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Strong & Happy

Hi guys! Thank you all SO much for the sweet comments!

The race was AMAZING!!!!!!

I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful it feels to accomplish something like this after being so incredibly down on myself for the past two years because of my shin splints. There were soooo many days where I would just get so frustrated with myself and my body and to be able to do this now is such a gift. I had ZERO PAIN today and the whole race just felt fantastic….I pray I can continue to do this for a long, long time because finishing a race strong is one of the best feelings in the world. And coming back after injury just is so, so sweet!

I finished strong in 26:24….YAY!!!! The race was super challenging and started downhill with a very very steep run (climb?!) uphill in the dirt. I knew that if I raced up the huge hill I would wear myself out too early and be fighting for breath, so I took the start very slow and climbed up the hill to the best of my abilities. After the climb, we raced down a dirt path for the first mile and then totally into the woods above a lake for the next two miles. The woods were crazy….at times I felt like I was on an obstacle course because if you weren’t paying attention, you totally would have fallen flat on your face. There were tree trunks and vines all over the place and roots coming out of the grown. Other times, the sand was so deep that my foot almost got stuck! There were no mile markers and when I looked down at my hrm at 23 minutes and saw no finish line ahead I sort of freaked and wondered if I had accidentally veered in the direction of the 15K! Alas, I saw my dad’s bright orange shirt in the distance and I hauled my butt into a major sprint to cross the line in 26:24. It felt wonderful. I am thoroughly and completely obsessed with trail races….SO much better than concrete and so pretty!!!

And I am just bursting with pride for my mom! She finished in 34:20 and never walked once. She said she has NEVER ran the total 3 miles before and she felt great today!

My dad was camera man =)

My mom and I getting ready!


Pre-race stretches


Lucky hat!




Finishing strong


My mom finished strong too! SO proud


As soon as I finished, I gulped down some coconut water-


And then later on the car ride home, I busted out my special snack!


Yep, I finally found ONE white chocolate macadamia luna bar! It was sitting all by itself at the health food store last week and I just knew it would be perfect for today. Very, very yummy! It sort of felt like I was eating a candy bar actually because it was so sweet! It was a nice little treat 🙂

When I got home, I drank this:


And then I found Ryan upstairs at the gym running on the treadmill and I stretched a bunch. For lunch, Ryan took me to celebrate to my favorite health food store where I got a fresh fruit & veggie juice (carrots, apple, celery, beets and ginger…YUM!) and my favorite hummus and kale salad on a sprouted grain wrap.


I am officially putting a juicer on my “kitchen gadgets to have” list. I would LOVE to be able to whip up fresh veggie juice every day! This drink was awesome and super refreshing. I can’t believe I drank down an entire carrot, celery stalk, apple, beet and ginger. Wowza


Thankfully they remembered the hummus this time!


Ryan and I are about to pass out by the pool. I can’t put my book down!

Remember that today is Scripture Memory Verse Team day! Head on over to this website and enter in your verse for the next two weeks if you haven’t already!

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  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Congrats to you and your mom!

  • Amanda
    March 15, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Congrats to you and your mom!!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    March 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

    yayyyy, congrats!! such cute pics of you and mama 🙂

  • Justy2003
    March 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Great job on the race! And that’s so awesome that your mom did it as well!
    I know how you feel about the injuries…I’ve been battling one of my own and have a half marathon coming up in two weeks! Right now it looks like I should be able to do it…and I will be soooo happy once I cross that finish line!

  • Leah
    March 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

    CONGRATS girl!! You and your Mom did an AMAZING job today! I’m thrilled for you!! You look so happy 🙂

    That book as well!! I can’t wait to start reading it.
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  • megan
    March 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Congrats to you and your mom! Y’all both were amazing!! That’s really wonderful! 🙂
    Enjoy your day reading by the pool!

  • *Andrea*
    March 15, 2009 at 10:51 am

    congrats!!!! GREAT TIME TOO!!! and you are so tan!!!

  • Kristin
    March 15, 2009 at 10:53 am

    CONGRATS! Awesome job, girl!

  • tami
    March 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

    great job. i am jealous of the nice weather, its’ 45* here in New Hampshire and it feel so nice and warm!

  • Run Saraaah
    March 15, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Congrats to both of you – awesome pics and greaat finish times!

  • polly
    March 15, 2009 at 11:00 am


    I have been looking forward to this post all day! 🙂 Happy for you and mom, too! You are a couple of beauties… inside and out! Love you, hon! Have fun with the R man today! XOXO

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)
    March 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

    congrats to you and your mom on finishing strong! =)

  • VeggieGirl
    March 15, 2009 at 11:04 am


  • Amanda
    March 15, 2009 at 11:05 am

    HOORAY! So glad you finished with no pain!! That trail race sounds like a bunch of fun. I think it is so great that you inspired your mom to run, too! My mom used to just walk for exercise, but with my influence has started adding in jogging intervals, which she loves!!! It is such a good feeling to motivate others!!

    Enjoy the rest of your day lounging 🙂

  • Moran
    March 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Congratulations to you and your mom!

  • Sharon
    March 15, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Congrats to you and your mom!!!!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    March 15, 2009 at 11:11 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! The pictures are beautiful. I almost teared up with the pic of mama crossing the finish line. You’re both amazing! I’m soso happy you got to run pain-free! A true blessing 🙂 Enjoy your afternoon!

  • Bec
    March 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

    congrats to you and your mom on having such awesome races!

  • Jess :)
    March 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

    That luna bar looks fantastic! Mmm, I am so happy and proud of you!!! That time is awesome+no pain=spectacular! Have a wonderful day!
    <3 jess 🙂

  • Leanne
    March 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Congrats!! and mail me one of these wraps please! ha ha

  • eliza
    March 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

    you look so beautiful, strong and healthy in your pictures!!

    I love exercising with my mom. She is 50 and did her first half marathon this year. She is soo inspiring for me!

  • hk
    March 15, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Awesome!!! So great for you and your mom!! Congrats girliesss 🙂 all the best to a fantastic rest of the day!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 15, 2009 at 11:45 am

    GO YOU!!!!! Thats an INCREDIBLE time and how cool you got to do that with your mom!!!!

  • Bev
    March 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Is this like cross country racing ?

  • K
    March 15, 2009 at 11:54 am

    CONGRATS!!! You and your mom look fabulous!

  • Bree
    March 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I am so glad the race went well for you & your mom. I hope your running continues to go well for you!

  • kristi
    March 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    WoooooHooooo!! That is so awesome!!

  • Karen Teague
    March 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Congrats Jenna and Lynn. Tell your Mom I’m proud of her…

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Congrats on a great race!!! Looks like you did wonderfully!

    Is that from Village Health Market? Just curious…I may need to pay them a visit!

  • Erin
    March 15, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats to you and your mom!!
    Such a beautiful and healthy lunch!!!

  • molls
    March 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    First, YAY CONGRATS TO YOU AND YOUR MOM! That’s a wonderful accomplishment and y’all are a great example of a healthy family!

    Second, do you think the VitaMix could function as a juicer?

  • tray
    March 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    wow! hhaha what’s funny is that that exact race finish time is what i got last year in october for a 5k! hahah. =D
    time twins! woo hoo

  • Serena
    March 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Congrats to you and your mom on a great race! So I’m curious about why you want a juicer since you have a vita-mix?! I thought they had a jucing function and you could juice whole fruits and veggies in them?

    I was at Costco yesterday and there was a guy there trying to convince me that the Blendtec is better or as good as a vita-mix and is cheaper. He did a demo and made ice cream, juice (using whole fruit, including orange peel), and soup. Any thoughts on how the blendtech compares to the vitamix?

    • jenna
      March 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm


      I’ve never heard of a blindtec before so I can’t offer much insight into that. As for the Vita Mix, I actually wasn’t aware I could make actual juice with it! I’m going to have to read my Vita Mix cookbook tonight and get back to you…thanks for the insight!

  • Meghann
    March 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    CONGRATS!!! You did great! And way to go to your Mom as well! 🙂

  • Anne P
    March 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    congrats jenna, that is awesome!!! and congrats to your mom too, how awesome! can’t wait to run with you in june 🙂

  • Julie
    March 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    You rock Jenna! Your mom is so cute, it’s so awesome that she ran with you! Congrats to you both.

  • Alyssa
    March 15, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations to you and your mom! That is awesome it went so well!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    March 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    You looked so happy at your race, and what a strong finish. Trails are all I run now – so beautiful and so much easier on the body…although I have had several run-ins with tree roots and rocks…oops. Plus, I love coming home covered in mud. Makes me feel like a complete bad a$$. 🙂

    Again, congrats on your run. I’m praying that you can continue to run pain free – stick to the softer surfaces, and I bet you’ll be running for years to come!

  • Haleigh
    March 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Congrats girl! I am glad the race was pain free! I love the photo of you and your mom!

  • Meg
    March 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Congrats on your great race time Jenna! That is a really good time! You and your mom look so cute together!

    Yay for you finding the white chocolate luna bar! I’ll send you some still anyways, you definitely need to have more than one of those!!!!

    Enjoy the rest of your day!

  • laci
    March 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm


  • lila
    March 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    excellent race!bravo!hope you get the chance to do it more often!
    i m so jealous that you have so many halthy and delicious options for snacking there..in greece we are a little left behind..
    the only thing that you dont use and its such a pity..extra virgin olive oil!
    thats one of the healthiest things ever!and thats the base of a balanced mediaterranean diet..
    what kind of olive do you use?
    kisses from sunny greece
    summer is coming..
    come and visit!

  • Kim
    March 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Congrats to you and your Mom!!! You did awsome!!!

  • Hangry Pants
    March 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I love your mom! I think it’s so nice that she ran with you. Congratulations to both of you for completing the race.

    I am actually giving away a juicer on my blog right now. It’s manual and designed specifically for greens, but I’ve used it for apples and oranges too so far. It’s probably not ideal for what you want, but hey, it’s free!

  • RunToFinish
    March 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    way to go on a fantastic race!!

  • TorontoGirloutWest
    March 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    How cute is it that both you and your mom ran today! Congratulations to the both of you!!!

  • Sarah W.
    March 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm


  • Ruby
    March 16, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Congratulations! How awesome! Sounds like a fab race. Food’s looking good!

  • Jenna 2
    March 16, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Congrats!!! That is soooooo COOL that you have your mom to look up to!! It seems like she is such a great role model! Eating healthy and exercising and working so hard!! She seems like a really great woman!

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    March 16, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Amazing job on the race! And congrats to mom as well!! 😀

  • Melissa
    March 16, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations on the race! Wonderful time and no pain to boot!

  • Jess
    March 16, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Nice job. It must have been fun to have your mom participate.

  • Sara
    March 16, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Great job on the race! Congrats to you and your mom 🙂 I’m sure you’ll be able to accomplish your goal of a half-marathon soon!

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