Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

Hello, Gustav

Good morning!

Unfortunately, it’s a gray day here in Tampa…we are already feeling Gustav’s effects! My best friend (the one whose parents are giving me a room in their house this fall…) goes to law school in New Orleans and has already evacuated. She said everything in the city has completely shut down and everyone is really scared. Her school is having online classes for the next week!

This morning I set my alarm and woke up at 7:15 to go on a short two mile run.!!!!!! SO much harder than my great 3 mile run yesterday….my legs felt like lead and by the end, my ankles were sore again. πŸ™ I’m hoping that it’s just because I beat a personal record yesterday and my legs are sore from a combo of that and new shoes. I did run the whole way (listening to Last of the Mohicans—love it) and, after, I stretched myself out and now I’m icing.Β  It’s normal to be sore after running further than you ever have and have new shoes, right?! I need some reassurance…Here were my stats:

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 20 minutes

Average heart rate: 178

Max heart rate: 203

Calories burned: 249Β 

Before I left I had half of a peanut butter chocolate chip clif bar (sorry no photo!) and when I got back, I made a bowl of chocolate protein oats! Here’s what I used:

1/2 cup multigrain cereal cooked with 1 cup water

1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 banana

1 spoonful almond butter


It tasted better than it looks, I assure you!

I have no idea what the rest of the day will bring. The plan was to go out on the boat but I really don’t want to sail on the Andrea Gale and brave Gustav in the gulf…we are actually supposed to have 30 mph winds today! We are definitely going over to Ryan’s parents house for dinner tonight to celebrate his birthday with homemade manicotti and chocolate peanut butter pie (it’ll be a splurge night, alright!).

I’ll check back after lunch!

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  • Christie I.
    August 31, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    When I was fitted for my shoes, he told me that you feet should feel completely comfortable while running. As far as your legs hurting, I would think that running more than usual would contribute to that. Most running stores have a return policy on shoes that you can try them for a week and exchange them if they aren’t just right.

  • Kelly L.
    August 31, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I know it must be scary for those in New Orleans but unfortunatly when you live in a bowl a hurrican is that much worse. I’m in Houston and we are still in the Hurricane watch area but I think we are safe. There are still 3 tropical storms and/or waves right behind this one so gotta be cautious. We are pulling our boats and jet skiis out of our lake house just in case.

  • VeggieGirl
    August 31, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Be careful with the storms; and I hope that your sore legs feel better soon!! Oh and of COURSE have fun celebrating Ryan’s birthday πŸ™‚

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    August 31, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    im so sad for new orleans… how horrible.

    my legs felt like lead this AM too.. ick! i think its normal for them to be a little sore after your run yesterday… no worries!

  • KatieF
    August 31, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Jenna–if your legs are that sore, take a day off. Your body isn’t used to running that much, and it is trying to tell you that it needs some rest. Do some easy cross-training that will get the blood flowing to the legs (bike, elliptical, even an easy walk) instead of running and you should feel better after a day or two. I would recommend alternating aerobic cross-training days with running days for a week or two and then adding in one day of running per week until you hit the number of days per week you want to be running. When you’re running at a low intensity (aka easy run), your heart and lungs can’t tell the difference between that and cross-training, so you will still gain the cardiovascular endurance you want without so much pounding on your legs. If you push yourself to run when your legs are that sore, you’re going to end up with an injury.

    If all this doesn’t help, then I’d take a second look at your shoes. Take them back to the running store and explain the problems you’re having to them–any good specialty running store will take the shoes back and help you find something that better meets your needs. Good luck and please don’t get hurt!

  • faith
    August 31, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    i ran in those same shoes for years! loved them! however, when i went to PT, my therapist actually told me i was fitted more towards a “neutral” shoe, i think athletic stores overdiagnose the stability runners because there is such a wider selection out there…also it takes time to break in new shoes. i used to walk and do my errands in them for a few days before i took them out on longer runs. you’ll get there!!! do you have tubing to do extra strengthening exercises for your ligaments??

    good luck braving the storm! i’ve been working more on my blog and was wondering if you could give me some tips and feedback. i also want to try adn get a blogroll up there..i think thats what it is and was wondering if i could add you…is it appropriate to ask first?


  • Ozlem
    August 31, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    HI there,

    I am glad you put this out there because I bought the JR protien powder and I used it once already and like it a lot. But lets face it I am not a very smoothie person. But I efinitely love my oatmeal in the am. THis is great. I will try this tomorrow am.

  • BethT
    August 31, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    You should always take a day off (from running) after a long run. Since 3 miles was your longest ever, so far, that probably explains the soreness. I usually do my long run on Saturday and then rest completely on Sunday, or do yoga or light walking/upper body lifting.

  • Victoria
    August 31, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    I agree its normal to be sore, especially after your longest run. I think cross-training a few days a week is a great idea. Keep up the good work though. I find your training very inspiring!

  • Sarah
    August 31, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    That’s a Nano you’re wearing in yesterday’s picture, right? You should totally sign up for Nike+ ( The Sports Kit ( is only $30, and comes with a sensor, which goes in your shoe, and a receiver , which hooks up to the Nano.

    The sensor (an accelerometer) is able to detect each step that a runner (or walker) takes, and from this information, the runner’s speed and the distance traveled can be calculated.

    The sensor was designed to fit in the sole of selected Nike running shoes, but you can get a pouch for ~ $5 that hooks on your laces and stick the sensor in that. You have to calibrate the sensor on a track for maximum accuracy, but it’s been pretty accurate for me.

    Anyway, for motivational purposes, the Nike+ system is made of awesome. The challenges and goals are great for providing incentive when I’m “in-between” races.

    Good luck with your training!

  • michelle
    August 31, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Totally normal to be sore after a long run!! I suppose a day off would have been appropriate!

    I am finishing up a running streak! Tomorrow, my last day will be 36 days in a row!! I am going to do 7 miles. I thought i did 7 today but when i checked my garmin it was 6.90!! Imagine how pissed i was!!! :O).


  • Margo
    August 31, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Happy b-day Ryan? How old is the birthday boy? πŸ˜‰

  • runjess
    August 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Yeah, I can barely walk today. Icing and stretching is definitely a plus.

  • Jenny
    August 31, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Sorry to hear about Gustav already dampening your weather down there! We have been anxiously awaiting it for days now, at least we’ve had time to be prepared! Hope the rest of your day goes well, those oats sound delicious! πŸ™‚

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 31, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Have fun tonight and enjoy all the yummy food!

  • Janna
    September 1, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Holy shit is anyone watching this show on TLC called world’s heaviest man?? This guy weighs as much as 6 men….has nothign to do with anything but it’s amazing seeing this

  • jenna
    September 1, 2008 at 3:12 am


    He’s 31 tomorrow! I give him quite a hard time about it πŸ˜‰ hahaha

  • Lauren
    September 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I also have the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack on my workout playlist πŸ™‚ If you like that, check out these composers too: Hans Zimmer (Gladiator) and James Horner (Braveheart & Legends of the Fall) – All fantastic movies and great soundtracks!