Running A Business

March 22, 2011

We’ve been able to sync running and our business today! Plus a little biking. I imagine when the bakery gets busy that I’ll do a lot of biking / running the 3 miles and back to the space as my main form of exercise. And of course, kneading dough!

First this morning we biked to our CPA’s to get some tax and accounting stuff done. It sure is a good thing I love numbers!


Then we came home. I ate a date and a fig, did a little work and we were off again, this time to the bakery itself.

We are exactly 3 miles from the bakery, so it was a 6 mile run with a 20 minute break in the middle.

Here’s a visual of the updates – although now there are frames for the rooms! [More photos on our Facebook page :) ]


Needless to say we were both tired and hungry when we got home!

Herring to the rescue!


Matt made a herring salad (smoked herring from Trader Joe’s are the BEST!) with carrots, cuc, celery, mustard and mayo, all mashed together. I served mine over spinach


On the side: an orange and a slice of High Five Fiber with coconut buttah


The usual – organic sparkles


Deeeelish! Although I’m afraid my appetite is still increased – I’m already feeling the inklings of hunger and it’s only been an hour!


Matt is out equipment shopping and I’ve got to get a move on on some projects I’ve been too busy to start between traveling and all the rest.

Gotta run!

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1 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I think I would love a 6-mile round-trip to work. Such a wonderful way (and excuse!) to get exercise in. Almost makes me want to get an office to work out of. Almost. :)


2 Christine @ Bookishly Boisterous March 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I was thinking the exact same thing! Far enough to be a nice workout round trip, but completely doable when it comes to getting there on time.


3 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I love how you just “run over” to work. (Pun intended) 6 miles is impressive!

And what’s even more impressive is that after a date with your accountant, dealing with numbers, a 6 mile run, and running your life…you still find time to throw together an awesome looking salad. I don’t think I’ve ever had herring but if I am ever in need of making anything with it, good to know about the TJs stuff!


4 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm

What a great exercise plan!

That coconut butter looks delicious :)


5 Hope March 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I would love such a short commute to work! Although I don’t know if I would be able to run 6 miles just yet. I think I’d need to start training for that to happen. :)


6 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) March 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

LOL I missed the coconut bit in lunch, and was staring at that bread, thinking THAT is butter?? What the heck kinda butter does she use? Then I realised 😛


7 Heather (heathers dish) March 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I love that y’all have the freedom to run/bike to the bakery…totally enveloping the healthy lifestyle!


8 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Seems like a lovely day :)


9 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

It’s so cool that you live near your bakery! And I think it’s awesome that you are mentally making time for exercise when you know the bakery will be busy :) That’s a great way to stay fit!

Good luck on your projects!


10 Cindy March 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I love that you can run/bike to work!


11 Emily March 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Love how you and Matt are so in sync about work, business, and play :) Its great that you focus running and biking places rather than using a car or other vehicle, I love that! Enjoy the rest of your day!


12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Sounds like a highly productive day!! Now I can appreciate the goodness of herring since I tried it last week. Do you notice a big taste difference between kippered and smoked herring? (Mine was the kippered kind). The salad sounds amazing!


13 KathEats March 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I think anything smoked is a huge positive difference


14 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I love that you’ll bike/run between work and home. I’m sure you’ll be wearing GH shirts and stuff too — great advertising!


15 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm

oooo it’s all coming together! So exciting. I’m thrilled for you and Matt!


16 Lesley Lifting Life March 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I bet it’s so exciting seeing your store coming together!! :)


17 Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

How exciting that you have the venue and will get to start decorating soon! I know it will be so cute!


18 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Now that I live walking distance to a lot of stuff I love the feeling of realizing I haven’t driven in a couple of days! Kind of makes you reassess what you really “need” when you avoid driving:)


19 Alexa @ Simple Eats March 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Man, you guys are busy! SO exciting you’re having a great start on the GH business!


20 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass March 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

What’s at the link? All I get is a page that says “forbidden, website declined to show this webpage.” Is it just me? Now I’m really curious.


21 Kris March 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Same problem as Kim w/ the link.


22 KathEats March 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I think you guys might have crashed the server!!


23 [email protected] March 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I am all too familiar with the hunger that occurs after lunch. I am trying my hand for the first time at sourdough today. My GH has such good sourdough. Excited to use the starter for waffles as well.


24 Baking 'n' Books March 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I guess you don’t melt the butter – more butter to bite of course :)

Wow – your workouts! Is Charlotteville a nice “out-doorsy” friendly city for biking and running then? It’s all traffic and noise outside my door. Erp.


25 Little Miss Fitness March 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

A perfect day! :)


26 lynn @ the actor's diet March 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

you love numbers?!? wow.


27 Katie @ peacebeme March 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I always used to run or bike to work!

I don’t think your mom’s link works…


28 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

LOL i thought you said, “i had a date with a fig” wishful thinking I guess! 😉


29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

There must be something in the air today…my husband and I both have been way hungrier today. Maybe it’s the weather!


30 Laura March 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I would love to be close enough to bike or walk/run to work!


31 Susan (Oliepants) March 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love that you can run/bike to work. Talk about low-stress of driving! I wish my work was that close. We’re ten miles away and through some dangerous intersections.

Your lunch combo is drool-worthy!


32 Melanie @ Trial By Trail March 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

One of the first signs of pregnancy for me with both kiddos was being really hungry all the time. Your body is pretty used to working out all the time – could it possibly be telling you something else? Just a thought. :-)


33 KathEats March 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Better not be! I’m not planning to do that for a while. At least 6 months. I think this is hormonal coupled with lots of exercise


34 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

That’s a really good way to fit in some light walk/bike to and from work. Although you’re getting a ton of exercising running around the bakery already!


35 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food March 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

You are so lucky that you are so close to everything! My work is 14 miles from my house and that’s the closest I’ve been in YEARS.


36 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

What a great way to get in your exercise :)
You make me what to try smoked herring!


37 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I bet all that running around for the bakery is burrning up all of your food!


38 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I really like that herring from TJ’s too!


39 Simply Life March 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

What an exciting time!!!


40 Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL March 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm

The bare bones – how exciting! I love the abandoned loft feel it has right now. 😉


41 M March 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Sooooo excited for you guys!!!! It’s coming together! :)


42 Grace March 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Welcome to the neighborhood!! We are very excited to have another young couple starting their own business next door to us PLUS you will be have SJs coffee and fresh baked bread.
Grace & Tristan
A Mystery In Common
1716 Allied st.


43 KathEats March 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Hey Grace!! I can’t wait to meet you guys – love your philosophy and the prints are so chic!


44 kaila @ healthy helper! March 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

you are so lucky to be so close to the bakery! that is such a great excuse to get in exercise!


45 Hilary March 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I need to get on this coconut butter blog bandwagon…I feel like I’ve missed the boat!


46 Allison @ Happy Tales March 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I’ve never tried coconut butter before… i neeeed to!

PS… i am SO excited that you’ll be sharing pictures/your journey as you work to get the bakery up and running… I love before and afters!


47 Natalia - a side of simple March 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

How exciting with all the business aspects coming along! Do you have an estimated “open” date yet or is it still depending on so many factors?


48 KathEats March 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Shooting for May 20th but it will be a stretch!


49 Emily @ Savory and Savage March 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I love seeing the bakery in-progress photos.

Shopping for equipment sounds fun :-)


50 Kay (skinnybound) March 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I think that the best, most enjoyable exercise is the kind that comes organically — in your case, running to and fro and making bread that you later get to eat. I’m lucky to live in a biker-and-runner-friendly town too! :)


51 Morgan @ moments of mmm March 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

How convenient that you will be able to run/bike there!

Smoked herring sounds interesting, I love smoked salmon so I might have to give it a try!


52 Nicole, RD March 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I’m just a wee envious of your PERFECT distance between home and the bakery. If I calculate the hours and money I lose each week driving all over, it would just make me cry!!! Things are looks fabulous, though! Congrats :)


53 Ashley March 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I know how you feel about being busy and getting a bit behind on things!! Also, since all of this house stuff, my appetite has been through the roof!


54 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

What an awesome space Kath! Can’t wait to see it all unfold. :) How large is the space total?

I don’t think I’ve ever tried herring… looks fabulous though. And for some reason those oranges just sound like the perfect pairing!


55 KathEats March 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

2500 sq ft!


56 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

That’s awesome! Perfect size to develop and expand as you and Matt grow the business. :)


57 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I always feel hungrier when my hormones are RAGING!!! Perhaps that’s what’s going on? EIther way, embrace it! :)


58 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Sounds like the perfect way to get where you need to go and exercise too.


59 Laughter-Loving Stacy March 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

What a great day! :)


60 Lee March 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Very cool. I liked it on facebook. The Great Harvest near me closed. :( I never had a chance to check it out. I think there are others in Atlanta though.


61 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Wow, what a day!! Glad you guys managed to have fun while getting down to business. I love that you’re able to sneak in fun amounts of exercise as well, despite being so busy. 😀


62 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I am so glad to hear that the preparation for your new business is coming along nicely :)


63 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen March 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

That salad looks delicious!!


64 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

That’s a great way to sneak exercise in. The perfect distance, and the salad looks really good too! All of your pictures are so colorful and pretty.


65 Luv What You Do March 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I LOVE Great Harvest! I have never had the High Five Fiber, but the Popeye and Oregon Herb are my favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t have one near by, but next time I go I will try this one. Super jealous of your biking/running commute. Enjoy it! Sitting in Chicago traffic each day is a real drag!


66 dee March 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

ooh – the orange looks SO good. Trader Joe’s herring huh? I really need to peruse that place more. It’s like a gold mine!


67 melissa March 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Hey,just skimming my old copy of skinny bitch by rory freedman.ever read it?sounds shallow but it is all about eating real food.the authors totally slam the big food is great reading. also, have u considered encouraging local kids to help with bakery decor?we bought our kids blank canvas and let them fingerpaint with a select group of colors.they get new art every 6 months or so – that always matches – and the kids feel super cool.parents are suckers for that stuff – builds big loyalty.


68 Shannon @ My Place In The Race March 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Wow! Busy bees today 😀 Can’t wait to see the store come together! So exciting! 😀


69 Abby March 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I love the fact that you guys can get to work on foot/bike and are dedicated to doing so! I need to be better about doing this although running to class with what seems like a 50 pound backpack doesn’t seem like a good idea. lol. May have to go the bike route!


70 Célèste March 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I’m pretty sure I have those same bowls. IKEA?


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