The theme for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run is something new you tried in 2017 or something new you want to try in 2018. Linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty. 🙂

2017 has definitely been an interesting year for me.  I’ve certainly tried some new things – knee surgery, living that crutch life, physical therapy, mental therapy, purple sweet potatoes, working in a gym, not working in a gym, etc – but I’m not going to talk about any of those things.

I want to talk about something I want to/am going to try in 2018.

I’m actually doing 2 new things!

I’ve officially hired a running coach! Hello, please give me structure, thankyouverymuch!!! (while helping me reach my goal of my first ultra, of course) 🙂


I’m taking part in a Runner’s Nutrition course! Laura over at Mommy Run Fast has put together a fun, online course all around fueling for runners.

                           “A month long course consisting of 6 modules with
                         training around fueling and training specific to runners.”

                            “…especially helpful for those who have big running
                          goals and need a nutrition boost….”

Hey, that sounds like me!!

I’m super excited because I feel like it’s going to help me get back on track, get back to normal, get back to ME.

*side note* If that course sounds like something you need or might be interested in, if you use the code FITNANA, you’ll get $5 off! And honestly, the price is pretty darn reasonable as it is – the basic is $39! But the price is going to go up after Friday, December 15th so get in there before that goes up!

*another side note* My fee was waived in return for a review of the course. That doesn’t make me any less excited about it and I had planned on participating even if my fee wasn’t waived because I believe it will be beneficial to me.

You might wonder WHAT I mean by “get back to normal, get back to ME.”

Well, tbh, my eating habits are all screwed up. Bad.

And continuing my current habits is definitely not going to help me with my running goals or benefit my health.

I mean, I generally eat well because I actually like healthy foods but I have definitely become quite good at stress eating, stress drinking, and just generally exhibiting a lack of control. Usually around 6pm or later.

Out with the old, in with the new

Here’s the normal way it goes down – eat well all day, drink plenty of water, do work on blog, do schoolwork, blah, blah, blah. Then, I pour a glass of wine while I’m cooking dinner. Then, I pour another one while eating dinner. Suddenly, I want a cookie. And some chocolate. More wine? Nah. I’m not hungry. *5-10 minutes later* Well, okay, if you insist. And now since I’ve screwed everything up, I might as well eat another cookie, right?

Good times.

Out with the old, in with the new

(And yes, I’m very embarrassed. I wrote that part, took it out, put it back, took it back out, and then decided it needed to go in there. I know I have things to work on. If you go through the same, you are NOT alone! But, we can get through this!!)

Plus, I’ve tried so many different ways of eating over the past couple of years – Paleo, Whole 30 (twice. don’t ask me why, too restrictive for this girl), gluten free (Whole 30 made me feel funky when I reintroduced gluten so I skipped it for a while), dairy free (had some bad tummy issues that threw me ALL out of whack), low FODMAP (again, tummy issues), etc – that I’m just a hot mess at this stage. I wouldn’t know intuitive eating if it slapped me in the face.

And honestly, I’m tired of it.

I am aware that I should probably get back into therapy to discuss the root(s) of how I got to where I am right now (ahem -> stress, anxiety, and depression) and I will if what I’m going to try doesn’t help me get back on the right path. I’ve been doing a lot of journaling and soul searching and I think I’ve uncovered the culprit.

(But seriously, I will if I still feel off and unbalanced.)

Not to get too off topic but I had some serious life changes – you already know my sailor is stationed out in California while I stayed behind in Virginia. It’s been just over a year now. And you already know about my knee surgery and not being able to run for such a long time! – that involved a complete and total career change (not one, but two (I guess technically 3, now that I’m thinking about it) once I realized that first change wasn’t the right one) and it hasn’t gone exactly as I had planned. I’m currently not working (career change #3), I am going to school online full time, and I’m trying to work more on this blog. My in-person social network is pretty much non-existent. I mean, I have the Things and the Grandthings but that’s about it. No girls nights, no movies, no dates with my sailor, no gym friends, no running friends (working on that one!), no “work friends,” nothing.

It’s just me.

Without structure.

Without anyone to regularly cook dinner for or eat dinner with.

I love structure but apparently I royally suck at setting it up for myself. I also apparently don’t handle “single life” very well.

Not that I want to get proficient at that “single life” because I want him to retire and come home but I definitely need a change.

And I’m excited about these two new things! I’m excited about the possibilities, the learning, the hard work, and the chance to turn some things around and achieve some goals and become a better version of me.

Tell me:

  • Did you try anything new in 2017? What was it? 
  • Trying anything new in 2018? Share!


  1. Laura | 13th Dec 17

    I definitely understand the food struggle- it can be overwhelming because there are so many “ideal” or “right ways” to do it- and then we just say forget it and eat whatever. We can all use a bit of a reset from time to time… so glad you can join us in January!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 13th Dec 17

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to “resetting” and getting back to the basics. 🙂

  2. Shathiso @thegaboronerunner.com | 13th Dec 17

    Getting a running coach was the best decision I made in 2017. It gave me so much structure so I think you are going to love it. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 13th Dec 17

      I’m so glad to hear that!! I’m really excited about it. Was just on the phone with her yesterday ironing out some details. I’m so ready!!

  3. Kimberly Hatting | 12th Dec 17

    Well, I also tried knee surgery as well in 2017, but not by choice and with ZERO planning or preparation. Ugh. What sucked was that the surgery really wasn’t about my knee being wonky…it was a phantom case of bursitis that one of my local docs blew off and it turned into a staph infection. Fun times! Alas, it was a good learning experience for me….and I have a new appreciation for the pure act of running itself. I’m also looking forward tot he nutrition class!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 13th Dec 17

      That’s crazy about your knee!!! I’m glad you got it all taken care of and you’re back out there. And yes, going through something like that really does give you a greater appreciation for simple things. 🙂

  4. Lisa | 12th Dec 17

    I hope you like working with a coach and following Laura’s plan! Both sound like great ways to make improvements going into the new year!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Dec 17

      Thank you! I’m really excited about both! I think Laura’s plan is going to give me a great foundation to excel in 2018. 😀

  5. Marcia | 12th Dec 17

    All the best with both new initiatives you’ve got planned for 2018! Other than Gasparilla, I’m not sure what 2018 holds for me.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Dec 17

      Thank you! I’m definitely excited! Sometimes, I like to go into a year with plans but sometimes it’s fun to figure it out as it goes. I’m sure 2018 will offer you plenty of amazing opportunities!

  6. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness | 12th Dec 17

    I tried Whole 30 last January and I did no get very far. I thought it was a lot food prep and cooking and whose got time for that? I am pretty good and my exercise routine, it’s the diet that I could fine tune. And the holidays are not helping.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Dec 17

      Whole 30 IS a lot of that! I don’t necessarily mind doing that but telling me I literally CANNOT was something that I love – peanuts, oatmeal, rice, dairy, etc – is just crazy. The holidays are definitely a tough time to fine tune a diet. I’m just trying to make it through one day at a time, not focusing too much on any one thing but being cognizant of my choices. Still going to eat some cookies. 😁 I hope you’re able to do the same!

  7. Chocolaterunsjudy | 12th Dec 17

    I do plan to try something new in 2018, but not ready to spill the beans yet. I want to actually be signed up and there’s no signup yet — kind of driving me nuts!

    In general, I actually do have eating under control most of the time. That’s after many decades at working through many issues, of course. In some ways, I’m happier cooking for myself, because my husband & I eat so differently I often do end up making 2 different meals, which is kind of a drag. I’m also not an all or nothing girl — at least, not any more. The very next bite is always an opportunity to get back on track!

    It’s never about what you’re eating, it’s about what’s eating you.

    All that said — I truly believe that you can never know too much about nutrition! I’d love to say I have it all dialed in, but I always have so many questions!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Dec 17

      That’s so true -> “It’s never about what you’re eating, it’s about what’s eating you.” I had never even really thought about it but this past year has really shown me that. Obviously, it’s been building but it all just came to a head. Yay for 2017. Lol

      And I agree about never knowing too much about nutrition. If I can make myself smarter about food and choices, maybe I’ll be able to fight those internal battles better. The whole goal is to not have those battles anymore, right?

      I used to not be an all or nothing girl but something went haywire. I like the thought that the very next but is always an opportunity to get back on track. I feel more confident since I wrote this but I know I have to take it one day at a time.

      I love how your responses make me think. ❤️

  8. kookyrunner | 12th Dec 17

    I love the 2 new things that you are doing in 2018! Hiring a running coach for training for my marathons was the best decision I made! It really helped to keep me accountable.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Dec 17

      Thanks!! I’m really excited! It seems I definitely thrive on a schedule with accountability. Hoping for a great 2018!

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