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My Secret Jar

by Meghann on January 11, 2010

What’s that in my drawer?


Why, its a jar of almond butter!


Who doesn’t keep almond butter in their drawer? It’s very convenient for days when you bring some orange slices as a snack and realize you need something a little more substantial.


Much better!


It’s also great when you are looking to spice up a plain ole tootsie roll. πŸ™‚


Try it. You’ll like it. πŸ™‚

For dinner I wanted a full, delicious meal.

I started by marinading some tofu in a yummy apricot sauce.



I baked the tofu at 420 for 60 minutes alongside a sweet potato.


Usually I microwave sweet potatoes, but I was oddly inspired to actually bake one in the oven this evening. It’s amazing the difference between a potato baked in the oven and one baked in the microwave. πŸ™‚


Throw in some steamed asparagus and jalapeno cornbread and I had the complete meal I was looking for. πŸ™‚



Melissa was kind enough to bring me some Candy Cane Joe Joes all the way from SoCal!


I had two with a handful of strawberries for dessert.


Mmm… Candy Cane Joes Joes are delicioso!

After a couple frustrating hours or getting my garmin to connect to my computer, I was finally able to upload my splits from that marathon yesterday.

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These numbers make me happy. πŸ™‚

You can definitely see where I really slowed down around mile 20, but I am very proud of my sub-9:30 pace below that. πŸ™‚

It’s really fun to compare those numbers to my last marathon.

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I averaged almost a full minute faster per mile at my marathon on Sunday, compared to my marathon last May. Pretty crazy, right?

I plan to do a whole post in the near future on marathon training and my experience this time around compared to my previous marathon. I have some interesting musings I want to express.

Tomorrow morning I have a little treat for you, but you will just have to wait to see what that is. πŸ˜‰

Good Night!

1 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Your chart makes my brain hurt, but your secret jar secretly makes me happy… i kept a jar of AB in my desk almost all of last school year! Congrats again on the marathon!

2 Evan Thomas January 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm

If I didn’t live and eat where I work(my dorm room), I’d totally keep a jar of nut butter there, too. Haha. And almond butter is smart! I’d be worried about someone being insanely allergic to peanuts otherwise.

3 Nicole January 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm

For real, the difference between a baked and microwave sweet potato is definitely worth the extra time. I looove the crispy skin of a baked sweet potato. So good!

Which Garmin do you have?

4 Jess (Fit Chick in the City) January 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Love the back up almond butter! Looking forward to reading your musings on your marathon training. Have a great night!

5 bridget {bake at 350} January 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Looking forward to meeting you in NYC!!! πŸ™‚

6 Erin January 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Oven-baked sweet potatoes are so much tastier than the microwave — if I’m really in a hurry, especially for lunch, I’ll nuke ’em but prefer to take the time for the oven.

7 Becky January 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Congrats on the FoodBuzz trip and the marathon! You must be on an absolute high! If I have time I prefer a baked sweet potato for sure! Have a great week!

8 Jenna January 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Good for you on improving your race results this marathon from last!
Love that you have an almond butter jar in your drawer;)
tofu with apricot sauce sounds yummy with the sweet potato, aspsrgus, and corn bread. The perfect dinner!
Omg TJs joe joes are wicked yummy!
Can’t wait to hear the news tomorrow!!

9 eaternotarunner January 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I always have various nut butters stashed in my desk πŸ˜‰

10 inmytummy January 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I love those Joe-Joes. Yum.

11 Molly @vegandorm January 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Great job on the marathon!
To make it a little quicker, I usually microwave the sweet tater a little bit then bake it (preferably in fry form).

12 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm

haha I love the almond butter stash πŸ™‚
And they are some great stats – you should be very proud of yourself πŸ™‚

13 weightwatchersforone January 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I keep AB in the fridge at work. Not only do I like it better cold but I don’t think I could resist knowing it was right behind me!!
Congrats on the awesome marathon, you improved so much!!

14 Matt January 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Nice splits!

I always bake my sweet potatoes. They get so much jucier that way!

15 Anna January 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Mmmm…almond butter plus tootsie roll? Never thought about that one, but I like it already!

16 Katie O. @ Fit to Wed January 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Joe-Joes are so delicious! Yum, now I want one. I put nut butter on random things too- I love it!

17 Mandy January 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Almond butter really makes everything better πŸ™‚

18 Chelsea January 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Almond butter on an orange? That’s an interesting combo. Tootsie Roll I can get behind, but orange? Hmmmm…I’m dubious.

Those numbers are fun! Great job improving so much.

19 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

peppermint joe joe’s are soooooooo addicting!

20 Jessica @ Jessica Balances January 11, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I must say this again – it is so impressive that you kept up such a quick, steady pace throughout 26.48 miles! Impressive!!!

21 Heather January 12, 2010 at 12:05 am

I promise you if i had a drawer, it would contain nut butter. Can’t wait to hear your comparison of the marathons!

22 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 12, 2010 at 12:09 am

i love maranatha…yummy! i have a not-so-secret jar sitting atop my desk at work πŸ™‚

23 Danielle January 12, 2010 at 12:21 am

I’m looking forward to the post on your marathon training experience!
I’ve stashed nut butter in strange places too…like my purse πŸ™‚

24 Ali January 12, 2010 at 12:30 am

I have almond butter in my fridge at work and it works out quite nicely! You stats look great! I love the Garmin for being able to show you each lap. It has helped me learn a lot about pacing and about the way I run. Go Garmin!

25 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now January 12, 2010 at 12:44 am

I so jealous that you’ve got strawberries in FL! I want some!!!

26 Pure2Raw Twins January 12, 2010 at 12:50 am

Congrats to your sister and you on a great race. You should be proud of your numbers, you did awesome!!!

Good luck with all our running adventures : )

27 Sook January 12, 2010 at 3:12 am

Ooh i love almond butter! Everyone should keep it in their secret drawers!! πŸ™‚

28 foodfitnessandfreya January 12, 2010 at 3:45 am

wow great times!
Baked sweet potato is the BEST, it’s so soft and fluffy and beatiful πŸ™‚ I’ve never done it the microwave way and I never will now you said that!

29 RunToTheFinish January 12, 2010 at 7:47 am

wow that is quiet an improvement in time, how exciting

30 peonynutshell January 12, 2010 at 7:48 am

i baked my first sweet tater the other day, i much prefer baked usual potatoes though πŸ˜€ xx

31 allisonisactive January 12, 2010 at 7:51 am

You are super speedy!

32 madisonruns January 12, 2010 at 8:12 am

Wow- Your slips are increddible. It looks like you were really able to keep up your pace during miles 20-26. Very impressive!

33 fromatopink January 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

I definitely need to start keeping a jar of some kind of nut butter at work – there have been so many times it would have come in handy! And I’m intrigued by what you have to reveal… hopefully soon!

34 Melissa S. January 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

I’m glad you were able to upload your stats! A minute faster!? that’s freak’n awesome!!!!

glad the joe joes sparked your fancy…i’m having some today too…you didn’t think i came w/o my own box now did you!?

35 Krista January 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

AB on a Tootsie roll sounds like heaven!

36 runningaroundnormal January 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

I totally keep a jar of nut butter in my office drawer! Ya never know if right! πŸ˜€

37 eatolive January 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

congratulations on such a fabulous PR! those splits ARE amazing!

38 Heather @ (The Single Dish) January 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

Great splits, that is amazing. You should be so proud!

39 DiningAndDishing January 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

That is my absolute fave brand of nut butter!! I think it’s a very good thing I don’t keep a jar at work or it might be gone in a day :).

– Beth @

40 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) January 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

Awesome job on the marathon! It is always neat to see how you improve. Especially considering the weather differences! Way to go.

41 kelly January 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Aw. Congrats Kelly!

42 Megan January 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I defff have a secret PB stash at work too!!

It’s awesome comparing b/w two races–I PR’ed by over 30 minutes from last year. I’m already plotting my next race πŸ˜€

What do you have in mind for your next race???

43 Rachel January 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm

That looked like such a tiny jar before you pulled it out, haha. I was wondering where you got such small jars of nut butter.

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