Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Letting it Flow

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone’s Thursday morning has treated them well. 🙂 Well, I was so pumped up by reading about Chi Running that I decided to just go out and “practice” a little bit in the parking lot of my apartment complex. I really worked and concentrated on my form, my lean and keeping my lower legs limp. The first five minutes or so my shins felt very sore but then that faded away and I enjoyed the new running technique. The more I focused on keeping my lower legs totally limp and picking my feet up, the less strain I felt on my shins. I know, I know……..I shouldn’t have ran when I’m going to the doctor tomorrow but I really wouldn’t call what I did a “run”, per say. More like a brief 15 minute jogging/walking session in the parking lot. The way the soreness/ache went away after warming up made me think that maybe I can run slowly while having shin splints? Is that horrible? I guess the doctor will tell me the truth tomorrow afternoon….I don’t want to do anything to hinder recovery (obviously) but it felt good to stretch my legs and go slow. Does anyone have thoughts about this?

After the 15 minutes of whatever, I went to the gym and spinned for about 20 minutes. My butt was super sore from the seat yesterday though and I didn’t last as long as I hoped for. When I got home, I had a chobani with strawberries:


And then I put on my bikini and laid out by the pool  =)

When I got back I made lunch: 1/4 cup hummus with 1 bell pepper, 1 carrot, cucumber slices, a serving of kashis, a pear and a string cheese:


I have a test on sugar tonight at school that I neeeeed to start studying for! I wish everyone a great afternoon!

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  • VeggieGirl
    September 4, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Just be cautious with how much of the running you do – you don’t want the pain to get worse, and you DO want to be able to run that marathon!! Take care!! 🙂

    Good luck on your test tonight!!

  • ModelBehavior
    September 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I need to google thsi “chi running” I’m pretty curious about it, I don’t know if I could do what you described though, I need to concentrate on just getting through the run, I don’t know if I could concentrate on keeping certain parts of my legs relaxed!

  • Erica
    September 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Ahhhh, laying out by the pool…sounds lovely! 🙂

  • TanyaT
    September 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I found that when I was getting back into it after shin splits it was easier to run on the grass/gravel alongside the trail than on the trail itself.

  • Amanda
    September 4, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    mmmm cucumbers and hummus are the BEST.

    i wonder if i would be able to run while keeping my lower legs limp? i feel like i would trip or fall over!! i am having trouble picturing it, but you’ll have to keep us posted!!

  • Danielle
    September 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Good luck studying! Love the lunch platter, reminds me of the summer I cannot wait for 🙂

  • Anne P
    September 4, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    i’m jealous your pool is open still!!! monday was the last day for mine 🙁

  • faith
    September 4, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    hey jenna, i dont usually comment,but i have a question for you. or anyone else really. I just got all four of my wisdom teeth pulled today and have been reduced to a cold liquid/soft food diet for a while. I was wondering if you knew of anything I could eat besides smoothies,yogurt,and cold tomatoe soup? I want to get lots of nutrients and still of some variety! Those will get old reeaaally fast!

    thanks in advance =)

  • LisaR
    September 4, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Hey ladies!
    QUESTION: I just bought some butternut squash last night and I’d like to make it for dinner tonight but have no idea how to do it! I’ve never even tried it before! Does anyone have any good ideas/simple recipes that would make a tasty dish?! I plan on eating grilled chicken with it tonight. Thanks so much 🙂

  • Rae
    September 4, 2008 at 7:05 pm


    I feel your pain! I just had mine out a few months ago…yuck. A few extra soft things I could tolerate well were: jello, pudding, oatmeal (after it cooled down alot!) and mashed sweet potatoes….mmm. After maybe 3 days I could start eating slightly normal again. Hang in there!!

  • haya
    September 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    you should get real biking shorts if you’re going to be spinning a lot

  • polly
    September 4, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    hey jenna! I sure hope you feel better and the doc helps tomorrow. I know when I have severe shin splits (ice and ice and ugh) I kept going and later developed achilles tendonitis.. and long story short I had to run the 5K at the Indianapolis mini marathon instead of the 13.1. Be careful, sweetie. Even if you don’t get to run the half marathon, you could still do your short runs once in a while and have fun lifting and doing yoga and all that stuff you love too. No matter what, you’ll be able to move and sweat and have fun too!

  • melissa
    September 4, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I love being inspired by great running books! I have heard great things about Chi Running, as well as a book called Running Within that is supposed to be fabulous also. I saw that you were reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I am loving it so far. How about you?

  • jenna
    September 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm


    I haven’t started it yet—I am planning on starting it tomorrow! I can’t wait because I’ve heard great things…


    That stinks! I would just stick to soups, smoothies, yogurt and ice cream. This is your excuse to eat all the ice cream you want! Be very careful though because the night I got my wisdom teeth out I made the wonderful decision (on painkillers) to eat a HUGE bowl of velveeta shells and cheese. Delicious, yes, but not conducive to wisdom teeth. I ended up getting dry sockets and was on pain killers for two weeks. So, lesson learned—-don’t go too fast! When doctors say “eat a liquid diet” they MEAN it! Split pea soup is hearty, nutritious and soft….there’s a great recipe I love on http://www.101cookbooks.com. It only involves a bag of peas, an onion and water. I swear, it heals all 🙂 Feel better soon!

  • faith
    September 4, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    thank you so much jenna and rae! i will be taking the soup and mashed sweet potatoe ideas for sure!! and most definitely the oatmeal one…i kept wondering if id be able to eat it,i’ll just have to leave off the nuts and stuff.
    but really thanks a million cause i really dont want to get any dry sockets!

  • ladylara
    September 5, 2008 at 2:36 am


    I wouldn’t run with shin splints. The pain typically goes away after you warm up with shin splints, but you are making the damage worse. I know taking time off is hard…. Typical runner mentality! 😉