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An Interesting Afternoon


A huge continued thank you for Team in Training donations!! You guys seriously rock 🙂 Also, thank you for the great ideas regarding fundraising ideas! The words “jenna bread auction” sort of got my wheels turning a little bit………. 😉

So, this afternoon I went with my mom and my brother to Trout Creek Trails, where I did my 5K trail run a couple weeks back. I had in mind to run 3 1/2 miles and I actually did do 3.4 miles (according to my handy dandy Garmin…love this thing), but it was very “meh”.

First of all, I REALLY need to stop eating a heavy lunches and then running only an hour later. I know eggs aren’t the heaviest, but I still had a cramp on my run and had to stop once to get rid of it! I think on the days that I plan to run in the early afternoon after work, I’m just going to have something like a clif bar and some fruit for lunch and then a big snack after the run. Hopefully that’ll do the trick!

Other than the cramp, my shins were still rather sore from pounding actual pavement instead of soft grass on Saturday (at quite a fast pace!) and I GOT LOST TODAY!!!! No seriously, rule number one when running in an unknown spot should be GO BACK THE WAY YOU CAME!! DUH jenna! I started out okay today and tried to follow the same path as I ran a few weeks ago, but ended up getting all turned around right when I hit mile three and actually started to panic (omg what if the sun sets and I never find my way back to the car??!) and thank God another runner was around for me to ask the way back to the parking lot. I was only about a half mile from the lot, but I had gone in the opposite direction and needed to cut through the woods to get back. Obviously the point here is that I have zero sense of direction and really need a running buddy. Enter Team in Training! Too bad I have to wait until May 16th to meet my new teammates!!


I went SUPER SLOW today. I’m actually really trying to slow down my pace to a 9:30 or 10:00/mile because I know that a) going super fast will hurt my shins and b) I won’t be able to hit 13.1 at a 8:00/mile pace. No way. Today I paced pretty consistently at 9:30 so I was happy with that.

Another crazy thing that happened this afternoon was that right when we were leaving the trail and getting ready to get on the ramp to go on the expressway, two cars CRASHED only about 10 feet from our car!!!! It was totally crazy…like it was happening in slow motion or something because we were so close. My mom screamed and I called 911 and gave directions because we were the first ones at the accident. We rushed out of the car to help the people and it turned out no one was hurt but one of the little girls in the back seat of the car that was hit was bleeding and scraped up a bit. Very very scary. Please drive carefully, friends!

After all the craziness, I snacked on a banana and drank some coconut water to refuel. It was HOT outside!


And then when I got home, I made dinner! I was excited to try a new Amy’s dinner tonight!



This meal is very simple and delicious. It is a tasty combination of brown rice, veggies and marinated tofu, all tossed in a yummy Japanese inspired teriyaki sauce. I was worried that because it was so simple it might also be on the bland side, but it definitely was not. This was hearty and surprisingly filling for only 290 calories. The rice was perfectly cooked and the tofu was chewy and delicious. I paired it with a yogurt for some extra protein (the meal contains 10 grams):


Honey on top….just the way I like it! 🙂

While I ate dinner I iced my shins and had a heating pad on my back (slept wrong last night and have been in major pain all day today at work!). For dessert, I had my favorite coconut milk ice cream sandwich


I just can’t get enough of these. Seriously the best thing since the VitaMuffin ;).

I’m off to soak myself in a hot bath then hit the sack. I’m exhausted today!

The pool at the Y closes at 2:00 on Monday and Wednesday, so tomorrow I am packing all my swimming stuff and going directly there after work (also packing a banana and an odwalla bar!) to swim for about half an hour. See you when I get back, hopefully with yummy new bread pictures! 🙂

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  • polly
    March 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Rest up, sweetie! No worries about your run… love that you found your way home. 😉 Love those shins and your teammates will be so blessed to have you on their team!! XOXO

  • VeggieGirl
    March 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    EEEK, so sorry about the run/cramps/car crash (thank God you were not IN the car crash)!!! **Hugs**

  • Meg
    March 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I adore ice cream sandwiches!!!! They are so tasty!!! They are hard for me to stop at just one! 🙂

  • Louise
    March 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Have you tried the GPS ‘backtrack’ thingy on the Garmin? I got one recently and haven’t tried it yet. Was hoping you’d say it saved you from a night in the woods 😀
    Glad you found your way out ok!!
    Your dinner looks so delish!

  • Nicole
    March 24, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Those coconut milk ice cream sandwiches look so tasty! Mmmmmm.

  • FoodsThatFit
    March 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    My goodness, what a crazy day! I think it is so great that you are doing the Team in Training. It will be so much fun for you to meet up with other runners and find some buddies to go with.

    I have gotten lost running too many times to count! It is a really scary feeling when you literally have no idea how to get back. I too lack a sense of direction 🙂 So glad to hear that you made it back safely!

    I am glad to hear you weren’t involved in the accident. It really shakes you up when you see something like that and is a great reminder to drive safely and wear a seat belt!

    Have a great night Jenna!

  • Becca
    March 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I hear you on the eating big lunches before running. I find that my best runs happen in the mornings on a nearly empty stomach – but I realize this probably won’t work for you since you get up so early already! 🙂 Maybe on your days off? There’s nothing like seeing the sun rise just when you need a little extra motivation to finish strong.

  • Sarah
    March 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    That Amy’s bowl looks like it is worth trying!

  • Hallie
    March 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Yeah I have to let my food digest for awhile too, at least 2 hours usually? I often run in the morning, and then I either go without eating or I grab a small handful of cereal just to quiet tummy rumbles. On the weekends I might have some toast before I go (no peanut butter, just some butter spray cuz I’m addicted to that junk), but then I wait at least 30 minutes.

    Sounds like you had quite the day! Talk about “when it rains, it pours,” right? I run with my dog usually, but she’s not great at directions so I can imagine how scared you’d be.

  • Vaala
    March 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Hi there,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a little while (it’s cool by the way!) but haven’t commented before. I totally understand about the affect your lunch has on your run. I’ve always been told that your last big meal must be at least 2 hours before your exercise. Clif bars are pretty good before running. I’d recommend those.

  • runningwithin
    March 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Aw, sorry to hear you had problems w.your run! I have found that I too get major stomach problems on my runs if I eat right away. I combat this by waiting two hours after breakfast on long run days to run and on normal weekday runs I eat half a banana w.pb or some low fiber cereal. I’ve found that doesn’t bother my stomach and gives me enough fuel to get through the run.

  • megan
    March 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    That wreck sounds so scary…thank God no one was hurt! And, thank God y’all were there to call 911!
    I totally would have panicked too if I thought I was lost in the woods! Scary!
    I love Amy’s Teriyaki Bowl- soooo good. But everything from Amy’s is SOOOO good 🙂
    Have a good night, love!

  • Tanya
    March 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I love those coconut milk ice cream sandwiches and the break from mostly soy dairy alternatives. Also in love with the coconut milk yogurts too.

  • Ryane
    March 24, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Ah I bought coconut water this morning to have after that run I just came home from…. and forgot – thank for reminding me! ; )

    Oh, and I love the jenna’s bread auction… I would also suggest a vegan cupcake-athon!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Cripes, that’s so scary you almost got lost! Next time you should leave a trail of bread crumbs…I know you have some 😉

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    such a drama filled run!!!

  • Janet
    March 24, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Jenna, I just found out I got a spot in the Nike Women’s Half through the raffle! Maybe we can meet up when you’re out here to run it! 🙂

  • Brittney
    March 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    That’s Amy’s meal looks pretty good. I tried an Amy’s meal probably about a year or so ago and didn’t care for it, but I may have to try one again 🙂

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    March 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I love that amys dinner its really yummy for a packaged dinner.
    I know how scary seeing a crash can be. Two cars crashed behind my house and into my neighbors fence this December. I was sitting downstairs by a window and saw them hit. My heart raced so hard it felt like I was in the crash! I am glad no one got hurt though.

  • Matt
    March 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    That’s why I run first thing in the AM. I am usually pretty stuffed after lunch so it is hard for me to run later in the day!

  • Emily
    March 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Wow, sometimes those days when everything seems off kilter can be so strange!!

    I’m so excited for you and your decision to keep running and be a part of the Team in Training half marathon. Yay! 🙂

    Hope you have a great evening and day tomorrow!

  • Run Saraaah
    March 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Can’t wait for the bread photos! the best time I find to run is right before dinner, sometimes with a small snack before, otherwise I get awful cramps.

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    March 24, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    What a bizzaro afternoon! Thankfully you weren’t in that car accident, though. That cutie cream sammie looks wonderful! I can’t wait for your beautiful bread picks. Have a great night and I hope the shins feel better tomorrow!

  • Meg
    March 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Love the ice cream sandwich! What a crazy day.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    March 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I ALWAYS get lost the first time on a new route! without fail! haha at least it makes the time go by faster 🙂

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    March 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve seen the Amy’s teriyaki bowls and have been wanting to try them — they look delish!

    Those ice cream sammies look pretty tasty, too!

    Glad you made it back OK…I got lost in the woods once, it can be a very terrifying feeling!

  • Runjen
    March 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Wow, what a crazy afternoon! Good for you for finishing the run, despite all of the barriers. Sleep tight!

  • Danielle
    March 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Sounds like an eventful afternoon for you! I hate the horrible pit in your stomach feeling you get when lost, thank goodness there was someone there for you to ask!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I love ice cream sandwiches!

  • K
    March 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Geez – what a crazy afternoon!! That Amy’s meal looks fabulous!

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    March 24, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Seeing a car crash is always such a scary thing – so surreal.
    I desperately need to find those sandwiches! Looks like a perfect dessert.
    By the way, thanks for the reminder about pacing. I think distance is so much better to work towards than being focused on speed. I needed to hear that because I can get discouraged with my slow running pace!
    Have a great night, Jenna.

  • Sharon
    March 24, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I want that dessert! LOL

  • Ruby
    March 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    It’s so cool you’re doing that team in training thing! Argh I feel you on the getting lost thing – it’s such a terrifying experience! Too bad the Garmin doesn’t act as a homing device 😉

  • sirenjess
    March 25, 2009 at 5:20 am

    I’ve noticed that you eat Vosko’s greek yogurt. Do you feel that it’s too much protein for one sitting?

    • jenna
      March 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm


      Not at all. There’s only 24 grams in one yogurt and I have read and been told that the body can easily digest up to 30 grams at one time. I usually aim to get about 25-30 grams at each meal and this yogurt makes it very easy and delicious!

  • brandi
    March 25, 2009 at 6:27 am

    can’t wait to see the bread!

    I just ordered an HRM and am so excited!

  • jewels
    March 25, 2009 at 6:37 am

    I know what you mean- I had a very similar lunch three hours before a run last week and was all cramped up.

  • Fit Mommy
    March 25, 2009 at 7:04 am

    I an empty stomach runner. Too much food = burping, or the need to go to the bathroom. Hammer Nutrition generally rec. no food 3 hours prior.

  • Ally
    March 25, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Jenna, doesn’t your watch have a gps on it? I also have a ridiculously bad sense of direction but I know my Garmin you can flip through the options and it comes up with a map of your route. I think you just hit the mode button on the side to bring the map up. It doesn’t have like streets on it or anything but it shows the whole course your ran from where you started so you could easily find out what direction to go in to get back from that.
    Please be careful and check it out before you go off running on your own again!! And good luck with the training!! I’m excited for you. I also want to do a tri this year but seeing as how I’m in NYS I need to find an indoor pool or will have to wait a while before starting my swimming training!!

  • Melissa
    March 25, 2009 at 7:47 am

    EEK! SO sorry to hear about you getting lost, I’ve done that and it is SUPER scary. My “incident” happened when I was on business travel in Chicago, and I set out in the early predawn hours to catch a 5 mile run. I ended up getting so lost that I had to go to a hotel and catch their airport shuttle so I could catch my hotel’s shuttle from there. Luckily, the shuttle stopped at one hotel before heading to the airport. I was looking around and was like “hey I know where I am!” So I hopped out and ran back to my hotel. WHEW. So SCARY!

  • Sarah
    March 25, 2009 at 7:57 am

    I’m so glad that you made it home safely! Can’t wait for some bread pics
    ; )

  • Kelli
    March 25, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I’m on a mission tomorrow to find myself some of those ice cream sammies. Doesn’t your Garmin have a function that helps you get back to your start point if you get lost?

  • Meghann S.
    March 25, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Mmmmm…I have no idea WHAT it is, but I absolutely adore adore adore the texture of the tofu in Amy’s meals!

    I usually heat up all frozen food in the oven, but the tofu even tastes amazing when I have to use the microwave 🙂

    Hope all is well! xo

  • Diana
    March 25, 2009 at 11:04 am

    wow! that ice cream sandwich looks great!
    what a busy and slightly traumatizing day it seems!
    hope you’re relaxing now!

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    March 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’m dying to get my hands on those mini ice cream sandwiches. I’m willing to check every WF for them if I have to 😉

  • Lauren
    March 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I love Turtle Mountain soy ice “cream” products – they are GENIUS!

  • Eliza
    March 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Anyone who could answer this, it would be greatly appreciated:

    I am not really a fan of doing plometrics like jump squats and stuff..I am in pretty good shape but was just i HAVE too incorporate this stuff in my workout to get ideal awesome results or could i skip it??

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  • sirenjess
    March 26, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Thanks for responding Jenna. It’s so cool that your doing TEAM in training. I got into the Nike’s women’s marathon. I’m going to San Francisco this July for a marathon and then hopefully again in October for the Nike’s.