1. Ipod——check
  2. Compression socks—-check
  3. coconut water—-check
  4. lucky hat—-check
  5. post-race snack—check
  6. heart rate monitor check—check
  7. Blog—-check, check!

I think I got it all and I’m ready to run!!! Honestly, THIS is why I’m doing races again….the morning of is just so exciting! After such a disappointing last fall when I reallyyyyy wanted to train for a half and had to drop out (again! ugh) because of my shins, getting to run these races this spring is such a blessing to me! And the fact that I honestly feel like I’m getting better and stronger every day is amazing…..who knows, maybe I can finally run that half marathon next year that I’ve been wanting to do for almost three years now?! Anything is possible =)

The alarm went off this morning at 6:15 but I had been up since 5:30. I quickly made some coffee and took out the breakfast cookie I had made last night


(Ryan left me the CUTEST note on top of my cookie in the fridge. That’s why I love him!)

These breakfast cookies might be the world’s best pre-race breakfast because they are filling enough to fuel you, yet light enough so you don’t feel anything weird sloshing in your tummy. Thanks again, Gina! Today’s cookie was a combo of 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 scoop vanilla protein (all that was left in the cannister!), 1/2 mashed banana, 1 tbsp almond butter and 2 tbsp lowfat milk. It was good but I like them made with chocolate protein and chocolate chips better! 😉

I’m riding to the race with my mom, Margaret and my dad. My dad is the official camera man today so hopefully he’ll get some good shots at the finish! I don’t want to jinx myself now, but I feel so much more ready for this race than I did the Gasparilla Race a few weeks ago. I had just come back from injury and had only been running again for about three weeks to get ready for that and even though I finished with a decent time, I totally ran my heart out and felt exhausted at the end. Since then, I have run three pretend 5K races and now I am much more confident in the 3.1 mile distance.

I’m just going to have fun today and I’m SO proud of my mom for doing this with me because not only has she never ran a race before, but she never really has even RUN before. She decided to sign up with me and then took it very seriously and has been training for the past three weeks every other day. I’m so proud! =)

See you at the finish!

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  • VeggieGirl
    March 15, 2009 at 5:33 am

    YOU AND MOM BETTER ROCK OUT THE RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be cheering you on from here 😀

  • hk
    March 15, 2009 at 5:52 am

    see you at the finish!!! you’ll kill it 🙂 have A BLAST!!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 15, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Good Luck! Kick some race day bootay!

  • Moran
    March 15, 2009 at 5:59 am

    SO awesome that your ma is joining you for this!
    Best of luck, can’t wait to read the recap!

  • Ashley
    March 15, 2009 at 6:21 am

    So cool that you and your mom are doing this together. Have an amazing race!!

  • Meg
    March 15, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Good luck!! I’m sure you’re going to do great! It’s a fabulous feeling getting over an injury!

  • Matt
    March 15, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Good luck today!

  • Julie
    March 15, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Good luck Jenna!!! Kick ass girl!

  • Jena
    March 15, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Amazing! Best of luck.

  • life coach jen
    March 15, 2009 at 7:06 am

    You go girl! Good luck to you and your mom!

  • K
    March 15, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Good luck! Good luck! Good luck!!!

  • Susan
    March 15, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Good luck!! That definetely looks like the perfect pre-run breakfast!!

  • Anna
    March 15, 2009 at 8:00 am

    I feel the same way about breakfast cookies… they’re my pre-yoga breakfast of choice. Hope the race went well!

  • Natalie
    March 15, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I have a 5k today to Jenna!

    Can’t wait to hear how yours goes and good luck!!! =D

  • Cole
    March 15, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Hey Jenna! I’m a new reader but I just wanted to say good luck with your first trail race. Have fun!

  • Dulcie
    March 15, 2009 at 8:44 am

    That’s so cute that your mom is joining you!!

    Good luck to the both of you <3

  • Emily
    March 15, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Good luck today!
    And kudos to your mom for running, too!

  • Bec
    March 15, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Hope the race goes well for you and your mom!

  • Sharon
    March 15, 2009 at 9:16 am

    AWESOME!!!! Have fun!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 15, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Good luck!

  • kristi
    March 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I didn’t know your mom was doing it, too…that is SOOO awesome!

    Good luck to the both of you!!!!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

    WOOHOO!!! You’re going to ROCK IT!!!

  • skinnyrunner
    March 15, 2009 at 10:02 am

    good luck and have a fun time. you’ll do awesome!

  • Run Saraaah
    March 15, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Good luck to you & your mom 😀 Have an awesome time!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    March 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

    love your approach! you’re going to have such a great race today, esp with that bfast cookie fueling you through it!

  • Leah
    March 15, 2009 at 10:08 am

    HAVE FUN! Can’t wait to see your recap!!!

  • emily
    March 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

    good luck! I’m sure you will be a rockstar!