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October 2010

  • Marine Corps Marathon Race Recap

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    I finished the Marine Corps Marathon today! Overall, I had a very positive race experience. Get ready, because this is going to be a lengthy race recap! I woke up naturally this morning at 5 a.m. I can't tell you how much my early morning BodyPump and yoga classes have helped me adjust to early [...]

  • Marathon Eve and How to Receive Updates

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    This is going to be a quick overview of my day. I'm blogging from bed and need to start winding down. It's after 10 p.m. and my 5 a.m. wake up call will come early tomorrow! First up...for those of you who want to track my progress during the race (HI MOM! Love you!), you [...]

  • Richmond and The Shirt

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    Well, we're officially en route to the Marine Corps Marathon! I worked a half day today and then we hit the road for Richmond, Virginia. We're spending the night here and then driving into DC tomorrow morning. I started the day with my VERY last training run of marathon training. Sullie accompanied me on an [...]

  • MCM Playlist

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    It was a resounding "YES" that you all wanted to see my marathon playlist. I am happy to share although I'm not sure that my taste in running music will appeal to everyone. It's quite a mix of sounds! I have 107 songs - eight hours of music. Brandon told me if I need all [...]

  • Preparation

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    I'm in full Marine Corps Marathon prep mode. There's a detailed list (that's a little dirty - it's been living in the kitchen!) and I've started laying everything out in our extra room. Also, I'm prepping my body with food and beverages. Lunch was a delicious panini creation. White cheddar, provolone, spinach and blueberry preserves [...]

  • PBR is Back!

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    Not the beer, the blog! Some of you probably noticed that my blog was down Monday. I was in the process of moving it over to self-hosting. I apologize that I didn't give you all more warning but I wasn't sure when the switch was going to happen. I have been wanting to transition to [...]

  • One Week from Today…

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    I will (hopefully, fingers crossed) be a second time marathoner! And hopefully not feel like this at the end... I can hope, right? I'm sure I will be an emotional wreck. I mean, I teared up a couple of times today during my last long run while thinking about "this time next week..." Final long [...]

  • Weekend Highlights

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    FRIDAY Post-work run with Sarah. We covered an easy four miles and my legs felt the best they have in weeks. Taper is working! Dinner at George's with Brandon. Carafe of wine. Cheap endless happy hour appetizers...we created a tapas spread for dinner (heavy on the seafood). Tuna bites. Calamari. French country pizza. White wine [...]

  • BLENDing + Bacon

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    Since I only posted a recipe last night and no details on my day, I have so much to catch you guys up on! Wednesday night I was invited to a BLEND (bloggers + friends) party at Lululemon Charlotte. I have so enjoyed getting to know Meg and Mimi from Lululemon so I was very [...]

  • Mexican Quinoa

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    You request, I listen! Here is the recipe for the Mexican Quinoa. I think it's apparent that quinoa is one of my new favorites. I discovered it during my 68 Days of Gourmet project on Bakin' and Eggs. This recipe is responsible for the start of my obsession. I touched on the health benefits in [...]

  • Pancakes for Dinner

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    My day started and ended with breakfast. Yum! Breakfast for dinner is the best and I don't know why we don't have it more often! Is anyone else a fan of breakfast for dinner? Before we get to the pancakes, let's start at the beginning. Breakfast: overnight oats at my desk this morning. I was [...]

  • Embracing the Taper

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    Well, it’s been a long road but I’ve finally reached the point in marathon training that I’ve been working for the last 14 weeks – TAPER TIME. And as to be expected, I’m only two days into the taper and already losing my mind. Can’t I just squeeze one more long run in? Why can’t [...]

  • Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal

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    Today I attended a workshop at my yoga studio from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. I needed a breakfast that would really stay with me and power me through a long day since I knew I wouldn't want much for lunch. I know I've mentioned this before but it's really hard for me to practice [...]

  • Last Long Run, Next Stop Marathon!

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    This morning I ran my LAST double-digit long run of Marine Corps Marathon training. Next week I will run eight and then the next weekend is the race! The 16 weeks of training have been a journey but I can honestly say that it has been an enjoyable one (despite the two-week hamstring hiatus). New [...]

  • Stomaching the Run

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    I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that running makes them sick to their stomach. I've received questions on how to avoid this. I think most runners have been there and here are a few tips to help you finish your runs feeling like this... And not like this... First and [...]

  • Avocado Love

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    I didn't blog last night. I sat down to start a post and found myself without inspiration. Rather than give you guys a lackluster post, I took the night off. Instead of blogging, I headed to bed to unwind with a book. I am enjoying Prep. What can I say? Sometimes I it's nice to [...]

  • Three Yoga Poses for Every Runner

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    Several months ago I created a list of topics that I wanted to blog about. One of these topics was the most beneficial yoga poses for runners. If you've read the "About Jen" section of this blog, you know that I started practicing yoga over a year ago hoping that it would help with running [...]

  • Mind Over Matter

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    Nine and a half hours of sleep last night! Success. I know that they say you can't make up sleep by sleeping in but it sure does make me feel a million times better. I woke up around 8:30 a.m. but enjoyed the comfort of bed and catnapped until about 9:30. I was famished when [...]

  • Saturday Perfection

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    Today was a perfect Saturday - it involved teaching a group ex class, a great yoga practice, books, coffee, a good friend, cooking, baking, wine and awesome weather. What more could I possibly ask  for? I am a lucky girl. My day started with a 6:30 a.m. wake up call. My class at the Y [...]

  • Slacking, Working, Talking

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    I was not feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed (what does bushy tailed even mean anyway?) when my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning. Despite being physically exhausted, I could not sleep last night. I was wide awake until about 1 a.m. before finally dozing off. I hate sleep issues. I hit the snooze [...]

  • Fall Grilling

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    I'm taking a break from listening to really terrible music to update the blog. I'm downloading music for the new classes I'll be teaching this weekend and it's slim picking. The "workout music" selection on iTunes is made up of a lot of horrendous techno-ish covers. Wow. I can't use my BodyPump music because it's [...]

  • An Evening with the Avett's

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    Apologies that I didn't update last night but I was busy being happy. Brandon (a.k.a. the best husband ever) got us in to The Avett Brothers CD release party. The Avett Brothers are my very favorite band and happen to be from Concord, North Carolina. To celebrate the release of their live album (that was [...]

  • Slowly Recovering (with the help of good food!)

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    I'm slowly recovering from yesterday's 20-miler. The first step was ice bath, hot shower and food. The second step involved me sitting on the couch from 2:30-7:30 p.m. without moving. I blogged, watched Grey's Anatomy and ate peanut butter chocolate chip bars. It was glorious.  Around 6:30 my legs said, "beer me." I had a [...]

  • Tackling 20!

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    *Become a fan of Peanut Butter Runner on Facebook! I just set up a fan page and would love to connect with all of my readers on Facebook! I RAN 20 MILES TODAY!!! I was planning on 18 but was feeling really strong at mile 14 and decided to go for 20. I called Brandon [...]

  • A Fun Morning at Metro Fitness + Zoe's Kitchen

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    *Become a fan of Peanut Butter Runner on Facebook! I just set up a fan page and would love to connect with all of my readers on Facebook! Happy Saturday! I started mine with a 6:30 a.m. wake up call. I had plans to check out an 8 a.m. class at the Y and then [...]