Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Gettin’ Old

And it’s STILL raining and windy here in Orlando! Yuck!!! The first day was kind of cool because it was rainy and I didn’t have to go to school and could just lounge around my house…..but we are going on three of this and I’m itching to see some sunlight!! 🙁 Hopefully the weekend will be nicer….

The rain and wind didn’t stop me this morning though as I zipped up my rain jacket, put on my hat, and headed to the gym. I just did 25 minutes on the treadmill and decided to save abs for tomorrow since it was getting late and I’m pretty tired this morning (didn’t get to bed until around 12:30). As for the treadmill, I walked for 5 minutes to warm up, jogged for 5 minutes, then did 10 minutes of running sprints before a 5 minute cool down jog.  For the sprints, I alternated between a speed of 8.1 for 45 seconds and 5.6 (slow jog) for 1 1/2 minutes. It definitely gets your heart pumping!!

Before I went to the gym I had half a Clif Bar:


And when I got home, all wet and chilly from the rain, I made a warm bowl of chocolatey oats.


I used:

1/2 cup multigrain cereal cooked in 1 cup water

1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 spoonful almond butter

1/2 banana

I cooked the oats and stirred in the remaining ingredients—it turned out delicious! Chocolate almondy and very filling. 🙂

I wish I had more soup to take for lunch today!!! It’s totally that kind of day. Oh well—instead I packed a mish-mosh of things. I have tuna (2 oz chunk light mixed with spoonful of nayonaisse), a hard boiled egg, some veggies, a string cheese, about 10 kashis and some strawberries. Hopefully it all fits in my lunch box! 😉


And here are the snackies:

Grapes for this morning with my coffee at work:


And a cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch (honey almond flax) to have with some tea this afternoon:


This day is going to be all a rush because I have to be at school an hour early tonight for a meeting regarding externships. Dinner will probably be simple (just a warning!). I’m sort of bummed out because my apartment for my externship fell through (they wouldn’t do only a three month lease….) and instead I’ll be staying at one of my best friend’s houses in the guestroom. She’s in law school right now in Louisiana and her parent’s were kind enough to offer me a room. It’s GREAT because it’s free, close to work and across the street from the beach but…...I can’t have Dexter because her dad is allergic. So, Dexter is going to be moving back to Tampa to live with Ryan next month and we all be reunited again at Christmas. I’ve gotten very attached to him though so the thought of not having him sleep on my bed at night is killing me!!! 🙁

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  • caitlin (see bride run)
    August 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    awww thats is so sad about dexter!

    where are you moving to for your externship? vero beach?

  • jenna
    August 21, 2008 at 1:00 pm


    Yep! I’ll be moving the weekend of Sept 26th. Vero Beach is my hometown…it’ll be weird to go back after being away for the past 5 years!

  • Justy2003
    August 21, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Awe, sorry to hear you won’t be able to have Dexter with you 🙁 I’d miss my kitty and her little antics if I couldn’t have her around! At least you’ll be able to visit on the weekends 🙂
    Hope some sun comes through for you soon!

  • Littleblackdress
    August 21, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    So sorry to hear about Dexter, but so happy you can live for free. Your externship will be amazing!

  • Kimberly
    August 21, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Hey, Jenna – I was wondering what your attitude is towards eating tuna, because of the mercury levels? The FDA had been insisting that it’s safe twice a week, but their credibility has been so shot in light of how incompetent they’ve proven to be about… well, pretty much everything else, ever 😉 And then from the NYT in January: “Recent laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency.” Argh. I would cut it out of my diet entirely if I didn’t love toro sushi so much 🙁

    P.S. The way I cope with interminable gray weather is to make some tea, break out a Dairy Milk, and pretend I’m in London 😉

  • Heather
    August 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Way to go for braving the weather to get to the gym!

    I’m so sorry about Dexter 🙁 That would be so hard- but at least you know he’ll be well taken care of in the meantime!

  • VeggieGirl
    August 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Gorgeous oats!

    Ahh, I got nervous that you were getting RID of Dexter!! Thank goodness he’ll be with Ryan in the meantime. Phew!!

  • sara84
    August 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I started reading your blog religiously and you have inspired me to start running… I have never ran a mile in my life, and I have adapted the Galloway method for the past 3 weeks now. However, this week I have been experiencing severe knee pain, and this morning I had to go to get an x-ray on my ankle because it was really swollen… I am pretty sure its from the running, and I was wondering if you have any suggestions, or tell me if I am doing anything wrong when I run. I really dont want to stop running, even though all my friends tell me its really bad for your knees…..

  • Julz
    August 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Noooooooooooo!!!! How can you not have your Dexter? That’s so sad 🙁 OKAY, no more of ME being a downer! You’ll def get to see him lots if he’s staying with Ryan! Aww… Shucks, I’m totally feelin for you, loverbuns!

    Anyways, I’m not sure if I commented before on your Half-Marathon decision, but if not, YEEEEE-UHHHHH!! 🙂 So proud! So proud! Especially amazed at your desire to jump back up on that horse, again! Injuries are scary! Since my foot’s been healed/still healing, I’ve been so trepidatious (is this even a word? lol…. I def think it should be!) since fracturing my foot, so I most certainly know how you feel! Ahh, how sweet would it be if we all do a race together one day?! Ridic cute, right?

    Hope the Weather Clears for y’all!

  • natalie
    August 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Great idea with the oats!

    I was afraid you were getting rid of Dexter to! We’ve all grown to love seeing him to! At least you know he will be very well taken care of with Ryan.

  • tfh
    August 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Aww…well, at least Ryan will get his share of kitty company!

    What I’ve eaten today so far and packed for lunch is eerily similar to your day. I’ve been munching my grapes reading this post. Super treadmill workout! Looks like you’re going to have a great base for when you do start training in earnest.

  • Sarah M
    August 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I plan on following along with your blog throughout your training for the 1/2 marathon but I’m just wondering if you have any other running blogs you read. I’ve tried to search for some, but nothing jumps out at me yet.

    I bet you’ll miss little Dexter a lot! 🙁 🙁


  • ModelBehavior
    August 21, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    That’s to bad about Dexter but VERY lucky that you can stay with your friend, and for free! And 3 days without sunlight is enough to make anyone a bit depressed, hang in there!

  • angelcubbie
    August 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Hey Jenna! Sorry to hear about Dexter : ( I had to get rid of my puppy when I started doing full time work and school again after having her for a year and it just about broke my heart, I cried so hard. At least you get to keep Dexter though and it’s just temporary! By the way how was that Coconut Larabar last night? I’ve been thinking about buying one.

    And this is a question for everyone, what do you find works better for you, eating a big breakfast and then waiting to eat again until lunch or eating a slightly smaller breakfast and eating a snack in between?

  • Erin
    August 21, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Doesn’t it sorta kinda feel like FALL outside?! Mildly exciting, I must say! 🙂

  • SDF
    August 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Everyone on here seems to know a little bit about running so I have a question for anyone & everyone who has an answer.

    Last week I did more than my usual amount of running (I usually swim twice a week and run twice a week but I was away for business so only had access to the treadmill so I ended up going for 4 runs). I felt fine last week but then yesterday I got on the treadmill and I had really really bad shin splints. I had been planning on running 10 K but the pain was so bad I ended up only being able to speed walk-and even that was so painful I was only able to go 5 K and then had to stop! Is this because of my increased running last week or maybe just because my body’s feeling run down (when I got out of bed yesterday my entire body was sore-no idea why). How do I make them go away so that I can go for another run?

    Any help would be so greatly appreciated! Thanks

  • Jayne
    August 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I usually don’t comment, but HI! And thanks for your blog!

    I’m a marathon runner from Boston, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about your training. My third full marathon is coming up in a few weeks, and I’ve been training harder, so I went to see a sports nutritionist yesterday ( and she was wonderful! She gave me a plan very similar to the one that your friend/trainer gave you! More about timing meals to refuel and eating more in general than any specific foods, but very helpful nonetheless.

    also, if any marathoners in the blogworld are looking for a training partner in Boston… just let me know! 🙂

  • Gracie
    August 21, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Can you or anyone recommend supplements for stress or anxiety? I have had an anxious feeling for a while now and yoga and hot tea aren’t cutting it. I’ve heard of Kava and magnesium, but I wanted to see if anyone had an thoughts or suggestions. I’m definitely not a fan of prescriptions so going to the regular doctor is the last resort. The good part is the anxiousness makes me run fast! Thanks!

    Also, Sara84, make sure you have the proper shoes. I really hurt my ankle once just from the wrong running shoe.

  • LadyLara
    August 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Hey SDF,

    In my experience shin splints come from any changes you suddenly make in your running: faster than usual, farther than usual, more often, new shoes, new running surfaces.

    So, running on a treadmill (especially if you might be used to outside) four days in a row is definitely enough to give you shin splints.

    The remedy from my cross country days was 10 days of no running and ice.

  • TinaR
    August 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Hi ladies,

    I have a running-related question for you all you runners! Has anyone ever experienced plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the fascia in the arch of the foot that causes pain in the heel of the foot) or heel spurs in the foot? If so, how did you deal with it and recover from the injury? I don’t want to stop running!


  • SarahC
    August 21, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I have never commented before but I am a long time reader. I love your blog and your healthy attitude towards eating and exercise. My question is about stir fry’s. I’m just starting to cook again and was wondering if you had any suggestions for stir fry’s and low calorie sauces to use for them?? Any ideas from you or other readers would be much appreciated !! Have a great thursday 🙂


  • Morgan
    August 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Florida weather is a HUGE deal in the news! Oh my gosh, that doesn’t sound like fun. Think about how nice that first ray of sunshine will be!

    I’m having separation anxiety myself…I’m moving out of my parents house and away from my cat this weekend. It’s hard!

  • Alyssa
    August 21, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve been hearing the updates on the storm and it sounds like it is sticking around 🙁 I hope things don’t get too bad over there! Bummer about Dexter, but yay for the free rent!

  • Chellie Has Issues
    August 21, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Your workout sounds very close to mine this week. I am in week 1 of 1/2 marathon training. I do 5 min warm up (on level 4 incline 4%), run for 5 min. on 6.4, then alternate sprinting for a min. on level 8 and recovering for 2 min. on level 6. I was a sweaty mess and loved it.

  • smjohnson30
    August 21, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I had to do clinical rotations when I was in Physician Assistant school, so I know what you are going through for your internship. I spent a total of 3 months of my rotations away from home and away from not only my dog but my new boyfriend (who is now my husband!)! But the time went SO fast, and I came home a lot of the weekends to see both of them, so just try to keep busy during the week and maybe if you have the weekends open you can go back and see both your best friends, too! 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat
    August 21, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Boo, sorry about Dexter. I hate that I can’t live my my cat right now. He is a beast and I love him.

  • april
    August 21, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    hi jenna! your breakfast looks so good and i was just wondering if you can taste the almond butter? usually if i mix in pb i can never taste it!

  • jenna
    August 22, 2008 at 12:01 am


    Good point. It’s hard because I Looooooove tuna and especially spicy tuna rolls!!!!!! I used to eat tuna a lot more often and try now to eat it only once a week. It sucks because it really is such a great source of lean protein but rather safe than sorry I guess. I’m sort of on team “everything in moderation is okay” and while I would never eat tuna everyday or even four times a week, I think that once a week is fine until someone comes out with a conclusive study that says it’s bad.


    ouch!!! I’m not a doctor or an athletic trainer so I really have no idea what happened. Some people are just plagued with bad knees, as it is a very common running injury. I hear that ice baths help a lot though and you might be able to find more info on they have a plethora of information on all issues pertaining to running and I have found it to be a great help!!

    Sarah M,

    I read Caitlin’s blog— as well as Sammie’s blog— Love these ladies! 🙂


    I can because its chunky almond butter and I just love biting into the crunchy pieces of almonds!! its so delicious! Maybe you just aren’t adding enough? 😉

    I get AWFUL shin splits as well and would lloove to know how other runners deal with this!! So annoying!