Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Really Goode

Hi friends!

Thank you so very much for all your support and votes! In response to many a question about voting, it seems like now they have updated the system where you CAN vote again with the same email address from before! Please vote away! 🙂

I’ve decided to blog one interesting fact about Murphy-Goode wine a day until the Top 10 are picked on July 7th. Check the end of my morning post daily for that!

Also, check out my latest True/Slant article that I just wrote about my journey to apply to Murphy-Goode!

This morning I had my first “long run” with my new orthotics! I ran 3 miles on the upstairs treadmill while watching the Today show about MJ. It went really well—no pain and I felt very strong…like I could have run further! Of course I kept my speed very slow at about a 10:50/mile pace. My next long run will be on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin! We are going up for 4th of July weekend for my cousin’s wedding. He’s getting married on campus at University of Wisconsin and I’ve never been there—heard its gorgeous though!

After my run I soaked my legs, showered and made some lunchie—-



It was sort of random but did the trick! I had leftover soba noodles with spicy peanut sauce, sugar snap peas, a salmon burger (with all natural honey mustard for dipping), and half of a perfect grapefruit. Oh, and a piece of organic extra dark chocolate of course! 😉

There was a big problem with the cookies I baked yesterday so I’m scratching them from the sale tomorrow. I have vegan blondies and more cupcakes to bake though this afternoon and then I have to package everything up….its going to be a very busy day!

Ryan and I are trying out a new pizza place in town though–one that was talking about in my podcast the other day! Apparently Paci’s serves very authentic New York-style pizza AND has gelato! I’m so incredibly excited!

Murphy-Goode was founded in 1985 by a group of three friends that had one thing in common: they all loved great wine. Read on tomorrow to see how these three friends started a revolution…….

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  • Help Meghan Run
    June 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Aw bummer! What happened to your cookies? And I used a couple different e-mails to vote again. 🙂 Congrats on getting back into your training…mine is going well!


  • Ryane
    June 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I like how your baking today is centered around vegan and healthy goods while mine involves um, lots of tequila.

    And no worries, I have multiple email addies too!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Congrats on finishing a run without pain!! Woo-hoo. And your lunch looks like the perfect combo of flavors and nutrients. Salmon burgers are the best. TGIF!

  • kelly
    June 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    So I am totally a lurker – but was excited to read you’re going to be in Madison! I graduated from the UW in 2003 and there really is not a more beautiful place in the summer (in my opinion!) Run the lakes – they are great. Drink Spotted Cow beer – it is delicious. Go to The Weary Traveler on Willy Street for dinner, yummy!

  • Maria
    June 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    So that’s why my vote wouldn’t work again ;).That lunch looks so great! The soba, snap peace, sauce, and salmon all go well together–kind of a fusion of Japanese and Thai food :D. Sorry that the cookies didn’t end up well, but I’m sure those blondies and cupcakes will be absolutely delicious. Pizza + gelato = fabulous!

  • Stephanie
    June 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    It’s just amazing how this Murphy Goode thing is working out – I am keeping my fingers crossed for you to come to Cali! I do in home wine tastings here (in Southern California), and someone at a tasting on Friday night mentioned that I should really try Murphy Goode, and I mentioned your competition and the fact that I can’t believe that I have not tried it yet! Must find a bottle at BevMo soon…

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    June 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    My Father in Law loves that pizza place! Have fun!

  • Christina
    June 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I voted for you! I hope you win 🙂

  • Jenna
    June 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    YUM dinner sounds good!! have a fun day of baking! 🙂

  • Carrie H
    June 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Jenna — You’re the most popular by about 160 votes! Woo! I hope they keep coming in so you can have your dream job!

  • Katie
    June 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Congrats on being chosen for the top 50 contestents! So exciting! I’ve been dying to do some exploring in wine country! Keeping my fingers crossed for you 🙂

  • Katherine
    June 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Glad I had an extra email address! 😉

    Your lunch looks delicious – the randomness can be so nice b/c of the variety!

    Have a wonderful time in Wisconsin.

  • Diana (Soap & Chocolate)
    June 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I’m so bummed I didn’t make it into the Summit – here’s hoping for next year. I’m putting in a vote for you at Murphy Goode instead. 😉

  • Jess
    June 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Gena .. I voted for you the first time, then tried voting this morning, but it said I couldn’t. But NOW, I voted again with the same e-mail! YOU CAN VOTE AGAIN!! 🙂

  • Jess
    June 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    damn, I meant Jenna … sorry! (My run must have fried my brain this a.m.!)

  • leslie
    June 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    i love random platter lunches like that. how long do you think your peanut sauce would keep in the fridge? i definitely want to make it, but i’d love if i can use it in a few different things.

  • j
    June 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    You will love Madison! I’ve been twice to visit a friend who went to grad school there and it is soooooooooo pretty in the summer. If it wasn’t for the winters, I would totally want to live there.

  • Sarah
    June 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I love authentic New York style pizza, its my favorite!! Have a great time 🙂

  • rachel
    June 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    i’ve never heard of murphy goode. where do you find there wine?

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn
    June 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    It’s funny how 3 miles can become a long run! I used to run 4 miles no problem and then stopped cold for a month. This morning I ran 2.5 and felt that I was pushing it. I guess it’s all relative, right?

  • Marisa
    June 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I voted, good luck. Yay for running! Have fun in Madison. I went to undergrad and currently go to grad school at UW. It is a great campus, I hope you enjoy your visit.

  • Christie @ Find My Weigh
    June 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    That salmon burger looks great!!

  • Sarah Rieger
    June 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm


    I voted today and I also voted the first time. It seemed like it worked and I did not get an error message. Hopefully everyone can vote.

  • Kt
    June 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Jenna, I have a question, perhaps you can help, going on a car trip for 3 1/2 weeks, although I’m looking forward to this, I can’t help but feel that I will undo all the good I’ve done since January. I bike 27-30 miles every day and know that I can’t do this while I’m gone. I’ll eat light, but all that time in the car and no exercise is going to go right back to my hips. Have you ever gone away when you didn’t have access to a gym or your regular routine?
    Thanks, Kt

  • brandi
    June 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    glad you had a good run! i love lunches like that 🙂

  • Matt
    June 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Did you make that salmon burger or is it from a box?

  • Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)
    June 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    You are heading back to my old stompin’ grounds – UW-Madison baby! There are soooo many trails to run/bike – you should run the Lakeshore Path which winds its way from the Union and through campus. Hit up the Farmer’s Market on the Capitol Square if you can, go eat at Sunroom Cafe on State Street (best brekkie eva!), drink lots of beer at the terrace and get a picture on the huge orange terrace chair.

    Happy times in Madtown are coming your way!

  • Deirdre
    June 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the info about the voting. I’ll definitely use my other E-mail. My cousin is getting married on the 4th of July too but in Denver!

  • Leanne
    June 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    That is so awesome that you are coming to Madison! I graduated in 2005 and have since stayed around. I was also married at the Memorial Union last summer. I’m not sure if this is where the wedding is, but it is a must see!

    Also you have to run the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and through the (free) Vilas zoo.

    There are SOOO many great restaurants in Madison, you could just walk down State Street and pick anything. But here are some that I love!
    – Sunprint Cafe (just off the capital square)
    – Sunroom Cafe (http://sunroomcafe.com/default.aspx)
    – Orpheum Lobby Restaurant

    – Eldorado
    – Old Fashioned (I am in LOVE with the #20 salad)
    No. 20
    Plump Door County cherries, Buttermilk Blue cheese and toasted almonds tossed with mixed greens and brandy vinaigrette – add chicken $2.95 or salmon $3.95………………………………………………….$7.95

    You are going to have a lot of fun!


  • Ally
    June 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Ah! I’m from Madison and just graduated from UW!!! For sure drink a Spotted Cow and have dinner at the Weary Traveler – great place. For a run, there are so many great places to choose. Lakeshore Path is good, or the Arboretum. Otherwise just hop on a bike path and it’ll lead you to a lake sooner or later. You MUST go to the Saturday morning farmer’s market. It’s one of the best on the nation. It’s on the Capitol Sqaure…while you’re there, stop by my old place of employment Cafe Soleil and grab a coffee. Have a great time!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Sorry to hear about the cookies. I hope the rest of the baked goods turned out great!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Congrats on getting picked for the top 50!!!!! That’s fantastic! Jenna, I tried my first green monster this morning and was very pleasantly surprised! I used skim milk, a banana, almond butter, and Amazing Meal, and loved it except for a very slight bitter taste. Any suggestions?

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Oh, and spinach!

  • mary
    June 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I usually never comment, but always read. I saw that you’ll be in Madison and had to say something! I went to college at the UW for my dietetics degree and loved living there, especially in the summer. For your run, I highly recommend running on the path along the lake, depending on where you’ll be staying. you can also just run through campus or down State Street (no cars allowed) up to the capitol. It is a great place to run….also very hilly depending on the direction you go. Have fun! Lots of fun places to eat (and drink) too!

  • Brynn
    June 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Man, I feel like such a slug whenever you comment about your running speed. If I run at 5.8 to 6.0 the whole time, I feel like I’m doing great! Maybe my legs are shorter….haha.

  • Kyle
    June 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    It wouldn’t let me vote again, but I spread the word to all my friends and hopefully some will pull through and give you a vote! 🙂 GOOD LUCK!

  • Kaolee
    June 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Have fun in Madison. I have some family that lives in the Greenbay area.

  • Rachel (rachelsworkbites.com)
    June 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    good luck with making the cut! Have fun at the pizza place

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    OOOOO NYC ZA is my fave! Can’t wait to read all about it 😉 I’ll be living vicariously though you 😉

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Okay Jenna, I voted for you from my two different email addresses plus my boyfriend’s! Good luck!

  • Kathryn
    June 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations from one of your readers in Wine Country, CA (aka Sonoma County)! Maybe if you get the gig we can have a West Coast Summit! I’m going to get all my friends to vote for you too!

  • Jess
    June 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Your lunch looks fabulous! Mmm!
    Have fun tonight!
    <3 jess

  • courtney
    June 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I figured out how to vote! You are WAY in the lead–you’re definitely going to win 🙂
    I hope some new cookies make an appearance soon… I love cookies!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    What a fantastic looking lunch medley!

    Congrats on the 3 mile run! 🙂

    I voted for you! 🙂
    Have a great evening!

  • Sheri
    June 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I voted for ya again! 😉 It would be so cool if you got your dream job!

  • Jo
    June 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Have fun at the pizza place – we have been out for pizza tonight, perfect Friday night 🙂

  • Rosalie
    June 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I really hope you win murphy-goode 🙂 it sounds like the perfect job for you! That grapefruit has such a beautiful texture.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I actually live in Wisconsin, have been to Madison MANY times, and plan on going to college there! It’s a beautiful city… make sure you check out State Street! And I’d recommend Pot Belly’s for subs, or Noodles and Company for soups, salads, and pastas. (Both are easy to find right along State Street). I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time there! 🙂

  • Colette
    June 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Goode Luck Jenna! Vote early, vote often! I emailed you this same question, but thought I would post it here too incase any of your readers could help…

    Hi Jenna! I’ve recently started reading your blog and LOVE it! You inspire me to make better choices and am now on the path to a healthier me. Thanks for all your efforts in the blog. I also recently ordered the 2 ecookbooks and can’t wait to try some of the recipes.

    Quick question regarding the Amazing Meal. I ordered the 2lb original Amazing Meal using your discount code and want to try it in a smoothie tomorrow, but all the smoothie recipies I’ve seen say to add 1 scoop of Amazing Meal, but I don’t see a scoop in the container. How much = 1 scoop? 1 Tbsp?? Any suggestions would be appreciated.


  • Colleen
    June 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I have to echo the other girls here! I have lived in Madison all my life and you will love running by the Arboretum and/or the Lakeshore Path Nature Preserve/Picnic Point. You must try our beer (New Glarus) and go to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. All of the aforementioned restaurants are good and I would also like to suggest the Maharaja if you want Indian food! Hope you enjoy your visit! 🙂

  • Mallory
    June 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    who knew there were so many ELR readers from madison?!?
    i’m there for grad school now and was ALSO going to demand.. i mean, strongly suggest that you run the lake because it’s beautiful!
    have a great time jenna 🙂

  • Emily @ The Experimentarian
    June 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Next year, come out west!! (for the conference) Goode (hehe) luck with the Murphy Goode!

  • Mel
    June 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I’m totally agreeing with having a good ol’ Spotted Cow (with an orange!) and trying out a lot of the places in Madison that everyone else has mentioned! It’s an awesome city, you’ll love it!

  • Maddie
    June 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    I’m a lurker lol.. but I had to leave a comment about your trip to Madison! I’m a student at UW (but I’m from Boston). I think we have a lot in common, so I figured I would give you some recommendations! You have to check out Sunroom cafe while you’re there, I think it’s right up your alley! it’s my favorite too. and looking at the other comments, I see that Holly and others have already recommended it! I love the arabic salad with cucumber-yogurt dressing. It comes with lots of lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, homemade tabouli, hummus, and babaganoush. and their “sun buns” are delicious– warm bread with cheese, green peppers, and tomatoes baked into it. Husnus is also a very good place to go– turkish/mediterranean food. mmm.
    Also check out Paciugo Gelato on State Street for dessert. Sooo many flavors!
    Definitely go for a run along the Lakeshore Path. It’s paved some of the way, but you can run on the dirt on the side of the path so it won’t aggravate your shin splints. I’m recovering from a stress fracture so I totally understand the frustration of not being able to run when you just WANT to so badly. Lakeshore is a gorgeous place to run, especially if you can make it out to picnic point (about 3 miles each way) and the dirt is much easier on your body than asphalt.

    Enjoy your weekend! I’m actually jealous you will be there– I miss it! Have lots of fun 🙂


  • Still Life in South America
    June 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Madison is awesome. I would love to live there and teach one day. I think you’ll like the groovy, really chill atmosphere.

  • Amanda
    June 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Hi there, i was wondering if i could please have the recipe for the raw macaroons you make?


    • jenna
      June 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm


      I actually don’t make them, I got them from One Lucky Duck in NYC! You can visit their website at http://www.oneluckyduck.com.

  • Erica
    June 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Ryan in the grass t-shirt was HILARIOUS.

    I’m so excited he’s eating more veggie-style!!!!!!! haha. really. reviving my hope in men.

    PS Jenna, you’re the best.

  • Johanna
    June 26, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Hello Jenna!

    I wanted to comment that i voted for you. .. or more then once. hehe. I had my friends too. I really hope you win- you deserve it!

    Johanna 🙂

  • Megan
    June 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Jenna — have a great time in Madison. I’ve lived in a suburb of Madison my whole life and have no desire to move anywhere else! The whole city is awesome but definitely check out the Farmer’s Market, State Street, and a local brew or two (Capital, Leinenkugels, or New Glarus) There’s a Trader Joe’s on Monroe Street (downtown right off campus) if you have time!! You’re going to love it here. Hope the 4th weekend is sunny and warm for ya.

  • Allison
    June 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I go to Madison!!!! It’s an AMAZING campus. You HAVE HAVE HAVE to go to the Saturday Farmer’s Market. It’s literally A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Let me know if you need any restaurant/local attraction ideas!

  • Danielle
    June 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I just voted for you 🙂 congrats!

  • Alison
    June 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I voted! Congrats on your runn! (I don’t think 10:50min/mile is all that slow!:-)

  • MarathonVal
    June 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    You will love the Wisconsin campus! It really is gorgeous!!! Have fun at the garage sale tomorrow 🙂

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    June 26, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I’m likin this Murphy Goode stuff 🙂 Got new sneakers today for my half marathon training. Pysched to see your workouts going well!

  • jperonto
    June 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Born and raised in Madison! You’re going to love it. Downtown is wonderful and there’s soooooo much to do.eat.lookat!!!!

  • RunningBetty
    June 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    With my Graphic Designer’s hat on, I offer this tip: You don’t want windows behind you when videotaping or taking photos. You don’t want to be backlit, you want the light on your face. Lots of GOODE luck!