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Fresh & Flavorful

by Meghann on February 19, 2009

My lunch today was perfect! It was Fresh, Flavorful, and Full of Vibrant, Tantalizing colors that just jumped off my plate.


The star of my lunch was this mouth water sandwich thanks to Jenna’s Oatmeal Bread.


Sandwiched between the two hearty slices of Oatmeal Bread I had Sabra Jalapeno Hummus, Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Mushrooms, Spinach and Sprouts. This sandwich was A-MA-ZING! 🙂

On the side I had a big juicy Apple that I cubed, some Grapes, and a Pickle.


This lunch was almost too filling, I had to share some of the Apple with Abbie. She didn’t mind, apples are her favorite.

Before lunch I had two Multi-Grain Fig Newtons to tide me over through paperwork.


Decisions, Decisions…… 

Ever since I volunteered at the Disney Marathon last month, the thought has been in the back of my mind to run the race next year. It is suppose to be a fun course and it would be great to run a marathon through the happiest place on earth.

The only problem is, the race isn’t until January 2010 and its one of those things where you have to register 10 months in advance because it fills up so quickly.

I have barely begun training for my first marathon in May and am unsure if I will even want to run another marathon after that (though I’m pretty sure I will!) BUT Disney would still be a full 6 months after that so it would be PLENTY of time to recover and retrain. AND Disney could just be a fun race where I just relish the experience rather then just PRing it.

So now I’m stuck, should I register for the marathon now and risk how I will feel about marathons before then? Or should I wait until after I complete San Diego and risk the race being sold out?!?!

And would any of my lovely bloggers be willing to run the race with me? Just thought I would add that in too. 😉

1 Caitlin February 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm

that sandwich looks GREAT!

2 Sweet and Fit February 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I have so much confidence in you! I definitely think you can rock out in the Disney marathon!

3 brandi February 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I need some of that bread!

I think you can do and will probably want to do it, but i guess it’s up to you whether to register now or wait it out and hope you can in a few months.

I would love to train for it and do it, but would they pay my way to Florida to come run? 🙂

4 fitforfree February 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

your lunch looks divine!

I think you can totally pull off 2 marathons in a year 🙂 you may regret it when Jan. rolls around if you’re not signed up!

5 Marissa February 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm

You lunch is super colorful! 🙂

6 Shelby February 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Wonderful sandwich!

7 ksgoodeats February 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Sprouts!! They’re so fun to add to sammys!

I think you should do it – you’re a great runner 🙂

8 kathleen February 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm

i would registar now. the disney marathon will give you something to work towards even after the San Diego marathon. also, your sandwich looks divine today I am such a sucker for sprouts.

9 Hangry Pants February 19, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Sprouts on a sandwich!!! Love.

If I were you, I would sign up. You are a running lover and I am almost positive you are going to want to run another one after your first. Is it super expensive to sign up?

10 Hallie February 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I don’t have advice for you on the Disney race, but you just reminded me to look into volunteering for the San Diego RNR Marathon. I hope I can still get in (the volunteer slots fill super-fast) so I can be out there cheering you and your fellow runners on!

11 tami February 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm

i don’t know what to say about the marathon, damn if you do, damned if you don’t. i would maybe wait a bit, to see how you feel after a long run…i am not sure how far you have run, maybe wait until you run 20+ miles and see how you feel

12 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Delish sammie!! I want one!

I say see how you feel. Don’t want to put too much on your plate at once. There’s always 2011!

13 Ryan February 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Disney would be an amazing race to run! I would wait and see how your longer runs go during training before committing the money to it. There’s always next time, right?!

If you do do it, I’d love to run the half!

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14 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I’d say sign up, and worst case you don’t do it or walk it.

15 Kirsten February 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

if you sign up for the race would they let you transfer your spot to someone else if you decide not to run? If it isn’t crazy expensive, I would sign up and hope for the best. The worst thing that happens is you decide not to run and the money that you paid goes to a good cause. I think you can do it though !

16 runeatrepeat February 19, 2009 at 2:56 pm

It’s kinda a lot of money to sign up for and not do it, so if there is any chance of that I would say don’t sign up yet.

Also, I just finished my first marathon and that is A LOT of pressure without thinking about running 2. I personally did not feel comfortable signing up for more than 1 without my first under my belt. Just my 2 cents 🙂

17 NAOmni February 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

That sandwich looks fantastic!


18 Melissa S. February 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

your open faced sammy inspired my lunch today.

and i might wait till after SD marathon…it will give you insight on exactly how hard the race is and if you can mentally do it (not that i don’t think you can, but i know people who break during the race)

and if you do run the disney, i’m TOTALLY doing it with you, even if i run every other mile!

19 Megan February 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm

If you think you might want to do it, sign up. I just finished my first marathon and while I didn’t have the greatest experience, it hasn’t deterred me from wanting to do another. So I’d say worst case you run it for fun, enjoy it, and don’t worry about a PR.

20 inmytummy February 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I think you should register. You can always switch to the half (well, if there is one) if you don’t want to do the full. I know people that have done that for other races.

I’ll admit, I just google mapped how far it would be to drive to Orlando. I haven’t done a marathon in 2 years, but am kind of thinking about one again. Maybe!

21 ellie February 19, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I have never commented before but have been reading your blog for months so thought a “hello” was in order!

I know nothing about running except what I read on your blog (and Caitlynn’s!) so won’t comment on that, but did want to say that your sandwich looks amazing- I had never encountered hummus and cheese together until I started reading blogs (my family is kosher and with meat and dairy kept seperate, hummus being vegan, hummus is generally served with cold cut-type meals rather than dairy). I need to experiment!

22 Matt February 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I’ll run it with you if you are paying my entry fee! I say go for it!

23 sarahdbelle February 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I definitely think you should do it! It will be fun, and it is in Disney after all. Plus, this first one will just prepare you for your next one ; )

24 kaneil February 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I say GO FOR IT! 🙂

Kaneil, balanceisbest

25 Joleen February 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I don’t know if this is completely atypical but I registered for the marathon in December (as in about one month before it took place) this year so I wouldn’t get too stressed about registering far in advance. One thing to consider is how much of the race you run on the access roads and through parking lots. I honestly almost ran back into our hotel when the course went past it to climb back in bed! But it is definitely a fun race — just not quite “magical” the whole way! (Feel free to email me if you want a recent finisher’s take). And sorry if I sound kind of like a downer…you should totally register for it if you feel like it’s something you want to do but I’d wait and see how San Diego goes!

26 Erin February 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm

That bread is becoming quite famous! Great looking sammich

27 Stephanie February 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I would say go for it. You are a really good runner, and even though you haven’t done any 20+ runs, you consistently run a lot of miles per week, so I think you’d be ok. Also, I’ve heard Disney attracts a wide range of runners… some very serious/competitive and plenty who walk, jog, etc. There is a lot of entertainment on the route so even if you do a walk/jog, it could be a great experience!

28 Michelle February 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I say…go for it!! It’ll be instant motivation, something to aim for!
I know you can do it Meghann!! 🙂

29 Robin February 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I have registered the past 2 years for Disney in June so I don’t think you have to worry about it filling. It is an awesome race and great medal, I highly recommend it!

30 Danielle February 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I would say go for it, I’ve never been to Disney so I would love to see a recap of your race!!

that lunch looks amazing!

31 Rae February 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Go for it!!! From what I have read of you on your blog, you are very much like I am when racing…nervous about a distance you havent completed, but then completely hooked once you do a distance. If you did well and liked the half marathon, youll love a full one. Its really difficult, but so rewarding. PLUS, how cool would it be to do one of your favorite things in the most magical place on earth??? GO FOR IT….I often find I regret the things I dont do more than the ones I do 🙂

32 Briana February 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Lunch looks divine. About the race, I would wait a little bit if you are not sure. However, Disney would be a great place to run so I’m sure you’d do awesome if you did run it. Good luck in deciding 🙂

33 Kirsten February 19, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I think you should go for it Meghann! You seem like an amazing runner and I am sure you will have enough time to recover! Also, if worse comes to worse, you can always walk part/run part. Just a thought. If I lived closer, I would totally run it with you. But, I live in Kansas, and that seems a little tooo far. But, the race looks amazing! =)

34 Sarah February 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I’m contemplating the Disney half marathon at Disneyland on Sept. 6th. Come run it with me!!! Then you don’t have to decide!

35 Erica February 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I totally think you can do it! Sign up girl! What a great looking lunch- so fresh! Love sprouts. Have a good night

36 Heather Eats Almond Butter February 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm

That sammie at lunch did look amazing. I’m inspired by all these loaves of homemade bread I keep reading about in the blog world. It’s about time I get out my Kitchen Aid mixer and start baking!

I don’t know about Disney Meghann. 6 months is definitely enough time to recover, but 2 marathons in one year is a big commitment. I would play it safe and wait until after San Diego. I have a feeling the Disney Marathon is going to be around for a long time. 🙂

37 Emily February 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Jenna’s bread looks amazing!

I don’t have any full marathon experience, so I can’t really say what it would be like to run 2 in such a short time. Running one sound scary to me! Best wishes for whatever you decide, Meghann!

38 Mica February 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I think you should go ahead and sign up for Disney. Even if you say “I will never do this again” when you finish SD, I bet you’ll recover soon and be ready to go for #2!

I was having these same doubts for Chicago because I wanted to see how the Half went before I committed to a full. Maybe it’s how we psych ourselves out.

Also, your sandwich looks so awesome–like professional-deli awesome!

39 Sarah February 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm

hahaha, i’m actually drooling over the sprouts in your sandwich. how weird is that?

i also think you could pull off running the disney marathon in 2010 … but you could always hold off and do it the next year, too. might give you more time to forget the pain of the first once and get re-psyched …

40 Nicole February 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm

The bread looks amazing!! Mmmm.

41 cleanveggiex3 February 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm

that bread looks amazing – so healthy!

42 TorontoGirloutWest February 20, 2009 at 12:00 am

Oh my that sandwich looks delish!!

And I would love to run the marathon with you but I think next year would be a no good. The boy and I plan on getting married next year so I need to save my pennies! 😉

43 Erin February 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Hey Meghann – I’ve been training for a marathon in May too. I was just wondering what your longest training run has been so far? I feel like my training program has me running really long distances really early on, so I’m trying to decide if I should cut back a little. Thanks!

Also, after my first marathon, I didn’t want to run any distance again for about 6 months and took a while for me to sign up for another long race. However, you may feel differently.

44 kilax February 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

My husband and I are trying to decide if we should do the half marathon at Disney or the full. We are also watching to see it fill up. The Half is already at 50%!

45 trustingmyintuition February 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I wish I could run the Disney marathon!! Too bad I live in Pittsburgh 🙁 I’m running the Pittsburgh marathon in May and signing up for the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle (mid october) after I run Pittsburgh to be sure I want to run another, which like you, I’m sure I will!

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