training for the mini. Like so many before me have said… there will be more. You’ll make it through, and be ready for the next one. Get well soon.

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 15, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your foot. Feel better soon!

  • Ashley
    October 15, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Sorry to hear about your foot but glad you didn’t break it! Your kitchen is so cute. I LOVE the bookshelves in there…perfect for cookbooks and photos of the ones you love.


  • sflunchreview
    October 15, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I LOVE your new kitchen! seriously, that place looks more lilke a home than the previous attic. Hope all gets better soon. hang in there!

  • Sheri
    October 15, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Jenna I am so sorry about your ankle! Your kitchen is super cute though and that sandwich looks devine! It is so great that you have a bunch of supportive friends around you!

  • Noelle
    October 15, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I’m sorry about your ankle.. But on the bright side your new apartment looks much cuter than the first one! Good luck, at least this will motivate you to find a new yoga studio asap!

  • MackAttack
    October 15, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Oh no! I understand the pain though, I sprained my ankle in May and it sounds like it is similarly bad and painful. The pain does get better, just one thing to keep in mind is to keep moving it(do the ABCs when you can’t walk on it)! I developed a clot in my leg because of the sprain and the fact that I was staying off of it (and that I had a cross-country flight). Feel better! It’s great that you have so many friends close by to take care of you.

  • Jennifer
    October 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Girl, I feel for you, when it rains it pours but you my friend are one strong lady and you have handled some much of life’s challenges with such grace and poise that I have no doubt that this is just another road bump that you will overcome. Rest and get yourself settled, then focus on the future!

  • Whit
    October 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Oh Jenna!

    I’m so sorry to hear about the sprain, the lack of insurance…ugh everything.

    At least your kitchen looks cozy and hey, you have good neighbors, right? 😉

  • chipped nails and all
    October 15, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle! I’m crossing my fingers for you and hoping you don’t have to get “the boot”!

    And you kitchen is super duper cute! I love the “hidden” bookshelf 🙂

  • jessica
    October 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Hang in there Jenna! So sorry about your ankle, but there’ll be lots more races to run. And congrats for raising so much money for a good cause! I climbed to the summit of Mt Hood and raised $4000 for the american lung assoc.; the climb was nothing compared to the fundraising! Keep up your yoga practice, there’s tons of seated asanas you can do and it sounds like you could use a little restfull savasana:-)

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    That sandwich looks awesome, and the kitchen in sweet. Very sorry to hear about your foot. I am also an exercise freak and shattered my left foot 18 months ago was in a cast/crutches for 6 months….NOT fun. But did discover when wasn’t healing [and sports doc threatening surgery that would require a year to heal] powdered calcium with Vit D. Pill form doesn’t really absorb in system, I learned. Soon after began taking this my next x-ray showed bone growth around broken area and by the next I was able to toss crutches and cast away. Was FREE to power-walk again and SOOOO happy. GOOD LUCK!!

  • Heather
    October 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Your kitchen looks so cute!!!! I’d love if mine looked like that!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I’m sorry you had a rough day. But it sounds like you have a great support system in CA in Hardy and your boss. You will get through this rough patch and be blessed.

  • Marcia
    October 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Cute place! And bummer on the ankle, I was gonna say you should come south for the Santa Barbara half marathon on November 7…but you’re not allowed…

  • Kristen
    October 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    So sorry to hear about your ankle! In this situation I know how you feel. A few years ago I trained for 16 weeks for the Portland Maine marathon, but I broke my fibula at week 17 (of 18 total weeks). I literally cried for 8 weeks. After I got my cast off and did physical therapy I was cleared to run and trained for (and completed!) another marathon about 9 months later. It will get better, you just have to heal, take one day at a time!

  • bobbi
    October 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Jenna!!! I love the kitchen, can’t wait to come visit! I am sorry about the ankle, I am praying for FAST HEALING…Love your new banner by the way too…so funny that it’s raining up there, it was so HOT here in SO CAL! Have a HAPPY FRIDAY!

  • anna
    October 15, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    you sooo totally deserve a cookie right now!

    i broke my ankle 10 years ago, it was horrible. it still hurts sometimes and it is still always swollen.

    good luck in your recovery. i’m so sorry!!

  • Cyndi
    October 16, 2009 at 5:30 am

    That sandwich sounds delicious – nothing beats a grilled sandwich! Sorry to hear about your ankle – take it easy.