Ready, Set, Run!


I’m ready!

Today was the kick-off event for my Team in Training and it got me so excited about the next couple months. I definitely need something like this in my life right now and I’m excited to be involved and help beat cancer. This morning I met my coach (who is awesome!), teammates and honored teammate and I already made a friend who has shin splints too, but is planning on running the whole marathon in San Fran! We are going to tackle our shin splints together πŸ™‚

On the way to St. Pete we stopped at Starbucks and I got an iced coffee but after two sips my IBS starting kicking in hard core and I couldn’t drink anymore


My IBS really hasn’t been bad since high school but with all the stress going on right now it seems like every day I have been having some pain. I really need to watch it right now. I don’t want to lose any more weight!

After my meeting, Ryan and I decided to grab lunch at the St. Pete Farmer’s Market since we were already downtown. Farmer’s markets are pretty much one of my favorite things in the whole world so how could I say no? I got a vegan oat burger from this cute little stand-



It was absolutely delicious and SO fresh!



Ryan got his ideal lunch of a pulled pork sandwich, mac & cheese and collard greens πŸ™‚


We were going to go to the beach but it was SO hot at the market (I mistakenly wore a black shirt) that we decided to come home. I actually think I’m going to take a nap, which is very unlike me. I just feel like I need more rest these days…going out and being social right now takes a lot out of me—I hope it gets better someday πŸ™

We aren’t sure about dinner tonight but pizza is on our minds. I hope everyone has a lovely afternoon and I will see you in a bit!

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  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 9, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I think it is great that you will have the Team in Training to focus on and make a difference in other people’s lives. Amazing.

    I am also amazed at the “oat burger” stand. I can’t imagine anything but a hot dog cart in our neck of the woods, and your burger looks FAR more delicious!

    Hope you get a nap and have a fun evening!

  • Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks
    May 9, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I’m right with you, I LOVE farmers markets!! And that veggie oat burger looks fantastic!

    Pizza sounds pretty yummy for dinner…hope you have a great rest of the day!

  • Shelbney
    May 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Hey Jenna,
    So glad to see you are keeping busy. It’s so good to see you do normal, everyday stuff. Thinking of you often and wishing your heart and mind peace.

  • Julia
    May 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Give it some time, and I’m sure being social will get better. Be patient with yourself, especially now!
    That oat burger looked delicious! Have a wonderful Saturday!

  • Rachel
    May 9, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    It’s good to let our bodies rest when it needs it. Enjoy your day!

  • sammy
    May 9, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    We are all thinking of you in your time of deep sorrow and grief.
    Being true to yourself and your heart is important more than ever-whether you need to simply lie quietly , feel your loss and incredible pain,or whether you need to just be silly and have a giggling fit to relieve your immense sorrow, it’s all part of healing your heart and soul.A part of you will always have a place to feel that sorrow but in future years you will also feel incredible joy and adventures as well.Your brother will always be egging you on from the sidelines in those adventures and grinning away.
    And in the times of grief and missing him,he will try and light your path and look out for you,sending you his love.If you look around you will feel signs of him,perhaps in nature,and no doubt at the ocean.But you have take time and slowly do what steps your heart tells you you can manage.Don’t rush your grieving,it is so important.Namaste.
    Thinking of your parents too.Send our well wishes and sympathy please.

  • Beth
    May 9, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I did my first marathon with TNT this winter. It was an incredible experience. I am glad you have this type of positive and upbeat focus right now!

  • Heather
    May 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I LOVE JOE’S OAT PATTIES!!!! He used to sell them at the Sand Lake Farmer’s Market in front of Whole Foods in Orlando, but I haven’t seen him in awhile. They’re so yummy!

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 9, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I am keeping you in my prayers, dear Jenna!
    Your efforts show that you are such a strong and brave individual!

  • Jen
    May 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    The farmer’s market lunch looks so great! I really hope the nap energizes you, and the recurring IBS sounds a little worrisome. Try your best to relax, okay? πŸ™

    And if today feels like a pizza day, be careful with the oven door. πŸ™‚

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    May 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Enjoy your nap Jenna. Always good to listen to your body… I’m sure the social settings will get easier in time. Allow yourself all the time you need, and not a moment less.
    You are in my prayers!

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Looks like you had a great time this morning! I had my first Team in Training practice this morning, and it was awesome.

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    May 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Rest up, Jenna. Things will get easier as time goes on, just take whatever time you need and just take care of yourself. {{{HUGS}}}

  • Ellen
    May 9, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    i just want to commend you for your openness on your blog. i know i appreciate your honesty and “realness.” i know that a lot of people have IBS (even if they haven’t been diagnosed professionally) but it doesn’t get talked about a whole lot in the food blog world. i just wanted to let you know that i feel your frustration. doctors are so quick to say “eat more fiber! exercise! don’t be so stressed!” but those things never totally cure it. i recently found this website that’s a wealth of information:

    i know that it’s not realistic for you to necessarily go there, but it was very eye opening for me. i thought it might be helpful to you too.

  • janetha
    May 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    that TIT thing you are doing sounds cool, and for a good cause. sweet! and i looove farmers markets! i can’t wait until ours starts here!

  • Melissa (Nibbles and Wiggles)
    May 9, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I wish our farmer’s markets were as cool as yours down there!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I love farmer’s markets too but the only one I have been to here is pretty lame! The Oat burgers look great!

  • Sharon
    May 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    WHOA, drooling over that delicious burger!!!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    May 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Amazing that you can channel your stress in other ways Jenna!
    Do you find your IBS flares up with different kinds of foods?
    Burger looks delish!!

  • Shelby
    May 9, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I wish I could try those oat patties! They sound SO good!

    Hope you get your nap in =)

  • life coach jen
    May 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    The oat burgers look great – funny how your lunch was so opposite of Ryan’s!

  • tiffany
    May 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I think pizza is ALWAYS on your minds! πŸ˜‰

  • Kimberly
    May 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Your lunch looks so fresh and summery! Cracking up at Ryan’s man food.

    Jenna, I know tomorrow will be difficult for your family, so please let your mom know that I and probably many other readers will be thinking of her!

  • Marina
    May 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    ItΒ΄s great that you are doing TNT! Such a good cause!
    P.S. I just used the bagel recipe you posted a few months back, and it was sooo delicious. I am living abroad right now and canΒ΄t find any bakery that has bagels. I was having a major bagel craving so your recipe saved me! Thanks!

  • K
    May 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Glad you had fun at TNT!! It’s very inspiring!

    That vegan oat burger looks insanely delicious – I wish MI would hop on the vegan train!

  • Sara
    May 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    All you can do is just keep taking it one day at a time. When your body tells you to rest, do it! Take your time doing things, and eventually, you’ll be able to do everything (sometimes still with tears, but with a smile, too.)

    And nice job with the decorating!


  • Leila
    May 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    So fun! Glad that you’re already making quick friends with those on your team. I’m sure the experience is going to be amazing.

    That veggie burger looks so yummy!

  • Donna
    May 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I hope you’re planning to be with your mother tomorrow. It will be a very hard day for her. She could use your support. Since you moved in with Ryan so close to the loss of John, she lost both of her children almost at the same time. Very difficult for her, because both you and your brother were living in the same house and then were suddenly gone. The loss to her must be immeasurable.

  • Stacey
    May 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I have to say, that mac n cheese looks sinfully delicious!!!
    Yay for team training!

  • Megan (Runner's Kitchen)
    May 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Your veggie-oat burger looks yummy! I just had my first sunshine burger last night…SO good. Also, I’m attempting to bake bread today (the dough is on its second rise) and I thought of you πŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    May 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I think that your Team In Training sounds awesome, and very inspiring!! Yay for a running buddy!!

    I have also never been a big napper, but when my body screams that I need one, I try to listen! Hope you were able to get a little extra rest and that you have some food porn pizza pics to show us later πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    May 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I was really interested to learn that you have IBS. I do also and I can’t eat a lot of raw veggies and too much peanut butter/almond butter, no caffeine at all. I get really bloated from a lot of things you eat, even though they look so delicious! Do you restrict anything you eat because of IBS? It’s so weird how it affects different people differently. I’m sure yours is bothering you right now because of stress, that is a big trigger.
    Glad your Team in Training meeting went well. I also have to deal with shin splints and I know how annoying/painful it can be!

  • Erin
    May 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I also have been suffering from IBS for a few years now…horrible. Daily thing. I still try to eat VERY healthy…I have not found exact foods that trigger it ….a LOT of food does. I am trying to eat SLOWLY to see how that affects it…I refuse to give up my health foods. I was surprised to learn you had IBS and others here do…although I know its common. Its hard for others in my life to understand what its like to live with it everyday. I’m glad others here can. πŸ™‚

  • Linda
    May 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Your lunch looks soo good! I couldn’t help but laugh at the “Great Hurricane food!!” sign. We don’t see many signs that say that here in Minnesota!

  • Kiersten
    May 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Sorry you’re having IBS problems right now, I know how that is. I have IBS too and stress definitely causes mine to flare up. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

    I never heard of Joe’s oat patties, but your veggie burger sure looks tasty!

  • Kelly
    May 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Erin- I don’t actually give up my health foods- I just have to be careful with tooo much fiber. I actually eat really healthy because fat bothers my stomach a lot. I look on this website a lot and try to follow the diet on here within reason, I find it helps a lot.

  • Angelea
    May 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hooray for the TNT kick off!
    I have IBS too that flares up during stressful times. By chance, I took a Buddhism class in college and learned to meditate. It was so relaxing that I added to my daily routine and I learned to apply deep breathing techniques during my IBS attacks to help get me through them without getting sick. It was a Godsend for me!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 9, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Eventually being social gets easier! At first it’s a little hard because you might feel guilty about doing “normal” things, but it does get better with time!

  • Caitlin
    May 9, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Hang in there, Jenna. I know its hard to believe, but its only been a couple weeks. I never understand how time could move SO FAST and SO SLOW at the same time until I lost someone close to me and experienced real grief for the first time. You’re doing great; my thoughts are still with you and your family.

  • Caroline
    May 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Looks like a fantastic veggie burger!

  • Angelina
    May 10, 2009 at 6:50 am

    That burger looks delicious.
    I think it is so awesome of you to do Team in Training. Best of luck!