Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

Getting a Grip


I’ve delayed posting because I was in a horrible mood this morning and had to wait to calm down a little bit. 🙁 I woke up at 5:30 to run, double moleskinned and taped my feet and ended up only being able to go two miles before it felt like my heels were being shredded apart. Now, I can run through a little bit of pain but this was intense. I was so mad that I actually started to cry…I felt like such a baby. However, right when I was in the middle of my own personal pity party, I looked to my right and saw a beautiful dolphin jumping and had a calm one mile walk home. I don’t really know what to do at this point….I’m obviously not going to run again until I’m completely healed but this is getting ridiculous.

Anyways! I did have a nice little chat with God, calmed down and came home and had a some Kashi U cereal with vanilla oikos and half a banana for breakfast:


I really like this Kashi cereal…crunchy!

I’m about to meet Jessica at church right now and then go to the Labor Day church bbq with my parents afterwards….should be a nice little Sunday 🙂

I will be more perky when I return!! 😛

“Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage…” James 1: 19-20

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  • Cyclist Kate
    August 30, 2009 at 9:47 am


    I know it’s hard, but maybe just stay off the running ’till your feet are totally healed? I know if my feet get all messed up and I only let them heal partway before I get back in those same shoes, I’m back to square one (um, how many times have I done this?!). The only thing I’ve found is to put salve on them religiously to speed healing and wait ’till the skin has healed itself. You will be back with running soon! Ain’t the practice of patience a bitch? 😉

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    August 30, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Ugh Jenna – I know how frustrating it can be to be injured while trying to train. It’s one of the most aggravating things ever and I have DEFINITELY cried before over the same thing!

    If you can, just try to substitute walking/elliptical-ling or some other cardio and you’ll find you don’t lose as much as it feels like. Once you’re healed you’ll be back and ready to go! 🙂

    Have a great time at church!

  • megan
    August 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Jenna, I’m so sorry to hear your run didn’t work out. I can relate because my knee has been bothering me and I haven’t been able to run for a week and it is SO frustrating!!!! I think I need to have a little chat with God too. Delicious breakfasts always help though! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Jenna
    August 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Hey Jenna, I can totally relate to this in a different way… as a diabetic my blood sugar will sometimes go low when I’ve still got miles left in my legs. It is so frustrating to be forced to stop over ANYTHING, but it just makes me more thankful for the days where I can run 8 miles without getting shaky.

    Good luck with the healing!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    August 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

    How frustrating! Blisters are the worst.

    I’m sure you’ve tried everything by now, but vaseline is seriously the best blister-fixer ever. I slather a ton on my feet before long runs. It’s messy, but it eliminates friction and hence blisters. You can put a bit under your moleskin too to keep things from rubbing and irritating your skin.

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    August 30, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Jenna – I am sorry this is so frustrating for you! I do understand. Right before my first 5k I got a HORRIBLE blister (like the length of my thumb, but a little wider) on the bottom of my foot. Because I didn’t stop right away, the blister started to get infected. The most important thing I did was stop. I didn’t have much of a choice because I literally could not put any weight on my blister without wanting to cry. I know how active you are and I know how much it sucks, but stay off it until it is fully healed – hopefully it won’t take more than a week if you let it heel without trying to run again. Hopefully this comment doesn’t come off as snarky or know-it-all, but I just wanted to share my experience. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  • Jess
    August 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Jenna, I am so encouraged by your blog! In good and bad, you always keep your bubbly upbeat personality! Hope you have a great Sunday! Church BBQs cannot be beat!

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    August 30, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Yikes, sorry about the run. Glad you are feeling better now.

    I’m just getting caught up on my blog reading, I saw yesterday you said you are going to miss living with your parents. Are you moving? I think I must have missed that somewhere along the way.

    • jenna
      August 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm


      I am moving this fall! Not tomorrow but soon. As much as I love living with my parents I think the time is coming for me to be on my own…

  • Susan
    August 30, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Agree with everyone else – that sounds totally frustrating! I don’t blame you for breaking down a bit. BUT, really, it won’t set you back thaaaat much. I think we stress out too much about sticking to our training plans which leads to a little un-needed stress! Don’t worry, you’ll be able to catch up no prob when everything is all healed 🙂 Hope the rest of your day goes better!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 30, 2009 at 10:10 am

    So sorry to hear about your frustrating morning! I had bunion surgery on both of my feet (4 toes) this summer, and I know how difficult it was to stay off my feet those first few weeks to let myself heal. But it’s definitely worth it when you can give running/walking its all when you are completely healed.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    August 30, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Sorry to hear you are having trouble with blisters. They are sooo painful. I’m sure you can do lots of other great stuff, though, while they heal- like yoga and swimming. Just do what feels best for your body- and your feet!
    Hope you have a great Sunday. Sounds really nice and relaxing.

  • Evan Thomas
    August 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Injuries can be frustrating, but everything heals over time. That dolphin sounds like a really cool experience, definitely nothing like that around here

  • Stephanie P
    August 30, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Have you heard of NuSkin? Maybe that could help. You spray it over your blister and it creates a second skin…

  • MelissaNibbles
    August 30, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Your injury will heal Jenna. Keep your head up! We’re all pulling for you 🙂

  • katie s
    August 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I know how frustrating blisters can be, Jenna! I am sorry they put a damper on your morning, but I’m glad you were able to pick yourself back up! It’s great when we get those little signs to cheer up. Enjoy your day, you’ll be back to running in no time!!

  • holly the healthy everythingtarian
    August 30, 2009 at 10:39 am

    sorry about the run girl. just take your time – everything is okay in the end, if it’s not okay, then it’s not the end 🙂

    lotsa love and hopefully good food. enjoy your sunday!

  • Danielle
    August 30, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Sorry you had such a tough morning sweetheart! I know how you feel when you really want to be able to do something and your body disagrees (hello, pain) but please just try to focus on the things you can do for now and give yourself time to heal. Remember that gorgeous Vero sunset? “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Hope your Saturday brightens up 🙂

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    August 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I hope your foot heals soon Jenna! That is extra-frustrating!

  • Sana
    August 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Good luck, you will get better soon :)!

  • dee (the apple hill adventurer)
    August 30, 2009 at 10:51 am

    i hope you had a great trip, but are glad to be home 🙂 i am waiting for the rest of my fav to WAKE UP so we can eat bfast lol .. lazy bones

  • Lizzy
    August 30, 2009 at 10:51 am

    awww girl its ok.. just think when your all healed you’ll be much happier running, and you’ll be stronger then ever!!!! 🙂

  • Angie
    August 30, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I think you are smart to let them just heal – I hope they heal quick!

    Why is the labor day bbq not next week?

  • kay (eating machine)
    August 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

    i think the dolphin jumping while you’re upset was god telling you it’s going to be ok…
    i’ve never had a dolphin show up when i’m having a bad day, i’m a little jealous!

  • Danielle S.
    August 30, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Jenna, I am sorry to hear about run and your foot :(. I can totally relate, as I am on the “side lines” from my running routine and have been for 4 weeks due to an injury. Yes…I’ve had a day of tears as well. I started reading Lance Armstrong’s “It’s not about the bike” and it reminded me…..”this injury is temporary” and I can handle a few weeks down. I hope your day goes better for you and you heal soon 🙂 !
    PS: A good alternative for me has been my spin bike to keep me fit & sane in the mean time

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    August 30, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I am so sorry that your blister is interfering with your training, that really sucks. When I fell on my tailbone (fell down the stairs) 2 months ago, I had to take a break from a lot of exercises I enjoy because they would make it hurt even more. I hope that your blister heals quickly!

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 30, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I’m sorry your heel hasn’t healed yet. I know how frustrating it can be. After my first marathon running in bad shoes, I could barely walk normal for 2 weeks without limping. The best thing to do to keep up your fitness is to do a lot of x-training (swimming, elliptical, weights, cycling). It may not seem the same, but the more you do, you will notice it will be easier to get back into running when your foot heals. During my marathon training, some weeks I don’t feel like running at all, so I do a lot of other x-training instead and I find my endurance and fitness is still the same. Hope this helps!

  • Laura
    August 30, 2009 at 11:25 am

    So sorry to hear about your blistered feet! I used to be a ballet dancer and (unfortunately) have a lot of experience in the blister department. If you need some pain relief try an old dancer trick by putting Oralgel on the blisters (yes- the same stuff you rub on a teething baby’s gums!) after you put on Neosporin. Be sure to let the Neosporin soak in for a little while, though. Also, fabric bandaids and the more cloth-like medical tape tend to stay stuck longer on sweaty feet. Good luck and happy healing!

  • Cali
    August 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Get on your mat, girl!

  • lora
    August 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

    def take time to heal. you dont want to hurt urself even more. I think its awesome u at least ran 2 miles!Even in the pain, you got a nice 3 miles in this morning! Hit the yoga mat, and catch up on some prayers to get back into your calm/happy place 🙂 you will do great on ur race, as long as u make sure the feet are healed properly! maybe the hiatus from running will make u do even better in the long run!


  • Lizzie
    August 30, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Jenna, I went through the same thing almost a year ago where I injured my foot and couldn’t run for two weeks and that set me back from all the work I had been doing. I remember when it hurt enough that I stopped and definitely had a good cry. Kept saying how I wouldn’t run anymore!! Needless to say that did not happen and I came back a stronger and more patient person/athlete. And you will too. What a blessing to see that dolphin 🙂

    Not sure how these blisters came about, but I was wondering if you have ever gone to a running shop and had yourself properly fitted? This is more for internal support than external blisters, but wasn’t sure if you had ever done it? You’ll end up paying slightly more but it is really more of an investment. This seems big now, but will be tiny in the long run – hang in there!! You’re further along than you think 🙂

  • Tricia
    August 30, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Hey Jenna!
    Sorry to hear that your blisters are still bothering you! I totally agree with what Lizzie said regarding getting properly fitted for a running shoe, I actually read in Self Magazine yesterday that 85% of Americans are wearing the wrong shoe for their feet. A running shoe that fits your foot correctly should not give you blisters at all. Be extra careful with those orthodics too, I’m a big skeptic on those things there is something to be said about screwing around with your body’s natural mechanics ya know?!
    Keep your head up though, you’ll be back to kicking ass-phault soon!

  • angieinatlanta
    August 30, 2009 at 11:54 am

    It’ll be okay, Jenna! When I feel the way you do, I repeat the Serenity Prayer to myself:

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.

  • maggie
    August 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Hey! You saw a dolphin? That itself is amazing 🙂 Just focus on the good things in life and the bad won’t matter. I know how you feel about running though…my knee has been acting up and I havent been able to do cardio in weeks…its depressing at times. Keep your head up high’ll get through it. I was wondering if you could check out my blog sometime and give me some feed back on how you like it!


  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    August 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Sorry about the run Jenna! I still think 2 miles is great though! haha.

    Hope your Sunday improves and you have a great day! xoxo

  • lena
    August 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    sorry about your blistering blisters! be praying for your quick recovery! PS. i love those Kashi U cereals too!!! 😛 take time to rest and let them heal, then you can run all you want! i know how frustrating it can be but it will be worse if you wont let them heal properly! 🙂 take care!

  • sherri
    August 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    sometimes you have to walk before you can run… if you’re not already wearing them, treat your feet to a pair of asics hera or kayano running socks. my feet never hurt on my long runs (22 miles last friday – eek) and i’m blister free. good luck to you!!

  • Heather
    August 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I’m so sorry about your lack-of a run. I know that it can get SO frustrating when all you want to do is work out and do specifically one thing and you can’t even get it done. But fear not! GIVE YOUR BODY THE REST IT NEEDS and everything will fall into place. You know that. [:
    It’s so funny because at church today, the Gospel was from the book of James and my mom was telling me how beautiful and simple the book of James is compared to the rest of the Bible. That quote is gorgeous.

  • Kiki (Run Kiki Run)
    August 30, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    sorry to hear about your feet!! hope u feel better soon! dont let it get you down!

  • Jenna
    August 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Jenna! I am in your same boat. Yesterday when I was running, I started to get knee pain and had to stop. Today I still am having the pain, so I am a bit nervous.

    But I completely understand, I am too, a stubborn person. So not being able to get out there and run or be active is SO hard for me. Like you said, it is better for it to completely heal than to keep going and make it worse. 🙂

    I’m going to try yoga download for the first time today. I’m so excited!! Beginner class 101 for this Jenna.

  • Omar
    August 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Your breakfast is just like mine! except I use soy milk.

    I have a hard time not running either. There is a great deal of ash in Los Angeles right now and it’s something that I wouldn’t want in my way.

    You need a break. It is something I need to tell myself as well. I hope you’re able to run again soon.

    Love the blog!


  • Tay
    August 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Jenna girl – I’m really sorry 🙁 But just remember how this is definitely only temporary. You’ve been through much harder things before and pulled through. And this too shall pass!!
    While I was marathon training, I got rrrrreally bad blisters and felt like it was the end of the world that I had to take a week off. But it really didn’t effect my training. It’s just extra rest time to make you stronger for when you return 😉

  • Julia
    August 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I’m so sorry about your run. That must have been so frustrating!
    Enjoy the rest of your day, hopefully some family time and a little more time w/ God will bring a smile back to your face!

  • Sheri
    August 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Sorry to hear about your run! I know it will be hard but let your feet heal completely. Blisters are the worst when trying to run! Hope you have a great Sunday! 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    August 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Hang in there, my dear **hugs**

    Wonderful closing verse.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    August 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    hey! I used to get really bad blisters on the arches of my feet during long runs (like the size of silver dollars) and I got these Advanced Healing Blister Care band aid type things from CVS that helped to heal the blister quickly. I thought they worked great! When I wasn’t wearing that bandaid, if I went for a long run or if the area of my foot that was blister prone felt sensitive, I would put a piece of guaze on it and then tape it up with athletic tape (the electrical tape you’re using would prob stay on better) and that REALLY helped to prevent blisters. Also having wicky socks rather then cotton socks helps too. I’m sure you’re tired of all the advice but wanted to tell you just in case! I know what a pain and annoyance blisters can be. Good luck!

  • kt
    August 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I just came back from a funeral, my brother died from a horrible cancer, it was the worst week of my life, and will miss him every day. Funny, things I used to think was such a big deal, really aren’t any longer. God, closed one door but will open another, I used to be so focused on myself and not others, I am now going to volunteer for the people who can’t walk, let alone run, and they are years younger than myself. We have to be at peace for what we can do and not for what we can’t.
    Jenna, I do hope that you can run again, but if you can’t God has another plan. 🙂

  • Valerie (College Girl Eats)
    August 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I love that Kashi U cereal too! I’m so sorry to hear about your feet. There is nothing more frustrating!

  • Megan
    August 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Hey Jenna, I’m sorry to hear about your rough morning. I know it must be so frustrating not being able to run as much as you’d like. I am so sorry…once you are healed I am sure it will be a million times better 🙂
    I hope you have a beautiful Sunday!!

  • Shannon
    August 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Jenna – I’ve followed along with you for many months now but never posted but running is a topic I’m familiar with. Don’t run again until you’re completely healed. Vaseline does help blisters not to form. Run when you can, as your body allows, between now and your half marathon. You are in great physical condition and that, along with the excitement “in the air”, and your desire to get across that finish line will get you through the race and you’ll feel great. Don’t worry about a thing. Maybe God wants you to just cool it for a while. 🙂 Take care of yourself.

  • Brea
    August 30, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Wow, the Bible verse from James really spoke to me!! I’m actually going to highlight it in my Bible and write it out as a reminder to me this week. I’ve been harboring some anger and negative feelings this last week and needed this reminder! Glad to hear the rest of your day is going well so far!!

  • Lainie
    August 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I hope your running issues get figured out soon; I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with that. You seem so determined, and I commend you for that!

  • Amelia
    August 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    How aggravating! Hope things improve for you soon. As annoying as it is I’d say you might just have to wait it out til you’re fully healed. Then you can start kicking butt again! 🙂

  • Gaby
    August 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Oh I know it is the worst feeling to not be able to run. If it makes you feel any better…. I’ve been forced to halt my half training because of tendonitis on my foot. I can barely walk ! 🙁 Ps: I really appreciate the verses at the end of some of your posts lately. Please keep them coming! Goodluck with the foot healing.

  • Jenna
    August 30, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    what is Kashi U cereal, looks good though!!

  • Katie D.
    August 31, 2009 at 11:37 am


    I know how you feel, before my first 10k I was majorly plagued with blisters. Band-Aid Blister Pads were the only things that helped! And right now, just 4 weeks before my first half-marathon, I’m experiancing knee pain (ITBS I think) that is horrible! I had to cut all my runs down last week and during yesterday’s 9 miler, I was doing so great, I was ahead on my pace and feeling awesome when around mile 6 the pain started and quickly escalated in .4 miles so I ended up walking 1.5 miles home with my head down 🙁

    So sorry you are going through this but know that you aren’t alone!

  • Alexandra
    August 31, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I’m glad you’ve decided to stay off your feet until you are completely healed. If I had to see you go through one more frustrating run, I may have given up on your blog. I don’t mean this in a rude way at all – but I just couldn’t stand to see you pushing yourself through the pain. You need to listen to your body. The sooner you let yourself heal, the less time you’ll be off your feet – I just wish you had seen that from day one!

    Hope you heal quickly! I know it can be frustrating, but you’ll be back at it in no time.

  • Thealogian
    August 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    If it helps, I just did my first 5k and the weekend after, I was mowing the lawn uphill and did this weird jig-jaggy motion because it (the lawn mower) almost fell over me (need to do more strength training I guess) and my hip has been hurting for a week now and I haven’t been able to do any cardio. Tonight I’m going to do some gentle yoga (I do feel that’s its getting better, but the fact that hurting yourself is different from those aches/pains when you’re building new muscle, etc. that you seem to be able to get over in a day or two is disconcerting). Anyway, you have to be patient and respectful with your body.

    Get well & Peace

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