Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Not a Leash and Harness Type of Man

Dexter is not allowed on the balcony. Not in a million years after the stunt he pulled yesterday. Let me explain.

So, I just brought him up and was lugging in a huge box filled with kitchen supplies when he raced out the crack in the door and went RUNNING down the third floor outdoor walk. I freak out, drop the box and start sprinting after him yelling with no shoes on. Finally, I pretty much body slammed him to the ground and brought him safely back in.

Hi, I’m Jenna—I’m the new neighbor!

Thanks, Dexter.

I was a little shaken up after the incident. I know he wants to play in the sunshine but Dexters just not a leash and harness kind of man. Amen.

The boy and I went to dinner here…I was so excited to try this place because they just opened and one of our friends is a chef there! Right when we walked in, I eyed a delicious looking cheese plate at the bar and pronounced it mine.

Be still my heart.
This had three different types of local goat cheese on it as well as salumi, apple, house-made mustard and some crazy delicious hot flatbread. It was all I could do to keep myself from burying my face in it….I was SO hungry!

What meal would be complete without wine? Loved this zin.
When these chipotle fries with tomatillo ketchup arrived at the table I knew I was a goner. Our friend sent them out to us to try and you know we can’t refuse delicious food!

They were spicy and hot. One bite…that’s all it took. Swoon.


Of course the fries were set down right next to me so naturally I kept picking and picking and…..picking. Finally, I moved them across the table to the boy and declared no more. I could have eaten every single one!
For my entree, I ordered the tuna salad and it was perfect. Very light and fresh with lots of greens, cranberries and pinenuts with a white balsamic vinegarette

I attack my lettuce like the manatee that I am!

We also had a lesson on correcting white balance in photos. It’s not as interesting as the level of crispness on my fries so I won’t go into great detail but I thought it was really cool that we could turn this photo (note deep pensive look):

Into this photo:

Just by taking a photo of the white menu and then resetting the custom white balance on the camera. It works great for when you are in a place with a lot of warm lights, like this restaurant.
I had a few bites of an unpictured chocolate cupcake for dessert and then called it a night.
From here on out till the Fondo next Sunday I’m going to be eating really, really cleanly and not drinking any alcohol. A few of you have asked about my training and what’s goin’ on with that. I’m going to be totally honest with you. I think I took on more than I could handle. Unfortunately this is a vice of mine because I want to be able to do it all, all the time. When I was asked to do a 100 mile bike ride, never even having sat on a road bike before, of course I said yes in a heartbeat without even pausing to think it over.

Training has been really, really hard on me. Caitlin has said this also, but its exhausting being on the bike for 3-4 hours at a time to train. I’ve had some issues with refueling because I’ve been burning like a million calories per bike ride and then it’s been hard for me to eat enough to make that up….which led to migraines and even more exhaustion. Couple that with moving, the month of April (which was a crazy emotional/draining month) and finishing the first draft of my book….it’s been very difficult.

I’ve also found out that while cycling is nice and a great way to see the country-side, it’s not really for me. I’ve found that I prefer running, yoga and strength training as my favorite forms of exercise. I’m just too much of a crazy spaz and still constantly worried I’ll get hit by a car or something. Sort of takes the joy out of the sport.

I decided last month that I was going to take it down a notch and do the 60 mile option instead of the 100 and that’s what I’m still planning on doing but I know ANY distance that I do will be a huge accomplishment, just for the sheer fact of raising thousands of dollars for cancer research and because biking is so incredibly out of my comfort zone and foreign to me. I hope you all will continue to support me and cheer on Caitlin next weekend….whatever happens, it’s going to be a blast and we have some fun “re-fueling” activities planned as well. I probably won’t get on the bike much this week because I feel like I’ve already sufficiently trained for the distance I want to do (and know I’m always able to go further on the day of the actual event). Instead, I’m going back to my comfort zone of working out at a gym (I’m gym shopping in my new neighborhood and have a seven day pass to one!) and going to yoga classes to calm my nerves before the big day next Sunday. As much as I love the idea of intense endurance events, I don’t think I’ll be doing anymore. I love the occasional 5 or 10K run but it’s just too much pressure and too hard on my body. If I’ve learned anything over the past couple months from cycling, it’s been to listen to your body above all else!

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  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie
    May 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I totally would’ve eaten all of those fries if they hadn’t been put on the other side of the table. Poor Dexter. But even poor momma. We took our two cats on our balcony (5 stories up) when we first moved into our loft and one of then leaped right towards the ledge. Thank goodness my husband had cat like reflexes at that moment because he caught him in midair. Never again, I said, never again. It makes me hyperventilate just thinking about it. Gotta love and protect our babes. Even if they do love the sunshine.

  • kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    May 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

    haha thanks dexter is right hehe, what a great first impression! ๐Ÿ™‚ ahhh training can be a killer! HUG! yes yes listen to ur body, let it rest, and then keep on going! <3 xoxo

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 15, 2010 at 8:25 am

    i’m such a dork, but i love correcting the white balance in photos! it’s almost magical ๐Ÿ™‚

  • holly the healthy everythingtarian
    May 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

    girl…we are SO behind you! i am queen to taking too much on too – and i have learned that sometimes, something has got to give. you are raising money for a WONDROUS cause, and shoop – you are going to ROCK. IT. OUT.

    happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shelly
    May 15, 2010 at 8:27 am

    This whole EGF thing makes me uneasy: we all have busy, stressful, complicated lives and get things done anyway – and in a way, this is a job you’re backing out of.

    Do you have to reimburse the Fondo for your less-than-stellar effort? I read HTP too, and am so impressed by the level of dedication Caitlin has devoted to this event: training, fueling, not being a flake – doing what she signed up for (and you were paid handsomely with gear and lessons, to boot!)

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I’ll have to check out Jackson’s next time I’m in SR. It looks delish. Hope you have a load of fun on the road next weekend — 60 miles is still a great achievement : )

  • Ameena
    May 15, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I am the queen of taking on more than I can handle…nothing wrong with taking it down a couple of notches!

    Have a great day!

  • Becky
    May 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I have to say I’m not impressed. You committed to the 100 miles, solicited donations from friends, family (and strangers on the blog), and did not tell us last month when you decided to drop down to the 60 mile distance, even while people could continue to donate for what you were advertising as the 100 mile race. This feels dishonest to me. I’m not trying to flame you, but this is my honest response to your admission. I realize you had a hard month of April and maybe you did take on more than you can handle, but you should have been more upfront with your readers and donors from the start.

  • Camille
    May 15, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Good for you doing 60 miles! That is still amazing and you are quite the force to be reckoned with!

  • alana
    May 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

    is it just me, or did this happen with jennas half marathon last year? she raised a bunch of money for training and then didnt actually do it? i remember her hurting her ankle or something, but this just seems frustrating.

  • Betsy
    May 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I was wondering about your training and I give you a lot of credit for being so honest on your blog. I know some people may feel that you “lied” by saying you would do 100 miles, but you didn’t know how difficult it would be. Either way, you’re still raising money for the cause and personally, I think that is what matters the most. Good luck with the race!

  • alana
    May 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I agree with the previous poster as well – it would have been nice to know this when you made the decision…last month. Everyone understands that you have a busy life, but realistically, you do not have a full time job! If a lot of your work opportunities come from your blog (freelance work, advertising, etc) it makes sense to be upfront with your readers.

  • Allie
    May 15, 2010 at 8:38 am

    60 miles is still a great ride and IT’S FOR A GREAT CAUSE. as a scientist, i thank you for supporting cancer research, and as someone who has lost loved ones to the disease, i again thank you. i totally understand taking on more than you can handle; i am hugely guilty of that. you can only do so much, no matter how good the intentions. honor that.

  • Kelly
    May 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I definitely hear you on both biking in general and taking on more than you can handle. The longest bike ride I have done is 22 miles and I felt like that was SO hard- it takes forever, I was by myself and like you said there is always the worry about cars etc. Whew! I enjoy biking, but for maybe 10-15 miles, not more than that. I’ve realized I really like balance of normal amounts of all different activities.

    I shouldn’t be- but I am shocked that people are being so hard on you about this. You didn’t back out completely, you backed down to 60 miles- which is 40 miles farther than I’ve ever biked and still farther than I bet a lot of those people slamming you have biked! It’s 60 miles farther than you had biked prior to deciding to take on this challenge- so good for you! I’ll be cheering you on next weekend!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I’m glad you made a decision that is best for you.

    My PT suggested biking as an alternative to supplement my running but I’m afraid of making the investment and then not liking it.

  • SallyH @ acountablelife.wordpress.com
    May 15, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Life is all about learning. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you imagined them. So you pick yourself up, take your lumps and move forward. Granted I didn’t donate to your endeavor, so have a personal stake here, but I’d be amazed if any of the posters who are up in arms about your training and race have never failed at living up to their own expectations or gone through a difficult time, so I’m not sure that anyone should throw stones. I just went to boot camp class this morning, and saw a number of the great women who I became friends with when I was a regular boot camper. Part of me feels like I bailed on them, our team, and that I bailed on myself for not doing the toughest form of workout, for not loving the rigors of daily 5am mornings and intense exercise. The other part of me knows that choosing not to do boot camp regularly is better for my body and for my family and better for my sanity. Sometimes you just have to be kind to yourself. (PS. I hate biking too and am always freaked by cars.)

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    May 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Ugh, my kitty likes to run away from me too, it is SO scary in an apartment building!!

    Those fries. Omg. Foodgasm.

    And I’m glad you’re sticking to your gut with this race- cycling isn’t for everyone, I sure as heck know it’s not for me… so GOOD LUCK and do what you can ๐Ÿ˜€


  • Madelin
    May 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Oh Jenna, sometimes I bet you wonder why you blog with these comments. Good luck for your race next week, I’m looking forward to hearing all about it from you and Caitlin!

  • Lizzie
    May 15, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Less on the fries, more on the flatbread!!! That cheese plate would have been my entire dinner had there been two of them!

    Also, it seems like you are being forced to cop it sweet by some blog readers. Regardless of what you decided to do, you need to do what is right for you – otherwise you’re useless to those around you that you want to be there for. You may have taken on too much (I’m with you, but currently sailing in the work boat!), but you admit that (humbly), and then you try to do the best that you can. That’s all anyone can ask. For complete strangers to reprimand you, without truly being in your shoes serves no purpose. We’re not perfect and we’re not going to be 100% right all the time.

    You have been honest and gracious in your decision – it’s called integrity. And not many people like to use it these days. So do what you need to do, boo-hoo the nay sayers, and be confident that you’re making the right decision for all concerned.

    Now if only I could apply that to my own life . . ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Good call on the bike ride – it’d be stupid to go in it unprepared and then feel crap if you couldn’t do the 100miles. I think you’re doing the right thing!
    And I have to say – you’re so pretty!! I love your hair ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marina
    May 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I’m glad Dexter is all right!
    Listen to your body and soul, and do what’s best for you. You did your best with the bike training, and you have the right to decide whether biking is right or isn’t right for you. I admire how you are in touch with your body and soul, you’re a true inspiration to me!
    So, keep listening to your heart, and enjoy life ๐Ÿ˜‰
    P.s. You are beautiful girl, wow!

  • runnerforever
    May 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I love the presentation of those fries! Keep listening to your body so you enjoy exercise!

  • jen trinque @ recipes for creativity
    May 15, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Good for you on staying away from endurance events! If they’re not for you, they’re not for you.

    That cheese plate looks fabulous!

  • lori
    May 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I love your blog. I have been reading for a couple of months and it has become one of my favourites. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated this post so much. I have been struggling with my workouts for some time now….trying to keep up with a girlfriend of mine who can seemingly do it all. it has been discouraging and frustrating to say the least. Reading your post today reminded me that I must be true to my own body and what it needs. It was encouraging to read that someone else faces the same concerns with their body as I with mine, just substitute running for biking, and I have come to really dislike most of it. anyway, enough rambling just thank you for your honesty. It was what I needed to hear.

  • Raya @ Raya Runs
    May 15, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Dexter is an adventurous little man!!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    May 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    good luck jenna. 60 miles is a huge accomplishment!!!

  • Christena
    May 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Those fries look AMAZING. Seriously.

    I don’t think anyone can blame you for dropping down to the 60 mile option. You can do it!!! It is not a race….you can go at your own pace, stop when you want, eat when you need to, etc. Your adrenaline will be going on the day of the event and you’ll be riding in a pack, which makes it easier. So excited for you!

  • maggie
    May 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

    amen sista! Do what is right for you [in regards to cycling/workouts, well i guess in regards to everything]! Every body is crafted completely different and it is awesome that you are in tune with what your body likes and dislikes! SHOOT you are still doing 60 miles, which is awesome & raised a boat load of mooo-la for kicking cancer in the booty!
    p.s. you look lovely in your pictures, love your blonde hair!

  • CW
    May 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I think you have to make the decision that is right for you–of course it may be disappointing to some people, but you live and learn. I know I’m definitely guilty of taking on too much at one point or another and I have definitely disappointed others by doing so. Hopefully I’ve learned from those experiences, and I bet you will too. But I hope you’re not expecting pity from your readers…looks like it might be a harsh lesson!

    I love to bike, but I don’t love it as a sport–it’s a great complement to running. I prefer to bike as transportation: you get from A to B with a workout while you’re at it! Someone else said they weren’t sure about the investment of cycling: you don’t have to invest anything more than a bike, honestly. You don’t need a fancy road bike or fancy gear…especially beginners. Even if you want to bike long distances, you definitely don’t need special shoes or clothes or whatnot…Just find a used bike (Craigslist is magical) and get a helmet and hop on! A lot of communities have confident city cycling courses if you want to get out on the streets, but lots of places also have plenty of bike paths to enjoy.

  • ida
    May 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

    you’ve come a long way in your riding, you should be really proud. just learning to clip in and out took me months:) you raised awareness and money, and that was the whole goal really. 60 miles or 100 seems immaterial to me.
    listening to your body is the most important thing.

  • katie
    May 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    my cat is also an escape artist, although he’s never gotten completely outside (thank goodness… no microchip, no collar, nothing to ID him). I can’t imagine having a balcony, because I think he would jump up on the railing and give me a heart attack.

    I’m also a bite off more than you can chew person, though more with education than exercise. It’s embarrasing when you have to admit to people that you can’t do what you promised, but you have to do what’s right for you. And sometimes you don’t realize what’s right until you’re completely overwhelmed and exhausted.

    I guess people are upset that you ‘lied’ or something, although since the money is going to a good cause, I don’t see why anyone would be too angry about that. Unless you don’t like cancer research…

  • Niki H
    May 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

    you do whats best for you. put yourself first, no matter what. you do not have to answer to anyone else.
    I feel the same way right now training for my 2nd half mary, i have moved away to college where the running conditions are very different, am now living with my boyfriend, trying to balance lots of classes and work and everything else college throws at you; as well as gaining 20 pounds. Needless to say this will be the last 1/2 i train for…its just not ENJOYABLE anymore…DO WHAT YOU LOVE FOR YOU!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

    The food looks amazing. Nice photos! Must have been really scary when Dexter went commando….but glad it had a happy ending. It’s cool you try on things and give them a major shot–then ‘been there, did that, learned something’ and onto the next. That’s life!

  • jenny
    May 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    hey jenna!

    i luv ur blog….and well
    i know its totally ur life and you decide what u want to do and what u dont want to do but is there any chance that u will EVER put a picture up of your boyfriend???
    im just sooooo curious
    either way its totally cool ๐Ÿ˜€
    but just thought i’d ask ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kim
    May 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I hate to add to the drama, but this is why I was waiting until the end before donating… I do remember this happening with the last big race. I understand and all, but I think next time you need to think things through before committing to something so extreme. It sounds like you might be starting to realize this, so I commend you for that, but I still have a feeling that in a month or two you’ll be announcing another half marathon or triathlon that you are so “psyched” to train for…

  • Christena
    May 15, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Also, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find another woman who HASN’T over-committed herself at some point in time – especially unknowingly. I know I have!!! I think it is part of the female make-up. The only difference here is that you are a blogger, so yours are more highly “publicized.”

    Still, I commend the 60-mile effort! This is still a big deal!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    May 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Good for you for doing what your body, mind, and heart are telling you. 100 miles is a lot, and training for that is taking it’s toll. You should each your workouts and stick to what you love. Bike when you want to bike and as far as you want to.

  • Kerry Dyer
    May 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    your hair looks gorgeous! xx

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Great post and you are SO right! I think it’s awesome that you sign up for something like that and take a risk but it’s even MORE amazing that you are truly listening to your body and what IT wants!

  • Claire
    May 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Oh, dexter…Love the photo info, I had no idea. Seems like you had a great night. I can completely understand about the racing. Biking is not my thing…

  • Samantha @ Food Edu
    May 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Wow, before I read the comments I knew you were going to get slammed, that’s too bad. It’s difficult to know our limits when we have never done something before–Im super guilty of this too Jenna when something sounds really cool and exciting and then maybe it isn’t for us. I applaud you on your 60 miles, and regardless of the fact that you originally planned to do 100, you will still be donating the money to research and that is a noble thing.

  • Jil
    May 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Oh Dexter…at least you got him. They always make a break for it when you’re hands are tied. ๐Ÿ™‚ That meal looks delicious – and those fries …yumm. Plus, that cheese board looks absolutely epic.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    May 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Good for you, Jenna, for recognizing your limits but not backing out of the race. You don’t have to ‘do it all’! You are smart, talented and inspiring with everything you do.

  • kellyO
    May 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Glad you got Dexter before tragedy! Sorry you are getting push back in these comments. Good for you for still doing 60 miles. I think you are doing great! I wish I could more clearly “hear” what my body is telling me! Good luck on your ride and don’t let the negative comments get to you…

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter and Mountaintops
    May 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Good for you! 60 miles is an awesome accomplishment (and frankly if you did just 1 mile I can’t fathom why people would think less of you.)

    You have more haters on your blog than any I’ve read, but I think it’s because people are jealous that you don’t have to work in an office, and get to do fun things and eat and drink delicious things and you give yourself breaks when you need (or want) them.

    Now I want to make a cheese plate and drink wine.

  • Carrie
    May 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    As usual on the food blogs if you don’t agree wholeheartedly with the poster at all times and sign up for groupie status you are “slamming” them… why can’t people voice their own opinions?

    The truth about the EGF situation is that IF you actually committed, trained and went out there and wiped out on mile freaking .2 … no one would mind because you would have TRIED. If your blogging is truthful, what we have read is you blowing off training and then casting it off like it’s no big deal. Doesn’t it upset you that people actually knew you would do this? It was obvious through the blog that you were giving up, quote a long time ago.

    I read Caitlin’s blog and she has busted her arse for this event. You could have too. You post your daily activities and, to be honest, it sounds like you have more spare time than anyone I know, anyway. I know I don’t “know” you, but judging by what you post it seems like you have just been a total flake about the whole thing.

    Sorry I formed an opinion that will not be popular with the groupies.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    May 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I think it is stupid for people to be disappointed or feel like you’ve lied. People did not donate money or pay to see you ride 100 miles. The point was for charity. Whether you ride 100 or walk a 5k, any amount of cash paid towards charity is good. I can see why some people think it might not be fair to receive a free bike and gear, etc with the goal of 100 miles, but really…whatever

  • Carol
    May 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

    There is a lot of negative comments but don’t let it get to you. Your pretty, smart, athletic and funny——people wish they looked like you and they are just jealous !
    Oh, so what’s the verdict with the FAVA beans?

  • Anne
    May 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

    C’mon 100 miles to 60 miles. That’s still very good . Leave it alone people and stop the negative comments !

  • Carrie
    May 15, 2010 at 11:24 am


    Ok, really? People voice an opinion about Jenna totally flaking out but it’s all because she is “pretty?” Yes, ok. Come on.

  • Louise
    May 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Contrary to what Laine says, I think people are disappointed. You promote yourself as an amazing representative of the wholesome, healthy life and idiots buy into it. EGF sponsored yet and gave you all the free gear, yet you still failed. Add this to the fact that you have no career and basically laze around all day and do yoga (and presumably eat out on your bf/ parents budget). It’s kind of sad that all these people don’t see this. This is the reason that I will never ever donate to any of your causes. I know this may seem harsh, but it is reality.

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    May 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I too greatly appreciate that you are listening to your body.I don’t understand,so some of these readers want you to finish the race with an injury? I am sure you would end up with an injury without having enough miles logged trainingwise.
    It sounds like your life became too busy and difficult to have the time to commit to the training and fundraising,but I think it’s wonderful you HAVE raised money and are gonna participate,heck I think any help to cancer research is wonderful.Well done!
    And let alone your moving, multiple trips ,migraines etc,you have had to deal with the emotional fall out from the one year anniversary of your beloved brother passing.Noone can ever imagine or predict how difficult to function let alone just breathe through something like that can be. These are not excuses,these things are life and life is ever unexpected and takes twists we often don’t expect.
    I admire you because you show you are real and human on your blog.I find some other well known bloggers seem just a little too perfect in their workour schedules,races, eating life….For me I love having a well written blog like yours for a few minutes of relaxing over -it’s a treat! i know it’s your “job”,but job well done I say!
    I am not jealous of your fine dining,trips,at home lifestyle because I know you have experienced one of the worst things ever in life and that you realize none of the luxuries in life are important in the end.You have shown faith and family are your cornerstones and that the rest of life is experiences to smile or laugh about and to get us through the unbearable times.
    Ok long post,but I am a reader your respects how GENUINE and REAL you are.
    For those looking for cookie cutter perfection they can look elsewhere.I find Jenna is so genuine she seems even ok if some readers have a opposing view about something…I personally just wish readers would have a pleasant and kinder manner in expressing their opinions.I don’t understand where the anger comes from ! But that’s just me…

  • Emily
    May 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and I have to say that you have inspired me more than anyone I know ( even in real life). I’m in college and felt kind of lost with what step to take next, but reading about your accomplishments has pushed me to do things I never thought I would (such as complete my first half marathon!). I hope you realize how inspiring your attitude to live life to the fullest is. I can assure you that there are far more people cheering for you than there are haters.
    Thankyou for this post and thanks for putting your life out there as inspiration!!

  • Skylar
    May 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I agree 100% with Carrie. I don’t see why people can’t post their own opinions. I don’t see any name-calling or nasty posts, so what is the problem?

    I also read Caitilin’s blog, and anyone with any sense can see the difference between her training and Jenna’s training. Now, technically there isn’t anything wrong with that at all- different people train in different ways. And it isn’t a big deal when someone bites off more than they can chew in life- it happens to all of us. The problem is that Jenna has done this before- it is becoming a pattern and I honestly was not shocked one bit to read this news. I am in no way bashing her- I think raising money for good causes is fantastic and 60 miles is WAY more than I could EVER bike. Heck, I couldn’t even bike 5 miles.

    I think what most of these people are upset about is that Jenna should have said something earlier. It has been OBVIOUS that she hasn’t been putting 100% of herself into training for the EGF. Combine that with the posts about her free bike, free lessons, free gear… etc… and I think some people just have a bad taste in their mouths… because of the pattern that is emerging here.

    And to Carol, I think that comment is ludicrous. Why would you assume someone is jealous of Jenna because of her looks? I agree that she is pretty, but because someone is made uneasy by the above mentioned patterns doesn’t mean they are jealous of anything. Jenna’s blog IS one of her jobs, and I know it takes a lot of time to be a successful blogger. But a successful blogger also gets a LOT of perks, and the perks are given because of a commitment the blogger makes. If Jenna isn’t putting her time into the commitment, people will start questioning this.

  • Carrie
    May 15, 2010 at 11:45 am

    That cheese try looked wonderful.

    Gook Luck with the bike race. I did the five boro bike tour of New York City a few years ago and I had a blast, but my knees were shot when I was done.

  • Adam
    May 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

    You do you. If 60 miles is what you feel comfortable with, do it! You are an amazing person who has a lot going for her no matter what some people may say who are just trying to bring you down to feel better about themselves. Writing is a career, and you are making the most of it and then some. Love yourself for who you are as i am certain you do, and screw the hate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deb
    May 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

    You seem to be getting lazy. Let’s all drink wine, dine out, sip our Yogi tea and read like a book nerd for most of the day… wouldn’t that be nice?

  • Teresa
    May 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    To bike 60 miles is incredible and yes it is a big accomlishment You can do it Jenna!
    Seems you have a lot of jealous readers who will nit pik at anything.

  • Anna
    May 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I am not faulting you for acknowledging you clearly aren’t prepared to ride 100 miles anytime soon.
    I am, however, agreeing with previous posters– it’s obvious you haven’t given training for the EGF the attention it deserves (especially in light of their sponsoring you with free bike, gear, and coaching), instead choosing to basically sabotage your ability to perform with your commitment to tasty food over training fuel and leisure activities (trips away, reading hours on end) over the hard work of properly training for a 100 mile ride (see Caitlin at HTP for example). Many train for and compete in events without the perks you’ve been given, and for you to have gleefully accepted such a leg up and then knowingly half-ass your training while still soliciting donations at recently as May 4th under the guise of you riding 100 when you apparently decided last month to drop down… dishonest and frankly unethical.
    I hope EGF can find more reliable sponsorees in the future.

    • sonia
      May 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

      wow, you lack lots of respect. you are assuming a lot and its very clear that you don’t really read this blog or care for her. you are selfish.

  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    May 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Bravo to your honesty! If your heart is not in it than don’t do it! Especially if you are a migraine sufferer: any changes will bring on more headaches! Have fun with the rest of your unpacking and fedex extra fries to me if you can!

  • Natalie
    May 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    You are so beautiful!

  • Katie
    May 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Maybe you should donate the bike. You said cycling isn’t a passion of yours…so you probably won’t be needing a road bike in the future. Donate the bike to the cause after the race and get yourself a decent hybrid for like $250 to play around with. I totally understand the “yes” syndrome, but I think this is a way to take ownership for your “yes” until you learn to say “no”.
    Good luck!!

  • Angharad
    May 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I think it’s super awesome to RECOGNIZE things like this and it takes a lot of guts to actually follow your heart and know your body is telling you “slow down, back off, chill out”. Endurance sports and races are not for everyone and I think it’s kind of weird frankly that we live in a society that takes thing immediately to such extremes. When I tell people I run, one of the first questions they ask me is, “are you training for something” or “will you ever run a marathon?” How about I just like running and it’s good for me and I don’t need to run 26 miles to ‘prove’ I’m a runner. K, done now. But I think it’s a really good thing that you are backing off.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    May 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, it’s amazing what a difference white balancing can make. Whenever I forgot to white balance my video camera in broadcast classes, I got this strange purple tint. NOT good.

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Beara
    May 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    No wonder you couldn’t keep your hand off those fries, they look delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€ I also fell in love with your cheese/meat/olive plate!

  • NB in MG
    May 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I think your motivation and training up to date will get you through it!!
    I did a 200 kilometre bike ride through the rockies last summer…and…I definetly under-trained… but once you’re going…it’s hard to just GIVE UP. I’m not going to lie – it hurt like hell near the end… but I just kept saying “If it was easy, everyone would do it” and focus on the small distances (like in between rest stops)….
    Good for you for signing up for the lesser mileage race….and we all know you’ll do awesome!!

  • Liz c
    May 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I absolutely agree with comments #54 and #59. It is a very OBVIOUS observation. No wonder there is the new law about disclosure of “freebies”.

  • NB in MG
    May 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I just read the comments that you got on this post and i was a bit surprised.

    I had to add that it’s a great thing and encouraging that you’re doing what YOU feel is best for YOUR life.

    You are riding to raise money for charity – which will touch many people’s lives.
    You changing your distance from 60 to 100 miles – effects no one’s life but your own.

    Rock on, Jenna!

  • eatmovelove
    May 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I think all these negative posters should go take a look at their own lives. They’re still donating to a cause – so what the hell is the big deal?
    Those who point fingers have their own insecurities and issues and need to turn the finger around.
    I know how it feels to go for something and try it only for it to turn out not to be the right thing for you…and honestly, sometimes you have to do it or make the same mistakes over and over before you realize what it is you actually want and like. Don’t let ANYONE make you feel bad for your decisions. Seriously.
    I recently commited to a job and then backed out because I just did not feel comfortable with it. The employers were pissed because they had started promoting my businesses, etc…but I was honest, upfront with it and had to follow my gut and feelings…what’s the alternative? Go do something just because I have to or someone else will be mad? Sorry – it’s my life. And there’s only so many times you can apologize for your own feelings.

  • Andrea
    May 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm


    You go girl! The ladies who posted about you bailing on what you signed up for must not be endurance athletes. Sometimes are bodies just don’t cooperate, and sometimes we take on crazy distances. At least money is going to a great cause! You totally rock! I’ll be sending good vibes your way next weekend!

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
    May 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Holy cow, that dinner all looked SO GOOD! I can’t be trusted with french fries in front of me either ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tricia
    May 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Jenna, I love reading your blog BUT… I am with a few of the other postees: from what I can tell, you havn’t trained enough. Biting off more than you can chew sometimes leads to choking… it seems like sometimes you are too easy on yourself. Now for Dexter. As an animal lover, I have to say you might have considered him more when choosing your apartment. It’s pretty obvious he is bored, lonely, and my guess is, frustrated and maybe scared (lots going on in your life these last several months) maybe you should seriously consider more of a committment to him- or perhaps you are not really ready for pet ownership. I hate to come down too hard on you but you have seemed AWFULLY self-centered of late.

    • sonia
      May 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

      you read her blog for maybe 10 mins a day and think that is enough time to know what type of person she is? wow you really do live in a unrealistic world.

    • Amber
      May 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Ummmm he’s a CAT. You know, CURIOUS. It’s normal for cats to bolt out the door every once in awhile, my cat does it all the time! I can’t believe you’d call her a bad pet owner over that!!!

      • MelanieF
        May 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm

        Very normal! My cat is the same. Crazy and curious. I only let him go on the balcony when I’m with him and even then I watch him very carefuly because if he sees a bug or a bird I know he will try to go after it.

        I wouldn’t call that being a bad pet owner!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    May 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    wow, people…seriously…
    Tricia, a cat tries to run away and Jenna isn’t committed to her cat? Give me a break!! people have to move and our pets get scared and might bolt. How does that make Jenna any less of a good fur-mom? If people want to have an opinion about Jenna dropping from 100 miles to 60, that’s fine, but criticizing her entire life and way of being based on only what she posts here is stupid. I am guessing most people commenting do not know this person in real life.

  • jaimegirl
    May 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    #62——-GREAT idea about donating the bike! or maybe even auctioning it off with the proceeds going to charity?

  • Amy
    May 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Yes, endurance training is hard on the body. I know, because I just finished my first Ironman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, then a marathon). My body wasn’t really “made” for it either, but I trained hard and transformed myself into someone who could race for 12+ hours. Unlike Jenna, I love endurance events, so it wasn’t hard for me to motivate myself to train (despite the exhaustion and difficulty balancing it with my Ph.D. program). I understand completely how someone who doesn’t like endurance training would want to drop to a shorter distance. I’m all about pursuing your passions and doing what you love – if that doesn’t include endurance racing, then don’t do it! I understand why readers might be upset, but lets try not to be too hard on Jenna. I think we can all learn something about not over-committing ourselves.

  • Ann
    May 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Awww…Jenna, I hope youre not letting these people get to you.

    Sometimes its hard not to…so ((((CYBERHUG))))

  • SallyH @ acountablelife.wordpress.com
    May 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Love the idea of donating the bike if it’s not a sport you love, Jenna.

    I don’t think any of us readers “know” Jenna well enough to “know” that she is “lazy” and “too easy on herself”… As readers you have to consider that Jenna–the author–only posts the more positive or superficial aspects of her life because she wants to entertain, not because that is all she ever does. If she talked every day about how depressed she was about the anniversary of her family’s loss or how lonely she was about her life in CA, would that make readers more satisfied?

    Also, as someone who has worked on a book project before, I know how exhausting it is to write a book. It is a MAMMOTH undertaking of such dedication. Jenna may not have been able to commit to this race but she did commit to that book and sometimes it is hard to do two such MARATHONs.

    • MelanieF
      May 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      Agree 100%

  • Emily
    May 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Ha ha ha I am having a hard time stopping LAUGHING at the idea that you are slacking on your “commitment” to Dexter. That is ridiculous. You provide him with a secure and loving home, what else could a pet ask for?
    Also, I definitely feel that everyone has the right to voice their opinions, but there is a difference between thoughtfully stating one’s views and being unnecessarily cruel and hurtful. I think a few posters have crossed that line.
    Jenna, I respect your decision and truly hope you are able to ignore the obviously untruthful statements some of your readers have made.

    • Kim
      May 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      Good reply Emily. I agree!

  • Kara
    May 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I guess I have to agree with some of the ladies. If it was another blogger that “bit off more than they could chew” I’d totally understand. But this is a PATTERN here. You never seem to finish what you start. Ever. So it’s not surprising. And I think people are just getting tired of the self pity. Time to grow up a little, methinks.

  • AM
    May 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I agree with Emily. Everyone is entitled to voice their opinions, and some did it very artfully, while others were just nasty.

    I don’t think the comment about Dexter falls into the nasty category, but it certainly doesn’t have any factual basis in my opinion. Questioning your ability as a pet guardian, seriously? If you *let* him roam around outside, or had him declawed to save your yoga mats or dumped him off when you moved apartments, then i’d be concerned. You are obviously very concerned about his welfare.

  • Jamie
    May 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Wow. I commission all of these negative readers to pour themselves a huge glass of shut the hell up…err I mean, wine, and relax!
    Life is too short to care about a blogger’s choice to drop down for a race, who cares if she has a “pattern” of it. I have a pattern of eating 8 cookies at a time (gasp!) and I. do. not. care. what others think. Let go. Show a little love. It really never hurt anyone.

  • Bec
    May 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I enjoy your blog but really at times it feels like you life in Jenna land. Perhaps you should join the real world along with the rest of us! Book deals come your way and you complain about how tough it is, you life in a wonderful part of the world yet it is not good enough, you fill your day with eating out, reading and yoga yet you cannot complete things even those that are handed to you on a silver platter. I urge you to step out into the real world, get a full time job and pay your own bills and see what life is really about.

  • Bec
    May 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I enjoy your blog but really at times it feels like you life in Jenna land. Perhaps you should join the real world along with the rest of us! Book deals come your way and you complain about how tough it is, you life in a wonderful part of the world yet it is not good enough, you fill your day with eating out, reading and yoga yet you cannot complete things even those that are handed to you on a silver platter. I urge you to step out into the real world, get a full time job and pay your own bills and see what life is really about.

  • Sarah
    May 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Oh.. wow. Jenna, I read your blog frequently, and I am in high school. And a lot of these comments (who I assume are made by adult readers) sound like the petty bitching that goes on at school. You think it’s time for Jenna to grow up? Take a look in the mirror.

    • Mae @OhhMay
      May 18, 2010 at 6:01 am

      SO TRUE! wow, I’m amazed at the cruelty and disregard to human emotion in these comments. Actually, I think you’re pretty inspirational. THAT is all.

  • kath
    May 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I have to say I didn’t see the negative comments coming at all. I just clicked on here to say, good for you for leaving endurance events alone if they aren’t for you. I think there’s a lot of pressure, especially in certain circles (including these healthy living blogs!), to always be training for something of that nature. But its definitely not necessary to be healthy! And I don’t think its even necessarily good for everyone, either (for some, sure, for others, maybe not).

    I don’t quite understand what it says about our society that marathons have become such a must-do for everyone lately, the popularity of them has gone up so crazily in the past 10 years or so. Anyway, listen to your body, and try not to take on too much. (easier said than done, no?) Best of luck –

  • Sara
    May 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I’m a fan of your blog but you’ve seen quite uninspired recently and blogging out of obligation. Maybe you should take some time off and rekindle the passion, or find a new passion? Good luck with whatever you do!

  • Stephanie
    May 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Jeez! Not everyone is perfect! Chill out people. Jenna, you will do great! The important thing is that you raised money that is going toward a wonderful cause and that is all that REALLY matters. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danielle
    May 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I know this comment is a little late……

    but, why is it people care so much about the ride itself? The money has been raised for a great cause, the ride itself is just a symbol. The money is still being donated riding 100miles, 60 miles, or none.

    I’m an avid reader, seldom comment. But I don’t understand why someone should be called a liar, or accused of failing, when they are dedicating their time and efforts for a good cause. Regardless of the activity completed or not completed, the money has been donated to something great that will hopefully help a lot of people. The activity itself has no effect……

  • Leah
    May 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I’m a long time devoted reader but have never commented before. Your post made me want to comment because I, too, felt a pretty big disappointment in your decision to back down after having advertised you would do the 100. As an endurance athlete, I’ve been reading these last few months and marvelling over your lack of training for the event and wondering if perhaps you just weren’t writing about it, so it would be some sort of surprise or something to us readers when you rocked the distance and crossed that finish line. You’ve done this before… and it’s really dishonest of you to solicit money from readers such as myself and my mother who both donated to your name. Yes, it’s for charity, and of course that is great. Many of us could (and have!!) set up websites where we promise that we’re going to do something mindblowingly arduous and excruciating and ask people to help us with donations along the way. But, unlike you, we deliver on our promise. The idea behind charity racing is that the donators provide the money and the racer…umm… races the distance?? You just set up these websites and while your fans are donating, you’re off at the yoga studio and downing wine every night…. You’re really crapping on the integrity of charity racing. It just sucks.

  • Jen
    May 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I have cats and anyone who thinks that trying to sneak out when he had a chance means Dexter is unhappy has never had a pet. Cats are curious and always do whatever they are not supposed to do. I haven’t read Caitlin’s blog but it seems like all the mean comments are from 2 or 3 of her groupies. I agree with the high-schooler who thinks these “adults” need to grow up.

  • Allie
    May 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    best of luck Jenna, keep following your own destiny and don’t let others get you down ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Darien
    May 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    tre harsh. gosh. ive read your blog just about every day for years now, jenna. i cried when you lost your brother, and i know that the anniversary of that was rough for you. but you really seemed to have handled it more beautifully than i mightve thought. moving across country, also brave. raising money for cancer research, thoughtful. straight up- you know how to handle the naysaying. you know whats right. sixty miles on a bike is as unfathomable to me as a hundred. im in the military, and am in decent shape. i wouldnt dream of it.
    and for the record, dexter looks like pretty much the happiest damn cat ive ever seen. i dont care how good of a pet owner you are, your pet will still make a dash for it once in awhile. nobody can argue that point. especially when theyre in a new place? lay off, buttheads. dexters happy. jennas not stealing anybodies money, and isnt hiding things. this is a pretty personal blog, from a woman who shares her every thought with the world.
    thanks, jenna.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Huh, I got a truly bitchy comment from someone named Shelly once…. I wonder what her deal is. Whatever you choose to do is amazing!

  • Kate
    May 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I think Leah worded that perfectly.

  • Jessie
    May 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Don’t feel bad. I signed up to do the breast cancer 5k and was sick, so instead of running in the cold & rain I stayed home & got healthy. Last year I signed up to do an MS walk, but after raised money for it (have 2 friends that have MS) I realized I double booked myself in 2 different states. Didn’t walk that one either. I agree with the poster who said that people didn’t pay to see you ride that 100 miles. Life happens, and you can’t please everyone. I can’t believe Louise won’t give to causes because life happens. The money still goes to the same place & I believe that you are just keeping it real & good for you!

    Good luck next weekend and if anyone else gives you a hard time tell them you don’t see them signing up to ride at all!

  • holly
    May 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Hey jenna! I think that the vast majority of these comments are positive and that you shouldn’t let the others get you down. If your happy with how far you’ve come and how much you accomplished that’s all that matters! 60 miles is awesome! And its always a good idea to challenge yourself or else you’d never get anywhere. So if you do decide to do another half marathon or bike ride, don’t let the comments of a few people make you change your mind. Good luck!

  • Dana
    May 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Why don’t all you haters and anyone that had anything negative to say go get your f*in ass on a bike a train for charity. Point out someone’s flaws you have four fingers pointing back at yourself. Get your own life and you should feel privileged this woman lets you in on hers. Must make you feel good to tear someone down over the internet while you sit masked behind a screen on your computer. Congratulations.

  • Stephanie Clement
    May 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Alana, Carrie and Skylar..

    Holy bitches. Are you guys serious??? Jenna is a REAL person. And not to stoop down to your ever-so-low lever..but um, you’re spending your free time reading blogs…wow, go ride 100 miles yourself, dinks! I’m 19, and 100% look up to Jenna….who the heck cares if she’s not riding 100 miles…have you tried to ride 60?? Its hard…friggin’ hard!!! Ladies, go watch your soaps and kiss your Edward or Jacob posters (guessing you sad ladies don’t have a boyfriend..dunno who’d like anyone so mean!) and go do something yourself other than make a fantastic woman feel bad. SHE READS COMMENTS…WHYYYY would you make her feel bad?? Seriously? Go read a book on Karma, maybe take a yoga class, and cleanse yourself because given your state of minds…you’re really sad people, and need some serious help.

    Jenna you’re awesome. You make me smile all the time. Blogs are FUN…not serious. You keep doin’ what you do, girl. Stay amazing and best of luck on your ride<3

    Karma will prevail ๐Ÿ™‚

  • brianna
    May 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    hmm it’s amazing that all the people who have negative things to say don’t have a blog or at least don’t link to it. how would you feel if every time you “failed” and tried to be honest about it, people ripped you to shreds just because they can and it’s anonymous? if you have a criticism, don’t say anything you wouldn’t say in person. we’ve all started something that we didn’t finish- there’s no need to be cruel.
    maybe you guys need to get lives of your own, so the biggest dissappointment of your day isn’t what happens in jenna’s life.

  • Ginny
    May 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Wow! I’m still laughing that you were actually ridiculed for not being a committed cat owner. That is quite possibly the funniest thing I think I’ve ever read. Hilarious!!! That is simply classic .

    Dr. Phil has a line that I’ve always appreciated, it’s: You can’t make sense out of nonsense so don’t even try! Don’t waste the energy trying to even figure out why some people are so vile.

    You already know this and it’s clearly been said in other posts, but you are a bright, talented courageous young woman who is living the dream and following your heart. That is to be commended. Don’t ever stop and don’t ever be brought down by some bullies in cyberspace. This blog is amazing and I can’t even tell you how much I am enjoying reading it from the start (just found you a week or so ago). You do us all a tremendous favor by writing it. It’s educational, it’s entertaining and it makes me want to be a healthier person just reading it. Keep up the good work!

  • MMiller
    May 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Love ya Jenna!!!

    60 miles is awesome! Still a great deal of work to do for a charity! I am not a biker, or even a runner for that matter! I love reading your blog and am glad you are thinking of your body and what you can and cannot handle! The only thing you need to do is be true to yourself, and you seem to do that well! You are one amazing person!

  • Meg
    May 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    WOWWWW. Jenna, I have read your blog for quite some time and have never felt such a passion to comment until NOW. To all of you haters- STOP with the negativity. Jenna voluntarily writes this blog, not only to document her healthy lifestyle and fun adventures but to also share her experiences and ideas with US. I don’t understand the point of posting negative and hurtful comments on this blog- it does no one good, especially if you’re the one writing it (just makes you look like cold-hearted jerks). So Jenna, please try to not to let these morons get to you. You are beautiful, intelligent, and full of life! These people just want to bring you down because clearly their lives are incomplete or they are just depressed and feel like pounding negativity on you. Forget them, love you!

  • Kelly
    May 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    So proud of you!! Have a great ride. I love your blog and sorry you’ve gotten negative feedback. Why would people read your blog if they aren’t supportive of you and appreciative of your honesty? Good for you for setting goals and working towards achieving them–isn’t that what life is all about? At least you set a goal, liberated funds for a good cause, educated all of us, and learned a whole lot about yourself.

  • Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com
    May 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Geeze louise, these haters are ridiculous! I think you’re doing the right thing by listening to your body and 60 miles is still a HUGE deal. And I agree with Brianna – people whose days are ruined by your decision need to get a life, seriously.

    You’re hilarious, I love your blog and you’re a great role model. Keep on keeping on!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • breanne gallea
    May 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    i don’t understand jenna
    because you’re not biking the full 100 miles does the money not go to charity. no matter how far you’re biking the money is still going to a GREAT cause. so who cares about these evil people and what they say. they only say the things they do because they’re behind a computer and not accountable for their words. i say do you what’s best for you. you know yourself better then any of us that read your blog no matter how long we’ve been reading it. i think you’re great and 60 miles is still A LOT farther then many if not all of those rude people that commented have biked. so good for you!

  • Rebecca
    May 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Hey Jenna, I’m an avid reader and can’t believe how negative people are being. I guess they have forgotten the old saying “if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all.” I too am an athlete and know that it is so crucial to listen to your body. You are obviously doing the right thing and it is amazing that you even signed up to bike 60 miles and raise money for charity. Isn’t that the bottom line, the money goes to charity. Keep doing what you are doing!

  • Amy
    May 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I seriously cannot believe that you are being bashed for dropping down to 60 miles. 60 miles! That’s huge! Good for you for knowing your limits, sticking to them, and being honest with yourself. Shame on all of you who live in a little box and get your reality from Jenna’s blog – maybe it’s time to step up and get a life yourself! This event is for charity, people! What difference does it make if you donate and she rides 60 or 100 — it’s all going to the same place! Shame on you for judging!!

  • katie
    May 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    WOW are you kidding me?! you people need to freaking CHILL OUT!! goodness gracious. there is so much more to life than criticizing someone else, shes not perfect and neither are you. get over yourself and let Jenna be honest and live her life, she doesnt owe anything to ANY of us. she can say, do, and decide whatever the heck she wants.

    Jenna- you are amazing and you dont owe any explanations. you do whatever you want, we live and learn, we go through trials to make us stronger and depend on the Lord more. Its just a bike race and people need to chill out.

    okay vent session over ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cindy
    May 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I cannot believe that you are being judged for having to drop down from 100 to 60 miles. I do not understand why if people do not have anything nice to say, to not say anything at all. I have had similar issues on my personal lj and do not understand how people can make judgments about decisions when they never 100% know the whole story.

    Good luck with what ever mileage you choose to take on.

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    May 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    After looking at some of these comments I think they are down right hurtful and unfair. No one is forced to come to this blog and be interested in what Jenna is doing. Also it’s Jenna’s life and no one else’s. The choices she makes are her own.

    Jenna you are a wonderful person, doing wonderful things, and taking the time to share them with us. I really appreciate that. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ :0 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    May 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    After looking at some of these comments I think they are down right hurtful and unfair. No one is forced to come to this blog and be interested in what Jenna is doing. Also it’s Jenna’s life and no one else’s. The choices she makes are her own.

    Jenna you are a wonderful person, doing wonderful things, and taking the time to share them with us. I really appreciate that. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ :0 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    May 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Whoah. Just whoah. I can’t imagine how you must feel after reading these comments, Jenna. I just can’t even imagine! ๐Ÿ™

    Well, I guess it’s kind of like the people who think that even though I’ve lost over 100 pounds, just because I’m not a stick figure, I haven’t accomplished anything. But that isn’t true at all. 100+ pounds is a LOT of weight.

    And so is 60 miles. Wow. That is SO far!!!

    Milestones and accomplishments come in all forms. And, honestly, when you mentioned before in posts that you rode 20 or 30 miles, etc., my jaw dropped. Those distances are HUGE to me – and many others.

    Just be true to yourself, Jenna, and follow your heart. It’s all you can do. Focus on the positive, girl.

    Love ya!!!!


  • Amanda (modernation)
    May 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Seeing what all these people have written here makes me so angry and sad. What is wrong with people? True, everyone is entitled to their opinions, but name calling and judging is just ridiculous. If people were only willing to donate to a good cause because you were doing 100 miles, then they have issues. Have any of them ever trained for a 100 mile bike ride? You should not ever have to put your body at risk to make others happy or to make readers feel better about themselves. I have been training for the EGF and completed another century – it IS NOT EASY. Do what you need to do and everyone else will get what they deserve. Can’t wait to meet you next weekend! Stay strong and stand by your decision!

  • Shannon, Tropical Treats
    May 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    oh my gosh I cannot believe people. That is absurd of them for leaving such hateful and disrespectful comments. 60 miles is SO far and i am so proud of you for listening to your body and committing to that. You are AMAZING and I really look up to you and I think it’s pretty darn awesome how composed and mature your rebuttal is. You rock Miss Jenna!!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    You are a star and a true inspiration to me, no matter what. Even if you decided NOT to ride, I am still inspired by you. <3

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    May 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I am very uneasy by the tone of some of the comments. The unlinked origin of the comments calls into question whether or not they are from the same person or two people. Jenna, I’m sure that there are some trolls reading this who would like to make you cry and feel badly about yourself. Please don’t let their heckling affect you. You are not a liar or a bad person.

    The 100 vs 60 miles change doesn’t affect any of your readers. They should be thankful you are reducing the length of the race according to YOUR body because above all you have to take care of yourself and not damage yourself only to meet your blog readers’ expectations. I will echo others—the point of the race is charity and fun.

    Keep smiling, Jenna.

  • Steph
    May 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I haven’t read all the comments, but reading the latest post I can see not all were very friendly or understanding!
    I think it’s great you’re being honest with yourself and with your blog readers. Sometimes you just need a rest and to be realistic! It’s great that you tried this and you learned it’s not for you.. kudos for still going out there, doing it and raising some money for charity.
    Don’t let those people discourage you.. we are all different in our bodily/emotional needs and everything is a learning experience!

  • Steph
    May 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    .. and by bodily.. i meant physical ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Heather R.
    May 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    60 miles is a hella lot! I’d like to see those who have left critical comments, attempt to accomplish a ride that long! Keep your chin up Jenna!

  • Sarah
    May 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    These negative comments are so upsetting. From what I’ve seen from Jenna’s blog (following for the last two years), she’s been through a hell of a lot in her life and I am SO HAPPY to see her enjoying herself and living life to the fullest. Jenna you are an inspiration. I think too many of us spend so much time taking care of other people that we neglect ourselves and our own wants/needs… there needs to be some sort of a balance there. Anyways, if you are angry that you donated money to the cause and Jenna isn’t biking the full distance, you are missing the point. The money is still going to go to charity, there is no change there, you just want someone to criticize.
    Jenna, try to stay positive, you are still accomplishing something HUGE by biking the 60 miles, and more importantly, you are being honest with yourself ab what you can handle, and (it seems) enjoying your life!! We love you.

  • Allison
    May 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    This is a comment to all the people questioning the unlinked comments. Bloggers are not the only ones who read other blogs. People without blogs should feel free to comment. Really, I think most of the bloggers who comment on other blogs do it primarily to increase hits on their own blogs.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    May 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I’m sorry you’re getting such a hard time for your decision. You’re still doing a wonderful thing and I hope you don’t let it get you down.

  • Genevieve
    May 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Jenna, the negative responses to your decisions have been outrageous and disgusting! YOU ARE GREAT! i LOVE your unique style and i have been so inspired by your honest posts and “confessions.” Its great to know you take walk breaks when you run and eat french fries uncontrollably, you are a real person and THATS why I read blog! No one has right to tell you you are lazy or let people down (let alone being a bad pet owner… seriously??), the money is for CHARITY people, not for Jenna to be a puppet and risk hurting herself physically, mentally or emotionally. Good for setting your own limits!

    ps. this is my very first comment on any blog and its fitting because yours is my favorite!

  • Rachael
    May 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Unbelievable. I am floored by the negativity and personal attacks. I think you are doing a wonderful job of being raw and honest, Jenna, and I commend you for following what you feel is right for you. I, myself am learning that is incredibly hard to do, as competitive person.
    Others are so quick to pass judgement on (anything) and often they know absolutely nothing about it.
    Reminds me of the quote, “A critic is a legless man who teaches running.”

    **hugs** I hope you don’t let the ridiculous comments get to you.
    I support whichever decision you make and will be cheering you on 100mi, 60mi or 10mi! Good luck!

  • Christie
    May 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    You’re straight up fabulous. I hope you look at these negative comments and see the positive in them. Your blog is successful enough that even haters continue to read ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Keep doing you woman!


  • Lauren
    May 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Jenna, I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you. I just read some of the comments you received and I cannot imagine how incredibly hurtful they are. I’ve read about your faith before, so I think you understand, that we live in a really messy world, and I’m just praying that our kind and loving God just fills you up with forgiveness for these people with their nasty comments, and comfort and peace to get through it all. Wish I could give you a hug!

  • liane
    May 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    A few days ago I had a person comment to me that my accomplishment of running a half marathon was nothing, given it wasn’t a full marathon. This was said by someone who would only be compelled to run if being chased by rottweilers, and maybe not even then.
    Reading your blog as inspired me in so many different ways, thank you so much and all the best on your race, no matter the distance ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lisa
    May 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    seriously? people? seriously? if you donate to a cancer walk or a bike ride or anything else, are you donating only because the person is doing x miles ? come on. either you want to donate or you don’t. if you donate, you are donating for the cause and nothing else. people need lives out there. i can’t imagine coming on here and posting this type of just crap that i’m seeing.
    to the poster who said they were in high school and she thought that is the type of reaction that she’d see amongst her friends..i don’t even think high schoolers care that much about the type of insignificant things some of these people have posted about. jenna, get the email addresses and block them from posting, no good comes from any of it and it’s all just lame really. keep sharing your life with us, i know i look forward to it. whether you do 10 miles, 60 or 100 or even not at all, i could care less.

  • lisa
    May 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    seriously? people? seriously? if you donate to a cancer walk or a bike ride or anything else, are you donating only because the person is doing x miles ? come on. either you want to donate or you don’t. if you donate, you are donating for the cause and nothing else. people need lives out there. i can’t imagine coming on here and posting this type of just crap that i’m seeing.
    to the poster who said they were in high school and she thought that is the type of reaction that she’d see amongst her friends..i don’t even think high schoolers care that much about the type of insignificant things some of these people have posted about. jenna, get the email addresses and block them from posting, no good comes from any of it and it’s all just lame really. keep sharing your life with us, i know i look forward to it. whether you do 10 miles, 60 or 100 or even not at all, i could care less.

  • Namaste
    May 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I have to agree with Dana, Comment #97.

    The reason I love to read your blog is because you are HUMAN. You appreciate good food, good wine, good books, good friends. You love your family, your cat, your body and YOU RESPECT IT.
    I can honestly say that I relate much more to someone like you, then to other blogers who train like crazy, are obssessed with their food intake and their schedule.
    I honestly don’t understand why they are still reading your blog if they don’t like what you’re writing.
    TRY not to let it get to you.

  • Abby
    May 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I read this post before all the negative comments (didn’t comment) and the thought never even entered my mind to think anything of your decision. The money is for charity–it’s not like you said you’re going to ride and keep it for yourself (or hold cat sacrifices in your backyard or something.)

    When I came back and saw all this petty crap, I was confused–what’s the big deal? Even if I agreed with the comments about the change in you the past couple months, how does that affect my life? Um…no offense, but it doesn’t. I live my own life, not my life through you, and you are entitled to do whatever the heck you want.

    You owe us nothing, so screw the people who make you feel that way.

  • Sarah
    May 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I love reading your blog. I can’t imagine putting myself out there like you do, being so honest and open with my everyday life. However, since you do blog (it is, in your words, your job) and have obviously received various perks, I think this is an example of taking the good with the bad… People are disappointed, angry and making very uneducated and negative comments. Let’s not even touch the one about Dexter…….

    As far as seeing a “pattern”, the definition of pattern is frequent or widespread incidence (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). TWICE is generally not considered frequent nor widespread, so “seeing a pattern” is impossible, especially since we don’t live Jenna’s life and only “know” what we read.

    In summary, I can understand why people are upset about not being informed of the change earlier, or why donors might feel slightly miffed that the original distance has changed, but take the advice you dole out (harshly, I might add) and grow up. Grow up and accept that the athlete you pledged to support faced training issues, both physical and mental. Grow up and accept that this was a possibility you knew about before donating. Grow up and be happy your money is helping people who need it and that Jenna is still undertaking a huge task.

    Any haters who are still truly disappointed in Jenna have many options. They could discontinue reading the blog, accept that Jenna is human and continue reading… Or they could read each post, searching for weakness and flaws, pretending to know exactly what’s really going on in Jenna’s life, spending hours decoding how much time Jenna actually spends training, critiquing her every move… Sounds awesome.

  • Jessy
    May 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Commenters-Don’t read blogs you don’t like!! You will be doing everyone a favor that way!

    Jenna-You just keep doing what you are doing. Don’t let negative people get in your way.

  • Shanon
    May 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    All I can say is WOW! She solicited donations for a charity and regardless if she bikes 0 miles or 100 miles the charity STILL gets the money. It’s not like she is vacationing with the money. As far as the comment that Jenna needs to grow up… she’s still young, not married and living lifes adventures. Eat out, drink wine, live life passionately because you are only young for a short while. Love ya Jenna and your blog! Praying for you from the south. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jae
    May 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Jenna, I too, am a high school student. and I just want to echo what the other h.s. girl said, it really does seem like petty bullshit that comes in high school.
    I recently started to exercise and I think that you’re pretty much amazing. I mean, people, LOOK HERE. This lady has gone through so much ANNNNNNDDDD she lived without FURNITURE for the past couple months. Now, lets live a little and let her be in peace. I bet most of us who are seriously bitching about her socalledlackoftraining have honestly done an endurance event before. I KNOW I HAVENT. So look in the mirror, what do you see? If you truly believe that you are better than her then kudos to you, but still keep your trap closed.
    JENNA, you are an AMAZING person and I am HONORED that you would choose to share your life with us ๐Ÿ™‚ ROCK ON GIRLFRIEND

  • bobbi
    May 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    WOW serious stuff here. Jenna you are amazing!!! Life happens and you have to make tough decisions!! Man people can be so cruel! I think its great that you came back with such tact! Love you girl!

  • natalie (natattack)
    May 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm


    All I can say is Keep Calm and Carry on. What doesnt kill you makes you stronger. I believe these negative comments are very selfish although they are honost opinion’s the number one rule in life is listening to your body. You MUST follow what it tells you to or it can rebel against you.

    Keep doing what you do because it keeps me motivated and keeps me :)’ing


  • Kate
    May 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm


    I have been reading your blog for two years now and I think this is the first time I’ve ever commented. You have kept me interested each and every day for the past two years. You have a knack for making readers feel like they are one of your good friends. It’s a real talent. You must understand that there are many women that read your blog that suffer from low self-esteem that often manifests itself in eating/exercising disorders. It may make them feel better for a short time to knock you down. You know better than to let this bother you. When I want to take a day off of working out I feel embarrassed. I don’t even want my BOYFRIEND to know. You, poor thing, need to let THOUSANDS of readers know! Sheesh!

    I love your blog. Keep it up. I’m not sure what I would sip my coffee to in the morning without it!


  • avi
    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    y’all calm down, she’s not that pretty, not enough to spark a flame war lol

  • avi
    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    your shit’s weak haha

  • Sassy Molassy
    May 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Sometimes, I think backing down from a challenge you committed to is harder than actually following through. You know what’s best for you and I congratulate you for being able to stand up and say “hey, i can do 60 but not 100.” Don’t worry about the nay sayers. I donated to your cause and am happy to see that the $ will be going to a great organization. Just enjoy the ride!

  • Cat
    May 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Wow, how weird all these negative comments are to me! It doesn’t matter how far Jenna bikes the money is still donated to a good cause, right? So what the heck difference does it make to anyone how far she goes?

    I’m also training for the Grand Fondo, the 60 mile, and just did my longest ride to date yesterday — 56 miles! And it was HARD. It was hot, I had issues fueling properly and the skin between my thumb and first finger chafed (hard to imagine and yes IT HURTS) amongst other things. I absolutely love cycling, am not as new to it as Jenna is and I was still glad to be done yesterday — so yes, 60 miles is no small feat.

  • lucianna
    May 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    OMG HAHAHA. was tricia being ironic or something? if yes, that was funny. if no, wow!!!!! i’d say she goes a bit beyond “animal lover”….
    jenna, i haven’t been following the blog long enough to fully understand all of the “drama” surrounding the bike race, but i commend your ability simply to put up with all this BS like people ragging on you for not choosing your apartment based on what your cat would want. LOL.
    all of the money is still going to charity…..so i don’t get what the big deal is? would people donate for 100 miles but NOT donate for 60 miles? lame!!

  • MC
    May 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    We all don’t have to agree with Jenna and we should be allowed to voice “constructive criticism”, but comments like #57 are totally unnecessary.

  • Megan
    May 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Jenna, I think realizing that riding 100 miles in a day is too much for you is very noble. If you don’t enjoy cycling 100 miles would be shear torture. Sixty is plenty tough and just doing that makes you a winner.

  • Katie (Life Discombobulated)
    May 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    It is 60 FREAKING MILES, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is a LONG way to ride and anyone who is willing to go for it like that is awesome! Interesting how ALL of those negative commenters don’t have blogs of their own – or at least don’t have the guts to post their blog link.
    Committing to a goal and working towards it is hard. Finding time to train for a major long distance event is hard. Sometimes life gets in the way. MANY of us choose NOT to listen to our minds or bodies and try to forge ahead anyway even though we know, deep down, it’s probably not the best thing to do. Jenna, with all that you’ve gone through over the last couple of months, it takes serious guts to stay true to your commitment of COMPETING IN THIS RACE and apparently even more guts to announce to the world that you made a mistake and are trying to do what’s best for yourself. Just because you make parts of your life public (which your readers all thank you for!) doesn’t mean that you should do what the public thinks is best for you. You would be letting yourself down and all of the readers that truly care about your well being if you didn’t stay true to yourself.
    One of the MOST important parts of having a healthy living blog, in my opinion (*sarcasm*), is actually LIVING a healthy life!!! Mind, body, and heart. THAT’S what your readers come for.

  • Emily
    May 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Oh Jenna- I still love you! If I could do yoga classes every day and “sip Yogi tea” damnit- I would! I commend you on the risks you’ve taken because obviously it’s turned out well for you! You tell ’em!

  • Debbie
    May 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Hey there you sweet, beautiful lady! The folks I truly feel sorry for are those haters. I hazard to guess what their upbringing must have been. You’re loved by family and so many. You offer more zest for life than most people I know. I congratulate you for looking out for #1. As my hubby says, you need to put the mask on yourself first. So, take care of you first Jenna and let the others around you say what they will. At least the majority here know you’re doing the right thing for you.

    I offer love to you and even a big ole dose of lovin’ to the haters. They’re really the ones who stand in need a good ole fashioned dose of lovin’ Don’t Ya Think???

    Blessings ~ Debbie

  • Angela
    May 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Maybe all the people who are complaining about you dropping should try to do the 100 miles.

    You are making the decision that is best for you, and you should be proud of yourself. Well, I’m proud of you… you should be too. I like today’s post.

    All the people who are being negative, you have the freedom to not read this blog. You also have the freedom to go bike your own hundred miles.

    Jenna, I think you’re cool, keep it up!

  • Rita
    May 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    (jenna) that is a hug for you–these people NEED to get a life, to me it seems like they have been waiting to pounce on you and are using this “opportunity” to do so, their comments are extreme because of their own feelings of insecurity an jealousness IMO
    as women we should be supporting one another, not tearing ourselves and others down, cut the girl a break
    besides if you can’t handle what she is saying maybe you should stop reading, I look at this blog as entertainment and don’t read into every detail and examine and judge
    it is fun to live vicariously through someone else sometimes and the blogging community makes this an easy thing to do
    Hopefully you are all leading such perfect lives and perhaps share on your own blogs and we will see how much self-editing y’all have to do
    Lighten up people, this is just life and we are all just going through it, some more graciously than other
    keep up the good work Jenna and never let them get you down

  • Koko
    May 16, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Jenna, I am a long time reader but I don’t think I’ve commented ever once. I am really disgusted with what some people are saying here. Just because because you’re not ‘name-calling’ doesn’t make what you’re saying ‘right’. You have every right in the world to cut your race down by 40 miles. 60 miles of biking is an absolutely massive distance to accomplish and I think you’re fabulous for doing that, especially after a hard few months. I think people think you live a glorified and easy life, but there is always more than what is written- why would you share every secret with internet strangers. Ignore these people, and truly know that they are jealous, or simply do not understand or respect you.
    I hope you have a wonderful race, Jenna! I’ll keep reading daily.

  • Jaime
    May 16, 2010 at 2:25 am

    I have to say that reading the above comments has been far more interesting than any blog post I’ve read in the past month! People are CRAZY! Good luck with the 60 miles, Jenna!

  • aldr
    May 16, 2010 at 3:11 am

    wow, the claws are out today! good grief people, get a life?? I can’t even believe the nasty comments people have taken time to make? almost makes me feel sorry for them, they must be so bitter and unhappy in their own lives they feel the need to pick on a blog that they CHOOSE to read? Do what works for you Jenna, i have learned that the hard way over the years ( i am just a tad older than you! ok, more than a tad but still, you are only as old as you feel). Enjoy gym shopping and those fries and cheese plate…omg…yum.

  • eatdrinkandbemerrynyc
    May 16, 2010 at 4:35 am

    It must be a lonely and sad life some of these anonymous people live behind a computer screen with their anger and ‘hurt’ over something like dropping down in mileage. The worthy charity will still receive the funds, Jenna will still bike. In the same race. A different mileage. The fact that this matters enough to people ‘personally’ (Jenna’s blog is a great time, but she’s not your ‘friend’) to craft cruel and hateful responses saddens me. Peel yourself from your computer and try to engage yourselves more in the real world. Run, walk, bike, swim…talk to friends, go a restaurant, sit outside and listen to the sounds of nature (or ambulances if you’re me ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) That’s what life is all about. Not 40 less miles. And life is too short to be mean.

    That said, Jenna, ride like the wind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tamizn
    May 16, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Wow all I can say is I’m shocked by these comments! Don’t let them get you down these people are crazy, your fab and so is your blog! x x

  • Michelle
    May 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I think it is kind of harsh to compare Caitlin and Jenna. Different people have different experiences.

  • Molly
    May 16, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I think the old saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” applies here! Don’t let people’s negativity get to you, Jenna! 60 miles is still quite an accomplishment! I can’t believe people would hate on you like that, don’t they have anything better to do? I still think you’re great and I love your blog!

  • Caitlin
    May 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Jenna – you are amazing. Be proud of all that you do.

  • Becky
    May 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Louise, that was totally uncalled for. I’m actually embarrassed FOR you right now. Nobody needs to be lectured by a random woman over the internet who probably would not say those things in person, but because you’re behind a computer you think you have the right to insult someone so harshly. Get over your superiority complex and click out of the blog if you’re so repulsed by it. Sheesh.

  • Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels)
    May 16, 2010 at 8:17 am


    This is all in the name of charity right? Then I feel it’s great you raised money for this cause….it makes a difference. I also couldn’t give a HOOT if you bike 20-4-60 or 100 miles….this is about CHARITY. People want to be negative then let them….you’re doing just fine kid.

    Your blog has REALLY become impressive since you moved to CA..


  • Lauren
    May 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Well this comment may get deleted for censorship… but what the HELL do any of you idiots have the right to be so mean???? You hide behind a damn computer screen and always have negative stuff to say, while Jenna is putting everything out there. Cut the girl some slack. Just because she isn’t chained behind a desk like some of you are does not mean she doesn’t have a job. I’m sure she doesn’t tell the readers the dirty boring details about her life. Bloggers sell an image. Would you expect a celebrity to follow through on every single thing and be a role model and eat healthy and always have the most wonderful, eloquent things to say?? No, probably not. Get off your high horse and if it’s such an issue go ride a hundred mile bike race YOURSELF. And if you’re mad because you donated money, she’s still giving it to research. Grow up and live your own lives instead of living vicariously through Jenna. Lord.

  • Meredith @ An Epic Change
    May 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I have to say reading through some of these comments is making me sick. In the end, the money you are raising goes to CANCER, not you personally. Why is it such a big deal if you dropped down to another category? The money still goes towards a worthy cause and honestly I think it is bs that people are so upset about it. CANCER, people! The money is not any less appreciated by those suffering from illnesses because you weren’t able to attack the training as you had planned.

    Everyone over-books his or herself at some point and it isn’t like you’re not doing the race at all! 60 miles is huge and I think you should be commended, not criticized, for what you are doing and the way you’re doing it. No one is perfect. All the haters should try to commit to a 100 mile bike race and see how they feel. I think you’re awesome Jenna, and even though I’m late in the game reading your post, I don’t think it deserved the reaction it got but it seems to me like you will come back from this and handle it beautifully like the strong, able woman you are.

  • Ashley
    May 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

    OMG. I am in utter shock at what people will say to you on here. Do they not realize you’re a REAL FREAKING PERSON with feelings? The one thing I really don’t understand is why people are mad that they donated money but that you’re not racing as far? The money is still being donated…it’s not like you’re keeping it!! People have to SEE you finish the full 100 miles to be glad they donated money? That is messed up. You have like 792 things going on right now. Anything you can do to simplify and calm your life sounds good to me. You listened to your body and that’s what matters. For people that think you were lazy with your training? If your body + mind just weren’t feeling it, then what are you supposed to do. Good luck Jenna…with everything!

  • guitargrl
    May 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I have never commented before, but have been a follower for almost a year now. I felt compelled to comment on the firestorm that has been caused by this post. JEESUS people, give the girl a break!! It’s very easy for us to sit in judgement when we are only given glances at someone’s life and can remember in detail so much of those glances. Ever had to sit down and examine your own life with such detail?! I’m currently applying to be a medical officer in the Air Force and I have to list out every place I’ve lived in the past 10 years…and it is not a short list! I look at it and feel like it makes me look unstable, like I can’t commit to a location. Also, have any of you who are making negative comments ever signed up for an endurance race only to have something happen whether it be life stuff, injuries or whatever had to back out of it? Two years ago I decided I wanted to train for and run a marathon. I signed up for one that was 6 months away, and started training. I got injured about half-way through and contacted the directors and got it changed to a half-marathon. Then the weekend of the race, my husband got discharged from the military and came home after not seeing or speaking to each other for four months, so I chose to skip the race to spend the weekend away with him. Life happens! Does it really matter if she bikes 60 miles..doesn’t the money still go to the charity? Did she not focus enough time/dedication to training? Probably, but it is not our job to point that out. I’m sure she is well aware that she hasn’t devoted the time and probably feels bad enough about it on her own with out all of us throwing stones.

    And the cat thing? Are you serious?!! The animal does a very natural cat-like behaviour and that translates into her being unfit as a cat-mom? One of my dogs will run straight towards cars if we let her(which we don’t!!) because she knows cars have people in them and she loves people….should someone come take my dog away because of this behaviour?

  • rhea
    May 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

    jenna, i just wanted to take a moment to say that i support your decision to trust your instincts and know your body, mind and its abilities and limitations. i do not think you are in the wrong at all.
    just another comment, i know, but it takes something like 11 kind statements to “undo” the negativity of just 1 mean statement! just wanted to try to help you feel betta.

  • cat
    May 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    life is a learning experience.

    you look trรจs belle in those pics.

  • Amanda
    May 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I respect that people have a right to say how they feel, whether if it is positive or negative, but REALLY PEOPLE!?!


    Rock on, Jenna.

  • Christie
    May 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

    You are an amazing writer and a truly inspirational person. You do you and do NOT let this get you down.

  • Tricia
    May 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

    (I’m not the Tricia above who posted about Dexter’s “neglect”.) Seriously though, you people are crazy. Get a life of your own and stop bashing Jenna’s. Ridiculous.

  • Paige
    May 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

    60 miles is still an amazing feat that most people could never accomplish! Don’t think any less of yourself because of these lame commenters – all this money is going to charity and whether you’re riding 60 miles or a 100, people still would have donated to a great cause.

    And you’re a good fur mom to Dexter, I just know it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie P
    May 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    wow, it’s hard to imagine that people have the audacity to say ANYTHING to you at all about this decision. you’re riding for an amazing cause and THAT is what matters. Even if you biked 10 miles, it would still be worth it. great job with your training and your dedication to keep going and listening to what your body is telling you. don’t let these comments get to you. people are stupid.

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    May 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I think it is important we look at our own less than perfect live before judging the lives of others, especially the lives of bloggers who we do not know other than through the internet.

    And really, are any of us in a position to judge anybody?

  • kari
    May 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    i just felt compelled to comment quickly – i know that these shenanigans are basically over now. i read this post and didn’t think anything of it – i wasn’t entirely surprised because we haven’t seen a ton of training and you are new to the sport – but i also just didn’t care and didn’t feel disappointed. actually, when i read the rebuttal post i wasn’t sure what you were rebutting for a while. but in any case, i do think it’s kind of ironic that people are so up in arms about the couple of negative commenters – regardless of the fact that i don’t agree with their opinions, don’t they have just as much right to post their thoughts as you or i? i guess i feel like if you put yourself in this public forum voluntarily (as a blogger) you have to be prepared for some readers to disagree with your decisions. that said, i think it would be a much worse choice for you to go forward with a race that you’re not physically prepared for and risk injury. i wish you the best, and commend you for sticking with the 60 miles. (i also don’t question your cat-owning abilities ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  • Molly @FuelHerUp
    May 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I realize this is an old post, but since it’s a “hot topic”, as a fan of the blog for a long time now I wanted to comment.

    1) You are obviously a good mom to Dexter. That comment was completely uncalled for.

    2) 60 miles is still a great accomplishment.

    3) I think you should have changed the donation page a month ago when you made this decision. Obviously, all the money is going to charity, but I can see how some people who donated might be a little taken aback to know that you had already decided to change the distance but were still keeping the “100 mile” commitment on the blog. Not a huge deal ($ is going to charity, again) but if you’re doing an event for charity in the future, I would suggest making your distance clear. You made a mistake- not the end of the world.

    4) You are an amazing woman. I will continue to read your blog as I have been. Good luck with your race!

  • Emily
    May 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    To the critics: Whoa! 60 miles is still pretty intense! Its the cause and not the distance that matters.

    Jenna: I’ve always loved your honesty and positivity. You have the best outlook on body image and fitness than any blog out there, and I frequent quite a few.

  • Liesl Hypki
    May 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Hey Jenna!
    Your blog was the first healthy living blog that I found a year and a half ago when I started reading them and feel in love with the blogging community. I loved your blog, and read it everyday. I still read it, occasionally, but i have to be honest it has dropped down on my “to read if I have time list.”
    I wasn’t upset or dissappointed in your decision to drop down to the 60 miles, that’s so good to listen to your body and know what you can accomplish. But honestly, I’ve felt almost saddened by your blog lately. You went through hell and back with the loss of your brother, and I can’t imagine what that must have been like. But since you left Florida, your family, Ryan, your friends there, you have seemed like a different person…not like your “blog self” I guess. I used to enjoy your posts on your faith and Bible studies as well, and alot of joy and life seems to be missing from your blog these days.
    It’s sad, but I know all of these comments will hopefully get you thinking on and pondering what life really means, what your purpose is. I don’t mean to be hateful in anyway, and even though I don’t know you at all I pray for you often because I truly respect you and all that you do. Wishing you the best for the race and the upcoming months.

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    May 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I am in complete and utter shock from the way people are treating you. I realize this is after the fact, but I hope you take this with a grain of salt. Don’t worry about these comments and all the negativity. I love your blog. Hang in there, girlie! 60 miles is ah-mazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Raya @ Raya Runs
    May 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve actually already commented on this post but what is funny to me is that after I read it all I thought was “wow dexter is very adventurous” and that was all. It never even occurred to me to be disappointed in you or angry at your decision. The only reason I looked back through the comments was because of your next post. I know its hard but the majority of the comments are positive. Isn’t it funny how 100 people can say nice things and 5 or so say negative things and those five things have more power? Peopple are so focused on, what, two things you haven’t “finished?” What about all the things you HAVE completed? Moving across the country? Cooking school? Book? Life is a daily battle to lift ourselves-and others-up. Even gravity works against us. But I think you do an amazing job at staying positive especially considering you are away from your family and your support system. I know that I don’t “know” you but I do know that I would be honored to. Hang in there girl!

  • giordin
    May 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Hi! I know this is old news, but I’d like to comment too!

    I actually think that what you have to say about listening to your body is really, really important. It’s very easy to sign up for an endurance event and have every intention of doing your best to properly train for it. But what people forget is that it’s so incredibly taxing on your body, requires incredible amounts of focus and discipline, and isn’t necessarily for everyone. There are a thousand every day life things that can complicate a training plan. A century ride for a beginning rider, even following a training plan, is a HUGE feat, and is much more difficult than it would be for a seasoned rider training for their first century.
    It’s OK if your life gets in the way of your “training plan”. Life isn’t always about perfect, it’s about going with the flow. People get so wrapped up in not messing up their plan, and I really commend you on your bravery to share this. It’s not easy sharing your life with the entire world when you have to worry about getting judged for “failing” (which you haven’t done and aren’t doing). Thanks for being honest, and thanks for teaching everyone that it’s OK to enjoy your life and do the things that are important to YOU and make YOU happy.

    Good luck with your 60 miles…it’s a great accomplishment.

  • Fernando
    May 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    You should do a contest for a bottle of wine. Some people here could use a little jesus juice right about now.

  • Lisa
    May 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I have a hard time refueling when biking too. When I bike, I eat GUs and prtoein bars and I’m usually not hungry after the ride. I make myself eat but I never eat enough.

  • ky
    May 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    75 amy, gag me.

  • Jill B
    May 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Jenna, I have been reading your blog for about a year now and it is my favorite food blog, because you are a great, fun person who is real and vulnerable. I love it when you let your imperfections and true feelings show- that gives us permission to be ourselves too- perfectly imperfect.
    I tend to take on too much and then have to back off. Discipline doesn’t come easy for me- I fight every day to get a little better. But in backing out of some of my commitments in the past, I have hurt people and now they naturally doubt my integrity. I did permanent damage to some relationships. I don’t regret backing out- I had to do it for my sanity, but I have to face the consequences of my actions, learn from them, and try to be better. I hope you learn something from this situation- it will give meaning to your suffering. Life’s greatest lessons usually come from our pain.
    To be clear, I don’t believe you are wrong for downgrading your mileage- it took courage to do that. The main point of these healthy living blogs is that your health is more important than almost anything. But all actions come with consequences. But we still love you. And we always will.
    Feel free to email me if you want to vent/for advice. I love yoga and books and wine too!

  • Carla in Sydney
    May 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Jenna….These haters must be so unhappy with their own lives to bother reading a person’s blog and then leave horrible and unhelpful comments on it! Good on you for getting out and raising money for charity while I (and many others) sit here on our butts looking at a computer screen! You are fabulous, you are REAL and never let those awful haters grind you down!!!! There are way too many negative women in this world who love to “cut down” other women’s efforts to feel better about themselves! I am 100% supportive of anybody making an effort to be healthier and help others less fortunate than themselves. Go Jenna!!

  • Lauren
    May 17, 2010 at 6:28 am

    hi Jenna – just catching up on your blog posts. I don’t comment very often, but I am just hitting the roof about some of these comments. As soon as I got to the remark about being a bad pet owner, I had to stop. who are these people and what is wrong with them?! I don’t know how you deal with this…. ridiculous. Behind you 100%!

  • Leslie
    May 17, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Give me a break.

    No one donates to a cause BECAUSE the person is doing X. They donate because they believe in the cause, or because they want to win a prize being offered in exchange or a donation. No one here was under the impression they were paying you, Jenna, when they made donations. If they actually were, they’re too dumb to have use of a credit card and the internet. The mock outrage is just an attempt to make themselves feel big by making you feel small. Shame on them.

    The most important part of being an endurance athlete is knowing your body. Could you have done the full 100 with more training? Yes, you probably could have done. Does real life get in the way of the best of intentions sometimes? Yes, it absolutely does. I’ve lost a brother, too, and I understand entirely what you’ve been going through, and how hard that first year is. There is absolutely no explaining it to anyone who hasn’t lived it, and because you’ve tried not to dwell on it recently and kept your grief mostly private doesn’t mean you haven’t been suffering. Anyone who can’t step back and look at the larger picture of your life isn’t worth the space they’ve taken up attacking you here.

    Get a life, people. Put your self-righteous indignation and put it where your mouth is: Take your hate and use it for something good, and sign up for your own charity race and help others. Attacking someone else cheapens YOU, not them.

    Jenna, honey, you’re in my prayers. You’re just fine, you’re more than fine, and you’re doing good things for yourself and others. If you’re right with the Lord, that’s all that matters. Ignore the tripe here.

  • anon
    May 17, 2010 at 6:41 am

    You need to adjust your exposure on your pictures!

  • Sam
    May 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I know I’m late in responding to this, but..

    I guess I’m confused on all of this. I know it’s frustrating if you donated money, but the money is still going to charity, so who cares? Also, to whoever said that we’re jealous of Jenna because she’s pretty, what does that have to do with anything?

    I also don’t understand how people can freak out about others voicing their opinion. Yeah, some of them maybe be a little harsh, but they are allowed to say how they feel just like the people who constantly talk about how great Jenna is. I do love this blog, but it seems like no one can say anything bad, or else there is going to be a rebuttal post , or 60 comments saying how that person is wrong.

    I’m not trying to add to the drama, I just feel like this gets too personal for people who haven’t even met eachother, or Jenna for that matter.

    Just read the blog, and enjoy it…if you don’t like it then don’t read it.

  • Melissa
    May 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Jenna, I am so sorry you have to listen to all this crap. People can be disappointed all they want — but the truth is, the money goes to cancer research. Maybe you weren’t as transparent about things as they would have liked, but the bottom line is, it’s not going in your pocket–you’re doing something amazing and something most people couldn’t do. 60 miles or 100 miles is a tremendous feat and you should be proud. Best wishes for an awesome race!

    I wish you could tell them, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me.”

  • Sarah T.
    May 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I’d like to offer my thoughts, though I know this is quite late. I’m echoing what commenters like Molly and Sam have said, in some ways. I’ll try to be brief.

    1) I love your blog, Jenna, more than any others I have ever read throughout the “healthy living” realm. I, like many readers, appreciate your honesty and joyful spirit.

    2) 100 miles is a lot. 60 miles is a lot. 10 miles is a lot! I offer my congratulations (and awe!) at whatever you accomplish. I agree with other posters who mentioned that listening to your body can be tough, and it’s nice to see a role model who’s not always “obsessed” with her training, if you will.

    3) Recently, I’ll admit I have been jealous of you, Jenna, partly because it does often seem like you are enjoying a TON of great food and wine and rocking a killer bod to boot! I, like many, read healthy living blogs in part to get a model of how to become healthier myself. Sometimes I do wish I could see a little more of the “actions-I-could-model” aspect here.

    4) I can see why some readers might be frustrated, particularly if they had donated money, and even more so if they had donated money for another race that they felt Jenna did not complete as advertised. Those of you who focus on the cancer research aspect are missing the point. These disappointed readers have every right to voice their opinions, since this is a public blog. Many of these readers are VERY well-spoken (written?), which leads me to believe that these comments are from reasonable people with legitimate opinions that they can back up. Why would these readers – again, who are capable of articulating their opinions in a generally mature and straightforward manner – have any less of a right to comment than a reader who has only praise to offer?

    The elements of this last point confuse me and, frankly, really bother me. Dissent is an integral part of society in general. People who voice their dissent cannot reasonably or immediately be labeled “haters” or “jealous” for exercising their right to speak (write?) their minds within the confines of the law. Jenna is a mature and intelligent woman. She knows that by keeping a public blog she opens her life up to criticism. I assume she also knows that by going a step further and receiving “freebies” or any other special gifts, she is likely to be held to a higher standard than the average person, blogger or not. If a reader feels that this “higher standard” has been compromised, he or she needs to be able to say so.

    By the same token, readers who have less-than-articulate and/or less-than intelligent responses to posts or comments they disagree with are also permitted to speak freely.

    Sometimes, though, I feel like those hasty and excessively supportive answers are the most ill-informed and least helpful additions to mature discourse. As a reader who merely wishes she could blog as well as many of these women, Jenna included, I particularly appreciate reading comments that contribute to an ongoing discussion, whether or not it is always exclusively supportive of everything the initial post sets out to accomplish. Since I have no blog of my own, comments are the only places I can participate, and it’s nice when they’re not always the same. It is no one’s job as a reader to be constantly cheerleading the blogger. As many of you have mentioned, Jenna’s primary job is to write. As I hope many of you also know, the most successful writers often encounter much criticism, and rightly so. Regardless of your like or dislike for a piece of writing, failure to be able to see multiple sides of a situation is a weakness bigger than any others mentioned here. I do feel, of course, that it is everyone’s job as a reader-and-commenter to be thoughtful and considerate.

    All that said, when I first read this post, it was after I had noticed a “rebuttal” post…and I had a hard time figuring out what sort of comments could possibly have been written that would require a “rebuttal.” I didn’t (and don’t now) think any less of Jenna for admitting she needed to tone down the training. Having read the comments now, though, I can appreciate those readers’ views. A long time reader of Jenna’s blog, I can also appreciate how she must be feeling. Sometimes we all can’t be happy all the time. This is okay.

    Also, I don’t have a blog, so I have no way of backing up my comments in the way many readers would like. I’m sorry. I’d welcome further comments on my post, though, and would consider giving out my email publicly to that end. I hope this dispels assumptions that I am hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.

    The internet is a tricky place – Jenna, I admire your ability to participate so gracefully!

  • Susan
    May 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    There are people out there who have benefited from the money that was donated. THAT is what matters.

  • Liz
    May 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Seriously people? What the F is wrong with you guys? Give the girl a break. She’s had a really hard year. I lost a close family member and I couldn’t get out of bed for a couple weeks around the anniversary of their death. Jenna, please don’t take to heart all these hurtful, spiteful, jealous comments. It’s not like she’s keeping the money people donated. It’s for CHARITY you fools.

  • eatingRD
    May 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Jenna, I haven’t been able to read the many comments here, but I just want to say that I fully support you in your decision and I believe it is a smart one ๐Ÿ™‚ You have to listen to your body and do what’s right for you and your wellbeing. That is NOT selfish at all. You have raised a amazing amount of money for this cause and that is really the wonderful part. Cycling isn’t for everyone and you do so many other killer workouts. I need to get more into yoga! I started cycling about a year ago and I am just getting comfortable with the idea of riding 100 miles! eek! wait actually I’m freakin’ nervous as hell!! I think you are so strong for having the guts to change your mileage and take all those stupid negative comments. I’m so excited to be a part of this ride! See you Sunday!

  • jess
    May 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    jenna, love the blog and totally agree with everyone that has said to listen to your body and your limits.

    all of this negativity is really a bummer….but there are crazy people everywhere. <3

  • julia
    May 18, 2010 at 8:49 am

    In the end, as long as you are doing what’s best for you, that’s all that matters. Good luck with the 60 miles!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    May 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I LOVE the tip about resetting your white balance on your camera- I have to try that!! I ALWAYS have trouble with indoor lighting, especially in restaurants- I usually don’t even bother with the pictures because they’re so bad nobody wants to look at them!

  • Amanda
    May 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Um before ppl leave comments like that did yall go ride or what?? Don’t say stuff about others unless you were out there yourself!

  • Heather
    May 25, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I can understand some part of the frustration that other people are posting about. But, I am sure that they have bitten off more than they can chew in their life before. I think it takes courage to say that you’ve tried to do more than you could and you realized before it was too late that you needed to do the 60 mile rather than the 100 mile. And you discovered that cycling isn’t really for you, perhaps that is why you didn’t train as hard as the other person that they’re talking about (Caitlin?). Honestly, I’d just say don’t feel bad about yourself. Life is a journey of learning and “mistakes” aren’t always what they seem. People need to be a bit less judgemental and a bit more understanding.