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Jenny Graef


Jennifer Graef was born and raised in northeastern Wisconsin. She ran cross country and track for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and was an NCAA Division III All-American in cross country and 3000m steeplechase her senior year, and selected as UW-Oshkosh's Woman Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She obtained her MS degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma, her MA degree in Dietetics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University. She is also a Registered Dietitian. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and her research interests include how phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables affect the immune system and inflammation.

Jenny was the winner of the 2008 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and second place in several marathons throughout the country. Her personal best marathon time is 2:49:32, achieved at the Nationwide Columbus Marathon in 2011.

Outside of running and work, Jenny enjoys her two dogs, Asher and Ruby, and cat, Georgie, as well as the Green Bay Packers, food, baking, and HGTV.

Her current goals are to establish a successful research and teaching career at OU, race a sub 2:45 marathon, and a half marathon in the 1:20 range, and finally - improve her gardening skills.

Aug 232016
Microbiome and Endurance Exercise

When it comes to dietary considerations for endurance exercise, carbohydrates, iron, and electrolytes such as sodium and potassium are nutrients that are commonly of focus.  Perhaps protein consumption comes to mind when thinking about recovering from a long or strenuous run. Foods that favorably affect the bacteria colonies that populate our intestines, such as indigestible Continue Reading «Microbiome and Endurance Exercise»

Nov 042015
Catching Up With OKC Memorial Marathon Champion Scott Downard

Scott Downard, overall winner of the 2015 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, takes a moment to himself after his 2:31.30 finish. Scott has come close to winning several times and was finally able to break through, even after fighting asthma through a large segment of the race. (photo by KT King, The Oklahoman)   I had the pleasure Continue Reading «Catching Up With OKC Memorial Marathon Champion Scott Downard»

May 212015
Against The Grain: Can "Gluten Sensitivity" Sabotage Our Health?

I first became aware of gluten during my junior year of college, when one of the top runners on our cross country team was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Celiac disease. This followed years of mysterious bone fractures and perpetual volatile gastrointestinal issues. At the time, while it was great that she finally had a Continue Reading «Against The Grain: Can “Gluten Sensitivity” Sabotage Our Health?»

Oct 312014
Priorities: The Game of Balance

As a Teaching Assistant for a challenging junior/senior level Pathophysiology course, I am witnessing firsthand the mid-semester grade panic.  The panic may be justified, as this course is in a degree field in which many students have plans to continue their education in some sort of professional healthcare program that will require a high GPA. Continue Reading «Priorities: The Game of Balance»

Apr 232014
Perceptions: Stillwater in a Pair of Running Shoes

Back in February, a friend from my hometown in Wisconsin sent me a link to a Runners World story about running in Stillwater, Oklahoma (click for article).  Obviously I was very intrigued, as I have called Stillwater home for almost 3 years now, and there are few roads or soft surfaces I haven’t explored on Continue Reading «Perceptions: Stillwater in a Pair of Running Shoes»

Apr 252013

I like to catch up on news and research updates while eating my lunch. Recently, I read a very well-written article regarding the Paleo diet, and one statement inparticular caught my attention. When he stated that weight management is 80-90% diet, I almost choked on the Dorito I was eating. At multiple times, the author indicated Continue Reading «Balance»


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Apr 012013

I get lost in my head a lot, especially while running.  Often, my thought process is incredibly random.  For example, this morning’s run started with the formulation of a to-do list, one of my favorite things to do while running. Within five minutes, I was already onto how I think birds are both beautiful and Continue Reading «Perceptions»