Hi everyone! No new weather updates yet….I keep checking my school’s website and the newest news is that morning classes are on tomorrow but they are “uncertain” about night classes. I’ll probably learn more tonight!
But now I bring you a Jenna News Update!!! (Doo do do doooooo!)
As everyone has I’m sure noticed, I’ve been working hard on my diet and exercise to lean out over the past month or so. I feel like I’ve gained a lot more muscle, feel a TON stronger (even Ryan told me my shoulders looked a lot more defined yesterday at the gym! Score!) and have more energy. I really feel like I totally met my goals and now feel ready for Florida running season! Today was a cardio day and, yes, I went running out in the heat of the Florida day to do a 3 mile run. The heat sucks but I’m trying to get my body used to it and gain more endurance because……………………………I’VE DECIDED TO TRAIN FOR THE GASPARILLA 1/2 MARATHON IN FEBRUARY!!!!!!!!!!
This means SO much to me because I was training for this same race last year and midway through the season got an injury, had to take three weeks out, and couldn’t finish training for the race. It was the biggest disappointment ever after all my extensive training. Basically, this would be the accomplishment of my life because I’ve never considered myself a “real” runner. The thing that really changed my mind last year was when I ran a 10K, finished with my best time every and felt like I could race the entire thing over again upon reaching the finish line. It was the best feeling ever.
I’m not officially starting training yet but I will be next month. There’s no point in training when I still work all day and get home at midnight. To train your body properly one of the most important things is rest and I know I don’t get enough right now. As for the next few weeks, I’m going to work on conditioning my body to that of a runner again. I’m going to work on endurance more than anything and aim to run three times a week as well as keep up my strength training (which I have come to adore). I’m not exactly sure yet the schedule I will be following for training. I used the Galloway Method last year and got great results (other than the injury) but I may try something else this year. I will let you all know when I figure it out myself! I am predicting lots of fun, excitement and SWEAT for myself and this blog over the next few months and hope it will inspire some others to run along with me because, seriously, if I can do it, YOU CAN TOO!!!!!!!! 🙂
Ok and now we end that segment and move back to my food, which is why you all read in the first place! After my sweaty run today I refueled with, in my opinion, the perfect meal. I had an Amy’s California Veggie Burger on a Rudi’s Whole Wheat Bun with a light laughing cow cheese, spinach and dijon. I also had 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and a pear. Perfect. I felt wonderful after eating it and drinking like 10 glasses of water.
And then I showered and headed to Whole Foods. Here’s what I got—-yes, it was quite the shop…..but the Canes’ a comin’ and a girl has gotta be prepared!
Protein, dairy and grains:
New products: PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE LARABARS!!!!!!!!!! I almost jumped up and down when I found these at Whole Foods. I thought they were just a teasing rumor because I had never seen them before and I can hardly wait to bring one to school tonight to try! Also, Chobani greek yogurt. Cheaper than Fage and packed with more protein, I’ll be reviewing this as well…stay tuned.
I’m going to go make a snack and do some laundry—see you for dinner!