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New PR and Garmin Review!

Hi guys!

Thank you for all the encouraging race comments! It went really well this morning….I set a new PR (25:50) and got second place in my age group! =)


And scored my first trophy! Sweet!

Here is a complete recap! I woke up at 5:30 this morning and since I had to be at the race so early, I didn’t want to eat a full breakfast first. So, instead I snacked on this bar and had two glasses of water + a cup of coffee


it was green!!


Delicious though….love those Odwalla bars!!! This was perfect fuel for the big 3.1. Haha 😉

I filled my water bottle up with electrolyte juice


aka coconut water

And my mom and I hit the road! The race was only a few miles away so it didn’t take much time at all to get there. It started at 7:30 and my mom was designated as camera girl since she wasn’t running this one. 😉 It was a very small race and my first time running on pavement in awhile. I was a little worried about the impact on my shins, but it was very bearable. Softer surfaces like trails feel the best but at least pavement is better than concrete, right?

Pre-race registration:


100% of proceeds go to supporting those that cannot afford vision repair surgery and to better the lives of young people with permanent blindness.

Warming up:


Crossing the finish and setting new PR of 25:50!!!!


And then chugging coconut water:


I LOVE MY GARMIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like Meghann said, now that I have run with it, there’s no way I could ever be without it. I think I stared at my wrist for the whole three miles! A couple times at the beginning, I made myself slow down because I was pacing a 7:30 mile and new I would burn out! It was SO beneficial and interesting to watch my pace the entire time and know when to push myself and when to back off. I averaged 8:23 the first mile, 8:28 the second mile and 8:08 the last mile. I sprinted my heart out when I saw the finish line and therefore my best pace was 4:49!! crazy, huh?!


Another perk of this race…..the food was AMAZING! After the race I had a delicious apple—


And then I was going to wait and get a bagel from Panera, but I got really hungry really fast and the RICE AND BEANS were calling my name!! How awesome that they had my favorite Cuban dish as post-race food?! I loaded up my plate with yellow rice, black beans, raw onions and TONS of hot sauce


Breakfast of champions!

Now I am home and icing down


But I am getting ready to shower, eat AGAIN (haha) and then head over to St.Pete to meet Ryan (he went to a concert last night with friends and stayed overnight at his parent’s house) and MEGHANN (!!!) to go to the beach all day!

Happy Saturday! See you in a bit!

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    March 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I never knew you had a tattoo, Jenna! What is it of/when did you get it?

    And congratulations on a great race! You’re becoming a real pro!

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      March 22, 2009 at 4:33 am


      I actually have two tattoos! I have one on my back that I got when I was 19 and then I have that flower on my foot that I got when I was 20.

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

    What a great race!!!! Congrats. Have a fabulous day with Meghann and Ryan!

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    Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    March 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Congrats on the race! You are so inspiring!
    p.s. I find the character on the shirt you received to be simply adorable 😉

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    March 21, 2009 at 9:09 am

    CONGRATU-FREAKING-LATIONS, GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    March 21, 2009 at 9:17 am


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    March 21, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Wow congratulations!!! I am glad to hear the Garmin is living up to expectations!

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    March 21, 2009 at 9:29 am

    congrats on an awesome race!! i am so excited to get a 305. it looks great.

    how coconutty does the water taste?

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    March 21, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Congratulations, Jenna!

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    Run Saraaah
    March 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Congratulations – awesome PR and cool trophy!

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    March 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Wow, great job, Jenna! It’s too bad your body doesn’t cooperate when you run regularly. You are a natural runner!

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    March 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Congrats jenna! Amazing time! Also we have the same water bottle 🙂

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    March 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Congrats!!!! Can’t get enough of your blog!

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    Clean Veggie
    March 21, 2009 at 11:23 am

    awesome job 🙂

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    one meal serenity
    March 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    great job! congrats!

    i also have shin splint troubles but my Dr. recently suggested that I alternate heat and ice for 30 minutes after running and I have had noooo problems since!

    thought I would share 🙂

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    March 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!! You make me want to start running again with all of your race talk!

    Have a fabulous Saturday, Jenna!

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    GREAT RACE!! I’m so impressed!! Have fun with Meghann!

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    March 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Congrats on an awesome race! I run with the NikePlus “pedometer” thing on my ipod, but I’m really interested in getting a HR monitor and one with a pedometer seems so cool. The only thing is – it seems so huge! Did it feel bulky or weird on your wrist while you ran? Great job!

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    March 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    congrats on your pr!

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    March 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm


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    March 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    awesome job!!! I’m trying to improve my 5k time at the moment! You inspire me 🙂

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    March 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Congrats on a great run!! I’m happy to hear that your Garmin worked out well – I’ve been thinking about one for a while. Hope you have a great time at the beach!

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    March 21, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats on the race, girl!!!!!!

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    March 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Jenna is a ROCK STAR!

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    life coach jen
    March 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Go you! Now I want a Garmin and I don’t even run all that much…still, it looks awesome! And you have a tattoo! Is it real?? I have one on my toe and it took me seven years to let my mom see it!

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    March 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Wow Jenna I am very impressed with your PR!!

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    melissa (fitnessnyc)
    March 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    amazing job and fabulous time! thanks for the garmin review!

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    Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    March 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats on the race!!!

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    Running Within
    March 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    CONGRATS ON THE NEW PR! I actually set a new PR today too on my long run, though not quite as fast as you. Have a great day in Florida! I’m still hoping the sun comes out in San Diego today, so far it’s not looking good : (

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    March 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    nice work Jenna! btw also lovin and jealous of the tan/fit figure/ and GARMIN!!!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm


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    March 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Careful with how much coconut water you drink! It’s yummy but too much and your bowels will NOT be thanking you! ;0)

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    March 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Wicked PR girl!!! Way to go!! You look so cute in all your race gear!!!! Enjoy the day!!!

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    March 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    You rock! Way to go girl, new PR!!! Woo Woo! Glad to hear you are liking your Garmin!!!!

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    March 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Awesome job on the PR and on getting a trophy! Good thing you stuck around for the awards for this race 😉

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    March 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I don’t know what I would do without my Garmin 🙂 Great job on the race!!

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    March 21, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Congrats on your PR!

    I really wish I could find those Superfood bars–I can’t find them anywhere!

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    March 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Congratulations on the race and the PR! Just wanted to let you know that your determination to overcome discouraging obstacles is inspiring!

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    March 22, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Great job on the new PR!! Its amazing how sometimes 5k’s can be the hardest or most challenging. Thats how I feel anyway. Keep up the speed girl!

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    Oh She Glows
    March 22, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Congrats on the PR!!! You look amazing and healthy in yours pics 🙂

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    March 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations on the new PR!!!

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    March 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    i can’t believe i missed this!!!

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    March 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    way to go speed demon!!

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    Becca A
    March 23, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I’m late but way to go on the race! You really can book it!

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    March 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Congratulations on the trophy!! You Rock!

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    March 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Can you tell us more about the Garmin? My Nike Triax Elite (HRM/SDM) just totally croaked and it was my first… I feel a little lost 🙁 On Amazon, the Garmin Forerunner 305 looks affordable and like it is similarly equipped, except for the footpod (which also looks reasonable, sold separately).

    How does the chest band feel? I saw in another post you swim in it – does it stay in place in the water? Do you feel like you could use it as a regular watch (in your pictures it’s hard to tell how bulky it is on you, but on Amazon it looks HUGE!)? If so, how many alarms does it have? Hrm, I’m sure I have more but we’ll start there….

    Thanks! :>

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    March 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    ps – for calories burned, can you configure it to yourself, or does it use a generic formula like a treadmill does?

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      March 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm


      It works according to your age, weight, height and then configures your high and low zones. When you put the sensor on your chest, it reads your heart rate. No generic formula!
      And I LOVE my Garmin! I got a lot of info on it on Amazon, actually, if you search for the ForeRunner 305. It is totally worth the investment and I love it especially because it tracks my distance so I can run anytime, anywhere!


      Definitely! Check out . All their classes are arranged according to experience level and they are very self explanatory. I love them!

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