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Welcome to Peanut Butter Runner. I’m Jen and I live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am an NASM personal trainer, 200-hour registered yoga teacher, certified group exercise instructor, CrossFit coach, marketing and social media freelancer and soon to be published author. My plank and core training book will be released April 2015! In September 2011 I left a six-year career in marketing/advertising (read the story) to pursue fitness and writing as my full-time work. These days I spend my time teaching yoga, CrossFit and circuit training, training clients, writing and doing marketing and communications for Metro Fitness CLT.


I blog about a variety of topics including (but not limited to…you never know what you might read here!) what I’m eating, recipes, workouts, general fitness/exercise topics, yoga, life balance, career development and my sweet golden retriever, Sullie.

Let’s talk about the “Runner” part of my blog name because you’ll notice I didn’t include running in my topic list. When I started this blog three years ago I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Running was my first fitness love but over the past two years it’s become less important to me. I still enjoy going out for 3-5 mile runs but my days of half and full marathons are on hold for right now. What’s working best for me at this moment is almost daily yoga practices, 2-3 CrossFit or other strength workouts a week and running 1-2 times a week.

And yes…I eat a lot of peanut butter. ;)

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1 Ashley April 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

So excited about this! Hooray!


2 kathryn April 17, 2010 at 2:07 am

very cool jennifer. i love this. will visit regularly.


3 kat April 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Glad to see you have decided to make the jump to a full healthy lifestyle blog! I feel we share the same mentality on nutrition and eating habits, and I look forward to hearing more about your fitness/training. Congrats on the new house, what a milestone! Joe and I are headed to Charlotte Mother’s Day weekend, we’d love to come see the house if you are in by then! Take care ~ Happy Moving ~


4 laq1013 April 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Look forward to following BOTH your blogs now! :)


5 Lee April 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Hey Jen… I love your new blog and the name!


6 Jen April 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thank you, Lee!!! I hope you and your beautiful family are doing well! Would love to see you guys soon! :)


7 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog June 9, 2010 at 9:37 am

So fun to meet you this morning at yoga! And totally exciting – I am running the Marine Corps Marathon TOO!! Can we meet up and run together some time??


8 Jen June 9, 2010 at 9:42 am

Emily – it was great meeting you too! I would LOVE to meet up for runs. Training runs (especially long ones!) are so much more enjoyable with company. I’m starting some form of an 18-week training program on June 28.


9 happybham June 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog! I currently live in the Bham area and I was at that marathon, cheering on friends—-I probably saw you! Good luck in Charlotte!


10 Lee June 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I just found your blog. I love your golden retriever. I have one too. They are the best dogs.


11 melissa June 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Hi! There is a body pump class at my gym and a lot of people swear by it. I was wondering can you tell me what to expect from the class?, is it weights, dancing/ similar to zumba, etc. I’m trying one for the first time this week.. thank you!


12 Jen June 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

Hi Melissa – BodyPump is a 60-minute weight lifting class that utilizes barbells. You can read all about it here. I love BodyPump because it provides a full-body strength training workout in an hour and has truly changed the shape of my body. The class is also really fun with great music! Just remember to go into your first class with an open mind. Use light weights and just focus on learning the different exercises. It will get easier every class!


13 Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm

So glad to see another CLT blogger! :) Gonna have to have a big meet-up soon, for sure!


14 Jen June 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

Lauren – thanks so much for your comment! I’m so enjoying meeting all the CLT-area bloggers!


15 Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

we’re going to have to have a meetup soon! :D


16 Melanie July 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Just found your blog and love it – very motivating. And cheerleading is totally a sport, I was on dance team in high school but most of my friends cheered – and for the record, dance team is a sport too!


17 cara September 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I’m just getting into running and am having foot, ankle, knee problems. Where do you get your shoes? Do you use inserts? How often do you replace your shoes? Any brands you prefer? Thanks!


18 Jen September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

Hi Cara! Congrats on getting into running! The hardest part is getting started. The first thing you’ll want to do is go to a running store and get fitted for shoes. There are so many types of shoes for all different types of feet/runners. The staff will analyze you running and recommend a shoe for you.

I replace my shoes about every six months, although I probably could more often but I hate to spend the money! :) The general rule of thumb is every 500 miles but I definitely stretch that out a bit!

And as far as your foot, ankle and knee problems – just make sure that you listen to what type of pain you’re having. If it’s just general soreness then your body just needs to get stronger and used to running. Make sure that you gradually build your mileage and don’t push too hard too fast. Also, consider adding foam rolling, lots of stretching (you know I love yoga!!!) and strength training into your routine. It will make you a much more balanced runner!

Have fun out there!


19 cara September 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thanks :)


20 Marcus January 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Very nice. I just checked this out (I googled cold weather running blogs for some inspiration!)


21 Crista Hahn March 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Randomly found your blog. Love your fitness tips and healthy eating inspiration!


22 Jen March 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thank you so much, Crista!


23 Kim April 6, 2011 at 6:41 am

Dear Jen ( Peanut Butter Runner )

What a great inspiring blog !!! Love it !


24 Kim April 6, 2011 at 6:43 am

Aweswome blog and awesome writing, cooking, everything !!! Very inspiring !!!


25 Christina April 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I made your overnight oats for the first time a few days ago and I am a HUGE fan – I’ve never found my weekday breakfast choices very filling (usually a bowl of cereal on my way out the door), so this is just what I’ve been looking for. Fast, easy, and oh-so-yummy! Thanks!


26 Cara @ EAT.PRAY.RUN. April 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hi Jen!
I am so glad I found your blog! I noticed youre a bulldog fan — I went to USC! GO GAMECOCKS ;) Although we rival in football we share lots in common in life…being healthy and running of course! I am excited to keep up with you! Have a great day!


27 Jen April 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Cara – thank you so much for your comment! I’m so happy you found my blog!

I guess I can get over the Gamecock/Bulldog thing! ;)

I’m excited to follow your blog too! I noticed you live in Southern California – hopefully my blog can give you a little reminder of the south!


28 Missy June 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

Just found your blog through twitter, so happy I did, i love it. Reading through “your favorite posts” and I was so happy to see face matters, it was so helpful and unfortunately much needed.


29 Heather June 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog from seeing it over on http://willingnesstogrow.com …Wow, I’m impressed, you really do it all, how do you even have time in every day to work f/t, blog, and everything else! Anyway, I love it. I too have more interests, passions, and hobbies than there is time in the day :) Glad I found your blog, very inspiring and positive..


30 Morgan @ Operation Hot Mama June 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I recently came across your blog and I adore it!! You go girl!!

I look forward to keep on reading!!


31 Claire July 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

What an awesome blog!! I found it through Run the Long Road. I too am a runner and am obsessed with peanut butter (and almond butter), so tasty. And unfortunately, am also fighting off a slight injury (more of a niggle), so I feel your frustration. Really looking forward to reading more! :)


32 Britton July 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hi! I just came across your blog! I am a runner from SC and I am looking forward to reading more about your healthy living journey as that is my goal as well!


33 Joe of workoutwithjoe.com September 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Great site Jen! I’m just getting into blogging for my personal training business so I can really appreciate the time you obviously put into this site and the articles. And btw…I eat peanut butter every day myself so I’m constantly having to answer to clients who say “isn’t peanut butter really fattening?” hahaa… now i’ll just tell them to talk to you about that!!


34 Lisa D September 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

Hi Jen,

I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I have been enjoying it so much! Good luck with the big career change. Peanut butter + running = 2 of my favorite things(if you add golden retrievers, 3 of my favorite things). I feel super motivated to work out and eat right after reading, and inspired to teach yoga after reading your recap of teacher training, although not for a few years I think. Looking forward to hearing more. -Lisa


35 Wade Leaphart October 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Hey! Great blog. Really enjoying our Tuesday afternoon yoga sessions at CAC. Thanks!


36 Tricia Eger November 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Very cool!


37 Living, Learning, Eating December 4, 2011 at 3:19 am

I’m from Greensboro – I love Concord Mills in Charlotte! Such a holiday shopping must-do! :)


38 Susan January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Hi, Jen! I just came across your blog through Pinterest (searched for nachos and there you were!- if you care to share what your hubs puts on those delicious looking loaded chips, I’d love to know!). Anyway, I’m in Birmingham, AL and ran that same Mercedes race (1/2 marathon)… what a small world! I am also new to yoga and look forward to reading your blog now. Oh, and I’m doing the Mercedes 1/2 again in 3 weeks!


39 Jen January 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

hi susan – so glad you found my blog. so we always just use leftovers from tacos. usually ground chicken, black beans, cheese, corn, jalapenos, salsa, sour cream and shredded lettuce. pretty simple but very delicious.

very cool that you’re in birmingham. we lived there for three years. good luck with mercedes this year! let me know how it goes!


40 Susan February 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Hi, wanted to stop by and tell you that the Mercedes was a great race this year, freezing cold, but good. Hubs and I ran an ok half, but wanted to brag on my 14 year old daughter a minute…. she didn’t want to run this year, but since she has been running our training runs with us decided about 3 weeks ago to do the half and came in 3rd in her age group! She shaved 30 minutes off last years time and was so thrilled she decided to run. A serious proud-mom moment!

Oh, and congrats on your new job!


41 Maggie January 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I have been eating a ton of peanut butter throughout my training runs so I googled “Peanut Butter Runner” and you were the 1st thing I found, glad I found your blog! I bet there are many other people out there like us!


42 caroline Cummings February 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

ok…More in common…I cheered for the University of Louisville in college…much earlier than you however:)


43 Kaitlyn @ Pain Can Be Fun February 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hi Jen!
I just stumbled across your blog and I’m so excited to keep reading! Congrats on all of your running accomplishments….I’m a relatively new runner just starting out, so reading about your experiences is very inspiring!
Thanks! :) Have a great day!


44 Kaitlyn @ Pain Can Be Fun February 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hi Jen!
I just stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it! So excited to keep reading.
I have a question about the training program you used for your second marathon. I am very injury prone as well, and I’d love to run a marathon one day. What program did you use for your training?!
Thanks! Have a great weekend! :)


45 Kaitlyn @ Pain Can Be Fun February 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Haha…wow! I just noticed I had left you a post a few weeks ago saying almost the same thing! So I guess this is the second time I have “stumbled” across your blog :) sorry about that!


46 Monica March 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hi Jen! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. Congrats on the change in career and new job, I would love to do the same. You had mentioned when you quit the corporate job it was with the support of your husband, and now I know you are keeping very busy! You hadn’t discussed it at length recently (and I’m guessing you changed the focus of your posts to include less personal stuff), but I’m wondering how you balance work, working out, and family life. I work full time, teach twice a week, personal train on my lunch breaks, and work out myself, and sometimes it’s hard for me to step away from my commitments for family time. Any advice or can you do a future post on how you deal with it? Thanks!


47 Carol @ Lucky Zucca March 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

I didn’t realize you were a Georgia football fan! Go Dawgs!!!


48 Nicole April 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

HELLO! I just came across your blog and can’t wait to read more. I’m a fairly new runner who is running my first half in the fall. can’t wait to continue reading your posts!


49 Kenzie October 17, 2012 at 1:02 am

Just stumbled upon your blog…Love this! You are so enthusiastic about living healthfully, and your playground sign is too cute :)


50 Jen October 17, 2012 at 8:28 am

kenzie – thanks so much for checking out my blog and for taking the time to comment!


51 Brent February 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

Hey Jen. This question is a bit off topic but I am looking at opening a CrossFit gym up here in Canada. Do you find that you are using the grass section in your CrossFit gym very often? Besides the sled what else do you use it for? My state is NC for work and I travel down there a fair bit so maybe I should stop in for a work out one day!


52 Hannah February 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hey Jen!
I found your blog out of the blue and love the inspiration! I just got into running! I love it but can only reach 2 or 3 miles a day so far. Then I simply can’t move on. Is that a mental thing? Also, what would you recommend as far as cross training? I have heard you should run 4 days a week, cross train 2, and rest 1. Thanks and LOVE the blog!


53 Josefine March 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I’ve just found your blog and I’m looking forward to following it in the future! Very inspiring!


54 Lyndsey June 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hi Jen! I randomly came across this website while searching for a recipe. I am a high school PE teacher in Washington State and I love fitness. I am excited to check out the workouts, recipes, and videos you have posted! My husband is also into CrossFit and was excited when I showed him your website! Thanks for sharing! :)


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