Exercise/ Fitness

Don’t Stop Believin’….

I’m not sure if it was the blinding rain, the new shoes, or the Rocky music I was listening to (my dad made me a running mix with Rocky, the beatles, rolling stones, prince, rascall flats and journey)…..but I just ran 3 miles and didn’t stop!!!!!!! I just started slow and ran and ran and ran….! And, yes, it was pouring outside but it actually felt kind of good because it wasn’t hot for a change. I was only going to do 2 miles today but when I got out there I felt so good that I just didn’t want to stop! Sorry if I’m gushing—I’m just super happy about it because never in my life have I ran for that long without walking…..and it felt good!


Pre-run Scuba Steve


Post-run sweaty beast

Here are my stats:

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 42 minutes (including a brief warm up and about a 10 minute cool down walk)

Average heart rate: 177

Max heart rate: 202

Calories burned: 456

This afternoon while making the pie—


I snacked on some yogurt and blueberries and later on, a vitatop muffin with almond butter (pre-run)



My parents got Ryan a gift card to one of our faaavorite restaurants, Bonefish Grill, for his birthday so tonight we are going out to celebrate early!  I’ll check back later tonight!

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  • Christie I.
    August 30, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Hooray for your great run!

    And thanks for inspiring dinner, the dear husband and I were just debating on what to do. We are headed to the Bonefish!

  • Bethany
    August 30, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Hi, Jenna! I’m a long-time lurker of your blog and enjoy it very much! It was interesting to see your stats from your run today. Mine are very similar – I have a pretty high heart rate when I run. However, I only figure that I’m really burning about 60% of what my HRM says because it doesn’t seem possible that I’m really burning that many calories. I’ve been running for over 1.5 years, and I can run about 5 miles outside without stopping.

    Usually, I can burn about 833 calories running about 4.5 miles on a treadmill at a 1% incline about 5.5-6 mph., which is on track with what you posted above. So, I figure I really burned about 500 of that instead. I know that this probably doesn’t matter to you since you’re not trying to lose weight, but it has been sort of puzzling/troubling to me because I’m trying to lose 5-10 pounds. Oh, and FYI: I’m at a BMI of 20.5, and I’m 26 years old.

    I’m actually going to go to a testing facility to have my real max HR and VO2 max tested. I went to a cardiologist to have my heart looked at, and he said I was fine and that sometimes young women have a high heart like that. My resting HR is only 59. It’s only high when I exercise. My suspicion is that my max is higher than predicted for my age (194), especially since I regularly see 200 on my HRM. I want to get my HRM calibrated correctly so that it can more accurately calculate the calorie burn.

    Okay, now that I wrote a novel on your blog, congratulations on running 3 miles in a row! When I first started running, I never thought I could do it. Sometimes I get such a high just from being able to run for a long period of time. It’s such an amazing sense of accomplishment. Way to go!!!

  • molls
    August 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    i sense a runner’s high! congrats! keep up the hard work jenna!

  • VeggieGirl
    August 30, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Haha!!! Jenna, you totally represent a “runner’s high” – love it!! Kudos, girl!!

    Tantalizing-looking pie and muffin/almond-butter snack!!

    Have fun at dinner!

  • raybelle
    August 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm


    i am surprised you burn so many calories in your run. the rule of thumb is that 100 calories are burned/mile–that’s for a 150 lb woman. i am around 115 lbs and i only burn 349 calories per every 4 miles run. unless your warm up was running a couple of miles or sprinting/jogging/walking, the calories burned results seem off.

    i am just wondering what the difference is. is it an issue overall cardiovascular health or just an issue of differing calculators/monitors? or did you just go 5 miles total?

    regardless, calories aren’t the most important thing anyway. im glad your run was successful! you might be going further than you think sill.

    and i love your camel pack–they’re fabulous, aren’t they?

  • MWS
    August 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    ooh Jenna I really know what you mean and how great that feels; gush gush gush about it! 😀 that is so awesome!

    lol “Scuba Steve” reminds me of the movie Big Daddy and Adam Sandler in a scuba costume… has anyone seen it?? haha

    oh yeah and gorgeous sugar this morning! you’re tough girl, I would have cried if my teacher did that 😛

    have a great sat. night!

  • katie s
    August 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Congrats on the run, Jenna! I love those days, they’re when you least expect them!!! I wanted to let you know I took your advice and bought I Am Charlotte Simmons… I have not been able to put it down all afternoon!! Thanks! Quick question, what kind of inserts did you buy? Have fun at dinner tonight!!

  • smjohnson30
    August 30, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Congrats on the run! You should be so proud of yourself 🙂

    We have a Bonefish Grill here in Grand Rapids, MI and although I’ve not been there yet, I have heard AMAZING things about. I’d love to hear a review and see some pics! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • natalie
    August 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    I’m loving the scuba Steve picture!

    The pie looks great, and I really need to try that chocolate + almond butter combo. 🙂

  • michelle
    August 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Wonderful 3 mile run Jenna!!! Keep up the good work!!

    Are you loving your new running sneakers?


  • hk
    August 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    wohoooo!! that totally rocks! have fun tonight 🙂

  • Andrea
    August 31, 2008 at 12:08 am

    ooooh love the camelbak! rascall flats are soooo good!! your daddy has nice taste 😉

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 31, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Congrats on your run!

    That pie looks delish!

    Enjoy your dinner tonight!

  • Angie
    August 31, 2008 at 1:32 am

    So glad you had such a good run. CONGRATS on accomplishing that. That muffin looks quite yummy. Need to try one of those, that is for sure.

  • jenna
    August 31, 2008 at 1:40 am


    I don’t really look as calories as the importance but I have always always had a very high heart rate and metabolic burn rate. This is why I lose weight more easily than I gain weight. I really did run 3 miles and I’m just going by what my Polar F4 says for calories. It might be off…I don’t really care that much..I don’t THINK it’s off though since it is a polar heart rate monitor and not just a monitor on a treadmill or something. My resting heart rate is like 60 and I can easily go above 200 on high intensity workouts. I guess it just varies person to person—that’s why I have to make sure to eat enough food!!

    Katie s,

    I have the box in my trunk. I will get back to you! They are orthotics though!


    LOVE them ! Obviously they take me distances I never thought possible..

  • Jessica
    August 31, 2008 at 11:30 am

    The run looks fun & the pie looks great! Love your blog 😀

  • michelle
    August 31, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Jenna, by the way you are so nice and skinny!! I am envious!!