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She’s Back!


Long time no talk but I didn’t get home last night until late and I promptly passed out! Here’s a little recap of the past day!

Yesterday I went to my office, aka Starbucks, and enjoyed another lovely nonfat pumpkin spice latte while writing a True/Slant article on ways to prevent the flu!


For some reason I always am more productive when I work there instead of at my house. I feel like I’m back in college again!

Once home, I dug into a kiwi like it was an apple!


Yes, I do eat the skin of kiwi and I like it! Very fibrous and chewy. 😉 Plus, it saves time peeling and slicing.

And then around 6:15, Stacey picked me up for the Created bible study. Guys, I didn’t take pictures of dinner because it seemed like whipping out my camera at such a time was just not appropriate. I hope you can understand! I enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal of homemade chicken tortilla soup with cheddar cheese and those yummy scoops tortilla chips! One of the women also made strawberry shortcake for dessert and it was just wonderful!

The actual study was very…….powerful and REAL. I had a really, really powerful and emotional night and know it was absolutely the right decision that I was there and I plan to go back. Created is a ministry designated to helping these women off the streets, women with addictions, women just getting out of jail, get back on their feet and function again in society, knowing that their true beauty has been “created” in Christ. When they live in the Created house, they have to have been clean for 30 days and want to accept Christ into their hearts to start their lives over. Last night I had the privilege of hanging out with these amazingly strong women and let’s just say it puts a lot of things in perspective. After dinner we studied a passage in Phillipians and talked about different connections we have with people and how this relates back to God. Being in a room with such strong women filled with love is just an empowering experience and totally brought me to my knees.

Afterwards, Stacey and I went out for a glass of wine to chat more. I had a lovely glass of California pinot noir…my fave! 🙂

And then this morning………………..da da da DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I RAN 7 MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(I totally took this picture just to remind myself that I actually did it!)

To start: I really did NOT want to run this morning. I didn’t fall asleep until around midnight and when the alarm went off at 5:30 I reallyyyyy wanted to turn it off and roll back over. So I did. For 30 minutes. 😉 I finally arose at 6:00, had a slice of Ezekiel bread with almond butter, preserves and half a banana, and got to taping up my feet. I just want to say that my blisters really have healed! As we all know, blisters mean we have to toughen up and callous our skin so the rubbing of shoes doesn’t affect us anymore. The blisters on my heels were really okay….the one on my sole of my foot sort of hurt but it really wasn’t that big of a deal. The doctor gave me this AWESOME product last week and it totally saved my life!


I wish I could tell you where to buy these reusable gelly pads but I think you can only get them from a doctor. They are amazing! I had to cut them and cover them with moleskin and medical tape (so they wouldn’t shift around), but they really did save my life. I only had to stop once and do a little emergency band-aid surgery at my half-way point and apply another blister pad to the sole of my foot. Note to self: always take band-aids with you on long runs!

I think I finished in pretty good time considering I did stop and sit down on the side of the road at one point to fix my blister pads. I also walked a few times. My shins started aching near the end and when I got home I immediately stretched and iced like it was my job. I actually got really hungry around mile 6 and wished I would have brought a shot block or something but I just sipped my gatorade and pressed onward. Next time!

And then I ATE!!


This is a pineapple Chobani with 1/2 cup Almond Ezekiel cereal, 1/4 cup Udi’s granola, goji berries and blueberries. I INHALED it.

I’m still a little behind in my training because I had to take the past two weeks off really due to blisters but I think I’m going to be okay. This coming up week I’m going to do HILLS and then have an 8 mile run planned for next Saturday. I can’t believe my race is next month!!!!!

On the agenda today is college football with my dad!!!! My two favorite teams are playing—Ohio State and BAMA!!!! I love Saturdays in the fall for this specific reason. Nothing better than relaxing on the couch in jeans and a t-shirt and watching college football. Okay…so I’m secretly a guy….except instead of nachos and dips, I prefer raw almonds and green smoothies. 😉

Time for a snack!

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  • Allie Katie
    September 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Congrats on your run! College football season is THE GREATEST THING EVER!!! My undergrad and my law school will both be playing today—I can’t waitttttttttttt.
    Roll Tide for ya today!

  • Megan
    September 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Jenna that mission sounds so wonderful. What a blessing to get time with these ladies who have been through soo much. And now to see them accepting Christ in their life 🙂 that’s amazing. I bet it was so cool to see the Lord working in their lives. Wow.
    Great run!! You will be ready for the race. I know it!
    Have fun today hanging out with your daddy!!

  • BethT
    September 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

    In addition to some specific hill workouts, I’d suggest working them in to your long runs (if you can). The SF course is flat for, like, 5 miles, then has a hilly portion for 1 – 1.5 miles…then goes flat for another few miles, gets hilly for a full mile…etc. In a wek or two I’d try throwing some hill work into the middle or near the end of a long run.

    Also, on the more important topic of WINE….have you heard of Papapietro Perry? I went to their winery in Sonoma and it’s only pinots and zins….some of the best pinots ever (really!).

    • jenna
      September 5, 2009 at 10:08 am


      I haven’t heard of that but I can’t wait to drink wine WITH YOU in a couple weeks!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • BethT
    September 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

    We should def. add that one to the list! MMMMMM, pinot….

  • Kiki (Run Kiki Run)
    September 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

    yay for running again!!!

  • Elizabeth S. (The Dallas Celiac)
    September 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

    College football!!! Can’t believe it’s the time again already! We’re vegging on the couch watching football today too. Boomer Sooner!

  • angieinatlanta
    September 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Dang, girl, GREAT RUN! And I eat the kiwi skin, too!

    That Bible study sounds awesome; you totally inspire me to get more involved in the study of my faith. Even though I feel like I practice my religion (Catholicism), I don’t think I devote enough energy to the study of it. Do you have any non-denominational Christian Bible studies to recommend?

    • jenna
      September 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm


      I HIGHLY recommend anything by Beth Moore. Try the book “Get out of the Pit” or her Believing God online bible study (go to and search believing god)…..that bible study really affirmed my faith in a difficult time and I’m actually thinking of doing it was that amazing. Also, read the book “Captivating”! Love it!

  • amanda @ fake ginger
    September 5, 2009 at 10:34 am

    ROLL TIDE!! I’ll definitely be watching tonight and I’m pretty sure they’ll beat VT. I hope so at least. 😉

    Congrats on the run! I bet it feels so good to be out there again.

  • Vicky
    September 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I love those silicone pads. You can google them or you can buy them at Totally worth buying, saved my feet on many runs!

  • K
    September 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Way to go with the run – that must have felt awesome!! I’m always more productive when I do work out of the house as well, less distractions.

    Enjoy your day 🙂

  • Deb
    September 5, 2009 at 10:44 am

    ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jenna
    September 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

    i totally agree about sometimes feeling weird about taking pictures od my food around others. sometimes i feel it is not appropriate! so i totally understand!

  • Lara
    September 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Major kudos to you for sharing your time with the women in the program. Addictions and homelessness is such a terrible cycle and so hard to break and there is such a shortage of programs to help people.

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    September 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Congrats on the run! And your face in the kiwi pic is too funny. 🙂

  • Matt
    September 5, 2009 at 10:57 am


  • MelissaNibbles
    September 5, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Congrats on the great run and thank you for giving up your time and helping those in need.

  • Stephanie
    September 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Hmm I’ve seen this kiwi w/ skin method elsewhere but the texture of the skin freaks me out, perhaps I’ll have to try it again though!!

  • Maria
    September 5, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Yay for the awesome Bible study and 7 mile run 🙂 Hope you have fun at the game!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    September 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Great run Jenna!! I’m so happy for you!

    I really love weekend afternoons watching football, too….we would be any guy’s dream girl, hahaha. 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • kelly
    September 5, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Sounds like a fantastic ministry you’ve gotten involved in. It is so easy to forget the road some people travel. Keep up the great work in pointing those women to Christ!!!

  • lizzy
    September 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    YEAHHH!!! I am SO pumped for the return of college football! Congrats on the 7-miles that is so great, you’ve got the 1/2 in the bag for sure so don’t worry about being ‘behind’ on your training! You know YOUR body and that it will be ready for the challenge! GO OHIO ST!!!!!

  • Sarah R
    September 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Way to go with your run! I’m sure you’re feeling on top of the world. I love college football too! We’re gearing up to go to the game at our alma mater tonight.

  • Meghann
    September 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    GO BUCKEYES! I didn’t know you were an Ohio State fan 🙂

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    September 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations on your run Jenna! I also eat the skin of Kiwi’s by the way 🙂

  • Sarah
    September 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I love your blog Jenna, and congrats on finally beating the blisters this morning! However, as a football OBSESSED girl myself, I’m going to have to say GO HOKIES! 🙂 I love a good difference of opinion regarding who’ll win a football game… it makes watching them so much more exciting! Have a fabulous day (isn’t it hard not to when it’s FOOTBALL SEASON?!?!?!)


  • Courtney
    September 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Glad to hear you had such a great night that put things in perspective for you. Someone out there is always going through a worse rough patch than we are, and the best way to help ourselves sometimes is to extend a hand and help someone else!
    And great job on the run….that is something you can do just for you!!!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • emily - eatventures
    September 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Congrats on the 7miler! I am pretty thrilled by 40minutes on the elliptical this morning so I totally get the feeling 🙂

  • Chanelle
    September 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Hey Jenna I dance on pointe and you can get a lot of those jelly-type foot products in dance stores or dance magazines. Try

  • Katie
    September 5, 2009 at 11:36 am

    ROOOOOOCK CHAAAAAAAAALK JAAAAAAAYHAWK!! GO KU!! Ok I am not a football fan at all am I? 😉 No I LIVE for college football and basketball season. SO mad I don’t have season tickets, but everyone is MU or just not a sports freak. I think I need a boy 😉 LOL Congrats on the run. I ran 12 today I’m running the Nike half with TNT as well, but I am also doing Omaha September 27 so had to do some extra miles. Most only did 9 so your OK right now 🙂

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    September 5, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Wowwy you are brave chica eating that kiwi peel lol! Cutting kiwis up are the worst though.. it takes foreverrr and you lose half of the kiwi meat in the peels.

    Glad you had a great night last night! Enjoy your football day 🙂 I’m kinda scared to admit that I’m going to the Gator game tonight lol. But wooo i’m so excited. Have a great night girly!

  • Theresa K
    September 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Yeah OSU!!! Go Bucks!!!!

  • Lori
    September 5, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Where do you find the Ezekial cereal and pineapple chobani? It looks really good. Congrats on the run!

    • jenna
      September 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm


      Whole Foods…or really just any supermarket!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    September 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Ohio State fans are everywhere 🙂 I’m excited for college football season, it means that autumn is on the way! 🙂

  • Sheri
    September 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Yayyy..for a great run! I like the fuzzy kiwi too!

  • Allison
    September 5, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    GO BUCKS!! Glad to hear you like Ohio State!

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    September 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Good for you on the run!!

    happy saturday!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 5, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    What a perfect way to spend the rest of your Friday! That latte just puts it over the top. 😉

    Congrats on the run!!! I bet it felt good to get out and pound out some energy.

    Have a great time with your dad today!

  • Liz
    September 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Great job with the run! That was very very nice (i can’t think of a word to explain how nice it was) of you to go to that group to help those women. Very giving, compassionate and selfless. It’s awesome to know that there are resources like that for women who need strength and encouragement to change their lives. Bravo!
    Have a fun day on the couch watching football!

  • Christine
    September 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Jenna, I think these are similar for blisters at Holabird Sports made by 2nd Skin. They make some excellent blister products but haven’t personally tried these particular ones.

  • Lizzy
    September 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    so glad that your run turned out just how you wanted it! nothin like gettin back on your feet! 🙂 enjoy football, thats what i’m about to do! 🙂

  • WholeBodyLove
    September 5, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I see you use the Garmin 305. I’m thinking of purchasing a Garmin. Do you think the 305 is sufficient or do you plan to ever “upgrade” to the 405?

  • LisaR
    September 5, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t know if I posted this yesterday or not but I was really pumped for your bible study! It sounded awesome. It’s encouraging. My hubby and I are teaching a group of college age students at our church and I’m excited to see what the Lord has instore for us!

    I totally eat my kiwi the same way!!

  • brandi
    September 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    great job on the run!

    and the study sounded amazing; I’m glad you’re involved in it. It sounds like such a great thing.

  • Erin
    September 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    You need to read the book Born to Run by Christopher mcdougall. Its GREAT!! So inspiring, specially on those mornings when one really doesn’t want to get out for a jog…

  • Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    September 5, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    nice job cranking out the 7 miles!!! especially when you had to drag your butt out the door! thats when you should be most proud of your runs!

  • dee (the apple hill adventurer)
    September 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    high five jenna!
    i ran 7 miles today too, for the first time EVER .. it was brutal .. i was in 1000 ft higher elevation than im used to too
    but i am so proud of myself 🙂 i hope you are too

  • Kristina
    September 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I am in love with nonfat pumpkin spice lattes! They have been making my mornings better!! =)

  • Kristin
    September 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Sounds like the bible study was great!
    Yum to the food, and yay football! I was at my college team’s game today, but I was working!

    Have fun!


  • Julia
    September 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I have never seen (or heard of) anyone eating the whole kiwi. WITH SKIN! (Do you know the Kiwi Gold type? It’s skin isn’t hairy and the taste: sweet and wonderful!, I love them!) xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Julie
    September 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I just love reading your blog! I think a pumpkin spice latte may be calling my name today! I am originally from BAMA but just moved to Columbus, OH so I get to cheer on both of your favorite teams!

  • Ali
    September 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Great job on the run! You mush have been thrilled! I also eat kiwi skin…I called it a throat exfoliant! HA!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats
    September 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I’m definitely going to eat the kiwi with skin next time I have one…give it a try!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    That ministry sounds amazing. Its such a great new start for these women.

    I hear you on the blister thing. My big one on my instep finally healed and is a nice callous now. But I have moleskin just to be sure.

    Congrats on the 7 miles!

  • Katie
    September 5, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    All of this pumpkin spice latte talk led me to Starbucks today! It was sooooo good! Thanks for the heads up that they were back. You could “read” your smile in your post and how touched you were by your experience last night. Isn’t it funny how when we go to give to others, somehow we end up leaving with more than we came with? I’m always amazed by the way your heart fills when you experience something like that. 🙂

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    September 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I’m more productive at Starbucks too! I like to call it my office 🙂

  • Paige
    September 5, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Yayyy!!! I’m so happy you could do the whole 7 miles 🙂 Great job!

  • Caroline
    September 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I love the article on the flu! Both my husband and our roommate were sick this week. They tested negative for the flu, but I swear it was my daily green monster, tea, salad, exercise, and prayer that helped keep me healthy, especially since I was having a week of poor sleep!

  • Kim
    September 6, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Jenna, the Bible study sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing with us and can’t wait to read more!

  • Lauren
    September 6, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Congratulations on your run! That’s great. You’re going to rock your half marathon next month. I’m running my first marathon at the very end of this month, and am kind of freaking out. (Mostly in a good way?) I do hope that my anxiety will prove motivational to my running, rather than a hindrance…we’ll see!

    Your night at Created sounds truly like a truly memorable, emotional experience. It is wonderful that women who have the desire to improve their lives, but may sadly lack the resources to do so, can find a place of solace and empowerment in Created. I can’t express how important that is. All throughout high school and college (when I was home during breaks), I volunteered with my mom at a shelter for abused and exploited women and children. I can honestly say that this was the most important work I’ve ever done. The strength of these women, some of whom have been in unimaginable situations, is beyond inspiring. Your post really made me reflect upon my experiences volunteering at this shelter, and has motivated my decision to do some research about volunteer opportunities at similar shelters in my new city.

    Have a great Sunday!

  • dragonfly180
    September 6, 2009 at 9:14 am

    the Created program sound like a really positive thing to be a part of. congrats on getting out on the road, even though you didn’t feel like it and had sore feet. way to be dedicated! good luck on your training!