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Good morning!

I just got back from my first Team in Training practice and let me just say, it was a doozy. Not the actual run itself (we only went 2.5 miles today) but just getting there! More on that in a minute. But first, when I woke up at 5:30 I had my favorite pre-run snack of a slice of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast with raw almond butter + 1/2 banana:


I was out the door at 6 because practice started at 6:30 and (I thought) I was about 30 minutes away. Well, I drove and drove and drove and COULD NOT find where my team was! I’d never been to this park before and it was HUGE (think national park!) and the minutes on my car clock kept going by and being late is my biggest pet peeve so I really started to worry. Finally, it was 6:50 and I was almost in hysterics and finally pulled in as my team was just running off. I quickly locked my car door and raced out and sprinted to catch up with them. I know it sounds a little silly to say I was in hysterics over being late but since the accident I tend to totally panic at the drop of a pin. Its like my body is still in that “fight or flight mode” and I’m ready for the next disaster. The slightest thing makes me totally break down, and things that shouldn’t be stressful somehow are. I’ve been told this is 100% normal and will get better with time.

Regardless, I made it, ran with my team and chatted with two new friends, one of which was wearing the same shin splint compression socks as I was! We actually were only scheduled for 2 miles today but the three of us decided to do another small loop for a total of 2.5 miles since we were one of the first finishers. The park was right on the water and it was a really pretty morning.

I got back home around 8:15 and was having a serious oatmeal craving!



Today’s combination included:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 banana, mushed up
  • 1 spoonful ground flax
  • cinnamon + sea salt
  • big scoop of white chocolate wonderful pb (!!)
  • 1/4 cup 2% Fage to top

It was a seriously wooooonderful bowl, which I credit to my first tasting of white chocolate wonderful peanut butter! Oh my goodness, this stuff is amazingly tasty. I think it might be my new favorite out of all the Peanut Butter & Co varieties. So rich and creamy….yum! I also liked the addition of the Fage on top. Made the bowl extra creamy! 🙂

Ryan is out of town golfing today with a friend who’s first baby is due next week (he needed some guy time before!) and I am heading back to the Tampa Bay Fine Wine and Food Festival with my mom! This is actually her belated Mother’s Day present and something we’ve been looking forward to doing together for awhile. My sweet dad is being generous enough to drop us off AND pick us up so we can enjoy the wine tastings a little bit! 😉 Yesterday at the festival it was just the “pre-show” of everything that would be going on at the Grand Tasting today—and unlike yesterday I’m not going to eat beforehand so I can fully enjoy all the yummy restaurant goodies. Remember, I won’t be going into any detail in tonight’s post about my time at the festival today so you will have to tune in tomorrow to read all about what I did, ate and drank! 😉

After the festival is the highly anticipated Preakness—I’m routing for Rachel Alexander, what about you?!

I’m about to sneak in a 20 minute yoga download right now…. then its time to hit the showers and dress up again! 🙂


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  • jessnyc
    May 16, 2009 at 7:33 am

    glad you found your team! hope you have a great day with your mom, you ladies deserve it 🙂

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    May 16, 2009 at 7:38 am

    glad you found where you were supposed to be! i can see how something like that would be enough to get you panicked. having structured plans is probably helping you feel grounded and stable now, so one thing going off course makes everything feel out of control! i’m glad you know that, too, and are not getting freaked out about getting freaked out 🙂

    have fun at the festival with mom today!

  • K
    May 16, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I share your lateness pet peeve! I am always really early because I’m afraid of being late. Sorry you were stressed! Have fun today with your mom – that sounds awesome!

  • leslie
    May 16, 2009 at 8:03 am

    what shin splint compression sock do you use? i am struggling with them myself and unsure about how to treat it during a run. i usually ice post run, but something to protect it during would rock! please let me know.

    thanks, leslie

    • jenna
      May 16, 2009 at 8:05 am


      Mine are pretty generic and from the running store where I live but honestly, I don’t think they work. I just wear them because they are SUPPOSED to work but I have yet to feel any miracles from them and my physical therapist agreed they aren’t for someone that has a chronic problem. Unfortunately!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    May 16, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Ahh!! I hate being late too – so glad you made it in time!! Have an AMAZING time at the festival with your mom!!

  • FitFoodie
    May 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

    The food & wine festival will be SO fun! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Run Sarah
    May 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I get SO panicked when I’m late, I can understand how you feel. Glad your run went well though!

  • erin
    May 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

    hi beautiful.. i know exactly how that is! literally every LITTLE thing seems to make me anxious or nervous or something lately.. i guess its all just what comes with what we’re going through. it’s part of life.

    glad you finally found your team though and kicked off your day well!
    beautiiiiful oats woman

    praying for you always

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    i panic over being late too! I hate when I’m late, and i get really anxious as the minutes tick by… I’m glad you found your team though!

  • Nicole
    May 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    So happy to hear your grandpa is doing so well! Enjoy your time with your mother today at the expo!!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Being late is one of my biggest pet peeves too! I probably would have been freaking out as well =)

    Glad you made it though and had a great run. Enjoy the rest of your day at the Wine and Food Festival!!!

  • Lynne
    May 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I hate being late also!
    The White Chocolate Wonderful is my favorite PB & Co flavor. It’s great stuff!

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 16, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Don’t worry Jenna! Many of us get panicky over small things, too! It all ended being alright! You still made it!
    Enjoy your Saturday

  • Jenny
    May 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

    sweet Jenna you are certainly not alone as far as the “freaking out” thing – I often times get extremely panicky over small… but then low and behold, things always seem to have a way of working themselves out – and im glad that was the case for you this morning :)!

    Glad you had such a great workout with the team and delish breakfast. I have got to try yogurt in my oats.. and white chocolate wonderful! I can’t find it anywhere. I’m dying!

  • Nicole
    May 16, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I agree with the others – there’s nothing wrong with getting panicky over little things, especially with all that you have had to deal with lately. You seem to be handling it very healthily.
    And your oats look absolutely wonderful!

  • katiek
    May 16, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I can understand why you felt a bit panicky- but everything ended up well and it sounds like you had a positive first run with your group. Have fun with you mom today I would love to go to a food and wine festival!
    Ps, glad your grandfather is doing better:)

  • SnowKat
    May 16, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Wishing that Santa brings me a Breville !

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 16, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I get freaked when I am late too. I hate not arriving on time! Have a great day with your mom. It sounds like so much fun!

  • Sharon
    May 16, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Hi Jenna, I’ve been loving your creative loafing articles. I’m intrigued by the juicing. Do you lose any nutritional content by juicing rather than just eating the fruits and veggies whole? Or is it more beneficial to juice them?

    I totally panic about being late too — I know exactly how you must have felt! Hope you have a great day with your mom!

  • The Novice Berker
    May 16, 2009 at 10:34 am

    No worries about freaking out about being late. I would have probably reacted the same way. I get so anxious when I’m running late; it’s weird. 🙁

    Great post on the Daily Loaf today since I LOVE seeing your juices! I made sure to comment!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I’m with you on being late- I can’t stand it. But I’m glad you met up with the group, chatted and had a great run!

    I just opened White Chocolate Wonderful and it’s so good I have a hard time staying away from it! Mmm so creamy and delicious!

    I hope you have a blast today! Sounds like it’s going to be fabulous!

  • Matt
    May 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

    At least you made it and had a good run!
    And have fun at the food festival!

  • Shelby
    May 16, 2009 at 11:29 am

    White Chocolate Wonderful is my favorite PB&Co product too! It’s perfectly sweet and super creamy. Love it.

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    May 16, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I love that article!!!
    Great run today.. sorry you had a bit of a stressful moment but you made it. Hope the rest of your Saturday goes well Jenna!

  • Amber
    May 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I also hate being late! I just found your blog and I’m really enjoying it! Thanks for all of your hard work on it 🙂

  • Meg
    May 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Have fun today! Love your oats! Definitely a perfect bowl!

  • Kelly
    May 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I hate being late too, and being late and lost is a bad combination. Glad the run went well though! Can’t wait to hear about the food and wine festival!

  • emily
    May 16, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I hate that feeling, I hope you start to feel better soon! I am Always late so you would think I’d be used to it but I still panic every time. I rely on the trains now that I live in the city and at least twice I month I hear the “trains will be delayed due to traffic ahead, please be patient” message and burst into tears!

    Hope you are having a fantabulous time at the festival!

  • Bec
    May 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    glad you were able to find the place and you found 2 friends to run with!

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    That bowl looks awesome! I have yet to try Fage in oatmeal yet. And I’m glad your TnT training went well this morning…mine did. 🙂

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Lauren
    May 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Mmmm white chocolate wonderful is one of my faves! I’ve also been enjoying greek yogurt on top of oats – yummy.

  • laura
    May 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Hey jenna,
    I really love your blog and hope everything is going better for you! i just wanted to say that i went to a team in training meeting today, (i live in Lincoln, NE) and i’m pretty sure i’m going to sign up for the marathon in that the one your doing? if so, that would be pretty cool if we could meet!

  • Menden (Skinny Menny)
    May 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Oh, I HATE getting lost/ being late – nothing puts me in a panic faster….but way to go for getting there for the training! Hope you have a great time at the festival with your mom – sounds like a blast 🙂

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    It seems to make sense that things would be more stressful under any sort of pressure.You’ll get through it – you’re already doing so amazingly well! Have a great day today – soak in the sun AND the wine!

  • Lindsey (fiteats)
    May 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I hate being late too! I’m sorry that things are so stressful now. It does seem like it would be normal after what you’ve been through. I had a funny run story today too! I’m glad we both had exciting run days today!

  • Stacy
    May 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Great job on your run this morning. I saw quite a few people wearing compression socks today at my race. You are just ahead of the coming trend! : ) Have a great day!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    That’s so great you found your team!! 🙂
    Your eats look fabulous! Thanks for the juicing advice as well!

    Have a fab eve!

  • Francesca
    May 17, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hi Jenna – I was in a writing class of yours, and I just wanted to say that I love your blog and have been reading archives like mad, trying to help myself change to eat more interesting-but-healthy things. I remember when I lost my mom, for months afterwards, I would practically break down sobbing on Bull Street trying to find parking for class. Not being able to find a spot felt like a tragedy, I was so worn out from the real tragedy of loss. It IS normal, and you WILL feel better. I’m so glad you seem to be hanging in there.

  • Fitzalan
    May 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    “The slightest thing makes me totally break down, and things that shouldn’t be stressful somehow are.”

    I agree–totally normal. It is just how your body is dealing with stress right now. Displaced anger/stress/etc….it isn’t back to normal and able to handle things like you used to. It’ll get better. At least you recognize that is what is going on!

    Happiness Awaits