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A Real Run

by Meghann on February 15, 2011

I went for a run this morning!

A run! A real run!

It had been exactly a week before my last run and I was starting to get antsy. I guess that’s what happens with addictions – you go a week without said addiction and you start to get antsy in anticipation of your next fix. I was spinning on my heals waiting for mine.

The run was short, but good. I did 4 miles in 36 minutes around my neighborhood and did a little happy dance at the end. πŸ™‚

Derek got me a new Garmin for my birthday and it was nice actually having full use of the ENTER button. The enter button on my old Garmin popped off about 6 months ago and I’ve been running sans the enter function ever since. Now, I can actually review my runs and change settings. Score!

The old Garmin still works (you just can’t press enter), so I’m thinking about selling it for $30. Any takers? πŸ˜‰

Sarah from Nuts About Granola (a small granola company started by a mother/daughter team in York, PA) had sent me a couple of samples of their granola to review while I was away.


The Chocolate Mint Cookie was the one that instantly caught my eye.



She wanted me to be honest, so I’m being honest here. The little handful I had straight from the package tasted like I was eating crunchy spearmint gum.


I wasn’t an instant fan, but I wanted to be fair, so I added a 1/4 cup serving to my morning bowl cereal to see if that would numb down the strong straight-from-the-package minty-ness.


  • 1/2 cup Rice Krispie Puffs
  • 3/4 cup Flax Flakes
  • 1/4 cup Nuts About Granola Mint Chocolate Cookie Granola
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Chia Seeds


Still a little too minty for my taste, but the mix of cereals, fruit, and yogurt did tone it down a bit. πŸ™‚

Today is catch up day.


1 Kaitlin February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

Always nice to get back to a run after some time off! Glad you had fun.

And I’m not sure how I’d feel about a minty breakfast either. Kind of a toothpaste/orange juice combo?
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2 Emily G. February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

Would buying your garmin be something you would suggest to a new runner who doesn’t want to shell out the $$ for a new until they really into the groove of things? If so, I’d love to buy it!!

Also, I don’t think I could handle mint granola..just doesn’t sound appealing! lol

3 Meghann February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

I would say purchasing the old Garmin is perfect for a newbie. Send me an e-mail at if you are really interested

4 Sierra February 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

What does the Garmin restrict you from doing without the enter button? I would be interested!

5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

Congrats on the run Meghann! The flavour of the granolas sound delicious. I think I’d be immediately drawn to the chocolate mint cookie one too, but the others sound tasty! Have a great day!

6 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food February 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

Mint Chocolate Cookie Granola? Sounds pretty good! I bet that peanut butter granola that she sent is delicious πŸ™‚

7 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

Mint granola would definitely not be my thing. It looks tasty though!
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8 Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am

Good job on the run! I did a half marathon on Sunday, so yesterday was a rest day. Very slowly going to swim and run today!

9 Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am

PS- I LOVE minty stuff.. I think I would like it… I appreciate your honest opinion though;)

10 Ashley February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’d love to buy your garmin! I’m on a student budget and that would be perfect for me to start running outside. I’m a treadmill girl just because I love being able to look at my stats. Cereal looks yum!

11 Meghann February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

If you’re really interested send me an e-mail at

12 Jennifer February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am

Yes please! If you haven’t already sold your garmin, I would love to buy it! I’ve just started running and will be getting married soon so I don’t have the extra cash to buy a new one! πŸ™‚

13 Meghann February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

As of right now it’s still available. Send me an e-mail at

14 Hope February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

I don’t know if I would be a fan of the mint granola either. I think the peanut butter one sounds amazing though! πŸ™‚
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15 Lizzy February 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

Is the enter not that big of a deal not having on your garmin? Because if it’s not i would be more then happy to purchase your old Garmin. I’ve been wanting one for the longest time but can’t shell out the money right now, but buying your used one would be amazing!

16 Meghann February 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

I’ve survived without the enter button for this long. πŸ™‚ It’s really not that important. You can still press start and stop and lap, it’s just difficult to change any other settings. Though using a pen or a really long fingernail has done the trick or me in the past. πŸ™‚

Send me an e-mail at if you are still interested!

17 Jenn February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

congrats on the run, it’s like a kid in a candy store once you get hooked on running. I like mint chocolate anything, not sure about granola though; looks delish (as always!)

oOoOo a Garmin, I would gladly take take off your hands for that price πŸ™‚ I’ve been using my phone to track my mileage, but uhmm it tends to freeze up here and there which gets annoying most of the time; and I dont quite have the money to shell out for a Garmin

18 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

“Crunchy spearmint gum”…hmm. Doesn’t sound very appealing! Good luck getting back into a regular routine.
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19 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

Ah, I love the feeling of a nice run after going for a week without it! So great! πŸ™‚

20 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

I can’t wait for a good quality run.

Does the Garmin still work well otherwise? Is it a huge deal that the Enter button doesn’t work? I’ve been wanting a Garmin for so long! πŸ™‚
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21 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

Yay for running again! I know the antsy feeling! I’m injured and can’t run but its all I want to do right now! Haha!
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22 kristy @ February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

A week without running?!?! Welcome back to the groove! πŸ™‚
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23 Kiran February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

Great timing with a weeks break. Tell me, how do you ever do it? πŸ˜€
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24 Kelly ( February 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

Mint granola sounds yummy…. but I don’t know if I could pair it with fruit. Makes me think of drinking orange juice after brushing my teeth! ha!

How functional is the Garmin without the Enter button? I have a polar watch that I LOVE that counts calories and heart rate – but it DOESN’T do distance. So, I’d love to try out a Garmin!!!
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25 Alex T. February 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

Oh my god, I love Nuts about Granola. Their PB and J granola is literally like crack! Sooo good
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26 Kara February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

I’m not a huge fan of spearmint in general, but if it was peppermint, that would be ok!

I love that feeling of getting back to running after a week off!
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27 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

The mint granola sounds interesting! I don’t like overpowering mint flavors, so I’m not sure how I’d feel about that. I’m sure it can’t be that bad if it has chocolate in it though πŸ™‚
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28 Kelly February 15, 2011 at 10:41 am

It always feels good to get a run in after a break. Love it.
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29 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

Did you recommend the 205 or the 305? Is there any real difference besides the HR monitor which I dont think I would need? My husband found some deal and wants to get us one. I figured you were the girl to ask. πŸ™‚
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30 caitie February 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I just got the 205 and I looove it! I don’t have experience with the 305 but I definitely reccomend the 205!

31 Meghann February 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

The only real difference I know is the HR Monitor (which I never use anyways!) I say go with which ever one is cheaper at the time of purchase!

32 Lizzy February 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

Yay for a great run and a new bday garmin!
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33 Chinye February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

Doesn’t a good run just make you feel amazing?! I had one last week and I still have runners high!

Oh and about the Garmin…seriously? I’d so take it off your hands! I am a fairly new runner training for my 1st half marathon so it’ll be perfect.

34 Erin February 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I would be interested in the garmin too! I’ve been wanting one!

35 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing February 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I’m itching to go for a run, too, but I’ve been so sore from this new class I’ve been taking. No matter what I am going for a run tomorrow! I need to take advantage of this warmer weather in case it turns cold again.
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36 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) February 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Glad you have your Enter button back and that you got a great run in! πŸ™‚

37 Angela February 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm

The first thing I thought of when you said crunchy spearmint was toothpaste. Doesn’t sound too appealing. Hopefully the other ones taste better.
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38 Katherine: Unemployed February 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I WOULD TAKE THE GARMIN! lol I’m not sure if you’re serious, but just in case I thought I would volunteer
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39 Becca February 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Oh a new garmin! Nice!

40 Jennie @ Designed to Be Fit February 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

This is exactly how I felt on Sunday. I had my wisdom teeth removed and was banned from running for a week. It was such a rush to be able to run again!

41 lauren February 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

hey megan, Im a lurker who hasnt commented much before now, but i had to comment about that garmin offer!! Id definetly buy your old garmin off you..the only thing is I live in Ireland so would you be willing to ship it over? Anyways if you would be, Give me an email at

And 4 miles in 36 minutes is awesome πŸ™‚ speedy!!

42 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) February 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

sounds like the chocolate mint clif… it’s right on the line between delicious and just a little too much like chocolate and toothpaste.
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43 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I love granola samples – they’re my favorite!
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44 Kacy February 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I don’t like mint flavored foods, so I can see why it wasn’t that appealing.
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45 michelle February 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Minty breakfast? Yeah, not sure how i’d feel about eating a breakfast that reminded me of toothpaste!
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46 Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner February 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for the review! πŸ˜€
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47 Erin February 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Wow – that granola looks amazing!!

48 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I love my Garmin. It is amazing how motivating it is to get out just one more 1/2 mile just to hit that mileage number πŸ™‚
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49 Megan February 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Hi Meghann, I sent you an e-mail about the Garmin. I’d love to take it off your hands! Hopefully it’s still available!

50 Lee @ RealLeeRunning February 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Sounds like your week is getting off to a great start! Enjoy your new Garmin!
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51 sarah (sarah learns) February 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

mmm, i love mint flavors! i would totally go for that granola!
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52 Mia February 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Is the Garmin still for sale? i would definitely buy your old one for $30!!

53 Sarah Lanphier February 16, 2011 at 11:17 am


Thank you for your feedback! Yes, we made it on the extreme side. You will only like the granola if you love chocolate mint. Our Exclusive Granola line is tailored towards flavor enthusiasts. This one happens to be chocolate mint. So, if you love chocolate mint, I encourage you to try this. If you are not a fan or indifferent, this is not the granola for you. However, we do offer 6 other flavors to appear to your taste buds.

Stay tuned for other amazingly delicious flavors (for the specific flavor enthusiasts)!

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