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The Secret Jar’s Destiny is Fulfilled

by Meghann on February 4, 2010

Good Morning!

The sun is shining bright, I have no meetings scheduled for today, and I leave for NYC in 48 hours. Today is a good day. πŸ™‚

My morning started with a 6 mile tempo run per my training plan.


According to McMillan’s pace calculator the tempo portion of my run should be kept around a 8:42 pace.

Here is the break down of my run:

  • Mile 1: 9:18
  • Mile 2: 8:46
  • Mile 3: 8:38
  • Mile 4: 8:40
  • Mile 5: 8:45
  • Mile 6: 9:09

I think I need to work on slowing down my warm up and cool down, but besides that I felt pretty good about it. πŸ™‚

Remember my empty secret jar?

It fulfilled its destiny this morning by becoming Overnight Oats in a Jar. πŸ™‚


Last night I added 1/2 cup Oats, Milk, Plain Yogurt, and Pumpkin to the jar and let it refrigerate over night. I don’t have any exact measurements besides the oats because I usually add just enough of each item until I achieve my desired consistency.


This morning I topped the oats with 1/2 a red apple.


LOVE cold oats in the morning. πŸ™‚


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Q & A

Question: What kind of yogurt do you use for your breakfasts?

The weeks I am able to find a good deal or just happened to have a coupon I enjoy Plain Oikos for breakfast. Any other week I live off of Plain Stonyfield Yogurt.

Question: Do you count or estimate calories?  About how many calories a day do you eat to maintain weight?

I do not count calories nor do I even estimate. It is way too much work and something I see I could easily be obsessive with. Kudos to those that make calorie counting work, but it just isn’t for me.

I rely on portion control, balanced meals, and treats in moderation to maintain my weight. πŸ™‚

Question: What’s the status on keeping your apt clean? Any good tips on getting tidy?

The status isn’t great. I still try to keep it tidy, but I think any clean freaks out there may have a heart attack if they stepped into my apartment at the moment. I may just be missing that clean gene. πŸ™

Question: Did you stop and walk at all during your marathon, or were able to run the whole time?  Do you ever include scheduled walk breaks when running (especially during your long training runs)?

Technically I stopped during the Disney marathon a total of four times. Once when I slipped on ice at a water station and the three other times to tie my shoes. Besides that I pretty much ran the whole time.

I learned from my last marathon that stopping and walking actually makes my legs feel so much more worse during the marathon. When I walk my legs think the run is over and hate me when I start running again. Its not a great feeling.

I try not to include scheduled walk breaks during any of my daily runs. I used to way back when I first started running, but I eventually grew out of it. There are occasions when I do stop on my long training runs for a water fountain, bathroom, stop light, etc. but those usually aren’t plan and I continue running as soon as the mission for the stop is completed.

1 Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 4, 2010 at 10:20 am

LOVELY oats this morning!

question: what do you with the other half of the apple to keep it fresh! I always want to use a half but it always ends up getting brown ;(

2 Meghann February 4, 2010 at 10:23 am

I just put it in a ziploc and put it in the fridge. I keep the other half of the apple whole so the only thing that gets brown is the one exposed edge.

3 Run Sarah February 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

The overnight oats look awesome! I’m impressed with your ability to run non-stop for almost an entire marathon. I take occasional stopping breaks when I run but am thinking I should cut back as my legs feel awful when I restart!

4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 4, 2010 at 10:30 am

Hahaha my room is a mess too. The blogworld sometimes motivates me to clean it up since their apartments/houses are sparkling clean….but then it all goes out the window. Glad to know I’m not alone πŸ™‚

5 eaternotarunner February 4, 2010 at 10:30 am

I’m with you, plain stonyfield is my go-to πŸ˜‰

6 culturalcravings February 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

We may have some snow up here for you when you come to NYC. I’d rather not have it though, I’m anxious for some warm weather. πŸ™‚

7 Kelly February 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

I’m also going to NYC this weekend! I hope the huge snow storm doesn’t mess up your plans!

8 Jessie February 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

I don’t have the clean gene either. It is my least favorite thing to do and I am not good at it. I am great at organization, but thats a totally different thing.

9 Annie (Running with Forks and Spoons) February 4, 2010 at 10:35 am

I really enjoyed your answer to the walking question! I have been wondering that myself. If I could ask a quick “follow up,” do you walk pre/post run to warm up/cool down? If so, how long? Thanks!
P.S. Oats look great!

10 Meghann February 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

I walk to the front of my apartment gate and then walk again once I reach my apartment gate after the run. Its not far (maybe .2 miles) but its enough for my garmin to find signal and for my legs to cool down. πŸ™‚

11 Anna February 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

Have so much fun in NYC!!! Take lots of pictures of Kelly Ripa– I LOVE her!!

12 Running on Faith February 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

Reading the answer to your last question made me realize how TRUE that is! In stopping, you seem to be doing a “mental” favor to yourself, but it did not help me physically at all!! All that lactic acid build up made my legs feel ughhhh!

13 Heather February 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

Oats in a jar…the only reason to be glad the jar is empty πŸ™‚ Have fun in NYC—that’s going to be AMAZING!!

14 Kay's Nutty Oasis February 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

i am the same way – when I stop and run I feel worse after because I just want to stop and not start running again. So i just run the whole distance..unless I get a cramp.

love the oats in a jar πŸ™‚ so yummy!

15 weightwatchersforone February 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

I am missing the clean gene too! No matter how much I try and clean my apt or try and organize it always looks like a disaster again a few days in. I’m hoping to marry someone with the clean gene…. or get a maid πŸ™‚

16 pen February 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

I actually had the same feeling about walking during the marathon. I was TERRIFIED that I would not start running again if I even slowed down to a walk. πŸ™‚

17 LindsayRuns February 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

I have the OCD clean gene…if everything isn’t right, it throws my day! we need to rub off on one another, hmm? I miss the days of not run/walking…my endurance is down and I wish I could just run straight again!

18 Molly @vegandorm February 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

I have never been able to get on the cold oats train – blech! – but everyone seems to love them! I guess it’s like Caitlin@HTP and her dislike of peanut butter on oatmeal!

19 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

Yum! OIAJ! Haven’t had that in ages. Made eggs this morning and it’s just not nearly as satisfying as my oats.

20 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

mmmm, love the photos of the apples in the jar…sounds and LOOKS amazing πŸ™‚

21 Laura Georgina February 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

No real walks during the marathon? You are such a superwoman! I might need to start scrawling WWMD (what would megan do) on my wrists every time I head out for a run to wean myself off unnecessary breaks (you’re right, legs do feel like lead sometimes after a walk break!) πŸ™‚

22 Laura Georgina February 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

Ooopsies, you spell it meghann–my bad….

23 accordingtoberni February 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

Hi Meghann!!
I just wanted to give you a tip about your shoelaces coming undone… since I learned this I have not had to stop and retie my shoes NOT ONCE!

If you go to the Runnersworld website, there is a video- you may have to do a search for it. It’s just a small tweak with the way direction you do your cross over lace. It works! Check it out.

And I love the Oats in a jar, I should have an empty jar in about a day or two!!

Have a great day!!

24 islandgirleats February 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

I am going to have to try the oats in a jar the next time I finished a nut butter. What an environmentally friendly idea!!!

25 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

Meghann, love how you combined two of the most wonderful ways to eat oats into one!

Also, I loved your answer to the calorie-counting question. You do a great job of acknowledging that while some strategy might work fine for others, it’s just not for you. Simple as that πŸ™‚

26 biz319 February 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Congrats to the winners! πŸ˜€

27 iga February 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm

so jealous you’re going to nyc! i agree its so much harder for me to start running after ive stopped too.

28 Jenna February 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Yummy oats in a jar!

29 foodfitnessandfreya February 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Ohh those oats look and sound good!
I’m the same as you – if I walk in a run I feel so much worse! I don’t really get why :s I hope come my first marathon that I can run through the whole thing. I’ve got the summer to train so fingers crossed….
Have a good day πŸ™‚
(oh and NYC – you lucky thing!)

30 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I havent run a marathon (yet) but on shorter runs, I never stop to walk for the same reason- my legs hate me when I start again. I signed up with Team in Training and they seem to like the Galloway method but I might have to just keep running!

31 Amy February 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

You know that saying “cleanliness is close to godliness?” Well, my mom has always said, “Cleanliness = godliness, that’s ridiculous. Cleanliness is a sign of dullness!”

Of course, I share that only to comfort you, not criticize the neat freaks out there! I love my mom’s attitude, but I do often aspire to cleanliness!

32 theprocessofhealing February 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Your OIAJ look yummy! I’ve only had normal hot oats in a jar, never with pumpkin or overnight oats. I really must try that…

And I agree with you on calorie counting. It can become a MAJOR obsesion. So easily.

Have fun in NYC!!!

33 tiffnie February 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Ooh, I just got back from NYC! It was so cold (but at least it wasn’t raining)! Check out Alice’s Tea Cup if you like high tea–I loved it!

I don’t like taking walking breaks in the middle of my runs either (not that I run nearly as long as you do!); it’s as if stopping is a signal to my body that the run is over and then my legs turn into stone. Strange how the body works, huh?

34 Karla February 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Is it common for people to stop and walk during marathons? I always just figured these are some hardcore runners that are going to work it the entire time.

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