Morning Run

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I had a great run this morning with the lovely Megan! 


It’s ironic, but we live only 3.0 miles away from each other! She is so sweet and I can tell we’re going to be good friends.  🙂


I woke up around 5:45 AM, got dressed in my running clothes while still half-awake, and slammed a cup of coffee plus a mini-toast with PB.


Megan and I met up at a nearby park.  I’ve never been here before, but it was a great place to run because the trail was 1/2 gravel instead of all concrete!  Gravel feels so  much nicer on my knees!


We did 3.0 miles, gabbing the entire time!  According to Megan’s Garmin, we averaged between 9:30 and 10:30 minute-miles, so our pace was pretty good!


  • Distance: 3.0 miles
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Calories Burned:  240 (estimate)


After running, we spread a little Operation Beautiful love around!  We posted our messages in the park restroom.


My note said, "Be Kind to Yourself — You are Beautiful!" 


Find out what Megan’s note said by checking out her blog!


Don’t forget to send me your Operation Beautiful notes!  I will be posting all the notes later today.  🙂 Send the notes (with a link to your blog, if you have one) to!


Breakfast was nice, fast, and COLD!  I was so hot from my run that I could not imagine eating a warm breakfast.


Just a simple bowl of crushed Kashi TLC bar, yogurt, a sliced banana, and strawberries.  Yum!


After that, I worked a half day, snacking a little on some apricots around 10:30:


And a lovely pasta dish for lunch:


Just steamed kale, tomato, kidney beans, EVOO, salt, and whole wheat pasta.  It was good!




Have a beautiful day!



  • elliebelle June 19, 2009, 10:20 am

    Ooo, yummy, that pasta looks good!

  • randomlymikey June 19, 2009, 10:20 am

    great job on the run! i think i will do a few miles myself today. thanks for the inspiration/motivation. the pasta looks delish. and i ABSOLUTELY love the operation beautiful! i will be doing this all the time :)it reminds me of when i used to leave little pieces of paper saying 'i love you' in places for my hubby to find. it's a good feeling someone to make someone smile. the ripple effect is uber powerful!

  • nostorybook June 19, 2009, 10:28 am

    hey sweets,
    I just came upon your blog and really enjoy some of the ideas about life and exercise and health. I have been struggling with an eating disorder for years. A little over a year ago I started running — I increased to fast and by december was doing more than 40 miles a week. I had to stop because I could not keep up the pace. Now that I am trying to get back into it, 1.5 miles is so hard. But I am trying.

    Anyways, just wanted to say that I really find your blog and story inspiring.

    Take Care,

  • Matt June 19, 2009, 10:41 am

    Good run today!

  • Brandi June 19, 2009, 10:44 am

    have a good PT! glad you had a fun run this morning 🙂

  • eatingtolivelovelaughtri June 19, 2009, 10:47 am

    great job on your run today. I love that running top. Very cute!

  • Peanut Butter Swirl June 19, 2009, 10:48 am

    yayy for awesome workout & positive message!!!

    what type of mini bread do you use?

  • leslie June 19, 2009, 10:55 am

    hope your pt session goes well – i get all excited before i go too haha. sounds like your friday is off to a great start!

  • runsarah June 19, 2009, 10:58 am

    How fun, I wish I had a blogger nearby me!

  • Diana June 19, 2009, 11:25 am

    What a fun way to run! Park + friend + Operation Beautiful = success. 🙂

  • Every Gym's Nightmare June 19, 2009, 11:28 am

    aw thats so sweet! If i found one of those it would definately make my day!

  • applecrumbles June 19, 2009, 11:29 am

    Have you always had coffee and toast before a run? I get a little worried about what I put in my stomach before a run so usually stick to a very small protein shake or 1/2 of a banana with about 1 1/2 tsp of PB. This works for me even during a race but because of nerves, I usuall stick to the 5k's. Do you eat the same snack before a race?

    I'm really glad I found you blog, it looks like there's some great info. So..I'll be sure to list it in my blog roll and visit often.

  • Sam June 19, 2009, 11:30 am

    It's so good you're able to run again, and the park looks really nice. Good job with spreading the Operational Beauty messages too!

  • Bec June 19, 2009, 11:31 am

    sounds like you two had a fun run today!

  • tfh June 19, 2009, 11:31 am

    You two are so cute– you must stop traffic in your running skirts. 🙂 It's so nice to see you running– hope the PT session goes well.

  • ohsoravenous June 19, 2009, 11:47 am

    I think what you're doing with Operation Beautiful is absolutely AMAZING. Thank you.

  • Carolina John June 19, 2009, 11:51 am

    hey, it must feel great to get out for an early morning run with a friend like that. I'm so glad your knees are feeling up to it. now tri training….

  • Stephanie June 19, 2009, 11:52 am

    Kudos to you on eating more natural veggies. That change radically changed the way I enjoy food and life – I have so much more energy!

  • Julia June 19, 2009, 12:02 pm

    Yay for running buddies!
    I always try to run on the bike path because running on the sidewalk really hurts my knees.
    Lunch looks fab!

  • healthy ashley June 19, 2009, 12:05 pm

    I love it!

    (I'm moving to Orlando next weekend! We got a HOUSE! 🙂

  • Jenny June 19, 2009, 12:08 pm

    can you believe i've never had an apricot?! they look a little like my beloved prunes so that may be reason enough for me to try 'em =)

    yay for spreading the love with miss Megan today.. you girls are awesome!

  • havefaith4ever June 19, 2009, 12:18 pm

    Oh my word! That pasta looks delicious!
    Glad you had fun with Megan!
    Good luck at PT!
    <3 jess

  • K from ksgoodeats June 19, 2009, 12:26 pm

    Looks like a fun blogger date 🙂 Glad you guys got to meet up!!

    Hope PT goes well!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn June 19, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Congratulations on the blog summit coming together! So amazing that you guys are really doing something tangible together.

    Also, your lunch looks delish :). I love pasta but am always afraid to eat it because it's hard to control the portion! But mixing it with veggies is obviously smart.

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes June 19, 2009, 12:57 pm

    Hey.. I just found your blog. I'm 23 years old and also love running.. I'm trying to get back into it after having my first baby 3 months ago! Your meals look so healthy and delicious! looking forward to reading more, just wanted to say hi! 🙂

  • Meganerd June 19, 2009, 1:02 pm

    I had a blast running this morning, and spreading operation beautiful! see you next Friday! 😀

  • Mary :: A Merry Life June 19, 2009, 1:16 pm

    I just found your blog and I love, love, love everything I have read so far. I absolutely adore you for the Operation Beautiful idea and can't wait to go spread the love and encouragement myself.

  • Danielle June 19, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Just found your blog today – LOVE IT! You are one amazing lady with a big heart! Rest assured, I will be following you on my reader from now on. 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 19, 2009, 2:01 pm


    apple crumbles – yes i always have PB toast and a coffee before a run. coffee helps me "ahem" go. if you know what i mean. and going is necessary before a run! LOL. eat whatever works best for YOU!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 19, 2009, 2:03 pm

    Sounds like a fun run!

  • Meghann June 19, 2009, 2:28 pm

    So jealous! I want to run with your guys!!!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) June 19, 2009, 2:48 pm

    That pasta dish looks truly awesome!

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