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WIAW {+ exciting news!}


You know things are crazy when I post twice in a day. Or it’s just my usual mess-up, which it was in this case! I pressed ‘publish’ and then left it, and when I went to reply to comments this afternoon, I was a bit surprised to find there was nothing to reply to haha! So in case you missed it, I posted my ambitious running dreams.


Anyway, usual shenanigans aside, it’s time for the usual WIAW with Jenn!

What I Ate

My new favourite oatmeal. I will be having this every day until I find a new obsession.


Chocolate-PB-Pretzel oatmeal! Idea from the genius that is Nicole. This combo is AMAZING! Open-mouthed smile


My other latest foodie obsession is Nature’s Path Maple Sunrise cereal, which I read rave reviews about on a number of other blogs (Nicky, Jess, Laura, I’m looking at you!), and so I caved and bought it:



I am joining the rave reviews. I love it. It is very sweet (hey, I’m not complaining Winking smile ) and totally addictive!


I am loving it with soy yoghurt as a post-run snack Smile


I am probably most obsessed though with Katie’s delicious chocolate pumpkin pizookie. And I need your honest opinion here…do you think I put quite enough chocolate chips in?


The correct answer is no, because obviously you can never have too many chocolate chips Winking smile


And that leads on to my long-term obsession of baked goods as oatmeal toppings:


Crumbled pumpkin pizookie on banana oatbran pudding. Heaven Smile


What I Worked

I worked hard at keeping warm. I don’t do cold. I was wearing my running clothes, a layer of sweaters/leggings, and then my dressing gown on top to try and stay warm!


It took a lot of willpower and remembering my dreams to get me to shed the dressing gown and head out to train in the dark and cold. I also will not be wearing a short sleeved shirt next time because I think I developed frostbite.


Today’s workout was ‘continuous’, which is one of my new faves! It was one of my least favourites it the last time we did it, but I prefer it to ‘repeats’ because running non-stop is always more fun IMO Smile



So the very exciting news that I’ve been dying to share? There’s TWO pieces!


1. In qualifying for and running a national race in April (the LMM), I will receive a London 2012 Olympics ticket to see athletics!! I wanted to see it SO badly, but my family missed out on the tickets! I am SO unbelievably excited about this! Open-mouthed smile


2. I have been offered the future position of Assistant Coach at my club for a younger age group. I will be working towards a coaching qualification soon, and then I will be able to take up the position and get paid to do something I love! I forgot to add coaching to my running dreams yesterday, but it’s definitely something I’ve wanted to do for a while now! My coach is making a HUGE difference to me, both physically with my running and mentally, and I hope to inspire and encourage others just as he does me.


I think I will be the best at cheering the kids on. If this sight doesn’t make you run faster, I don’t know what will:



What meals/foods/combos are you currently obsessed with? I forgot to add cherry dark chocolate to the list. Love!


What was your last workout! Brag time!


Have you got Olympic tickets, or are you planning on watching it on the TV? Most of it, I will be glued to my TV screen! The marathon I will be watching live though Smile


Have a great day! <3

45 Responses to WIAW {+ exciting news!}

  1. Very cool news! Congrats!
    RunEatRepeat recently posted..Tofu Shirataki Noodles

  2. That is AWESOME news!!! :) The Olympics will be a great time, I am sure! And you will make one AMAZING coach!
    Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy recently posted..Back in the Habit

  3. That’s so awesome that you got tickets! I signed up for a few events but didn’t get any. And well done on the coaching position too – I bet working with kids will be so much fun :)

    Ps. that pizookie looks AWESOME.
    Nada (One Arab Vegan) recently posted..Pizza Pizza!

  4. Oh no! Haha I usually have the opposite problem. It’ll be in the 40s and I KNOW I should go without a jacket if it’s above thirty… but I am a wimp and wear the jacket anyway. And then I am sweating hot by the time I get back!

    P.S. More chocolate chips!!! ;)
    Chocolate-Covered Katie recently posted..Artisana Coconut Butter Giveaway

  5. Ahh I get so freaked out when WIAW comes on Tuesday! You people on different continents! ;)
    Alright so your eats look too perfect for words. And NO there is not enough chocolate chips in that pumpkin pizookie! The whole point of a pizookie is to have melty goo!
    My last workout was just an active rest day so some walking and light chest lifting.
    Congrats on all your news, that’s fantastic! Keep moving in the direction of your dreams!
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  6. Congrats girl! I think you’d be the BEST coach for a young runner ever. I want you to come coach me (but I’m old). :-)
    Karla recently posted..Cabbage and Noodles

  7. Congratulations on your tickets and your coaching position offer!
    Chocolate peanut butter pretzel oatmeal sounds kind of genius to me. Am already doing a mental checklist of ingredients and am happy to realize I have them all in house!
    Zo recently posted..contrary treadmills and simple math made complex

  8. AHHHH I’m sorry, but who cares about WIAW when I can comment on that exciting news!!!! I am so so so so happy for you!!! I want to coach so bad, and I know you’re going to be such a motivating, encouraging coach! So after that you can be my coach, okay? Okay. Tickets to the olympics is so cool too! It’s just a preview for when you’re in it though :)
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  9. All those chocolate chips look perfect too me! There can never be too much chocolate :) Pretzels as a topping sound soooo good :)
    Sarah Joy – Feeeding Brain and Body recently posted..Falling Into Memories

  10. i put GF pretzels on everything. Love the salty/sweet combo. oh and I am super excited for you! Can i come???
    lindsay recently posted..CHERRY-ishable

  11. YAYYYY I’m so happy you liked the combo :) Congrats on qualifying for the race!! I would love to go to the Olympics, that would be such a fantastic experience.

    I’ve currently been obsessed with pouring soup on top of salad and using that as salad dressing. It sounds weird but it is amazing!

    My last workout was 40 minutes on the elliptical (low-intensity because of my crazy run yesterday)

    I will for SURE be watching the Olympics on TV and I hope I see you in the crowd!
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  12. Congratulations Emma!! Tickets to the Olympics you will have so much fun! The only Olympics I was able to attend was the Sydney 2000 Games.
    You will be an awesome coach. One only has to read your blog posts to see what an incredible personality you have. The kids will love you :)
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  13. Congrats on the assistant coach position, girl! That’s amazing! :)
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  14. WOW!!! Amazing news girl!! Both are so AWESOME! You are going to make a great coach!

    And I love the sweet and salty breakfast! SO good!
    Kaila @healthyhelperblog recently posted..WIAW Time!

  15. Congratulations, girl! That is so awesome!
    Pretzels in oatmeal?! I think I just died and went to heaven thinking about that combination. I can’t wait to try it!
    The last workout I did was a lower-body strength workout this morning. Let’s just say, my butt is feeling it!
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  16. OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!! I honestly don’t know which of the news bits is cooler! Olympics! Coaching! aaah! Are you going to watch the track races and the marathon?? OMG and you will make the absolute BEST coach ever! especially if you wear the monkey suit which I know you will hahaha. And I do have to say…PB + chocolate + pretzels = my all-time favorite food combination. your breakfast is like a healthy more delicious version of a Take 5 bar lol!
    Kate @ Chasing It recently posted..You Asked: A History of My Academic Life

  17. 1st- Mmmm, PB pretzels. Trader Joes makes awesome PB stuffed pretzels. Mmm PB stuffed pretzels…cravings ensued.

    2nd- CONGRATS EMMA! Getting paid to do what you love is always the most exciting thing. I think the kids will love you (And your monkey suit!) I’m so happy for you! :)
    Katie @Nutrition In A Peanut Shell recently posted..One year free

  18. Hahaha I hate when I Accidentally push publish too early! But you’re just ahead of the game :) Love it!

    Whhhhy have I never put pretzels on my oats?! That’s fabulous!
    Liz @ iheartvegetables recently posted..Ginger-Obsessed

  19. You rock. Congrats lady :D

  20. ahhh that’s so exciting!!
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  21. What awesome news- you are going to make the best coach! Congrats!! You can inspire people over the internet, I can only imagine what you’d be like in person :D
    Khushboo recently posted..You do you, I’ll do me

  22. that’s so exciting and amazing! Your team is lucky to have you :-)
    I’m jealous that you get a ticket to the olympics… seeing a live olympic event is on my bucket list for sure.
    Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! recently posted..Photo-ful Weekend

  23. AAAAW,I am SO happy for you,Emma! Both news are GREAT!
    I’m sure you’ll be the best coach a child could ver wish for! And your monkey onesie definitely would motivate me,too :P

    Lately,I am IN LOVE with the combo of PB+gingerbread spice-oatmeal aaaand pudding+oatmeal… Guess who inspired me to try those? :P
    Kat @ a dash of fairydust recently posted..When cravings become problems.

  24. That is such brilliant news :) Well done on the coaching that will be amazing. It is so much colder now too!
    And how on earth did you remember that I knocked 13 mins off my half time? That was over a year ago! Crazy! But you are right, I am being positive about my dream!
    We got some tickets in the second chance- some athletics and a hockey match I think
    Maria @ runningcupcake recently posted..You can catch me!

  25. Congrats on the tickets and the coaching, that’s so exciting! Glad you like the maple cereal, its lush isn’t it. Love all those chocolate chips in that cake too! I did a pretty good workout on Monday that was mean to be taking it easier than usual on my set back week but ended up being pretty tough! It included 100 sit ups and my abs are still sore!
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  26. nothing like the combination of salty & sweet :) I love maple sunrise too!! I love nature’s path products. what’s really yummy is their peanut butter granola bars, chocolate & pb granola bars. And their enviro kids line of cereal bars. so good :)

  27. Congratulations!!! :) I’m so excited to see the youtube video of you (winning of course) the national race. I’m planning to watch the olympics on tv, cause I obvs dont have the $ to go to england at all, let alone with olympic tickets! I’ve been eating tons of nutella lately!! And pumpkin spice flavored stuff. :)
    Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee recently posted..I ♥ Saturday mornings

  28. Ahh that is exciting news, congratulations Emma! And of course sweet and salty combinations are the best :)
    Tessa @ Amazing Asset recently posted..WIAW- Increasing Calories Edition

  29. You got olympics tix??? Jealous girl, you deserve them though. and you’ll be a coach? Your future looks bright, and you get to light others up as well. Go you!
    I’m obsessed with squash+nut butter combos lately. As well as any dried fruit (I’m looking at your dates and figs) with nut butter. or just nut butter in general.
    never tried baked goods on oats. Must try soon.
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  30. Congrats!! That’s so exciting! The job sounds amazing, you’ll be such an inspiration. Your cookie pzookie…I can’t stop looking at it, so many chocolate chips :)
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  31. How exciting for you about the Olympics!
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  32. Congrats on the amazing news!! I bet you’ll be great at it! I must try that cereal – I’ve heard such good stuff about it too! x

  33. Pretzels as an oatmeal topping? That sounds GREAT! I must try that sometime! :D
    YAY!! Im soo happy for you! Thats AWESOME news!! :)
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  34. I’ll be watching 2012 on the TV, but I am so jazzed that you got tickets! I’ll be watching out for YOU in 2016 :D

    None of my food combinations are anywhere near as nice as the ones you’ve posted on this page. I am also in awe of your self-restraint with the Maple Sunrise – I was going through 1/2 a box at a time *blushes*.

    ~Jessica~ recently posted..Wordless WIAW

    • Haha trust me I WOULD be going through 1/2 a box at a time, but my budget doesn’t really allow for cereal (oats are so much cheaper!) so I tend to buy it rarely and try to make it last! You are right though, it is SO addictive!!

      And more like I will be watching YOU in the marathon! Your marathon times are amazing :)

  35. YAAY! Congratulations that’s so exciting!! :) Can’t wait to live vicariously through your Olympic adventures!

    And to answer your important question, no you did not put enough chocolate chips. There is no such thing as too many chocolate chips!
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  36. Congrats girl you will be awesome!! :D Sweet + salty oatmeal? Yumm! Sounds good. I ran yesterday about 5 miles :) Short and simple!

  37. Wow! Congrats on the job and the tickets!

    I LOVE pretzels on oatmeal so much! I really need to remember to pick some up next time I’m shopping!

    I also love the dark cherry chocolate!

  38. I love the idea of the salty pretzels in your oats! Oh I so need that maple cereal in my life.
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes recently posted..WIAW: Acoustic night and festive hot chocolate

  39. CONGRATS!!!! wow, i’m so excited for all the amazing and fantastic things going on for u right now!!! :) i also loved reading thru ur running dreams..keep dreaming girl and chasing down those peeps in front of u…hehe. :)

    the only thing i’ve been wondering, how did u end up finishing that last race, did i miss the results?!?! lol…how did that one feel?
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  40. Great news babe! Very exciting things ahead for you!
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  41. Congratulations on the Olympic ticket and the coaching job – that’s AWESOME.

    Pretzels on anything is a win. I always get them on my fro-yo. My last workout was 4.6 miles on the treadmill yesterday, nada special!
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  42. [...] so much friends for all the comments on my exciting news! And sorry about the lack of a post yesterday! I typed up my next Journey to Health post on binge [...]

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