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Running My Heart Out

Good morning!

Oh, wow, it was a zoo in our house last night…that’s for sure!!! Our tiny apartment might be a tad too small for three pets and I think now I ruined all my chances of convincing Ryan to get a puppy. 🙁

To back up a little bit though, as you know Ryan and I were asked to pet-sit Mikan and Mikey because my parents were spending another night in Vero Beach. Now, Mikan and Dexter get along great but when the little kitty stepped into the picture Dexter immediately transformed into that mean kid on the playground and him and Mikey spent the entire night under the bed growing and hissing at each other. I guess it was because Dexter isn’t used to another cat on his “turf” but needless to say, we really didn’t get too much sleep. When Mikey wasn’t under the bed being hissed at, he was hiding on top of bed on Ryan’s head. And of course Mikan was under the sheets by our feet. It was a full house!!!

Ryan left at 7 am to go spearfishing again in the hopes of catching our dinner for this week and I finally rose at 7:30 and made breakfast.


A smile for Sunday 🙂


These French Meadow Hemp Bagels really DO do a great job of keeping my full and going all morning long. Not too hard to believe though with a whopping 19 grams of protein per bagel! And what isn’t good when smothered with raw almond butter and raspberry preserves?!

Speaking of raw almond butter, I forgot to tell you!! Last night when we were picking up pizza from Greenwise I found Maranatha on sale for $4.90!!!!!!!!!!! Can you even believe it??! I’m sort of kicking myself now for not buying more.


After dropping the kiddies back off at my parent’s house I headed to the gym to try out a new activity…...pool jogging!


Here’s some quick facts about the exercise:

* pool jogging improves your cardiovascular fitness

* it lowers your blood pressure

* it lowers your cholesterol

* it raises your energy levels

* it helps you lose body fat.

Basically, it is a low impact workout that doesn’t stress your body, therefore making it the ideal exercise for athletes coming off of injury. Apparently you can even use pool jogging to train for a marathon!

The folks over at, the premier source for pool jogging gear, were kind enough to send me a complete women’s fitness kit after hearing about my shin split woe. The sad news is that I actually received the system the day that brother passed away and, therefore, it has unfortunately been sitting in the trunk of my car for six weeks now. I stuffed it in there on the way to the hospital and totally forgot about it until a few days ago when a little bell went off in my brain about it!

After yesterday I was just dying to get back into the water already so today I busted out the Grandma belt and hopped in the pool.

Okay, so I got a few questions about it by lap swimmers and I took the opportunity to tell them how I’m training for a half marathon, have shin splints, am waiting on orthotics and pool jogging is one of the best ways to get the benefits of running without actually being on the road. Then I was on my merry little way. It was pretty easy at first but then I could actually feel myself BREAKING A SWEAT in the pool and had to keep splashing water on my face. I could feel my legs starting to burn and my little heart was pumping like crazy. I actually didn’t notice though how much my heart rate was up until after I stopped, 10 minutes later, and got a sip of water. I couldn’t stop panting!!

I ended up doing 10 minutes of pool jogging, 10 minutes of swimming laps and 10 more minutes of jogging for a great 30 minute workout. Yay!

I will definitely keep up this non-impact jogging because I feel like it can really help me improve my running. Our condo is actually on the same level as the pool so this would be very easy to just run out the door and do for half an hour in the morning.

When I got home I was very ready for lunch and super excited to finish off the other half of my individual sized pizza from last night!


With a juicy nectarine for dessert—-


So, I’m actually heading out the door right now to participate in an all afternoon class to get re-certified in CPR. I get certified every three years by The Red Cross and its something I’m pretty passionate about, especially after all that’s happened in my life lately. I like to know with absolute certainty that if something happened to someone I could be there to maybe even save their life. If you aren’t certified I urge you to look into it. Yeah, its a long 4 1/2 hour class but its a really good thing to be ready in any emergency situation. Today worked out that I do this because its sort of a crappy day outside and Ryan is with his guy friends about 15 miles out in the gulf, hunting more hogfish. 🙂

It also works out that I do this today because the class is in St.Pete and this evening Ryan and I have to be at a Cuban restaurant down there anyways for a birthday party. Yay for rice and beans and plantains again! I could eat Cuban food every day and be a happy camper, I swear.

Off to go kiss mannequins! 😉 Have a lovely Sunday!

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  • Help Meghan Run
    June 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Good luck with the CPR class! And those hemp bagels look great, I’m assuming I can find them at Whole Foods or something similar?

  • Acadia Durham
    June 7, 2009 at 10:12 am


    I definitely could have used your help last night at the “potluck dinner” I went to, which was, actually, an Iron Chef competition. Only, no one told me. Oops:

    Good luck at CPR!

  • Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    June 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Aquajogging is definitely something I could get into, as I’m “not allowed” to run, as per my physical therapist. I just got re certified in CPR on Thursday! It’s such a rewarding feeling.

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 7, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I really need to try those hemp bagels! They look delicious and sound so filling. I’m a tough one to keep full all morning! 😉

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 7, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Wow – that DOES sound like an intense workout…and a pool right in your building?! How lucky!! Have a great day getting re-trained (what a wonderful, smart thing to do btw!) and have a great dinner – sounds delish!

  • Shannon
    June 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Cute breakfast smiley!! That aquajogging looks like hard work. Good luck with it chica, you are a fighter that’s for sure! 🙂

  • Jenny
    June 7, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I got that Almond Butter on sale the other day too, I’ve never tried RAW almond butter, so it’s good to know you like it! 🙂

    Pool jogging sounds like a really fun way to switch up workouts, glad you enjoyed it.

    CPR certifications are soooo worth it, good luck at class today!

  • lora
    June 7, 2009 at 11:04 am

    swimming is very hard. I have been a swimmer since i was 2, and swim team for 5 years…we would have to do exercise where we would have to tread water for 5 minute intervals using only arms or legs to keep our heads above water–i am shivering just thinking about it because they were not my fav parts pf practice. However my shoulders and arms got so strong!

    have fun eating cuban tonight!


  • Nicole
    June 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I remember when my old roommates and I introduced our kitties to each other, it was MADNESS for a while!

  • ballerinaeats
    June 7, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I’ve been a lurker for a while and though I’d finally de-lurk and introduce myself! Hi, I’m Sarah!
    I love Marantha Almond Butter, it is so creamy and delicious. It’s soooooooo expensive here. I have found it at Costco for about $9 so I guess that’s pretty good. In the grocery stores it’s about $12!
    Aqua jogging is so HARD! I think I’d rather just jog but it was great for keeping in shape after I had an ankle injury/surgery.
    Have a great Sunday:)

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    June 7, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Sounds like you have a fun night ahead!

    Really like the exercise you got in today!

  • Courtney
    June 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Hey Jenna-
    Great blog, CPR is a reeeeally useful thing to know. I am a runner too, and I once had a seizure and stopped breathing while on a run for track practice. Thankfully, my coach was CPR certified, and he was able to get me breathing. This year, our entire team is going to learn how, because you really CAN save someone’s life! I still have 2 little bruises on my chest from where he did the chest compressions, and I hope they never go away because they remind me how lucky I am. Everyone out there, LEARN CPR! =D

  • Amanda
    June 7, 2009 at 11:14 am

    we had to get CPR certified in gym class all through high school. my card is definitely expired now, which is sad. i’ve been thinking about getting recertified too. i wish my college offered a class…

  • Shelby
    June 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Those bagels look SO good!

  • april
    June 7, 2009 at 11:22 am

    The water jogging sounds interesting! The CPR classes are totally worth never know when you might need to use the skills!

  • Matt
    June 7, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Pool running is a great workout, so I’ve heard. I would get bored!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 7, 2009 at 11:47 am

    pool running sounds fantastic!! Do you mind sending a link to the kit you received? Would you recommend this particular version?

  • Evanna
    June 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Yummy pizza… i like pizza 🙂
    Your site is very nice…

  • Caitlin
    June 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I absolutely love pool running – such a good workout. I had to do it in high school when I had shin splints during xc season, and I didn’t lose much condition at all. Definitely had to use the belt though, because I lost form w/o it. I just had to keep reminding myself to make sure I could see my feet kick out in front of me, or else I wouldn’t be vertical enough for a good workout. Love the smile for Sunday, btw 🙂

  • Katherine
    June 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Good luck with the CPR class! I’m glad you enjoyed the pool workout – I would KILL to have a pool nearby, but the pool at my gym isn’t very nice (read: gross public gym pool) so I don’t know if I’ll be venturing in any time soon. I have to check out those hemp bagels too!!

  • Anais
    June 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I’m totally with you on that, I am SO glad that I got certified for CPR. I haven’t had to use what I’ve learnt so far (and hopefully I’ll never have to) but I feel so much better knowing that I would know what to do!

  • Emily L.
    June 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I took a water aerobics class with some older women last summer, and it TOTALLY kicked my ass. I’ve been too afraid to go back, but I probably should, it is a nice refreshing (read: ass-kicking) way to get a workout. Who knew!?

  • Ellen (Peace In Motion)
    June 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try aqua jogging. Glad it worked out for you!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Those bagels sound amazing! And I love the Sunday smile… too cute!

    OMG! MaraNatha for $4.90?! That’s insane! I have to buy mine for $13 per jar. Crazy, but SOOO worth it! I LOVE that stuff. 🙂

    What a neat exercise with the pool jogging. I’ve actually never heard of it before, so I liked your review of what it was all about. Sounds like the perfect ow-impact exercise for you!

    Have fun making out with mannequins, hehe! 😉

  • Taylor
    June 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve been very interested in pool jogging myself with my knee injury, just didn’t have the equipment! Have fun & good luck with the CPR class!!

  • Madison
    June 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I have been reading your blog for about 1 month now. You are such an inspiration and cannot thank you enough for living your life to the fullest. You inspire others, girl! I have been drinking Green Monsters every morning this week because of you and I love them.


  • Nicole
    June 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Good luck with CPR. I’m in St. Pete!:) I’m an RN and recently became ACLS certified; basically CPR with drugs, woo.
    Really enjoy your blog, btw.

  • Nicole
    June 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    And almond butter for under $5??? That is crazy insane yo!

  • Kati
    June 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I love the “happy” b-fast 🙂 I want those bagels! Too bad Whole Foods is 40 min away… I’m glad you tried the aqua-jogging- I used to work as a PT tech and we had lots of people do pool exercises.

  • Lane
    June 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I used to teach deep water aerobics and I loved it! I got to the point where I didn’t use any floats and that was the hardest workout ever! I am a big believer in swimming and am glad that the pool is finally open here. Now if it would just stop thundering.
    Oh and that is a major deal on the almond butter, because the stuff I bought today was $15!

  • Becky@I Heart Running & Food
    June 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Aqua-jogging looks like a hardcore workout! That’s great that you are finding other ways to stay in shape for the half marathon besides running! I’ll have to try it sometime. Have a great Sunday 🙂

  • Rebeca
    June 7, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I did pool jogging once and it was fabulous but I was sooooo sore the next day… Since I’m sitting here looking out at my complexes near-empty pool, maybe I should run down soon and try it again!

    Your Greenwise pizza makes me wish I lived in FL even though I’m not sure I’d like it in August!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    That’s too bad you didn’t get a lot of sleep! Animals are funny like that. A friend had his puppy over yesterday and all three doggies were running around like kids.. haha Luckily it was not all night.

    I love the smiley breakfast! 🙂

    Good luck with CPR course! Great plan!

  • Nicole
    June 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I have a question (sorry for so many comments!!): what sort of taste difference is there with the raw almond butter vs. the oven roasted kind of the same brand? My Publix only carries oven-roasted ones. I need to make a trip to Greenwise in Tampa!

  • Rachel
    June 7, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I debated getting an Aquajogger after I got injured running in the winter…this makes me still want one!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    June 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    wow, this pool running is FASCINATING. thanks for the rundown. ahhh, now i really want a pool around here!

    enjoy the mannequins and plantains — what could be better?!

  • K
    June 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Ohhh pet rivalries! One time my cousins were in from Chicago and they brought their dog over to visit us. Well, my dog (the brat) peed on their dog’s bed!! She was ridiculous!

    What a steal on the Maranatha!!

  • sam
    June 7, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    hey Jenna,
    How did you get that underwater pic of yourself pool jogging? that’s so neat. and is only half the pool reserved for lane swimmers?

    do you actually move forward when pool jogging? thanks for your regular posts…. i look forward to reading them in my mini-breaks at the computer!

    • jenna
      June 7, 2009 at 8:04 pm


      Hahaha that’s totally NOT me. That’s just a photo from the AquaJogger website 🙂 You can move when you aqua jog or you can sort of run in place and even use special pool weights.


      i got these at Whole Foods!

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    June 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    How on earth did you get that picture in the pool? I can just picture Ryan taking pictures underwater and all the women thinking he was a creep 😉

    Have a fun night out!

  • Maria
    June 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Oh that water jogging thing sounds like a huge help for those who have problems running on concrete! I have shin splits myself and maybe should check it out :).

    I hope you enjoy the Cuban food, I need to try it sometime, but I haven’t seen one here in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    June 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I need to try hemp bagels! And spear fishing makes me totally think of LOST. So cool.
    I have had multiple stress fractures from running, and swimming/pool jogging is always a great workout!

  • Megan (Runner's Kitchen)
    June 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Pool running is a great way to maintain fitness. I ran in college and our coach made us do it every Wednesday (instead of regular running). Your almond butter + jam bagel looks delish! Does raw almond butter taste different than roasted/regular almond butter?

  • Debbie(Green Apple A Day)
    June 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Where do you get your bagels? They look delicious!

  • Alison
    June 7, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Aquajogging is awesome! I got injured in college and aquajogged (but continued to race) the whole season and I still managed to run personal bests several events. Though it does get a little boring after you’ve been at it for an hour or so. 🙂

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 7, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, pool jogging, very cool! I bet that felt wonderful on your legs! I’m going to the orthopedist tomorrow about my own shin issue, or whatever it is — and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say! Hope you had a good class and a great dinner!

  • laura
    June 8, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Are you aquajogging in a lap pool or a deep water pool? I only have a lap pool in my gym and I’m not getting a great workout with the aquajogging. I’d rather do it than swimming, since I’m recovering from a running injury and want to keep those muscles going. That’s cool that you got to test out a kit; I borrowed mine from a friend.