Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

Must Be The Skirt

Good morning!

I can already tell that a siesta might be on the agenda for later. This morning Ryan was the one getting up at the crack of dawn, for a change! He was out the door by 5 this morning to go out into the gulf fishing with his little cousin and a couple guy friends. Right now (apparently) is the best season down here for grouper fishing and that is Ryan’s passion! Its so funny to me how he is wide awake ready to go, no matter what the hour, if he is fishing…. yet if I tell him we need to be somewhere early and try to get him up, he whines and whines and whines. Men!

Anyways, I also rose early this morning, around 5:00 and headed into the kitchen for a little pre-run snackie!


A yummy piece of honey wheat toast with almond butter and half a banana. Perfect fuel!

I sent out E-Cookbooks for about 45 minutes (THANK YOU!!!) and then hit the pavement…err..grass! I was a little anxious this morning because it seems I sort of did something to my knee the other day when I was doing “butt kicks” during Level 1 Shred and I had planned to run 4 miles this morning. But it was SO nice outside and once I got going, I felt great!

The weather was perfect at about 65 degrees and it was dark except for the city lights of downtown. I was keeping a pretty solid pace of 8:45 and headed down the bay, over the bridge and through downtown and when my Garmin chirped at me that it was time to turn around, I DIDN’T WANT TO!!! So…I just kept going! And ended up running 5 miles instead of 4!!!!!!!! It was just one of those mornings where everything was right and as the sun rose above the skyscrapers, I just felt like I was absolutely flying and loved it. I think for the first time ever, I hit that infamous “runner’s high” and couldn’t even feel the ground beneath my legs. I then looked down and saw that I was pacing a 6:30 mile!! Woah Nelly! I slowed myself down but managed to finish the run with an average pace of 8:30 in 44:23. I always think that the last quarter mile is the toughest and after my little “runner’s high” faded away, I sort of hit a mental wall when I saw I was doing so well and only had 1/4 mile left to go. My mind was telling me to walk but I kept pushing forward faster until I reached the finish.


When I got inside, you guessed it, I WAS STARVING!! Actually throughout the whole run I was thinking “oh man, I’m going to be hungry ALL day!”. I should have iced right away (bad girl) but instead tore apart the kitchen. I madeΒ  a protein shake while I cooked myself some Saturday morning pancakes!


This shake tasted absolutely divine. It was a mix of 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein and 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk.

As for the pancakes, I used my favorite Kodiak Cakes mix and made three perfectly fluffy pancakes. Topped ’em with pure maple syrup and my on sale blackberries! Yummy! However, like I thought, this food went straight through me and its not even 20 minutes later and I am starving my pants off again. I haven’t had my coffee yet though so that might be the culprit? I’m about to treat myself to a Starbucks run here in a second actually. πŸ˜‰



Ryan will be gone out to sea until around 4:00 today and I think my mom and I are just going to lay out by the pool and read the day away. I can’t wait. See you in a bit!

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  • life coach jen
    April 4, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Your description of the sun rising over the sky scrapers is beautiful, I could picture it while I was reading your post. Way to run 5 miles today!

  • lainb
    April 4, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Wow, your morning sounds wonderful!! Reading your post took me there right alongside you. I’ll get my real runner’s high a little later though…it’s still a bit too early for me. πŸ™‚

    I’ve been thinking about getting a HRM (either Polar or Garmin) for about 2 yrs now and haven’t because (1) I don’t think I’ll like the chest strap and (2) I’m not sure how accurate it would be.

    So my question for you is: Now that you’ve had your HRM for a while, how accurate do you think it is with miles, heart rate, pace, etc.?


    • jenna
      April 4, 2009 at 6:42 am


      I do trust the Garmin very much! I put it to the test during actual races to see if it registered me going 3.1 miles during a 5K and it did to a T. I mean, the thing like a little computer system on your arm! The only thing is that it loses signal when you go under bridges, like I did this morning, so there was a point when I ran probably a couple hundred meters but it did not show up until I was out of the tunnel.

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It)
    April 4, 2009 at 6:39 am

    The protein shake sounds yummy and oh how I wish it was pool weather here in IL although we don’t have access to a pool bummer.

    Way to go on your great run!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 4, 2009 at 6:44 am

    INCREDIBLE run, pre-snack fuel, pancakes… FABULOUS!! πŸ™‚

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    April 4, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Wow that’s excellent ! I love the feeling that I can just keep running forever! I wish the fear of injuries was not an issue!!

  • Shelby
    April 4, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Nothing like pancakes on a beautiful saturday morning =)

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 4, 2009 at 7:16 am

    WOW! 5 miles!! That so amazing Jenna! You have come so far in your training and are really powering through these shin splits for a great cause. You go girl! And I’m sure the skirt doesn’t hurt either =)

    GIrl, keep need it after those 5 miles!! I’m so impressed!

  • Natalie
    April 4, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I wish I was that motivated πŸ™‚ That breakfast looks delicious!

  • Amelia
    April 4, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Great job on the run! Enjoy hanging out by the pool! πŸ™‚

  • skinnyrunner
    April 4, 2009 at 7:58 am

    great job on the run! i love those when you feel like you could go forever. sounds like a fun plan for the day… out by the pool.

  • Michelle
    April 4, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I did the 1st day of level 1 of the 30 day shred (thanks for the youtube info) and I am SORE! It’s hard. I can’t imagine level 3.

    I totally know what you mean by waking up hungry. There are just days like that. Good job on the run. Hope that your shins recover!

  • Nicole
    April 4, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Fabulous run! Have fun laying out today, I am envious!

  • hk
    April 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Great run under your belt already! Yeah πŸ™‚ have a great day in the sun!

    Ok – so I’m ready to buy an to I go about buying?


    • jenna
      April 4, 2009 at 9:38 am


      Just donate $10 into my team in training fund then email me here : to let me know you donated and I will send you your cookbook!

  • brandi
    April 4, 2009 at 8:30 am

    hooray for a good run! great way to start the day πŸ™‚

  • Meg
    April 4, 2009 at 8:39 am

    6:30 pace? That is crazy fast girl! Way to go! I love that runner’s high. Makes you feel like you can do anything!

    Oooh those pancakes look delisih!

  • Liesl
    April 4, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Sounds like your run was great, good for you!! Sometimes I get that feeling…that I want to go longer, but it sure doesn’t happen very often.
    I love your Garmin and really would like one. You said that you got yours cheaper than the company sells for…where did you purchase it from?

    • jenna
      April 4, 2009 at 9:37 am


      I got mine off of Amazon for about a hundred dollars less than what the selling price is!

  • Emily
    April 4, 2009 at 9:01 am

    With a start like that, you know you are going to have a fantastic day! πŸ™‚ Happy weekend-ing.

  • kristi
    April 4, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Great job on your run, Jenna! I LOVE runs like that, when everything feels “right.” One of the best feelings ever!

    I wish I had as pretty scenery as you do in Florida to run in!!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    April 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Jenna, this was such a lovely post! Reading about your runner’s high made me wish I really enjoyed running, because that sounds phenomenal. You are such a running pro now! MMM pancaked look divine! Have a great afternoon, poolside πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    April 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

    yesss, definitely the skirt … PLUS your awesome motivation and healthy outlook!! glad you enjoyed the run, and have fun with all the lounging today!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    April 4, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Wow, that post just inspired me to get off the couch and go running…no, seriously – I’m headed to the gym right now!!!!!!

  • Mel
    April 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Yay for a great run!!

    Your breakfast looks mighty tasty!

  • AshleyH
    April 4, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Hi Jenna, sounds like a great run. I am running a 10K tomorrow and I think I might do a short run in a sec. and then finish up with some yoga.
    I was looking over your old posts and noticed that you dont eat much sliced bread (esp for being a baker). I was wondering if there was a reason. Not a big deal just wondering.

    • jenna
      April 4, 2009 at 9:37 am


      Hmm I don’t know? I’ve never thought of that but I guess you are right. I like wraps more! I don’t really buy a lot of the bread that I bake because I can never eat it all in time and it goes bad fast since there are no preservatives in it. I really like Rudi’s honey sweet whole wheat bread but it is sort of expensive and I feel like I don’t eat enough sandwiches to justify it!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Oh man, I LOVE those kinds of runs! When you feel like everything is in sync and you’re running with the wind! I definitely take advantage of that feeling for the days when I totally don’t feel like running at all. It all evens out in the end!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    April 4, 2009 at 9:45 am

    You were flying this morning. I love those kind of runs when everything just feels perfect.

    Yummy pancakes and protein shake. πŸ™‚

    Have fun with your mom. A day by the pool sounds so nice. Soak up some warm rays for me. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa D
    April 4, 2009 at 9:59 am

    what a great run! you are making me want a garmin(well once i can run again)! And that breakfast looks great too! Enjoy your coffee and day by the pool!

  • Lauren
    April 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Hey Jenna,

    Congrats on your great run!

    I don’t want you to get offended, but I think you should really try to control your pace, it could be why you get shin splints. I only say this because you just began running again, so you should be doing longer distances at a slower pace. I want you to be able to complete your goal, so I can read all about it!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Colleen
    April 4, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I’m with Lauren, I really don’t want to offend…also, make sure you’re walking to warm up and walking to cool down at the beginning and end of your runs…it really made a difference with my shin splints. I usually walk my dog the first mile to warm up, put her up, run, and then walk a mile to cool down.

  • Colleen
    April 4, 2009 at 11:12 am

    BTW – wonderful looking breakfast! πŸ™‚

  • bobbi
    April 4, 2009 at 11:23 am

    mmmm your pre workout snack is the same as mine this morning!! Girl you are speedy!

  • zestycook
    April 4, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I am loving the Protein shake πŸ™‚ not too mention the pre-run fuel

  • Emily
    April 4, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Woo-hoo for an awesome run! Enjoy your pool day!

  • Matt
    April 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Sounds like a great run. Now you know why I am addicted. It’s that “runner’s high”.

  • Run Sarah
    April 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Laying by the pool sounds glorious! Awesome job on your run today.

  • Bec
    April 4, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    enjoy your time in the sun by the pool!

  • Sharon
    April 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Totally love it! Enjoy your day!

  • Maureen
    April 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Whoo hoo! I’m glad you had such a nice run!

  • Alison
    April 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Congrats on the good run! I love the runner’s high. It’s always fun to see how fast your body can take you when your mind’s not paying attention.

  • laura
    April 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    i enjoy everyday with your blog, and i have a question do you know your vo2 max??
    i have a polar heart monitor and it asks me for this number.