E For Effort

December 9, 2010

image + 5 miles = a whole lotta bravery!

Still can’t believe we did it. And add a Hugh Jass hill into the mix – we ran up UVA’s infamous “O Hill,” which is much more of a mountain than a hill if you ask me! I hiked up the steepest parts – there was no way I could keep up a jog. [Someday Suzanne!]

I always eat a date before my runs now. I find it to be the absolutely perrrrrfect fuel for when I’m going from bed –> run in a short amount of time.

Overrrrnight oats!


Last night I layered into a jar (servings for ONE)

  • 1/2 cup Ambrosial Muesli
  • 1/2 container greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 banana
  • Pinch salt, splash vanilla, sprinkle cinnamon

They looked like so:


I gave them each a big thorough stir and put them in the fridge for the night. [Like our clean fridge!? I always strive for a Barefoot Contessa feel when we open the door :mrgreen: ]


This morning and they were nice and thick.


I added a spoonful of Sunflower Butter to the middle.


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Great mix of Whole Foods Pacific Rim + Buzz Decaf



Few more loose ends to tie up and our fancy car service [a.k.a. Karen] will be here soon to take us to the airport.

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1 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

Wow, that awesome that you guys ran in the cold.

Have a safe trip :)


2 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

I love overnight oats, but it is too cold for me to eat them! I need hot food :)

Have a safe trip!


3 RhodeyGirl December 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

How did I miss that you were traveling?

Have a safe trip!

Love the clean fridge.. PB is in charge of that over here and he does a good job… but not as good as yours!


4 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston December 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

Nice work with the hills! I need to find a ginormous hill around here to practice on :)


5 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

Something about the simplicity and cleanness of those pictures is incredibly appealing.

That hill sounds tough. What a good way to start the morning.


6 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 9, 2010 at 8:54 am

Wow congrats on the run!! You are definitely brave.


7 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 9, 2010 at 8:54 am

Have a great trip! Breakfast looks great.


8 Nina December 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

Kath, what does sunflower seed butter taste like? Dumb question..i know haha. I’ve never had it and I’m too nervous to buy a whole jar because they’re expensive..and I’m a broke college kid!! haha. does it taste like actual sunflower seeds? is it salty? what’s the best brand, in your opinion? Thanks!

oh and Holly..the same thing goes for me! haha i usually heat up my overnight oats when I make them..soo much creamier than stovetop oats..


9 Kath December 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

Dumb question, yes, but also good question!!

It’s slightly roasty. Kind of like peanuts, but less sweet. I do NOT think it tastes like sunflower seeds. But I promise you will love it! Esp. Trader Joe’s brand.


10 Nina December 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

ok. I’m sold! off to trader joe’s I go. thank youu :)


11 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 9, 2010 at 9:12 am

Those breakfast jars look so delicious.


12 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 9, 2010 at 9:13 am

Your overnight oats are particularly pretty and enticing this morning.


13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

Wow– that’s hardcore!!!!

Safe travels!


14 Jess December 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

That’s fantastic!! So what exactly do you wear to run in 17 degree weather. This is my first time running in the winter outside and while we haven’t quite hit those frigid temps in Wilmington, NC yet, I know we will have a few very cold days. Any “what to wear” tips you have would be awesome!


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

The oats look perfect! I wish I could keep my fridge like that. With two little boys in and out of it all the time it is hard to keep it or anything else clean for that matter! Have a safe trip Kath!


16 Katy @ A Healthy Shot December 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

I second Jess’s question- what do you wear in 18 degree weather? We’ve in the 20’s/30’s in PA, and I just can’t get up the courage to head out!
Hope you have a great trip :)


17 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

Hahha Hugh Jass.. I love that!! :) Looks like a delicious brekkie. Have a safe flight! :)


18 Christine December 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

I can’t eat overnight oats with temps like that. Brr!

Barefoot Contessa is my fav. If I can one day be a host like her……


19 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 9, 2010 at 9:25 am

Your oatmeal looks so delicous and adorable in those mason jars! Nice job on the run in the cold! I’m a baby when I need to run in the cold and my nose does not stop running the whole time which makes running even more annoying when it is cold out!


20 Bronwyn Coyne December 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

I love you had oats in a jar without it being an empty nut butter jar! I think my next bowl of oatmeal is going to have to be some oats in a jar.


21 Dee December 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

Oh my gosh! Go you for running in this weather! Brrr!

I had overnight oats for breakfast too! Well… yesterday. 😉

I love all of your jars! And I love Barefoot Contessa as well!

Have a good trip!


22 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

18 degrees? Yikes. It’s been in the teens here all week but I definitely haven’t had the courage to go out for a run in it. I hate the dreadmill but I think I hate cold weather even more so I’ve been resorting to that instead. haha.

Have a nice trip! :)


23 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) December 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

I love eating dates before a run! They are amazing!


24 Lee @ College Foodie Finds December 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

Kath, that is dedication! I pretty much stop running outside when it is below freezing…or if there is snow on the ground! OOIAJ, still haven’t tried it…I have such high expectations because I love hot oats so much!


25 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) December 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

Amazing! Running in the cold makes my lungs hurt… good for you both!


26 kelly December 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

It’s hard running in the cold, isn’t it?? I ran the other day when it was 8 degrees in the morning and I will never do that again!! lol


27 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com December 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

what a great idea for overnight oats!


28 VeggieGirl December 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

Love Barefoot Contessa – love the reference 😀


29 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

i adore the barefoot contessa, but i totally know what you mean about her having a completely barren fridge! except for the exact ingredients she needs of course 😉


30 JENNA December 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

you are 10 x the woman i am….I would never go running when it is that frigid out!! :) you are brave!

have a safe trip to Boston!


31 jill December 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

What did you wear to keep warm on your run without being too bulky. im trying to get myself out there now.


32 Suzanne @ Continuing My Education December 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

Nice work on O-hill! That is a tough one! Once I recover we can tackle it together!

Have a safe and fun trip to Boston! Don’t freeze!


33 Rachel December 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

I really admire your cold morning run! Great job!
It’s so hard to get motivated to run in the cold. It was around that temp. where I was yesterday so I opted to wait till afternoon to run. I hate how my hands get cold (even with gloves) and then I can’t use them when I get home.


34 Alina @ Duty Free Foodie December 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

I walk up all steep hills. What? Once I feel the burn I can go with it for a while, and then I think to myself, “what am I suffering for? I’ll just walk for a while.” And thaaaaaat is why I am not the girl that wins races! Oh well.


35 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

Oats in a jar look even more delicicious than in a bowl (how I make them). This is in my near future.

Way to go on the run! 18 degree run = Impressive. And here I am debating whether it will still be too cold to run outside at 4p when they say it will be up to 40 degress in the ATL. :)


36 stacey-healthylife December 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

Have fun on your trip. Nice job on the hill.


37 Kath December 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

Re. Cold Running: I am really no expert! I always wear a moisture-wick shirt (I love the Old Navy ones) with a fleece on top that zips up to the neck (I often unzip halfway through the run). Plus a hat and always gloves. I wear a variety of running pants from tights to regular sports fabric.

Since it was extra cold today, I added a fleece vest over my fleece and it worked great to keep my core warm.


38 Jazz December 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

I’m not an expert either, but I did run today in -20C (-4F) and I always wear Underarmour coldgear (both the pants and the turtle neck) and then another sweater and a windproof jacket, and some windproof(ish) pants overtop. I also wear the facemask , ear covering headband and 2 pairs of gloves if it’s this cold….


39 [email protected] December 9, 2010 at 10:35 am

I sweat tooooo much to run in the cold like that. Even with moisture wicking shirts, I would freeze to death!!


40 Melissa December 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

Thanks for turning me onto overnight oats. But no thanks to my actually fussing at my husband last night for throwing my near empty jar of white chocolate wonderful peanut butter away when I looked for it last night. I still feel bad about causing an argument over a jar; it is not that serious. But seriously, I wanted OOIAJ. :(


41 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

I cannot imagine running in 18 degree weather… good for you!


42 Marina December 9, 2010 at 10:59 am

Gosh, I couldn’t run in cold like that, great job!
Have a safe trip!


43 Namaste Gurl December 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

Wow, from a crazy runner as I am, I don’t even think I could bare 18 degrees– kudos to you BOTH! :)


44 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Go YOU for braving the cold! And that OIAJ looks so good!


45 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I love overnight oats after long runs – theyre so perfect because you don’t have to wait for them! :)


46 Amy December 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I couldn’t stop giggling at Hugh Jass 😛


47 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

gosh your fridge is my dream. you would die if you saw mine.


48 Maria December 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

That breakfast looks very tasty! You’re a brave woman running in that weather. I hate running in the cold.


49 Char December 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Breakfast sounds (and looks) DEEVINE! I <3 overnight breakfasts 😀



50 Amy December 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Brrrr! Nice job on the hill!


51 Hannah December 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

For some reason, your OIAJ looks even more fun today! Must be the empty fridge – the oats are the star of the show!


52 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I tried overnight oats once and I really didn’t like them! You’re making me think they deserve another chance though…


53 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I make overnight oats every day for work! I put them together in the morning while my toast is cooking, and then by 3pm the oats are nice and thick. Perfect fuel for the rest of the afternoon and loooong commute home! Also, a great way to get a lot of good stuff in… carbs, fruit, nut butter, chia seeds, calcium… blah blah blah why am I telling everybody all this? I guess I really love my workday oats!


54 Tara December 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

odd question, what do you mean by a barefoot contessa fridge? I watch her a lot…do you just mean a clean fridge?

How do you have such a clean fridge? I find I need lotsa room to store all of my stuff…like homemade bread, tortillas, veg, fruit, milk, etc!


55 Kath December 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Yeah, clean and sparkling. Lots of room for more things. I prefer to keep it simple and go to the store more frequently.


56 Ffion December 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I really need to try overnight oats!


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