March 19, 2010

FIVE are the number of pairs of shoes I have packed for a two-day weekend.

FIVE are the number of miles I ran in my new Asics this morning!


FIVE is the number of times I have unplugged and reset our internet router with NO LUCK 😥

Damn you AT&T!!!

But three cheers for the “network” wireless connection that I somehow have access to (only on my laptop)

I decided for time’s sake to go running this morning. It’s always a shorter workout because my workout starts when I step out the door! I ran 5 miles in the dark (being careful to choose the most well-lit and well-traveled by runners path). I feel like I’ve lost some of my speed!! My legs just won’t move as fast, but perhaps that was the effect of the walking lunges I did yesterday. Splits were in the 8:50-9:00 range.

I felt like I was just getting in a groove when I pulled back into our cul-de-sac at 4.75 miles. Bummer I was out of time! My new shoes did great – I could feel my bones slightly shifting to adjust to them. Hope I have my best run ever on Sunday!

I ran straight into the shower and then straight down to whip up some OIAJ

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Ohhhh yeaaaaahhhh

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[I was sure to let it cool slightly before pouring the oats into the jar because Lynn says this jar has melted on her before.]

The Mix

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Cinnamon Apple Hot Cereal
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • A pinch of banana (as I froze one)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • Cinnamon, vanilla, pinch salt
  • Galaxy Granola Vanilla
  • Dark Choco Dreams residue!

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Before the weekend starts, don’t forget your Kodiak Cakes mix! It’s only 15% off this week.


I’ve got my whole life packed up in my Envitote and am ready to load up the car! Hope this day flies by :)

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1 veggielady4life March 19, 2010 at 7:09 am

I love the dark chocolate dreams flavor of pb & co peanut butter. And what a good idea to have your oats in the jar. Love it! Hope you have a fun two day trip!


2 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 19, 2010 at 7:10 am

Your oats quite possibly, look like they could rival my delicious breakfast this morning 😀 nothin beats OIAJ!!
I had a week of my legs feeling like c*** last week – I’d recommend you take a few easy days/up your carb intake – that’s what I did and it worked a treat :)
Have a good day!


3 Nutritious Foodie March 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

Your oats look good.. but somehow I am craving coffee this am.

Have a safe drive.


4 shannon (the daily balance) March 19, 2010 at 7:19 am

i would take you “slow runs” any day! no matter how hard I try, I am just NOT a runner – at least I can admit it 😉

have a safe drive!


5 Andrea March 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

What a delicious breakfast! I bet dark choc dreams was amazing. I hope you have a wonderful time at the wedding/vow renewal this weekend. I love weddings and spending time with friends.
Happy Friday, Kath!


6 Joanne March 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

Probably the leg workout you had made your legs a bit heavier this morning. But at least they loosened up and finally caught up with your mental run by mile 4.75, even though it was the final stretch.
Do you have a race this weekend or a long run?


7 Kath March 19, 2010 at 8:11 am

10 miles on Sun :)


8 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

Five is the name of my old cat (RIP) ! Happy driving and happy weekend, Kath!


9 Kath March 19, 2010 at 8:11 am



10 Nicole, RD March 19, 2010 at 7:33 am

Those OIAJ look really good!!! Mmmmm!


11 Food Makes Fun Fuel March 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

5 shoes?! I only have 2 pairs even at college


12 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 19, 2010 at 7:38 am

Dark chocolate dreams makes the best OIAJ!


13 Whitney @ Whitinspired March 19, 2010 at 7:41 am

I think I’m picking up some of that Dark Chocolate Dreams this weekend. It just looks too dang good!


14 Kate March 19, 2010 at 7:44 am

Hi, Kath.

Speaking of Kodiak cakes – does your online store ship to Canada?


15 Kath March 19, 2010 at 8:12 am



16 Jenna March 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

wow! you must have loved DCD- you did some damage 😉


17 Kath March 19, 2010 at 8:11 am

It was mostly empty when Lauri brought the jar to me!!


18 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

Wow, look at the swirl in the jar! It looks delicious!

Have a great weekend!


19 Jenny March 19, 2010 at 7:54 am

Gah! I’m sorry for your failing Internet- have a great time this weekend!


20 Carolyn @ lovinlosing March 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

I think the foam shape in your coffee looks like a woman sitting in a chair reading a book.


21 Kath March 19, 2010 at 8:12 am

OH MAN I forgot to say – it’s an Aztec woman!!!


22 rustique March 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

PB&Co. peanut butters are the ideal way to do OIAJ–they seem to “melt” better than any other nut butter. So good!


23 Jenn (www. ) March 19, 2010 at 8:12 am

I loved the Kodiak pancakes, I just tried them the other day but they were semi-ruined by bad blueberry syrup! :(

YUMMMM, Dark chocolate dreams OIAJ! Hope your internet gets better, it SUCKS not having it when you NEED it– believe me, I know! :(



24 Annie@stronghealthyfit March 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

I feel the same way during my runs a lot of the time- it takes me about 3-4 miles just to warm up and start feeling good. Good for you for getting up so early to run! Have a safe trip :-)


25 Becky @ flybynyght March 19, 2010 at 8:17 am

Five pairs of shoes for a 2 day trip? You’re my kinda girl! Hope by the time you get home that your Internet has healed itself! Have fun!


26 Ruthiey March 19, 2010 at 8:23 am

I love the swirls of chocolate and oats. How artistic! =)


27 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

Breakfast looks delicious! Love the swirl! Have a safe and fun trip!


28 Jess - The Domestic Vegan March 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

Wow, those OIAJ look fantastic. You always make me crave oats! I love them already, but yours are so decadent. Yummmm.


29 Paige(Running Around Normal) March 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

Nice job on the run! I need to get ballsy enough to go on morning runs in the dark. I don’t really live near any runner’s “paths” though. I suppose sidewalks would do, though! Hopefully it will start to get lighter out earlier soon :)
Your OIAJ look fabulous!


30 The Paris Food Blague March 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

so glad you arent eating melted jar!

that would not be healthy


31 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

That dark chocolate PB is my favorite!


32 Stacey@ March 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

Oh how I love breakfast. I bet those were chocolaty and so good oats. Such a delicious breakfast on a Friday morning.


33 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

Ohhhh my Kath, I think you just created the best OIAJ EVER!!!!!


34 La March 19, 2010 at 8:57 am

I tried OIAJ in the micro and got all kinds of melt action!

Five is a good number for today!


35 skinnyrunner March 19, 2010 at 8:57 am

safe driving and fun weekend! and your chocolate oats look to die for.


36 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 19, 2010 at 8:59 am

Glad the shoes seem to be working out for you! I’m sure your run will be GREAT Sunday! :)


37 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 19, 2010 at 9:01 am

The oats and peanut butter look so pretty together – love the swirl!


38 Julie March 19, 2010 at 9:04 am

mmm those oats loook like dessert!!


39 Allison K March 19, 2010 at 9:26 am

I’m so sick of running in the dark! Due to my schedule I run outside in the AM all winter and i’m so ready for it to be getting light while I run. I love early summer mornings!


40 Christina March 19, 2010 at 9:29 am

Letting your oats cool before you add them to the jar is probably a good idea. While no one wants the jar to melt (!) you may want to consider that the plastic was probably not meant to be heated and may result in some leaching into your food. If you’re hesitant about throwing your leftovers in a plastic container into the microwave to reheat, then you may want to reconsider the oats in a jar – or at least let ’em cool! :)


41 Kath March 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

It’s definitely a concern, but once they cool for a minute, they are merely “very warm” and not really hot. I do prefer OIAJ with glass jars for this reason though.


42 Cynthia (It All Changes) March 19, 2010 at 9:54 am

I love when my feet feel like they are running on pillows in new shoes.

I have only ever made OIAJ with glass jar so thanks for the tip.


43 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

Sorry about the internet! Sounds like a nice run though :-) Have a great weekend!


44 Ashley March 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

Whoa….love the swirl in the oats!!! I am SURE your legs weren’t moving as quickly because of lunges..those are killer! Love that chubby vase :) Yay weekend..hope you can BREATHE!!


45 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full March 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

Enjoy your weekend! Love the swirls of color in your oats.


46 clay March 19, 2010 at 10:24 am

Awesome oats! I should try out the chia seeds.


47 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

your OIAJ look so pretty! i’ve never had a jar melt on me before, but i think i’ve only done OIAJ with glass jars so far…thanks for the tip though!


48 Steph March 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

This darkness in the am makes it so hard to workout in the morning! I’ve been good about am workouts since February, because things always seem to come up at night, but I don’t like running in the dark! I haven’t seen any posts about it, but do you have a RoadID? I won’t leave home without it!


49 Kath March 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I don’t. I do need one for sure.


50 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow March 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

OIAJ is so wonderfully yummy! I just finished a jar this morning and may just have to have that for lunch or dinner! :)

Looks like your day of 5 might be a great one, outside of the internet issues of course.


51 Mama Pea March 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

You did NOT take the label off and then put it back on! I’m giggling over here.


52 Kath March 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

OMG you are SO OBSERVANT!! I always take the “overview” shot first :)


53 Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES March 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

1. that first swirly DCD/oats pic is just evil. ok, that was dramatic. but i REALLY wanted to lick my screen. i didn’t.
2. i purchased DCD yesterday because you’ve bestowed upon me a craving i really couldnt (nor had any desire) to kick. Soooo now I have White Choc Wonderful and DCD in my possession! DANGEROUS!


54 Bethany March 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hi Kath, I was wondering if you had seen the article on ABC about the teacher who is eating school lunch for a year and blogging about it? It reminded me of you and those presentations you made to the school-aged tots about REAL food and the work with the school lunch ladies. :)
It was an interesting read…here’s the link.


55 Kath March 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for the link, but about 500 people have already sent it to me :)


56 lynn (The Actors Diet) March 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

oh yay – glad it didn’t warp on you!!!


57 Kalli@Fitandfortysomething March 19, 2010 at 11:34 am

oooh i love your oats!
sounds to me like you had a great run-that is speedy in my book for sure.
Have a great day :)


58 Caroline March 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

I got the same pair of Asics last week in blue and I don’t have the pretty insole! My runs have been really hard this week, I think because my legs are having to work harder in the less-broken down shoes. Maybe you too?


59 Hannah March 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I’ve sometimes wondered if it’s safe to make OAIJ in plastic jars… glad to know you’re being careful!


60 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle March 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Your OIAJ looks so pretty with the swirls! Shoe packing is always the hardest part for me, too. :)


61 Lisa @bakebikeblog March 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm

WHat great looking oats!!!!


62 Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Gah I hate internet issues. I’m constantly trying to get mine to work- hope yours gets straightened out!


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