I am a Crazy Person

Hey guys!

How’s your Tuesday going?! I’m honestly feeling a little overwhelmed here right now because I just have a TON going on at the present moment. I’m going to the studio tonight and then taking a 5:45 Bikram class to unwind a bit. It’s funny—I really rarely go to Bikram these days but when I’m stressed out it’s the ONE thing that really releases me. I love the heat, the sweat and the reliability of the 26 poses. When I was in Paris there was a week where I went every single day.

Oh, and I obviously look like a professional athlete now……or just a crazy person


Awesomeness. Lisa really worked on me today and apparently my whole big underlying problem is that I’m VERY VERY VERY unbalanced. It was actually so noticeable when I was looking for it and after she showed me that I couldn’t believe that’s been the problem all these years. My hips are unbalanced and since everything is connected that’s the root cause of my left shin pain. And it explains why I can’t get down in a split with that leg or do anything with that hamstring, really. She gave me a lot of alignment stuff to work on and taped me up for my 10 miles on Thursday. I might have to go back in on Thursday night and be taped up AGAIN so no one in California be alarmed if I show up wearing my new fashion statement this weekend!

My mom and I went out to lunch at the health food store though and that made me feel better. I made a GIGANTIC salad with heaps of chickpea salad, hummus, lentils and white bean salad on top. it was divine!


Pop chips!


Currently drinking: strawberry serenity kombucha 🙂

Currently listening to: The National

Be back!

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  • Maggie
    September 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    If it works, that’s awesome! I’m always shocked when someone recognizes something that’s happening with me and then all of a sudden so many things make sense.

  • brandi
    September 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I hope the tape helps! I remember seeing the one US volleyball women’s player wearing some of that tape on her arm during the last summer olympics.

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    September 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    That salad looks tasty! I am glad to hear that you know what is wrong and why you have been having pain. Years ago, my sister would complain endlessly about knee pain. My parents took her to a bunch of doctors who all looked at her knee as the source of her problem. Finally, one very smart doctor noticed that it was her hip that was the problem. Her hip issue was causing knee pain. It is always great to figure out the real problem.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Love the tape.
    Love The National! I saw them on tour last year with R.E.M. they were even better live.

    Enjoy yoga!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    September 22, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I had a lot of IT band/knee problems over the summer and the KT Tape was great! It didn’t slip or get too sweaty like my knee strap. I also like that it comes in pretty colors 🙂

    Love, love, love ginormous salads! I had my own for lunch – arugula, sprouts, sunshine burger, hummus, and olive oil. Mmm.

  • Heather
    September 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I LOVE THE NATIONAL!!! They are excellent live 🙂 Good luck with your shins – it must be great to find out the underlying problem. Can’t wait to hear about your run after being taped. And finally, that salad looks divine.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    September 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I had a lot of IT band/knee problems over the summer and KT tape really helped! I liked that it didn’t get sweaty like my knee strap. Plus it comes in pretty colors 🙂

    I love, love, love ginormous salads – I had my own today with arugula, sprouts, sunshine burger, hummus, and olive oil.

  • christie, honoring health
    September 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Wow, crazy tape legs! I sure hope it helps!!

  • Runeatrepeat
    September 22, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I think the tape looks cool. I want to try it 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat
    September 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I think it looks cool. I want to try it too 🙂

  • skinnyrunner
    September 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    sweet new fashion statement! ive seen that tape before and apparently, it really helps people. ive never tried it but you look hardcore!

  • Jessica
    September 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    My BF got me hooked on The National. By the way, your photos have not been coming up in my google reader for some time now. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • angieinatlanta
    September 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I can totally relate to looking like a crazy woman!

    I have a lingering shoulder injury from a competitive volleyball career and even now, when I want to play for fun, I have to use tape on my shoulder that appears randomly placed for those not in the know! And when if I intend on strength training at the gym, I do the same. So, we’re both cool! 🙂

  • Susan
    September 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Bahaha, you’re just a trendsetter Jenna 😉 I remember seeing the volleyball players wearing neon coloured tape like that in the last Olympics and could not for the life of me figure out what it was. I’ve since read a lot of articles on it, sounds like it really works! Also super happy to hear you know the root of your problem, and hopefully start working on getting it fixed (or, at least bearable). 😀

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I love huge mish mash salads like that. And salt ‘n vinegar ANYTHING! Yum!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Looks so yummy!

  • Lizzy
    September 22, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Bikram is a great class!!!!!

    now that you have some answers i bet you feel more at ease!

  • Jordan
    September 22, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Great call on The National. Have you heard “Mistaken for Strangers?” Love that song!

  • Bonnie
    September 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    YAY!!! I’m so glad you figured out what was going on! I know some people who have tried the tape, but I’ve never asked if it helped or not. I hope you have a great 10 mile run!!!

  • Traci
    September 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Bikram Yoga=my absolute favorite! I practice generally 4 times a week and LOVE the feeling it gives me (I am also a runner). Have fun in the Hot Room!

  • Kristilyn (Singer-Songwriter)
    September 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Very nice! Maybe people will just think you have an odd tattoo? LOL! At least if you were up here in Canada, you’d be wearing pants to cover it when you run!

    LOVE the National, by the way. In fact, I was just thinking about Boxer this morning.


  • Dara
    September 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm


    I have been reading your blog for awhile now, and I love it! Have you ever heard of Rolfing? (such an unfortunate name!) I think it would really help balance your hips and whole body. Here is a quick description. Check it out, it has helped a lot of people I know!

  • Julia
    September 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    That salad looks so good! All these pretty colors and veggies:)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Samia
    September 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I would love to know about the alignment stuff she talked about. I feel that the right side of my body is sorta out of whack and have knee and sometimes hip pain when I run. I do yoga as well and I know it helps with alignment, but if there’s more to try I would love to hear about it!

  • Callina
    September 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    It sounds like you could also benefit from a chiropractor if it’s an alignment issue…I’ve heard wonderful things about D.O.s — my mother in law was having some trouble recently with something (maybe her back or her hip?). She was also apparently way unbalanced, and the chiropractor realigned her…funny thing is she was also not sleeping well and as soon as she was “realigned,” she hasn’t had any trouble sleeping either. Fascinating!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    September 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    So glad you got some answers about your running pains… I am sure things will get better now that you have clarity on what to adjust!

  • Erin
    September 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Glad you got some help with the shins! One of my old roommates had the same problem and would do PT stretches that seemed to help a lot.

    And The National = amazing!! Love them.

  • Tami
    September 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    i started going to a guru when my lower right leg was acting up. He fixed me up good doing Active Release Technique on me-you should check it out. My legs were a little off from one another and a few other adjustments but I feel great now

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    You are not crazy. I had pain in my back but never knew why and was told it was just soreness. Then when I had to go to rehab after surgery my PT told me my right hip is out of alignment. It turns out and so my entire right leg turns out and weakens everything. I have to be conscious of it when I walk and run and train because it could cause me problems. He thinks that is what may have ultimately caused the major malfunction in my back.

    I’m glad you got answers. And who cares if you have a funny tape job on your leg… at least you feel better.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    September 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I have only done Bikram one time but lately I have been itching to go back. At first I was overwhelmed by the heat, but then afterwards, I had never felt so good in my life. I just need to do it already!

    Lovely tape 😉

  • Angharad (Eating for England)
    September 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Man, bikram sounds so heavenly – I really want to try it!! Crossing my fingers that those crazy leg things work. I really should go see someone about my shins/knees and stop trying to figure things out for myself!

  • Jenna
    September 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    i really hope it all works out for you jenna! was that your exciting news of the day or no?!

  • Kirsten
    September 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I love Bikram – I do it in waves though either I’m into it or haven’t been for a while. Currently not into it but I need to get back!

  • Teresa
    September 22, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Oh Jenna, I’m so glad that you FINALLY discovered the cause of all your shin pains. Hopefully there will be some sort of preventative exercises/stretches you can do in the future.

    As for the tape- trust me that your tape job is super mild! As an athlete and sports fan, I have seen some funky looking tape. My brother plays on the AVP, and both the men and women often have the strangest tape jobs on their bodies. Plus you see it all since their “uniforms” are sooo small. If you watched the Beijing olympics you might remember Kerri Walsh had her right shoulder taped. You look awesome!

    That Salad looks awesome. Good luck with everything going on right now!

  • KellyAnn
    September 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    What is it that you’re drinking? Strawberry what? Sounds delicious!!

  • Courtney
    September 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    That salad looks divine! I love the hummus as dressing…so yummy.
    Good luck on working on your alignment. I’m studying for my personal training certification right now and there is a large concentration in one chapter on misalignments and how these issues can affect a person and how they exercise. Very interesting! Hope you can get your issues worked out and move forward with your athletic pursuits!!
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  • Sarah
    September 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    If you’re having problems with your alignment I highly reccomend seeing a Chiropracter! They can seriously do wonders!!

  • Molly
    September 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    mmm that salad looks great! Hopefully you’re getting everything figured out so you arent in so much pain! Im on the same road as you right now…but I am learning that patience really is a virtue!

    p.s. I am having my very first give-away on my new blog 🙂 If you have the time, stop by and check it out!
    Have a happy Tuesday!

  • Jenna
    September 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Have fun at yoga! Hopefully it helps clear your mind a bit.

    At least you had a fabulous lunch 🙂

  • Mary (Food & Fun)
    September 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm


    I love Bikram. I have really discovered my love for it this summer. I just went yesterday and it was just what I needed. I always feel so refreshed and wonderful afterwards. I hope you enjoyed it tonight!

    Also, I was wondering what does the tape do? I have been having some foot issues and I’m wondering if this could help? I know nothing about taping…so what is it all about??

  • Liz
    September 22, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Lovin the fashion statement! I saw that one beach volleyball player in the olympics last summer use it for her shoulder. I actually thought it looked really cool and

  • maria
    September 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Who cares what it looks like if it works, right? That’s what I’d say. What are you going to do to work on the unbalanced-ness? That’s interesting to me because my husband is REALLY noticeably unbalanced after a surgery he had from his adolescence. So much so that he has to have one of his shoes built up to make him stable.

  • 'dee
    September 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Cool! I’m a recent kinesio tape fan myself – it’s PERFECT for light taping of my non-existent arches when I can tell the mileage is straining them. No chafing (so no blisters!) when I run at all. Love that stuff. Good luck!

  • Julia
    September 23, 2009 at 1:32 am

    What a delish lunch! That tape is so funny…I’ve seen it in a few different places and can’t figure out how the heck it works.

  • Jac
    September 23, 2009 at 6:17 am

    glad u got ur leg pain issue sorted out! hope u can continue running better!

  • Marie
    September 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Hey – that is Kinesio tape right? I used it when I was recovering from a sprained ankle. I liked it because it stuck for a couple days, even after showering – hope it helps you!