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PBR Celebrates One Year

Today is a big day for Peanut Butter Runner. One year ago I launched this healthy living blog!

I thought it would be fun to recap some of the highlights of the year and I’ve included a little video at the end of this post with some thoughts and news about the future of the blog.

So without further ado, here are the major milestones from my first year of blogging.

I wrote my first post on April 16, 2010 Sauces, Strawberries and Squats. I think it’s a pretty telling demonstration of what PBR is all about – food, fun and fitness!

I ate a lot of overnight oats…and you guys loved them too! The overnight oats recipe is the most popular post on my blog!

A delicious breakfast, especially for the warm summer mornings that are soon to come.

I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon. Marathon training got off to a slow start and I struggled with injury but I finally found my running groove.

I finished the Marine Corps Marathon in 4:19:08! Running the Marine Corps Marathon was an AMAZING experience and really helped me rediscover my love for running.

I am dreaming of running this race again one day!

I taught a LOT of BodyPump classes! I love BodyPump and have so much fun teaching it! I also started teaching general strength training classes at another Y. Read all about how I got my start teaching group exercise here.

I set a half-marathon PR. I finished the Thunder Road Half Marathon in 1:52:12.

I was able to leverage my Marine Corps Marathon training to set a new PR! Half marathons are awesome – half the distance, twice the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to take a break from running and focus on yoga. I enrolled in yoga teacher training at Y2 Yoga.

I know that I’ve talked about it so much lately but I am so happy that I decided to go through with teacher training. It was a transformational experience and truly one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

I finished teacher training and started teaching yoga! I wrapped up teacher training just a few weeks ago and began teaching classes at my studio!

And so far, so good! I am completely in love with teaching group exercise/yoga and am so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had over the past year. I’m so pleased with the direction that things have been going lately and feelย  inspired and insanely happy!

I took my passion for teaching to the blog with my first video post. Foam Rolling 101 was a big success and I’m looking forward to many more video tutorials if you guys are game! I take requests. I know that “Toned Arms 101” is one you want to see…what else?

And speaking of videos, I filmed a short thank you/news video for you today! A million thank you’s for being the BEST blog readers ever!

Here’s to an awesome first year for PBR and many more to come!


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  • 1
    Lelia April 16, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Jen, happy blogiversary! It’s been such a good year for you and I know that the next one will be even better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 2
    Katie (Sweet Tater) April 16, 2011, 10:32 pm

    yay! congratulations, jen! so fun to follow your adventures. you are wonderful.

  • 3
    Alaina April 16, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Happy Blog-iversary Jen!!! Loved the video. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see the new look! I also love your outlook on half marathons – half the distance, twice the fun. Definitely agree!!

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    Hollie April 16, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Congratulations on a year of PBR!!
    I will be anxiously awaiting ‘toned arms 101’!! Also hoping for toned legs/butt/abs-lol! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ll be training for my first marathon in Sept, so always happy to hear about pointers regarding training, rest, hydration, fuel, anything necessary in a full marathon that is different form other distances etc…
    I love your blog- look forward to reading every day!

  • 5
    S @ extremebalance.net/blog April 16, 2011, 11:39 pm

    Happy Annibloggary! One year flies by… and I think I started reading you around the MCM, so I’m glad that I’ve seen many of these highlights! Looking forward to the next year!

  • 6
    Erinn April 17, 2011, 1:43 am

    Happy Blog-iversary!! I read your blog everyday not just for the awesome inspiration for great food and fitness, but because you just seem like a really great person! Wish I lived on the East Coast to come take one of your yoga classes, but there are great things in store for you! Thanks for being you!

  • 7
    Jackie @ Baking Charms April 17, 2011, 9:28 am

    You have the cutest accent ever! Congrats on the anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 8
    Sherry April 17, 2011, 9:30 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! Congrats! I love reading your blog everyday for fitness inspiration, for new yummy eats to try, and you just make me smile each and every day. I have been a reader for about 6 months now and I have truly enjoyed seeing all of your adventures. I can’t wait to see “toned arms 101”. I would like to see any video you do whether it’s yoga, strength, or simple foam rolling/stretching. I’m always looking for new workouts and new things to try so any advice you give would be appreciated!! Thanks for all that you do and keep it up!!

  • 9
    Abby April 17, 2011, 10:01 am

    Yay! Happy Blogiversary! Hope your vacation isn’t totally rained out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 10
    Becca B April 17, 2011, 10:03 am

    Congrats! what a great accomplishment! look forward to reading in the future!

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    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) April 17, 2011, 12:13 pm

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!! I love you and your blog SO much!! You inspired me to start BodyPump and yoga- neither of which I could love without now!! You are so sweet+lovely and your accent is ADORABLE ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait to read about what this next year will bring you! You are so amazing, and I’m sure it’ll be a great one! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 12
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad April 17, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Jen, you are too cute!!!! Happy Blogiversary! Your blog was one of the first healthy living blogs I read and it still remains my FAVORITE blog!!!!!! I can’t wait for many more years of PBR!!!!!

  • 13
    branny April 17, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Happy Birthday:) Congrats on the BlogHer step

  • 14
    natalie April 17, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Oh awesome! Congrats lady!!

    I just want to say that you are so inspiring, and that I absolutely love your blog.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us; the highs and lows, your fears and excitements, and of course – the delicious FOOD!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 15
    alison April 17, 2011, 2:19 pm

    Long time reader, fist time poster. I have read your blog for about 6 months now. I also did the MCM in Oct. Because of your blog, I’ve enjoyed overnight oats, training tips and the idea that it’s ok to try something new. I’ve defined myself as a runner, but I’m trying to get back to yoga now and you have been an inspriation. I’ve also taken a few other classes at my gym trying to be more ballanced and not just focusing on one thing. Thanks for the inspiration!! Keep up the good work.

  • 16
    Mary Ann April 17, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on your first year! It takes alot of effort for you to post everyday, but I enjoy and learn from each one. Best wishes on more posts to come and many blessings to you, Brandon and Sully.

  • 17
    Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 17, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Wow – You’ve accomplished so much in just 1 short year! Congratulations and keep up the great work!

  • 18
    Tracy April 17, 2011, 5:44 pm

    Congrats Jen! Your blog has such a following and it’s all because of the hard work and dedication you put into it! Hope you had a great weekend!

    http://www.kitchenambition.blogspot.com

  • 19
    caitlin April 17, 2011, 9:11 pm

    Congratulations on your first year! I love your blog and have learned so much from it- it is a gtreat inspiration tool for me! Thanks for all the wonderful posts, advice and sharing your story ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 20
    Kevin April 17, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Congratulations! What an amazing, inspiring accomplishment!

    I wish you the best in this upcoming year!

  • 21
    Krista (kristastes) April 17, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Happy 1 year blogging!! I love reading your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 22
    Lori April 18, 2011, 9:31 am

    Congrats! Looking forward to the new look of your blog!

  • 23
    Sara April 18, 2011, 9:52 am

    happy 1 year, Jen!! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and can’t wait to see the new look!

  • 24
    Jillian April 18, 2011, 9:56 am

    Hey Jen! I found your blog a few weeks ago, and I’m hooked! This past year I took up running with a local group and I ran 2 half marathons and 1 full marathon. I’ve caught the running bug and I love it! I look forward to your posts and I really enjoy the healthy food ideas/work-out tips. I love that you cook REAL food and you take the time to share your wonderful recipes with us. You also show that you can enjoy more indulgent food from time to time as long as it is in moderation.

    P.s. Thank you for bringing overnight oats into my life- HAHA.

  • 25
    Brittney April 18, 2011, 10:01 am

    Happy blogiversary! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 26
    Angie (Losing It and Loving It) April 18, 2011, 10:19 am

    Congrats Jen! Always love keeping up with your blog.

  • 27
    ashley @ one hot mess April 18, 2011, 11:07 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year. You should be so proud of yourself, Jen. It has been so much fun to watch PBR grow! I love how it’s not only inspiring but also very informative. Can’t wait to see the new look!

  • 28
    Jen April 18, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Yay! Happy Blogiversary! Definitely looking forward to many more years of reading PBR! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 29
    erin April 18, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Congrats! You’re so inspiring, and I’m looking forward to year 2 at PBR!

  • 30
    Karla April 18, 2011, 4:19 pm

    Congrats on a successful first year! Love your blog & look forward to this coming year! I also agree with a previous comment…I’m waited for killer toned arms 101! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 31
    Cate April 19, 2011, 8:26 am

    Happy One Year Jen!!! Congrats again on all of your accomplishments this past year!

  • 32
    natalie (the sweets life) April 19, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Happy One Year! Your two blogs are some of my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚ and your video was too cute–you’re adorable!

  • 33
    Dana Slagle July 18, 2011, 2:36 pm

    This is fantastic! Congrats on the success of your blog and yay! for all of the people you’ve inspired!
    Dana Slagle

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