The Magic Hour

Happy Monday!

This morning I had an old classic! 🙂


The best way to start a morning: almond butter, jam, banana and kashi waffles. I need to eat more of these waffle sandwiches; they make me smile.

They also are really good pre-running fuel and I’m about to go on a little 2 mile jaunt along the Bay right now actually. Was going to go before breakfast but morning is my best time to get writing done so I got up around 6:30 and worked for about an hour before getting in my running clothes. I’ve ALWAYS been a morning person…howabout you? When I was in writing workshops in college, I would always wake up super early and write my short stories. I just can’t get anything productive done at night and my mind is sharpest first thing (coffee or not!). I think we all have “that hour” when we are most productive during the day. I love nothing more than waking up early, eating breakfast and writing with a good cup of coffee or tea in my hand.


“God can do anything, you know. Far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” ephesians 3:20

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  • Lauren
    September 14, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I’m exactly like you! I LOVE waking up early! I’m in University right now and all my classes start at either 9:30, 11:30 or 12:30, but I still always get up at 6:30 or 7:00. Mornings are the best time of the day!

    Have an awesome day Jenna! 🙂

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    September 14, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’m 100% a morning person. As the day progresses my level of productivity decreases.

  • Allie Katie
    September 14, 2009 at 8:30 am

    That breakfast waffle creation looks like some sort of Big Mac for breakfast foods…it’s giant! Looks delish and I bet it was a huge mess to eat 🙂
    Have a great day!

  • marina
    September 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I am a morning person too! I don’t like oversleeping, I like when I wake up early, make myself some nice breakfast and a coffee, eat and read news and blogs. After that routine, I can start my day, start studying and working.
    Have a nice day!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    September 14, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Morning is definitely my time of day as well. The world is calm and my mind is clear. Why would anyone sleep in?!

  • Lizzie
    September 14, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I am definitely a morning person. My husband refers to me as a rooster. Unfortunately part of the reason is because I feel guilty staying in bed and should be up and about doing something productive. But there is also something about that quiet time when you can either get things done, or just focus on being quiet to start the day. My long runs are almost always an early morning thing – there’s just enough going on at that time to keep the run interesting 🙂 Hope you’re run went well!

  • whitney
    September 14, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I could not agree with you more. The morning is my time to focus. Running does get in the way sometimes because I enjoy running first thing in the morning but while I’m at school my work takes over my running.

    That sandwich looks great. Does it keep you full for long?

  • Jen Trinque
    September 14, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Yup, I hear you on the morning thing. Sometimes I have so much get up and go in the morning I feel as though I can do anything. That feeling is usually gone before noon, though!

  • Jenna
    September 14, 2009 at 8:51 am

    it depends on how much sleep i get, then i might be an early person. but for the most part i am a night owl!

  • Jenna
    September 14, 2009 at 8:52 am

    oh yeah of course the breakfast waffle sandwich is such a good deal!

  • maria
    September 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Oh morning is definitely not my strongest hour! But I’m okay if I can get myself up and going, but more often than not I just want to crawl back underneath the covers. I can get a lot done at night, though. Always have been a night owl. J, however, is totally able to hop out of bed at 5 a.m. and go to work!

  • Paige
    September 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Mmm that sandwich looks great! I work best in the morning, too! I was never pulled all-nighters in college

  • Steph
    September 14, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I’m a morning person too…that’s why I’m up at 5:30 when I don’t work until noon!
    Awesome bible verse…Thanks!
    Have a good day. Hope you get a lot of writing in!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 14, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I was never a morning person. When I taught and had to leave the house at 10 to 7 I would wake up at 20 til and throw on the clothes I had laid out. I was the master of the night before shower and out the door quick. Those last 5 minutes of sleep were perfect. I would always lay in bed hoping for a snow day even in May. I loved teaching but always wished school started at 10AM. My students agreed 🙂

  • Stephanie
    September 14, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Healthy breakfast sammie – take that McDonalds! 😉 Looks yummy!!

  • Meg
    September 14, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I am definitely a morning person…I always get my best work done before the sun comes up 🙂 Hope you have a good run.

    Don’t miss the Sweet Potato Scone Giveaway on my blog!

  • Jenna
    September 14, 2009 at 9:04 am

    yum your bfast looks so good!!!! 🙂 all this running has been really inspiring!! Have a great day.

  • K
    September 14, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I’m most definitely a morning person! I haven’t always been that way though – I used to be a complete night owl in high school but being in the real world made me alter my schedule 🙂

  • Leianna
    September 14, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I likke your waffle sandwich, all the components I love!
    My productive hour would be in the morning too!

  • christie, honoring health
    September 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Ah, a girl after my own heart. I love writing in the morning with my jammies and my coffee mug!

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness)
    September 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

    That is one of my favorite breakfasts too! I have a long commute to work and love that I can have the waffle sandwiches in the car on my way in.

    To answer your question, I am a night person. I love mornings, but I am much more productive in the evenings.

  • Diane Fit to the Finish
    September 14, 2009 at 9:23 am

    100% morning person here too! I get up at 5:00 and am able to accomplish so much before all the kids come tumbling down the stairs!

    Love the waffle sandwich!

  • Courtney
    September 14, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I am a morning person for sure. I am studying for my personal training certification right now, and I have to do my daily studying in the morning after breakfast or I won’t be able to do it! Both my parents were teachers, so we have always had an early start to our days. My hubby is def. more of a night owl which can be a challenge for us, but we make it work.
    Good luck on your run!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    September 14, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I so wish I were a morning person, but I’m just not functional then. Definitely a night owl!

  • Anne Marie@her new weigh
    September 14, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I am definitely a morning person. In fact, if I wake up past 8:00 a.m. on a weekend, I feel like the entire day is wasted away! Weird, I know!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    September 14, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I love my morning + coffee time. I find myself much more motivated and positive about the day when I wake up early. Your waffle sandwich looks delicious! Have you ever made a savory waffle sandwich? I think turkey, brie, and cranberry sauce between two waffles might be yummy!

  • skinnyrunner
    September 14, 2009 at 9:59 am

    my best hours are def my morning hours. if i dont work out in the am, i just wont. this morning i got up at 430, thats just sickening but i couldn’t sleep!

  • brandi
    September 14, 2009 at 10:05 am

    i need to get me some of those waffles! i never remember when I’m at the store! 🙂

    glad you had a good weekend and a good run! I was sad about OSU, too. I’m not a big follower of theirs, but I’ll cheer on ANYONE that’s playing against USC – ha 🙂

  • Leah
    September 14, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I am the same way! I love getting up way early, and getting things done before anyone is awake. I tend to get really tired around 3 or 4pm when all of my friends are just getting their day started.

  • Evan Thomas
    September 14, 2009 at 10:06 am

    9-11 I get more done than I do in the rest of the day

  • Rebecca
    September 14, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I had a waffle sandwich like that yesterday! Looks yummy!

  • Lauren
    September 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I function SO much better in the morning than at night. I was always writing my short stories first thing in the morning in college, too. (Were you a Creative Writing major?) Now, being that I have a job, I sort of have to write my stories at night, or during lunch, or when work is slow…not ideal, but once I find a way to make money just by writing what I want to write, this will no longer be an issue!

    Good luck with your run 🙂

  • Samantha
    September 14, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I am so not a morning person, hence why I always say I am going to workout in the morning and never actually do! I would love to learn how to become a morning person, but I will just have to stay grumpy for now, lol. At least I can make it up and to work on time! Hope you have a great day!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    September 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

    morning person for sure 😉

    can’t sleep through the best meal of the day!!!

  • chrissy
    September 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I’m definitely a morning person. I’m also a writer and I’m exactly like you – I love waking up, coffee or not, and spending my morning writing stories and essays and any other project I have going on. It’s the best time of the day!

  • Julia
    September 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I love that waffle sandwich!
    I’m a mixture, is that possible?;) Sometimes I’m a morning person (after half an hour, the first 30 minutes I’m a sleepy perso) and sometimes suddenly more an evening person.

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • dee (the apple hill adventurer)
    September 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

    omg, YUM … waaaaaffle sandwich mmm
    *channeling homer simpson

  • HeatherBakes
    September 14, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I’m really not a morning person in terms of getting work done, though that’s definitely when I get my best runs in.
    Love the waffle sandwich! Nut butter + banana is the best.

  • angieinatlanta
    September 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I always feel the most clear-headed in the morning, too; I think it’s because I haven’t had any new distractions from my day yet.

    That waffle sammie looks delish and stuffed to the brim, which is just the way I like ’em!

  • Courtney
    September 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, a waffle sandwich! Why didn’t I THINK of that?! 😀

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 14, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I have definitely always been a morning person! Breakfast looks so good!

  • Lizzy
    September 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    i’ve been a morning person since i was little, and i still am!

  • Dotsie
    September 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Definitely a morning person!
    I’m gonna have to try your breakfast–it looks so delicious!

  • Courtney F
    September 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I am a morning person and feel I am most productive then.
    That is such a powerful and true Bible verse!! He is more amazing than we can put our “Know-it-all” heads around!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    September 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve always WANTED to be a morning person, and I do well if it’s a regular schedule thing, but I just don’t do it on my own. Even if I set an alarm for 7 on weekends, I’ll roll over and sleep until 10. I just can’t give up a few late mornings a week!

  • katie s
    September 14, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I love when you include quotes! 🙂

  • Jenn
    September 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I agree! I’m definitely a morning person. I’ve been getting up and going to the YMCA by 4:55 am for several years now (over 5!)! Now, our little running group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 am to get in an extra couple of miles. Our big Fort 4 Fit half marathon is in less than 2 weeks! We’re ready! Congrats on your long run and speed workout today! I agree…speed is key!
    Jenn in Fort Wayne

  • Cara
    September 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I am also a morning person…I feel as though I am wasting my day if I stay in bed for too long. I am always more productive in the mornings. All my friends tease me though that I am like a grandma, because I am always in bed by like 10:30pm! Ha! Oh well.
    p.s. I love that verse that you posted, thanks for sharing.

  • Ellen (Peace In Motion)
    September 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I need to find some waffles here and make that sandwich. Looks yummy.

  • Gab*
    September 14, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I’m definitely a morning person. The waffles look fantastic!

  • carly
    September 15, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Morning Person for sure! I always wake up super early and get projects and reading done 🙂