Hi!! This week has been insane for me and to top it off I have been so, so sick. This is the worst cold I’ve had in a couple years and has knocked me on my ass. I’ll do a quick re-cap starting with last weekend and bring you up to speed with what will be on today and/or Monday! 😉

Last Saturday night:

My usual pre-long run dinner (cheese-less chicken and onion Domino’s pizza), except I ate the WHOLE thing because on top of my long runs I now teach 3 spin classes on Sunday’s.

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Brenda and I ran a great 8 miles Sunday morning and they felt pretty effortless for how little I’ve been running. Thank you, 1099 spin classes a week.

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Followed up with my hour spin class that we had a ton of fun in. I used the same playlist that I posted here because I hadn’t used it in this class yet.

I started to feel sick this day and by Monday it was full throttle terrible sore throat. I stayed home from work but had to teach my 6:30 AM spin class because guess what? No one wants to sub at that hour haha I pushed through and came home to rest all day. My throat got worse and worse but it was my first night teaching at NuYu so I had to go. I drank a couple Emergen-C’s throughout the day and it at least took away the achy feeling and gave me a bit of energy. This was a 45 minute ride and more of a beginner’s class so I took it super easy and it was a great vibe! Here’s the playlist for that.


My throat was on.fire. after teaching even though the room at this gym is small and I didn’t have to scream, so I stopped at 16 Handles for froyo to soothe my throat. Great excuse, right?

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Just a little bit to tide me over until I got home and made a healthy dinner full of vitamins to help me out!

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I was off from work Tuesday but had to teach at 7:30 AM and I was feeling worse. I ended up feeling better for awhile after my class but that was just the momentary endorphins because by the afternoon I was dead again. I NEVER lose my appetite, and this week I have had to force myself to eat to have enough energy for my classes and to get better. I was in bed all day and night Tuesday with the hopes of feeling better for Wednesday morning because I had VIP tickets to…

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Last week I was contacted by one of the producers of the show asking if I could film a few videos of myself saying some scripted lines, one of me working out and either stepping on a scale looking really happy or looking in the mirror proudly! I chose the mirror shot to keep it real since I don’t believe in the scale making you happy! 🙂

We got to sit right in the front row and it was awesome! Despite my coughing fits, it was a really great experience and Dr. Oz is a smart man. He mingled with the crowd more than I expected and I’m in a group shot with him that will be up on the Facebook page next week so I will post it then! So, my videos will either be on TODAY’S 4 PM SHOW (EST) or MONDAY’S. They were unsure of the schedule of shows yesterday and I have not heard back from them. Hopefully they still use me! haha

After the show (we were there for almost 4 hours and hadn’t eaten before) we ran to brunch because we were about to eat our hands. French toast at our favorite little french cafe, Le Grainne Cafe, that we have celebrated great things at!

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This is the best french toast IN THE WORLD. It’s made with baguettes so it’s crispy on the outside and has an orange zest to it, topped with almonds and served with thin sliced ham, a couple little potatoes and fruit. I also had a soy iced latte that was so strong and so needed.

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Latte = happy Jen. If you watch the show today or Monday, I am in the front row and this is what I wore! The shirt isn’t as dark as this pic shows and John had a red flannel shirt on.

After brunch, I went home to rest and had to head back out to sub the 7:00 PM class. I was the most sick at this point and losing my voice, but ended up having an amazing class. It’s funny how that works! I took it as easy as I could, which really means I was still working too hard. It’s hard to slack off when you have 20 people looking at you for motivation! You know how they say go ahead and workout if your cold is in your head, but don’t if it’s in your chest? Well it’s true. Working out Wednesday night made me feel 100x worse almost immediately after stopping, so I grabbed some Mucinex at CVS on my way home.

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Definitely has helped a ton. For $27, it better. I REALLY hate taking medicine and almost never do since there isn’t a cure for the common cold but now that some of my income depends on me being healthy and able to workout I wasn’t playin’ around.

I made it through about 7 hours of work yesterday before I had to call it quits and go home. I was sweating through my clothes and feeling super weak so I molded myself back in my bed and today I’m feeling better. Still sneezing my brains out and coughing, but not as weak. Progress.

So yes, amazing news that I will be on the Dr. Oz show!! I’m sure I will be able to get the clip and post it here as soon as I can! Beware that it’s corny but I’m actually a pretty corny person haha

Have you had a really bad cold this winter?

Do you watch Dr. Oz? My grandma would be sooo excited, she loved him!

The Blah’s.

It’s inevitable. Every October nearing the end of the month I get hit with the blah’s. I had such a great September and beginning of October with races and great weather. Then all of a sudden it’s in the 50’s and I get sick and my motivation goes out the window with sporadic appearances until March. I am determined to fight that this year because those signs have already appeared this week. I haven’t ran since Sunday and I’ve had NO desire to at all. My focuses this week have been on Spin, with a 75 minute session Tuesday night to prepare me for…

MY FIRST SPIN AUDITION YESTERDAY! It was such a last minute thing but I am really happy with how my first one went. I will know by next week if I will be teaching or not, so please cross your fingers for me 🙂 It felt really natural for me to be up on the bike, barking orders and providing inspiration along with party jams. I hope this is just the beginning! More details once I find out next week.

So yeah, all that I’ve really done all week is work, Spin, eat, homework, sleep. Must change that tomorrow. I have a 5 mile race on Sunday that I will not be racing just running pretty casually. Especially if I’m actually sick by then, like I feel it coming on in my chest, but I don’t want to push my body and feel worse. Hard to believe it’s been a year since I did the same race! It’s the 5-mile Marathon Kick-off race and let’s pray that following the race is NOT a hurricane like last year.

I’ve been super lazy with food this week too. I had no appetite Monday or Tuesday, but after yesterday’s audition I stayed for 2 bootcamp type auditions that were the hardest 20 minutes of my life. I left feeling extremely famished so I got a quick brunch at Grey Dog before coming home and laying in bed for 7 hours. Literally.

runny eggs, potatoes with peppers and cranberry whole wheat toast
runny eggs, potatoes with peppers and cranberry whole wheat toast

Once I got home I took a hot shower and laid in bed watching Louis C.K. season 3 all day. I didn’t move until I finally got hungry at 7 PM and decided to order sushi from Seamless. A.K.A. heaven/danger. It shouldn’t exist that you can lay in bed and order whatever you are craving right from your phone without moving or speaking to a human. So, so lazy.

spicy tuna Maki roll, half eaten.
spicy tuna Maki roll, half eaten.

My legs are crazy sore from basically 2 hours of Spin in 12 hours and 9483948 jump squats so today is a rest day and hopefully I will get my butt out of my warm cozy bed for a run tomorrow morning!

Do you go through a “blah” transition period from summer to cold weather?

So Sick, So Sick Of Being Tired. And Oh So Tired Of Being Sick.

Please tell me you remember and love that my title today is from an old school Taking Back Sunday song? God, I miss being 15 and a punk rock/emo band lover. I will never stop loving them!
But on the real, I am so sick right now. I woke up Saturday morning with a pretty bad sore throat, knowing what was in store. My colds are pretty predictable and since I only get sick about twice a year these days, I’ll accept that they only last about 3 days. I worked all day Saturday and felt pretty crappy, so what better way to feel better than to eat a very large amount of pizza. I’ll go on the defensive and say the slices were about 1/3 the size of a normal piece of pizza and I got it with almost no cheese, just mostly sauce and then dumped lots of crushed red pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce and blue cheese all over it. I ate it in hopes that I would be still healthy enough on Sunday for a long run. My throat was still sore, but I set out for an incredible 10 miles, making it my longest run ever and first double digit run. It was one of the most beautiful days for a run, and I ran right along the West Side Highway running path on the water.

Hey West Side Highway, I finally found you!
Hey runners and bikers. I love you.


Amazing city I live in.


After stretching at the 14th Street subway stop because my train takes forever on the weekends, I made it home to foam roll, stretch, and strap on my compression sleeves for the rest of the day. I refueled with a ridiculously amazing bowl of pumpkin egg white oatmeal, with every topping I had in my kitchen pretty much.


Toppings: sugar free syrup, sprinkle of sea salt, raspberry preserves, coconut butter, coconut oil peanut butter, vanilla almond butter, cinnamon.

Eventually I forced myself out of bed and went to Central Park with Brenda, Dante and some other friends to relax and eat a whole bunch of junk. Chocolate covered raisins, pumpkin chips (AMAZING), guacamole chips, and all sorts of food that doesn’t create a real meal. It was awesome.

Once we parted ways, I had to get groceries but walked around for a few miles first. I ended up at 16 Handles all alone (it’s usually me and Brenda’s sunday ritual) and had a little date with myself. I busted out this Better’n Peanut Butter that I haven’t bought in forever. I don’t buy it as a sub for peanut butter because healthy fats do NOT scare this girl, but this stuff is amazing in it’s own way. Even more amazing on a cup of salted caramel froyo with crushed butterfinger and cinnamon toast crunch.

I won’t lie that some people in the room were probably judging that I was adding my own topping.

Good thing I don’t care. 🙂

I literally didn’t eat a real meal all day sunday besides that bowl of oatmeal. Sometimes it’s just fun to not care!

My cold was awful by yesterday and I just barely managed to finish the day out at work. Colds make me starrrrrving and coupled with the day after a long run, I knew I needed something large to eat. Enter: pumpkin protein cookie cake with banana “ice cream” for dinner.

Let’s get into the goodness of the pumpkin protein cookie cake first.


  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder (i used cookies n cream flavor)
  • 1/8 cup oats
  • 1 egg white
  • 2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (i used vanilla soymilk)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • cinnamon, splenda, pumpkin pie spice

Mix all together and microwave for 4-5 minutes. It will be more like a cake I guess rather than a cookie, but more dense than a cake. For the banana soft serve, I threw the following in my Ninja:

  • About 1.5 bananas worth of frozen banana chunks
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Splashes of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • Xantham Gum (for added thickness- this is optional)

I didn’t measure the almond milk because this was my first time making this. I probably added about 1/4 cup at first and started to blend, then kept adding a little bit more to get the desired consistency. It will take a few times of blending, lifting the lid and spooning a little around (and tasting 🙂 ) to figure out how you want it to be. But the outcome was amazing. It tasted just like banana ice cream/froyo but knowing that it was literally just made of bananas and a little bit of almond milk made it that much better. In a big bowl with my pumpkin protein cookie cake, topped with some Kashi cereal for crunch and a big scoop of Better’n Peanut Butter. Oh and a little bit of vanilla almond butter. I sneezed my way through eating this, but it was totally worth it.

I cannot stop reading old posts from one of my newest favorite blogs, STUFT Mama! I’ve been Instagram-ing when I make her pumpkin protein cookie dough, and that sparked my desire to turn it into a cookie cake last night. Her recipes and food in general are exactly what I love to eat, so her blog is a must read. She makes me want to have cute little babies just to make them delicious, fun and healthy food and take them running in a stroller! Okay, we won’t get ahead of ourselves here, but her blog is amazing. She is hilarious and real, so go read it 🙂

I will spend the rest of my day off sick and in bed, and bummed that I haven’t been able to work out since Sunday. It’s only Tuesday, I know, and I know I could have pushed it and tried to spin last night, but I think rest is more important while sick. I mean getting sick is a sign that our bodies need rest and to be taken care of better, right? I will keep telling myself that while I cough and sneeze all over my laptop. Beautiful.

Do you workout when you are sick?