Breakfast/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

The Winning Mantra


I have resurfaced. This weekend is non-stop! I’m not sure where I left off yesterday but last night was nothing too exciting. I ate a veggie burger and a pear, turned off my phone and hit the sack super early because my alarm was set for 5:30 this morning for my race!

I might have had a fashion show or two for Dexter, as well, trying to pick out a dress for tonight’s Pigs & Pinot Gala Dinner. 😉

The verdict is still out.
This morning I ate a slice of peanut butter toast with half a banana and then high-tailed it to Napa to meet my friend Michaela for the Carneros Vineyard Run! It was FREEZING!!!!!!!


1000 is a lucky number, right??! The run actually went REALLY well. Like, much better than anticipated. The course was more challenging and hillier than anything I’ve ever ran before but I felt really strong and good. The only problem was the MASSIVE hill right before the finish line. I’m used to running where its nice and flat and this was a rude awakening. I stopped and walked for like 15 seconds and then saw lots of highly attractive firefighters standing around and repeated the “bloody mary and donut!” mantra in my head until I was at the top. At the top of the hill though you could see the mountains and the ocean….it was so gorgeous!
Winning playlist:

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I finished in 28:10, which I was really happy about. My PR is 25:30 but that’s on a nice flat street in sunny, warm Florida. I’ll take 28:10 here. 😉

I think Napa might be the only place on earth where right after a race, there’s a wine tasting. Totally normal.


I grabbed half a banana, an orange slice and some coffee while I waited for Michaela, who was running the 10K. There was a pancake breakfast going on but we had already made other plans…..

Bloody mary’s!!!


Oh, and warm donuts dipped in chocolate sauce!!!!!! (I ate a ridiculous amount of amazing food)

I ordered the eggs in a hole with a side of chicken apple sausage. It was deeeeeelicious!

I was SO FULL. As in, brunch occurred around 11:15 and it’s 3:30 and I still haven’t had anything else to eat. I think I’m going to make a light snack though….I want to save room for dinner tonight!

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Uhhhh yeah, there will a lot of delicious food and wine consumed tonight. Its going to be pretty out of control. I guess I should probably take a shower or something. 😉

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  • Amy
    March 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Congrats on your run! Looks you are having a great time in CA! Good job, great friends, good wine, and amazing food! What more could anyone ask for!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    March 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Congrats on your 5k!! And donuts dipped in chocolate?? oh man i am jealous. Have fun at the event tonight, can’t wait to read about it!

  • Jin
    March 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Congrats on your race!! California is treating you nice huh?? ;)have a fun night and I can’t wait to hear about it!!!

  • Katy
    March 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Well done on the race! You did really great considering it was so hilly. I hope you have fun tonight!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    March 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats on a great 5K, Jenna!! I’ve been back to running since a frustrating bout with shin splints for the umpteenth time and it’s nice to see us both running without pain! Weeee!

    Your post race eats couldn’t be more perfect. Have a fabulous time tonight. Can’t wait to see what you ended up picking.

  • Evan Thomas
    March 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Great job on the run!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    March 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    congrats on your run! awesome time!

  • Candice
    March 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Congrats on your run! I think it’s awesome that you ran so strong. I would love to visit the places that are always on your blog…maybe someday!

  • Keri
    March 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Sounds like an amazing weekend! I have been wanting to do the wine country half marathon…apparently there is wine tasting after that too!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Those donuts..oh my days 🙂
    Well done on the run! It seems like everyone has been racing this weekend 🙂 I have a half marathon tomorrow too!!
    Have a great evening 🙂

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    March 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Aw, congrats on the race! Sounds like an awesome one 🙂 And those donuts?! Oh MY do those look delicious!
    Have fun tonight 😀

  • Hadley
    March 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Your play list is awesome! I’m going to download some of the songs for my running mix.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    March 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Congrats on the race! Fun playlist, too =D

    Ahh that brunch looks amazing. Have fun at Pigs & Pinot!!


  • Lindsay
    March 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love that you are licking the plate! It just has to happen sometimes

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    March 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Donuts are definitely my preferred post-race treat. Although I don’t think I’ve had anything near as Gourmet as those yummies! Congrats on the fun race!

  • Lauren
    March 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Awesome run!! I love that they have a wine tasting afterwards. Totally acceptable in my opinion!

  • Linda
    March 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    The food looks great! lol I would lick the plate too!

  • Anna
    March 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Live Your Life is my current running song OBSESSION! I have figured that if I can run to the beat I pace at about 8:30 min/mile which is my perfect “tempo” speed. If CA is the only place with wine after races, then central IL is the only place with an unlimited beer tent afterwards. Beer + a muffin tastes AMAZING at 8 am after a hot steamy humid July race, btw. I can only imagine the amazingness of wine (and a bloody mary ;))

  • Jolene (
    March 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Those donuts look SO good!!! I love the presentation!!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    March 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    That’s definitely a pumping playlist. Where on earth can I find those doughnuts ‘n’ dark chocolate? They weren’t part of the race, were they? Have fun tonight – eats lots! ; )

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    March 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Those donuts would push me through the end of a big hill too!

  • Kelly
    March 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Oh man, I would totally run a race where there was wine tasting after, yum!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    All of that and great playlist too! Firemen. Smokin’
    Hope Dexter enjoyed the floor show and CONGRATS!! on your time–hill and all and after your injuries. Awesome!

  • Katherine
    March 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Congratulations on the race! That is awesome. Brunch looks delightful too.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Congratulations on your race this morning!!!! You did awesome, especially considering the hills!
    That brunch sounds amazingness…. especially the donuts!

  • Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling)
    March 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Great job on the race! Does your shirt have built in fingerless gloves – that is so awesome. Where did you find it?
    Enjoy your event tonight, can’t wait to see the pics!

  • Midgetkeeper
    March 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Great job on your run!

    Sounds like an amazing evening awaits you, have an awesome time!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 20, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    A run and donuts? Sounds like my kind of morning!!

  • Sarah
    March 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Ahh!, your new picture on the sidebar is kind of creepy!

  • eatmovelove
    March 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Wow great race !! Your a rockstar! I like the picture of you two with your eyes “buggin'” out haha.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Way to go on the race! Chocolate dipped doughnuts sound like a perfect reward for trudging up a challenging hill. I’ve never had eggs in a basket, even though it’s right up my alley, your post has inspired me to change that real soon!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear
    March 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    What a fun race in Napa…with wine! Many runs in Detroit have beer or coney island’s at the finish line! I love bloody mary’s – the new thing now is Bloody Mary bars, I went to one in Chicago. Hope you are having a great dinner!

  • emily
    March 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Sounds like a great race, a Bloody Mary would definitely inspire me!

  • Jenna
    March 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Have a great night!!

  • Michelle
    March 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    congrats on the run! wish there was wine tasting after my races!

  • Lele
    March 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Cute firefighters are the best motivation ever. For anything.

  • Stacey
    March 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Great job on the race and what a delicious reward after.

  • Jenny
    March 20, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Look how gorg that donut is!!! Gahhh!!

  • kristina
    March 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    ooh great! i see that you went to the “boonfly cafe” for those infamous donuts! those are delish aren’t they? congrats on your race! 😉

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    March 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Great race! I did a 10k today:)
    I love empire state of mind too……great running song!
    Hope you are having fun tonight:)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    shower shmower 🙂 glad you kicked it in for the final hill…that last part is what you’ll likely remember the most! hope tonight is fun, hopefully we get to see your pretty dress!

  • Michaela
    March 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I LOVE that photo of us with the Bloody Mary’s! Great job on your run today. I’m glad the ankle is feeling better. Let’s run another race together soon!

  • Therese
    March 20, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I love your pictures! I’d also like to know where you got the pink running shirt. I love the thumb-hole and I have a hard time finding those types of shirt for some reason.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    March 21, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Oh man, that breakfast looks AWESOME. You’re making me hungry for something beyond the usual oats ‘n’ PB. 😉

  • johanna
    March 21, 2010 at 2:17 am

    actually, in Nether-Franconia in Germany is a run called Schwanberglauf, which leads over 12 km from one village (Iphofen) to the second village (Castell). The run represents the beginning of the wine festival in Castell, which will go on for one week. You should check it out, when you are in Europe this summer – the run and adjourning festival takes place around the 12th of July. And the area is one of the best white wine areas in Germany…

  • Andrea
    March 21, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Great job on the race!! Hope you had a blast last night!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 21, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Great job on your run!

    Mmmm, donuts dipped in chocolate sauce! Yummy!

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight)
    March 21, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Do you think you’d be able to run as fast without a good playlist? I always wonder if I was in a race and wasnt allowed to have my ipod I would suck! its so motivating.

  • Sayrah
    March 21, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Way to go!!! I love your positive attitude about running a great race, even if it wasn’t a PR. It was your CALI PR! 🙂 Love love love the playlist!

  • Ildie
    March 21, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I just love your blog and outlook on basically everything in general. I hope you enjoyed your fine swine and wine last night! 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    March 21, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Looks like fun! I haven’t run a race in a few months and now I’m kind of itching to run one! Have a fun day 🙂

  • Kelly
    March 21, 2010 at 6:46 am

    LOL at the picure of you licking the plate.

    Congrats on the great 5K time! OMG, I’m so jealous. 🙂
    Now that’s a great afer race party. Wine? Awesome. Warm donuts and chocolate sauce? Heaven.

    We did have chocolate dipped srawberries after my race yesterday. Yum.

  • ellen eats beets
    March 21, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Congrats on the run, and enjoy tonight lady!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    March 21, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Congratulations on a nice run, Jenna! 🙂 What a great way to start off the day! Enjoy the rest of it!

  • Angharad (Eating for England)
    March 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Good grief!! All that amazing food is making me salivate!

    Congrats on a kick-ass hilly 5K 🙂

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    March 21, 2010 at 7:42 am

    that post run brunch is insane! Just when you think donuts can’t get any better….

  • Kelly
    March 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Congrats on the run time! I’m positive that’s better than I could do, especially with the hills! Great playlist too – About 80% of those are exactly what I would put on my running playlist. I need to find a 5 or 10K where there is a wine tasting after, I think 😀

  • Emily
    March 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Wow, eggs in a hole, never seen that before, but it looks good!! I have been following your blog for a while and I love seeing all your new posts!

  • Allywan
    March 22, 2010 at 6:38 am

    love your playlist!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    March 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Congrats on your run!! I could definitely go for a wine tasting after a race 🙂

  • Linda
    March 23, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Great race report! I’d also like to know more about that really cute pink running shirt. I want one!