Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Sweat It Out

Hi guys! Soo….I have officially spent waaay too much time on the Runners World website this morning! I signed up for online coaching for a 5K (a 6 week plan) and then when that’s over with and I can successfully run 3 miles without walking (errr hopefully), I want to sign up for the half marathon coaching plan. Runners World is really such a fantastic research with a plethora of information…if you guys haven’t checked it out, definitely do so but expect to be sucked in for hours at a time….like me! Haha 🙂

When I finally got around to going to the gym this morning, here’s what I did:

couple minutes on treadmill to warm up

3 sets of Dumbbell bench press. 15 lbs —  12 reps each.

3 sets of bent-over barbell rows. 15 lbs — 12 reps each.

3 sets of seated dumbbell press.  10 lbs—12 reps each

3 sets of lying triceps extensions. 20 lbs—12 reps each

3 sets of seated hammer curls. 10 lbs—12 reps each

3 sets of back hyper extensions. 12 reps each

3 sets of bicycle crunches. 15 reps each

3 sets of reverse crunches. 12 reps each

3 sets of knee tucks on the bench. 12 reps each.

20 minutes on elliptical (Molto Mario was on!)

It might seem like I did a ton today, but really, this upper body circuit (not including elliptical) only took me 30 minutes. I moved through the sets quickly with about 45 seconds in between sets and 30 seconds in between exercises. It also helps that my apartment gym is the size of my closet and there’s never anyone else in there when I work out. I set everything I need for my circuit up first, and then I work right through it!

After the gym I came home and made a protein shake for a midmorning snack. I used 1 scoop of vanilla Designer Whey protein with a little water and half a frozen banana. It tasted like a vanilla milkshake!


I fiddled around for awhile, showered and vacuumed then I made lunch. I had organic smoked turkey breast with a light laughing cow, honey mustard and spinach on a Rudi’s honey sweet whole wheat bagel with a fage, some grapes and some carrots and bell pepper strips on the side.


Soooo apparently I have to be at school at 4:30 today. My chef instructor is French (doesn’t really speak much English….class is interesting!) and says “we need our practice” since we missed a hurricane day. Since I already missed another day last week and we have our chocolate centerpieces due at the end of this week, I guess I really do need all the practice I can get—-even if that means 7 hours of working with chocolate??!!! So, I’m packing my dinner tonight and taking it with me to eat before class officially starts at 6:30. I’ll be putting up an afternoon post later on before I head out with my afternoon snack, packed dinner and evening snack. See you all in a bit!

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  • Amanda
    August 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I have been reading your blog for a while now and never really get around to commenting!! I am 22 and live in Philly – working my first job after college. I am also training for the half-marathon (the one in Philly is the end of November). I thought it was funny that I decided to do it and the next day you announced the same decision! I also picked up that Runner’s World mag this weekend and have been especially interested in the nutrition tips for runners, including fueling DURING a run. I was wondering how much water you tend to drink before a run. I never want to overdo it and be all “sloshy” or have to pee, but I did a 7 mile run on Sat. and felt pretty dehydrated.
    Also I picked up lunch from the Pita Pit today – first time!! I got the hummus pita with a bunch of veggies and hot sauce – YUMM!! Keep up the great work and I’m excited to see how your training comes along!

  • jenna
    August 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm


    Thanks! And yes, it is not a great feeling to be “sloshy”…I really don’t have a set rule on how much water I drink. I just drink whenever I need to but I make a point not to “chug” the water. A sip or two after each mile should be fine. Of course, if it is hot weather you need more and if you run for an hour or longer you need a drink (or a gel) with some carbs in it. I have used Accelerade in the past and had great results on race day with it. I probably drank 8 oz of the accelerade an hour into my training and it worked fine with no slosh!

  • VeggieGirl
    August 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I love the Runner’s World website and magazine; and watching ‘Molto Mario’!! 😀

    Good luck with your extended schooling hours this afternoon/tonight!!

  • Alyssa
    August 25, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    School should be interesting! Your pancake looks very yummy by the way 😛


  • tfh
    August 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I know what you’re saying about the RW website– just when you think you can click out of it another interesting headline catches your eye. Is the online coaching you signed up for different from the Smart Coach tool on the site?

  • tfh
    August 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Oops, just saw where you edited the previous post (you use the Personal Trainer, not Smart Coach)– darn it, now I’m sucked into THAT, too! 😉

  • jenna
    August 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm


    It is different. This program is free for 10 days and then apparently is $5.99 a month after that. It includes strength training and race training as well as diet stuff that I sort of disregard because I have my own stuff going. It’s pretty cool and looks to be worth the money because the strength training stuff is pretty cool (with animated videos on how to perform the exercises correctly) and is totally suited to you based on your info. You may want to check it out!

  • ModelBehavior
    August 25, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    How fun to have a French instructor. I love French, such a beautiful language!

  • HangryPants
    August 25, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    7 hours of work is rough, but at least it’s with chocolate!

  • Gale
    August 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Off topic, but wow! I finally copied you and mixed a bunch of yogurt in my oatmeal this morning — it kept me full ALL morning. That never happens. Thanks for the great food ideas!

    Good luck at school tonight!

  • Jenny
    August 25, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Oo that’s definitely a downside to getting a day off, hope it’s not too bad! Lunch looks great, plain Fage is the way to go!

  • Christie I.
    August 25, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Good luck with your 7 hours of chocolate!

    Jenna, I am very new to strength training, as in have done it maybe 5 times in my 31 years. Are there any books, dvd’s or anythign like that you could recommend for a beginner? I really would like to start out at least doing a couple days a week. Any advice would be great!

    Thanks, ~c~

  • Betsy
    August 25, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    the amount of time i’ve spent on rw.com….i don’t think i could possibly count. whenever i’m bored, i just read the discussion forums…endless fun!

  • jenna
    August 25, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Christie I,

    Hmmm…..I really recommend meeting up with a personal trainer once or twice to get the lay of the land because that will help you out MUCH more than books or dvds. If you are just starting out you really want to be sure to do the exercises correctly and only a trainer can actually demonstrate that for you. Pushups are something you could do at home and I’m sure there are a plethora of books out there for newbies, I’m just not sure of any titles off the top of my head. My main advice would be to seek a personal trainer out at your gym and just schedule a one time visit! It would be quite beneficial and show you exercises you can repeat on your own!

  • hk
    August 25, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    love the circuit, and runners’ world= the best!! good luck tonight 🙂

  • sarah
    August 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    ooh, i’m excited that you’ll be doing a half! i am planning on one in december. i love the runner’s world ‘ultimate’ programs that are free on their website. the personal trainer sounds intriguing, though! i want to hear more about it!