Moving on to the next plan

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we plan.. rarely do they work out exactly as we plan.

For example: The Space Coast Marathon.. It’s not happening. We aren’t going to be running the full marathon this year. We will be running the half, but the full isn’t going to work out for us.

Honestly, I’m a teeny bit relieved.

Do I want to run a full? Yes.


Space Coast? Uhm.. I had mixed feelings on Space Coast.
The potential for it to be miserably hot on race day has been bothering me for a while now.. I know I’ve been a whiney baby about the heat – It’s just not fun.

I have been really considering whether or not I wanted to run Space Coast. I want to do a full, but I just didn’t feel like putting in the work. and since 26.2 miles is no joke, and training is required, I needed an attitude change, or a different game plan. (note: my stank attitude isn’t the reason we aren’t running. there are other reasons that are beyond our control- if the timing would have worked out better, I would have sucked it up and continued on with training.)


So. We ( me & jenny ) have a new plan. We are looking at a March marathon. This would put us starting to train the first week of November. This feels better already.

I have a few races on my radar, and a few I’m already signed up for:

October 28th: Halloween Halfathon
November 25th: Space Coast Half-Marathon
December 9th (day before my 28th bday FYI): Holiday Halfathon (already registered)
February: 10th: St. Pete RnR 1/2  (already registered)
March 2: Full Marathon Day


I’m excited for the new full. I think the weather is going to be significantly better than if we were to run Space Coast. I can also try for a half-marathon PR before full training really ramps up.


So. That’s the new game plan.

I’m off to bed. 12 mile long run Saturday morning.


Space Coast Marathon: Week 6

Week 6 was much more productive than week 5. I actually did most of my prescribed workouts {that’s progress!}

sc marathon training

Monday: planned: 4 mi easy, actual: 4 mi easy (38:05) + WOD

Tuesday: planned: 6 miles intervals, actual: 6 miles intervals (7:30, 7:20, 7:20) The way it breaks down is 1.5mi warm up, 800, 1 mile rest, 800, 1 mile rest 800, 1 mile cool down.

Wednesday: cross-training day. actual: WOD + stationary bike

Thursday: planned: 6 miles, actual: 3 miles on the treadmill

Friday: REST DAY

Saturday: planned 12 mi, actual 6 mi (stormed out)

Sunday: 10 mi long run, actual 10.77mi, 8:15avg

Total Miles : 29

What’s scheduled for WEEK 7:

Monday: 4mi easy pace + WOD
Tuesday: 6 mi – intervals
Wednesday: WOD + 45 min bike
Thursday: 6 mi + WOD
Friday: REST
Saturday: 14 mile long run
Sunday: REST or WOD


I love making collages from my instagram pictures. (I am obsessed w/’s scary) I wish there was a better iPhone app for collaging.. The only one I Know if Dip Tic – do you know of a better one? TELL ME!!

week 6 collage

1. running intervals on the treadmill.

2. Shannon & I have treadmill dates on Tuesdays- We run our intervals “together.” It makes the time on the ‘mill go a lot faster, plus the support is awesome!

3. who doesn’t love a big bowl of oatmeal & fruit in the morning?

4. Chris wishes I would let him get that Kawasaki Ninja. No way jose, we’ve been there done that w/ the crotch rocket.

5. talking to Chris on g-chat .. he has a black shirt on & the headboard was dark on the bed so he looks like a ghostly floating head

6. mmmmm coconut pancakes!

7. just a random picture of me. We were about to head over to Lowes

8. a sea biscuit from the Bahamas

9. Wyatt loves to lay out in the sun

10. dinner one night was ground turkey with sauteed spinach & green peppers w/ fresh tomatoes

11. no explanation needed there. YUM!

12. I painted a black picture frame green. It’s pretty now!



-WORK HARD this week. Stay on track. Stay focused. Remember what you’re working for

Let’s try this again: weekend long run


I’m not sure how I feel about getting up at 3:30am on Saturday AND Sunday. I also fail to understand why I can get up at 3:30am on the weekend, but I STRUGGLE to get out of bed by 7am during the week? That is not logical at all.

I met David at LongLeaf for a 10 mile run around 6:20. We chatted for a few minutes, then hit the road. I had no goal pace for this run. My last few long runs have been slower than I wanted, and it’s taken a toll on my mentally, so I just let myself run at whatever is comfortable.

We decided to run from LongLeaf to our normal Saturday run spot and then back. Thank goodness we ran to the shelter – my stomach was gurgling by mile 2.. At mile 5 I needed the bathroom for real.. I don’t like to divulge to much about bathroom habits, but I felt like it was affecting my pace.

imaget the Starkey stop I took a green apple power bar gel, drank some water, hit the bathroom, and then we headed back to Longleaf. I felt pretty great on the way back – I kept getting waves of abdominal pain, so that sucked, but I was able to breath through it and keep it sub 8 for the last 3 miles..and right at the end of mile 10 an awesome cramp right under my ribs tried to kill me…dang. I was feeling so good!


Mentally, I really needed a good, strong run like this. I’ve been feeling defeated by the heat and by the abundance of crappy long runs. I know the heat has a lot to do with my pace, but it’s still a hard pill to swallow. We have about 2 months of nasty heat & humidity before we really start to feel a change in the temperature. ….the countdown has begun! (Last year we had a few cool weekends in September. Let’s cross our fingers and hope we get lucky this year! September is just around the corner…. unbelievable! This year has FLOWN by!)

I’m outta here. We are headed to Clermont in a little bit to celebrate my Mom & Step-Dad’s birthdays! Bur first I need to make some sweet potato salad & chocolate cupcakes (wish me luck on the cupcakes.. I suck at baking.

one–one thousand, two–one thousand

I love Saturday mornings.
I love being awake by myself.
eating breakfast & drinking coffee
preparing for my long run.

and then it thunders, and starts pouring.


I checked the radar and there was a band of rain but it was in my area, not where I run, so I thought I would be safe. I didn’t think much else about the storm, and continued on with my morning.

Love Saturday morning photo shoots in the bathroom

I can’t help but to have a stupid look on my face that early in the morning.. you should see some of the other ones… or maybe you shouldn’t.


I saw lightening the whole drive from my house to the park where we run. It was pouring about 10 miles from the park. Facebook reports said there was thunder.

but I trucked onward.

You’d be surprised how many people will show up to run even when it’s about to storm. Some called it quits before we left because the storm was moving our way.

some went running…some got wet

I knew I wasn’t going to make it the full 12, so I ran 3 out with Rachel, then we turned around and came back for a whopping 6 miles. It started to really rain just as we were coming into the parking lot, but the thunder and lightening were way to close for comfort.


Despite being cut short, it was really good run. Running can be so therapeutic. Not necessarily the act of running. For me, running is a time to talk – depending on who I’m running with, of course. I won’t tell just anyone my business (don’t you feel special Rachel?)

I guess it relaxes me. I mean, what else are you going to do for 50 minutes while you run? You might as well talk, right?

Poor Rachel. She let me ramble on about things that are going on in my life. Sometimes you just need to talk. You don’t necessarily need someone to talk back; just someone to listen. Sometimes it’s easier to sort out your feelings when you say them out loud.

So Thanks Rachel for letting me spill on you today. It was needed. … and Thanks to Jenny & Shannon who’ve been fantastic friends and let me cry to them when things get tough.
(and before you start assuming things, my marriage is fine. Thanks for asking.)


well this post just turned a little mushy, huh?


Tomorrow morning I’ll wake up early again and attempt to get in 10 miles. Let’s cross our fingers that the weather is better than today!

Clean(er) meatloaf

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I am not a morning runner. I can’t just hop out of bed, and go for a run. I don’t understand how people can do this?

On Saturday’s I wake up at least 2 hours prior to my long run. I don’t see myself waking up 2 hours early for a 4 mile run on a Monday morning. mmmnope.

Sunday night I told myself that I would get up early on Monday morning and get my easy 4 mile run in. I wanted to do the CFE WOD after work, and it works best if I run in the morning. I set my alarm for 5:50.

I got out of bed at 6:10. I was out the door by 6:25. … Not much time to wake up, and my legs knew it.

Monday’s are easy run days, so I didn’t feel guilty that my 4 mile run took me 38 minutes. It was humid. so so humid. There was a slight breeze once I got out of my neighborhood and on the main drag.. but not enough to make it feel “cool.”
Is it winter yet?

After work I checked CFE for the WOD.

3 minutes of Jumping Rope
10 Arm Circles Big and Small
10 Lunges
10 Kb Swings 53 lbs / 35 lbs
10 GHD situps or 20 Situps
10 Pushups

Sumo Deadlift 3 x 5 (3 rounds of 5 Reps staying at the same weight)

WOD: “Clean and Push”
Heavy Cleans @ 185lbs / 135lbs
Handstand Pushups or pushups off a box

I made some modifications as needed:
Kettlebell swings were done w/ a 20lb dumb bell.
20 situps
cleans w/ 15lb dumb bells
pushups off the end table in my living room

I was pouring sweat by time I got done with this workout.. I forgot to time the actual WOD.. oops.. It was an awesome workout though! I loved it! I wish I had (2) 20lb dumb bells, I think I could have used them in the cleans.. soon.. I’m getting more weights soon..

BTW: If you want to sign up to get the workouts, you should do it now. From what I hear they will only be free for a little bit longer!

Chris tolerates the food changes in our home pretty nicely. He doesn’t complain – he’s content as long as there is food on the table come dinner time.. No, he’s not some caveman that insists I cook – I enjoy cooking, and he’s not picky.

I do feel kind of bad that I pretty much took away all of his favorite meals. His favorite meals (were/are) meatloaf, shepherds pie, chicken & yellow rice, & spaghetti. All of which can probably be made a lot healthier than I was making them, but I just haven’t tried.

Tonight I wanted to make him meatloaf, but I didn’t want to make it the old way..

1 lb ground chuck
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup bread crumbs
1/4 ketchup
1/4 mustard
tbsp Worcestershire
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

serving size: 4oz


Tonight’s version

1lb publix lean ground beef
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup brown rice crumbs
1 tbsp reduced sodium worcestershire
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

serving size 4oz

pre-heat overn 350
bake for 1hr


The newer version is not a whole lot better, but the sugar, fat, calories, and carbs are down significantly. Ground beef is not really clean, but Chris will not give it up, so we eat lean ground beef.


I’ve heard coconut oil is a good source of healthy fat, so I picked some up from Publix over the weekend (for a whopping $9/jar.ouch).. I sautéed our zucchini & squash in about 2 tsp of coconut oil to go with our meatloaf.. On the jar it says that the oil has a neutral taste so it’s good to use for sautéing.. I’d agree. The veggies tasted really fresh – Sometimes when I’ve used other oils they just kind of taste bland and oily. I’ll definitely be using coconut oil for sautéing more often!


Before I go: Two things that made me laugh today..



Space Coast Marathon: Week 5

sc marathon training

This week was a little rough when it comes to running… Heck, it was rough in general. Coming home from vacation, and getting back into the swing of things is always a little difficult, isn’t it?

Monday I wasn’t feeling all that great so I skipped my run.

Tuesday I attempted to run 4 miles: I ate something with peanuts in it, which is a no-no for me prior to a run, and I started cramping about 1/4mi into the run. I ran/walked for 40 minutes. It was lame. I also did the WOD from ChaseFordEndurance, which made me incredibly sore.

Wednesday  I ran 6 miles, and rode 20 minutes on the bike after my run. It was a pretty crappy 6 miles. My legs were very sore from Tuesday’s WOD. My quads felt like they were going to explode out of my skin. It was not fun.

Thursday was a total rest day.

Friday I did the CFE WOD

Saturday 13 miles with Shannon

Sunday rest day. I wanted to do a recovery run, but I woke up to late, and I’ve been feeling dehydrated and crampy all day.

Total Miles: approx 22.5  —

I’m sucking at this training thing. I need to man up and run outside more often. Running on the treadmill so much surely isn’t doing me any favors when it comes to dealing with the heat.

Marathon Training Week 6: The Plan

Monday: 4 easy miles in the AM  OUTSIDE + WOD after work
Tuesday: 6 miles (intervals) treadmill date w/ Shannon after work
Wednesday: XT.. bike + WOD
Thursday: 6 miles OUTSIDE
Friday: WOD
Saturday: 12 mile run
Total Miles: 28 mi

Food: This week I will really focus on getting my act together. Last week I fell apart on more than one occasion. When I began this journey of clean eating, I cut way back on the amount of coffee I was drinking. I was only have coffee in the morning before work, last week I had coffee before work, during work & after work. Uhmmm….. Coffee itself isn’t really the problem, it’s the creamer/sugar that I was putting in it.

The food we eat is so important. I know that I need to really focus and make some changes in order to meet the goals that I have for myself.

One goal I have is to run the Space Coast Marathon in my sports bra. To run in my sports bra, in public, in daylight hours will be huge for me. But I have some work to do. Mentally & Physically.


-Work Hard

it’s been a while

Saturday morning I met Shannon @ 5:30 to get our long run on. I had 13 on the schedule & Shannon was kind enough to join me! Usually we start running around 6:45, but with this awesome Florida heat we decided to get started earlier, that way we could be done before the sun was all the way up.

I told Shannon on Friday that I didn’t have very high expectations for Saturday and that I wanted to try & maintain an 8:30 pace. I’ve really struggled to get back into the swing of things, and I thought pushing myself to a faster pace would just frustrate me even more.

….it’s really dark where we ran. like really. I had a headlight, but I was the only person we saw with a headlight. I don’t know about you, but I can’t run in the pitch black. I’ll fall and kill myself. My sense of balance is all out of wack if I can’t see.


The run was okay. We finished, and that’s what matters. At mile 7, Shannon asked what mile we were on.. then said, “Oh crap, we forgot to take a gel.” duh. How do you forget that? I also drank very little fluids. bad bad Jena. I drank about 4oz, which is pathetic for a 13mi run. I usually drink a lot more than that.

I was definitely struggling throughout this run. My feet hurt, my shoe was pressing on the top of my left foot, and the ball of my right foot was throbbing. Mentally I felt okay – It helped that Shannon was there to talk to. It allowed me to be distracted, and stop thinking about what was going on with my body for brief periods.
The last time I ran 13 was the end of April, so I figured this run was going to hurt a little.

I know this instagram collage thing is pretty popular amongst bloggers right now, but I like it, so I’m going to copy everyone else and throw up a collage:

instagram collage1

L – R
1. Dinner one night this week: chicken, brown rice w/ salsa & sugar snap peas
2. face mask time! 1/2tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp nutmeg, 1tsp honey. 25 minutes.
3. 4:30am Saturday morning – getting ready to long run
4. grocery haul for the week
5. attempted to run 4 miles. fail.
6. hospital coffee. not impressive
7. post-WOD on Friday
8. Say bye-bye to Chris boat! We finally sold it!
9. Dinner Saturday night. Spaghetti, veggies & grapes

I love Instagram! I love looking at pictures of other people’s day-to-day life.

What was your workout this weekend?

the deadline is coming


I wouldn’t really call clean eating a “diet.” It’s more like a way of life, but there are a few good tips on here so I thought I’d share it. I guess I’m having a rough time adjusting back to my normal schedule. Funny how one week can throw you all out of wack.

I skipped my easy 4 miler on Monday. My tummy was feeling awfully rumbly, and running just didn’t feel/sound like a good idea.

Today (Tuesday) was better. My eating was good, and I got in a workout.
My scheduled run was a 6 mile interval run, but I knew that would not happen. My legs aren’t quite ready to tackle tough runs yet. They were burning when I walked up the stairs to my office this morning… lame. I guess they aren’t back from vacation yet either.

I headed out for 4 miles, shirtless & garminless. I knew almost immediately this run was going to suck. I know my body pretty good; good enough to know that anything containing peanuts before a run is a REALLY horrible idea.. well…… I was an idiot and ate some new kind of larabar that contained nuts and what do you know? I started cramping up almost immediately.

I made it less than 1.5 miles out before I turned around. I’m going to say I made it 1.3 miles, and 1.3 miles back. When I got back to my house I ran 1.2 miles on the treadmill.. I wore my regular watch and the timer said I ran for 36 minutes. Whatever. A little run is better than no run I guess.

I cooled down for a few minutes after my run, sipped some gatorade, youtubed some of the moves for the WOD, then got to work on Chase’s WOD.


Push Jerk: 5-5-5-5 (Going up in weight each round)
10lbs for the first two sets of 5, then 15lb dumb bells for the last 2 sets of 5


7 Rounds For time:

7 Kettlebell Swings @ 53 lbs / 35lbs     I modified & used 20lb dumb bell. this is up from a 10lb

7 Over Head Squats @ 135 lbs / 95 lbs   modified: 10lb first 3 rounds, 8lb last 4 rounds

7 Deadlifts @ 225 lbs / 155 lbs  modified: 15lb dumb bells

I wish that I had access to a gym, but I’m making do with what I have. I know I’m getting stronger, and that’s what matters! I actually enjoyed this workout. It felt good to use some heavier weights than what I used a few weeks ago. — I went to Target today and bought (2) 15lb weights, and (1) 20lb weight.. I should have bought another 20lb, but I figured it would be a while before I was using the 20lb for anything but KB swings… I think I could have used 20lb weights in the deadlifts.. probably will have to go get the other 20, and maybe some 25s in the next week or so.

imagedun.dun.dun …… The Space Coast fee increases are coming soon. The fees go up at the end of this month, which means I need to get it together and register. I’m very apprehensive about this….still.

I mean, I’m not putting a whole lot of effort into making sure I do all of my training runs, and that is kind of worrisome considering we are really not even into the meat & potatoes part of training yet!

I’ll get there (I hope). My first 14 mile run is on August 26th – hopefully that first really long run will get me excited (or kill me) about training!

Lastly, check out Chase’s new post today on Goals! Great post! Everyone needs some sort of goal. Fitness goals are what keep us moving forward and keep us pushing our bodies to places we didn’t think they could go. To lift things we didn’t think they could lift. To run faster than we thought we could run. Goals are essential to success.

Tell me three fitness goals that you have?

Mine are:

Sub4 Marathon
1:42 half marathon @ Rock n Roll
1000 miles in 2012
Continue strength training throughout marathon training & after

Space Coast Marathon: Week 3

I know, I JUST recapped week 2…and it’s only Friday.

Running in the Bahamas isn’t going to happen unless they’ve upgraded their gym. Last year they had a treadmill that didn’t work, along with a stationary bike, that also didn’t work. I do intend to try and get a few strength training sessions in, but that also depends on what weights they have in the “gym.” I’m bringing a resistance band with a little set of cards that has some exercises on it.. I know I’ll be swimming/snorkeling/diving every day, so that’ll be a workout, but I have a feeling I’m going to need more than that. These days I’m really craving the good feelings I feel after a good run, or tough WOD.

Speaking of, check out this gun:


I’ve NEVER had muscle definition before. ever. This blows my mind.. I’ve always just had scrawny little arms..not to say that they are big now, they are still scrawny, but c’mon, you can see that muscle starting to pop out!!! Yippee! That’s motivation to keep working hard!

So I’m just going to recap what I’ve done this week..none of that planned vs. actual. That’s to much work, and I’m running short on time..

Monday: 4 miles easy + CFE WOD
Tuesday: 6 miles intervals (7:30, 7:15, 7:15) + WOD
Wednesday: 30 min bike in the morning + WOD in the evening
Thursday: most ridiculous 6 mile run on the TM
Friday: 4 mile run + 45 minute bike ride

I’m feeling pretty good about this week. I really wanted to try and get a long run in today, but after yesterday’s horrible 6 miler on the treadmill, I knew I wasn’t up to the challenge. I settled for a brick-like workout and it was fantastic!

Yesterday I read that ZOOMA announced that their new race location is in Amelia Island?! AND the race is in January! January is PERFECT racing weather around here…unless your me, and you plan to run a race on January 30th and the high is like 90 that day.. yeah ,that happened last year at the Clearwater Half. … Anyways, the ZOOMA! Half is on Jan 19th.. I’ve got my eye on it.

After Space Coast I don’t have a whole lot going on.. Well, that’s not exactly true. I’m running the Holiday Halfathon in Madeira Beach on December 9th and then St.Pete RnR (which I said I wouldn’t run again yet I find myself registered) on Feb 10th.

I’m pretty sure ZOOMA! would make a great race in between! NOW, if I could only convince Chris of this magnificent plan!? I still have some time!

Have you ever run a ZOOMA! race? They’ve never been in Florida before, but they have a few other locations.

I registered to be an Ambassador for ZOOMA! We’ll see.

(this post was not required. I was just genuinely excited to see a new race come to Florida…one that hasn’t taken over the world, and one that’s geared towards Women. PLUS, it’s at the beach. COME ON, who doesn’t love a good race at the beach?)


Have a great week!

Space Coast Marathon: Week 2

So I’m a little behind on updating my week 2 of marathon training. Blame it on the blog transfer.. that took way more work than I was anticipating, but doesn’t it always?

Week 2 didn’t go exactly as planned, but I’m content with the way it went down:

Monday: planned 4 miles easy
Actual: ran 4 easy miles on the treadmill 36:33, 9:08avg, then did Chase’s WOD.

Tuesday: planned: 6 miles intervals.
actual: just a regular 6 mile run on the treadmill 53:49

Wednesday: 30 minutes on the stationary bike 7.2 miles + WOD
actual: 30 min on bike + WOD

Thursday:  planned: 6 mile temp
actual: rest day. Wyatt was sick, and I didn’t want to leave him for an extended amount of time.


Saturday: planned, 12 miles @ 7:55pace
actual: 12 miles @ 8:16

Sunday: REST DAY

I know it’s already Tuesday/Wednesday (depending on when you read this). But, here is the plan for WEEK 3.

Monday: 4 miles easy + WOD
Tuesday: 6 miles intervals + WOD
Wednesday: 45 min on bike + WOD
Thursday: 6 mile temp + WOD
Friday: I’m going to try like heck to get an 8 mile run in before we leave for vacay..
Saturday: vacay. will be on a boat all day. probably won’t do anything
Sunday: fishing/diving, possibly some kind of cardio.

That’s it for tonight.


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