can I have my runner card back?

back to running

The return of these ridiculous pictures {and the strider shirt} can only mean one thing:


I won’t go into the long, drawn out story, about why I finally decided to put my new balance back on, and go for a run. I’ll just say that I ran, 3 miles, and it felt awesome. I didn’t wear my Garmin, mostly bc I’m afraid of what the numbers would say, but also because the strap is broken & I haven’t put the new one on yet – maybe I’ll finally do that.

My running shoes are happy, I’m happy, we’re all happy around here.


see, happy.
Chris was not amused by all the pictures I kept taking when we were out last night /// when we got home we started working on the boat again – there was a big cricket and he tried to throw it on me – I’m showing him I’ll slap him w/ my pimp hand if he tries that again

Speaking of the boat; I started a new blog for that project. I think it will be a lot easier to just have a totally separate blog, rather than try to include the updates in this blog – then no one is subjected to the boat build if they don’t want to be. You can check out the new blog HERE.


live well, fish hard, love harder


work it out, work it out

The weekend is finally upon us!


I managed to get a measly 3 miles in on Wednesday; I was going to try for 5 miles, but by time I got home and got changed it was already 5, and sunset is at 5:30 .. and I don’t run in the dark, soooo that left me just enough time to get in 3 miles.

3mi, 8:39, 8:09, 8:02 .. the weather was nice and cool, not much wind. perfect conditions for a short 3 miler.

Thursday it was back to the gym for upper body B workout:

my warm up consisted of squats, lunges, pushups, and arm circles.

seated tricep dip                  3 x 8 65lb
DB shoulder press                3 x 8 15lb
DB lat raise                            3 x 8 (10,10,8lb)
cable tricep pushdown       3 x 8 40lb
reverse cable curl                3 x 8 35lb
leg raises                                3 x 12
15 min on elliptical

I definitely struggled through the lat raises, I don’t know what it is about that move but it kills me. On Monday I completed all 3 sets with a 10lb dumb bell, but I could barely make it through 2 sets. I wimped out on the last set and went to 8lbs. ugh – definitely need to work on that.

Friday was lower body B

my warm up consisted of squats, push ups, lunges, & arm circles

deadlift                                  3 x 8 barbell
leg press                               3 x 8 140,140,160
DB lunges                             3 x 8 25lb
standing calf raise             3 x8 20lb
DB shoulder shrug             3 x 8 25lb
ball crunch                          3 x 12
back extensions                 3 x 12
20 min elliptical

I felt like I could have gone a little harder on a few moves, but I have 11 miles scheduled for tomorrow, so I didn’t want to kill myself.

Favorite workout of the week so far?

Race Report: Buddy Run 5k

After my half-marathon on Oct 28th I was fired up about racing. I was ready for the season to start. I thought I would be ready to get back into training mode and log some miles – I signed up for the Buddy Run 5k down in Lutz and told myself I’d log a few miles last week before the 5k.

Nope. Didn’t happen. I walked a solid 1.25 miles with the dogs last week. I don’t know where my running mojo is – it’s in hiding and it’s hidden really dang well.

On our walk on Thursday the dog’s pulled so hard I ended up with shin splints. I don’t know how this is possible, but my shins were aching all day Friday & Saturday. I KT-Taped them on Saturday and wore compression sleeves. I iced before bed, and hoped for the best.

Sunday morning they were still a little sore but I decided I was going to run anyways. The race started at 8 so I was out the door by 6:15 for a 7:15 arrival time. I picked up my packet, secured my number and headed for the bathrooms.

I did a little warm up and then stood around waiting for the gun to go off. I lined up towards the front; scoping everyone out – trying to determine who was in my AG..

The gun went off and I fell in stride with another woman. I ran beside her for a few minutes, but I was struggling so I fell behind. I tried to stay on her heels.  — The course was described as hard packed shell – translation: somewhat hard packed sand, with some soft spots. – I was not thrilled with the course – I had to look at my feet the entire time to make sure I didn’t trip over a branch, and to make sure I stayed on the hardest packed stuff.

The first mile was a real struggle, I pretty much accepted that I would not PR & I was okay with that. We spent the entire day Saturday moving extra furniture out of our house and that required a million trips up & down the stairs. 

I stayed right on the heels of this lady for a while. Somewhere around 1.25 I caught up with her  – then passed her. I swear I could feel my legs wake up and say “okay, game on.” There was an obvious difference in how I felt once my legs showed up to the party.

I increased my pace and took the lead on the other lady. I never looked back – I didn’t want to know how close she was. I passed a father/son and then I could see the lead lady – at least I thought she was the lead.

buddy run 5k course

I felt like she was to far away for me to catch, but she must have been getting tired, or I was getting faster because I passed her in a corner and that was that. Again, I never looked back, I didn’t want to know how close she was.

I wasn’t 100% sure that she was the lead woman, but I was pretty sure – I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, trying to breath and get done. We made a final turn into a grassy field (joy) and I tried to make my legs move faster.

I saw 22:07 on the clock and knew I was going to PR. I crossed the finish line in 22:34.. I walked through the shute, trying not to puke.

buddy run 5k

I hung around for a while waiting for the awards – There was also a 1 mi fun run & a buddy dash so it was about an hour between the time I finished the 5k & the start of awards.

First female OA: 22:34 (that was the time they announced for me)

I don’t know any AG stats, or even the total of people. The results aren’t up on Active yet.  I did win a $100 gift card to The Columbia restaurant, which has several locations throughout the Tampa area. YAY!

This was a great race – very well organized and a fun little (local) 5k. I don’t like running on sand, so I probably wouldn’t do it again, but it was good for a PR and a win!

a little of this & a little of that

My Thoughts & Prayers are with those that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Even has a native Florida girl I can’t say that I know what you are going through. I’ve had my fair share of Hurricane days, but never experienced something as awful as Sandy. I’ve been fortunate

Stay safe friends.


Racing makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside; gives me a sense of satisfaction, and accomplishment. On Monday morning I stalked for a race this coming weekend. I wasn’t worried about the distance, I just needed a race.

I thought a half-marathon would be fun, but I could only find one and it involved a few to many overpasses. I finally settled on a 5k that is described as a great race for first timers or anyone looking to set a personal best {me! me!} … 

When I registered I forgot that I had already broken into the 22:XX time zone of 5k-land… I ran a 5k at the end of September that I had totally forgotten about. Thankfully it’s supposed to be cool this weekend so maybe I can bring my 5k time down just a teeny bit.

5k PR

My current PR is 22:46 – I’d take a 1 second PR … a PR is a PR, right?

I’m pretty exciting about this upcoming race season {even though I’ve barely been running the last few weeks}. I updated my “RACES” page and added my upcoming races for the 2012 – 2013 season.

Speaking of races.. I got an e-mail that my race pictures were ready.. I don’t like to hijack race pictures, but I really need to show you guys these shrek-tastic pictures. I mean, these are bad.. it makes me laugh to look at them.

jena shrek collage

uh also, short hair is not cute while running.

The picture on the left is right before or after I was drafting.. I want to say before, but I’m really not sure – The photo on the right, I have no idea.. it’s just bad.


The weather this week has been super amazing in Florida … well, if the wind would go away, it would be super duper amazing. {and yes, I said super duper.. deal with it.}

I love cool weather, I finally get to wear jeans & sweaters, and hoodies & sweatpants!

and then… as soon as I get home, I change into this:

{isn’t chris lucky?}

It’s been in the 60’s the last few days so we’ve been leaving the ac/heat off and opening the windows. This morning it was 67 in the house when we woke up! GLORIOUS! I hope this cool weather continues for a few more weeks!


Happy Halloween

do you like Halloween? I could care less. I wouldn’t be sad if the “holiday” disappeared all together.

race report: Halloween Halfathon {2012}

This morning started before most people were headed home from the bars.. I got up at 2:15 .. I drank coffee, ate a plain bagel, took a shower, got dressed, drank more coffee, packed a to-go cup of coffee, packed another bagel and hit the road at 3:45.

It’s supposed to be a 2hr drive to Ft. Desoto from my house.. but apparently there isn’t a whole lot of traffic at that time of the morning {and I drive fast} so I arrived at 5:15.  — I’d much rather arrive early then be stressing out over traffic and parking. I’m quite content to sit in my car, listen to the radio, and have free reign over the port-o-potties.

Nothing exciting happened pre-race, like last year – I’d link the recap, but it doesn’t work since the great blog-apocalypse of 2012. Jenny & I went out for a few warm up laps about 6:45 (and stuck to well lit areas so I wouldn’t bust myself up). The National Anthem was sung, and we were off at 7:05.

My original plan was to try & PR, but the forecast wasn’t exactly ideal so I scrapped those plans and decided to just enjoy the first half of the season – not worry about my time.

The first few miles were windy, and gave us a little taste of what the last few miles of the course would be like. I attempted drafting a guy in the first few miles, but he was kind of all over the place with his pace so I gave up and passed him. Sometime in between miles 2 – 3 I lost Jenny –

I was feeling good, so I just went with it. Eventually we got out of the wind and had a nice tail wind from miles 3.5 – the turn around which is somewhere between 8 & 9 (I think).

corridor of hell

I don’t know why some areas were worse for wind than others, but around mile 10ish we hit a headwind that practically blew me backwards. It was all I could do to keep moving forward. I stopped to walk twice – I just couldn’t take it. The wind was just….brutal.

A super nice (& tall) gentleman told me to tuck in behind him! YAY! I’m not sure how far we ran like that, but it was fabulous. I could still feel the wind, but it wasn’t quite as bad. Eventually we got out of the wind and the guy told me that I should lean forward a little bit and I would be able to run through the wind better.. So in the next wind tunnel I leaned forward slightly and I was able to tackle the wind a little better. Somewhere between 11 & 12 we hit an awesome wall and I said, very loudly, “Oh shit.”   Nice draft guy laughed and said, “yeah..”

Thankfully that tunnel didn’t last long and I was able to maintain an okay pace. I picked it up the last mile and finished feeling really strong.

Halloween halfathon 2012

I have my watch set so that I can’t see my overall time, so I had no idea where I actually was in relation to my PR. When I rounded the last corner I saw that I had already passed my PR, but not by much – I was stoked! I didn’t come out to race, but ended up having a {mostly} fantastic race.

Gun time: 1:47:37
Chip time: 1:47:23
AG: 2/56
Female: 13/365
OA: 76/627

big one is my AG award, smaller one is the finishers medal. LOVE them! So pretty, so shiny!


Despite the wind I really enjoyed this race – It was the first race of our season and I felt really strong. I never felt tired – I was over the wind, but I never wanted to just quit.

My knees felt good, no IT band pain. Overall a really terrific race.

Fuel: I ate a bagel when I got up this morning, around 2:30.. I ate a few bites of another bagel in the car around 5:45.

I brought 2 gels on the course, but I dropped one at mile 4 – I could have stopped to pick it up, but I didn’t feel like it. I took my only gel at mile 4.5 …. The course offers gatorade (barf), water & oranges (barf). I took water at 4.5, 6.5 & 8.5(ish) .. small sips – It wasn’t hot, and I never felt thirsty.

As always Chris Lauber threw down an awesome event! So organized, and well run. Looking forward to the Holiday Half on December 9th!

My first challenge…sort of

I still haven’t run this week – I actually got up at 5am this morning to run, but when I went down into the garage we had a little house emergency so I had to nix the run & take care of our problem.. ugh, of course, the house is about to go on the market and this issue pops up. What the heck – I guess that’s the way things to though, right?

Maybe I’ll have better luck on Friday.

Earlier this week I read about the Pile on the Miles Challenge that Monica is having for the month of November. I was interested, but I know how I am about sticking to challenges so I decided to think about it for a few more days.

Well I obviously need a little motivation to start logging some miles, so I figure this will be a good way to stay motivated through the month of November.

Here is the low-down on the challenge:

Who: Everyone is invited to join

What: Online challenge to walk or run more during turkey month.

When: November 1 – December 1. Winners announced Dec 2nd.

Where: Sign up and Update your weekly mileage on the spreadsheet below

Why: To challenge yourself and encourage others to move more. This isn’t about weight loss or distance – it’s about doing a little extra this month.

The Rules:

1. Sign up on the Google Spreadsheet by October 31st.

There will be a place for your name, blog address and twitter handle. You must put in a name, but the other entries are optional. If you have a blog please add it so we can create the most epic blogroll ever!

2. Set a goal at the beginning of the challenge to WALK or RUN x amount of miles. These could be miles on the treadmill OR outside/inside walking OR running. No biking or elliptical miles don’t count.

3.  We will be using calendar weeks Sun-Sat, but the first week is Thur-Sat. It’s clearly marked on the spreadsheet. Please update your miles for the previous week by Monday.

4. Optional: Leave a comment on RER Nov 1 and 5, 12, 19, 26 with your Mileage Goal for that week. All comments on those posts will be entered into a giveaway.

Check out Monica’s blog for the list of prizes that she is giving away in conjunction w/ this challenge – There is some pretty great prizes in that lineup!


I set a personal goal of 100 miles .. I have no idea how many miles I’ve logged this month, but I think 100 sounds attainable for November….. if I get my ass in gear.

Have you ever done a month long blog challenge?
What was it?
Did you complete the entire month or give up?

It’s that time again: long-run Saturday


I have two favorite days of the week: Thursday & Saturday. .. Okay, I have three favorite days.. Friday is also a favorite, mostly because it is followed my Saturday.

Thursday’s are my favorite because this is usually the day Chris gets home if he has been working out of town. Unfortunately this week he is STILL gone.

Fridays: end of the work week, and only a few hours until long-run Saturday.

Saturdays: long run day! I absolutely adore long run days. I have to, how else could I get up at 3:45am Saturday after Saturday? I might not always have the best run, and I might not be in the best mood, but I cherish the 90+ minutes that I get to spend with my friends.

Today started out no differently, alarm went off at 3:45, I snoozed it until 4. Got up, ate breakfast, got dressed, and rushed out the door at 5:15. I was almost late to the meet up spot, but good luck (and fast driving) had me arrive just in the knick of time.

It was incredibly humid this morning – When we started out the temps were hovering in the 70’s, and approximately 1,000,000% humidity {is it EVER going to cool down?}. I had to pee, but unfortunately there are no bathroom where we start in Longleaf, and we were starting to late to be able to use the bathroom at a nearby Strider house.. so I whimpered a little and the held it for the next 5 miles.

My first 5 miles were not fun. I ran in the back of the pack {which worked out since they front of the pack nearly got eaten by a big black snake!!} – I struggled to keep my pace steady, I felt like I was all over the place. My breathing was heavy, and I just felt out of it.

We hit the Starkey Park bathrooms around mile 5.3 – I finally got to pee, then Shannon & I turned around and headed pack to our starting point. The last 5 miles were somewhat better. The strap on my watch strap broke (again) so I didn’t know what pace we were running for the duration of the return trip.

I felt like we were hauling ass …. turns out we weren’t. 10 miles oct 2012

This was my last long run before the Halloween Halfathon next weekend.  I JUST registered for it..literally, while I was writing this post I remembered I needed to register so I went ahead and did it before I forgot.


After we finished our run we grabbed some coffee from a local coffee joint then I headed over to The Shops at Wiregrass for the Pasco County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k {walk}. 

The walk started at 9.. but 10 we had walked 1.5 miles ….. uhm.. I’m all for fundraising events, but an hour to walk 1.5 miles? Couldn’t do it. After the first lap I dipped out and headed home. Yell at me if you’d like, but I was hot, stinky & starving.

I raised money for the event individually and I also helped organize a bingo fundraiser – I felt like I did my part and didn’t feel to horrible about leaving the walk early.


Now I’m just moping around the house waiting for Chris to get off work. I’m planning on doing some food prep for the coming week, and possibly some yoga..

We’ll see what the rest of the day brings.


How’s your weekend shaping up? Any races?
I know Allie ran a half marathon this morning! (Congrats girl!)

two firsts

I joined the Y this week – I’m looking forward to joining in on a few classes, and having access to a full room of weights.


If I’m being completely honest, one of the main reasons I joined the Y was so that I can get out of the house a little more. I’m a total homebody, and not knowing anyone in this area definitely doesn’t help. It’s kind of a sad truth, but it is the truth.

The important part is that I’m being pro-active and doing something to take charge of my insane boredom (and loneliness).

Today was the first day I went to the Y.. I was pretty intimidated.
I had a gym membership in 2007, but I rarely went, and I surely wasn’t picking up any weights.

I went on last night to look up some arm routines – I am planning to continue with CFE workouts; but right now I’m trying to find my way. I’m trying to find a balance between running & lifting. I feel the need to explore my options, and see what works best for me.

I printed out a workout, and took it into the gym with me… Then I got kind of nervous because there were a lot of young guys just hanging around some of the equipment so I totally deviated from my plan…. it was my first day – hopefully next time I won’t be so intimidated.

Here is what I did:

1 mile run on TM, 8:50

Tricep push down reverse grip 3x8reps (35lbs) (cable machine)
Tricep push down with rope 3×8 (40lbs) (cable machine)
1000m row (5:12)
Shoulder press 3x5reps (15lb dumb bells)
hammer curls 3×8 (15lb DB)
bicep curls w/ bar  – I don’t know the weight.. 18lbs maybe

2 mi run on TM, 17:27
10 min of stretching

Overall, I am proud of myself. I don’t really know what I’m doing in the gym, but I went, and I used free weights. I stood in front of the mirror and did shoulder presses with 15lb DB – which is definitely an improvement. I stood among the guys & did what I needed to do – even if I did deviate from the actual plan.


When I got home from working out I experienced my second first of the day …. I mowed the lawn. LOL

I have only mowed a lawn one other time; I was in elementary school and my Step-Dad, Ron, let me mow the lawn with the riding lawn mower. I killed all the sprinkler heads, so I wasn’t allowed to mow anymore. oops.

When I moved out of my parents house I lived in an apartment w/ 2 of my sisters, so lawn care was not something we were responsible for. Then we moved to a town home, where once again we were not responsible for the lawn.

Chris & I moved to a trailer where our landlord took care of the lawn.. and since we’ve lived in our own home, Chris always takes care of the lawn. I suppose I’ve been very lucky to never have had to mow the lawn before.

I suppose I didn’t have to mow it today, but Chris hasn’t had a second of free time and it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting any free time in the near future, so I did it… I mowed the lawn.

and let me tell you…. it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. apparently we don’t have a self-propelled mower. Hmph. I actually had to push that darn thing.

Sooo, I just wrote 4 paragraphs about mowing the lawn.. My life is EXCITING!


If you lift weights, where do you get your workouts from?

Are you intimidated by all the guys standing around the free weight section?

Life is Beachy Keen: Weekly wrap up

We’ll wrap up the week in a second, but first can we look at this picture:

He’s totally pouting because he’s stuck. This picture makes me laugh so hard.

There we go, now he’s a little happier!
Who knew dirt bikes could have training wheels?

moving on …..

Last week was pretty successful – I felt good, felt like I was getting into the swing of things.

I just took last week one day at a time, and did what I wanted to do. I think it worked out pretty well:

Monday: 2 mi run TM  + WOD
Tuesday: 2mi run TM + WOD
Wednesday: Rest  {I ended up getting home from work really late}
Thursday: 3mi TM
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 14.27mi run (8:32avg)
Sunday: “rest” aka painted & cleaned the house all day
Total miles: 21it’s probably bad that I ran more miles in one day than I did the rest of the week.



The wall isn’t actually white – the color is called cookies ‘n cream- it’s a darkish off white color.. I know, my description skillz are awesome! AND I know you are totally jealz of that outfit … I never left my house -okay, fine,  I did run to the gas station real quick,  but that store is full of shrimpers .. no one was looking @ what I had on .. PLUS I don’t care ..

After a million hours of painting I called it quits, and headed into the kitchen to make dinner… well, actually, Chris cooked burgers on the grill, I steamed some broccoli & green beans.

all day I’ve felt dizzy & just off.. I think I’m dehydrated from Saturday’s long run – I’ve been drinking water & gatorade like it’s my job for the last few hours, but I’m still feeling fuzzy.

After dinner I headed downstairs to my “gym” to get in some yoga. My hips are SO tight from my long run – I love love love this online yoga class – I swear, it’s so amazing. I feel totally relaxed once I’m done – so relaxed that I fell asleep during Savasana …. oops.


What’s on tap for this week:

Monday: 4 miles + WOD
Tuesday: 5 miles + WOD
Wednesday: 3mi + WOD
Thursday: yoga / stretching / foam rolling
Friday:  3 mi
Saturday: 10 or 13  – not sure yet
Sunday: Rest / yoga
Total miles: 25 or 22 …

How was your weekend?
What are your plans this week?

21 hours

Friday at 4pm I text Shannon and said, “I think I’m going to meet you at 5 so I can get a long run in.”

My previous plans were to skip the run & start my day at the bingo fundraiser that I was helping out with .. But once I started to think about the day I was going to have, and the things I’d be doing – I decided a long run was in order. I NEEDED to get that run in if I was going to survive the day.

I got up at 3am on Saturday morning, ate breakfast, got dressed, and headed out the door to meet Shannon, Christina & Cynthia at Long Leaf where we would start our long run journey.

We ran a few miles in the community of Long Leaf then headed towards our normal Saturday run spot, Starkey Park. The park doesn’t open until 6:30, so when we arrived at 5:45 we had to come up with a plan B. We headed down the road a little ways to a 7-11 (so I could pee) .. 

it was so dark. Very few street lights. I had my headlight, and Shannon had a flashlight, but it was still so dark. I hate running in the complete dark; It makes me feel off balance – I also didn’t have my contacts in (bc I’m out) so that made me feel even worse..

Besides the darkness, and feeling off balance, I felt pretty good. It was insanely humid (surprise!) but besides that it was okay. I think the temp was 74 when we went out, 91% humidity … but that’s pretty much normal for Florida – I don’t think the humidity is ever going to drop – and the cooler temperatures are never showing up.

We will just be stuck in a place with hot & humid air forever. womp womp

When we returned to Starkey it was 6:40 & we already had 10 miles in – Shannon headed into the park because she still needed 12 miles (her last long run before MCM, woot woot!) but for cynthia, christina & myself; our plans were to run back to Long Leaf which was 4 miles from Starkey so we didn’t go in the park – we headed back.

I’ve only run 14 miles one other time. At Ragnar, at 3am.

Miles 11 & 12 were okay, 13 & 14 were a bit of a struggle. I had to stop twice and stretch my calves & IT bands. I was alone for the last 2 miles. Cynthia had pulled ahead, and Christina had fallen behind.. I definitely do not like running by myself in the dark. so spooky.

Fueling: I don’t know why, but every time I start at long leaf I forget to drink water. I wear a fuel belt, so I have access to water, I just forget. Yesterday was no different. I barely drank any water .. I took a gel at mile 5 (drank water then) & another gel at mile 10 (drank more water there) but besides that I think I had a sip of water maybe one or two other times.. Not exactly smart on a 14 mile run w/ 1,000,000% humidity.

oct 6 14mi run

Over all I felt pretty good, and I’m pleased with my run. I definitely needed to run Saturday morning !

Right after my run (I stretched a for a few minutes) then rushed home, showered, put on some pink, and headed to the Knights of Columbus where I helped with “Bingo to Save the TaTa’s” fundraiser. It was a pretty big success, the people around here LOVE their bingo!

I headed out of bingo at 1:30, rushed home, changed clothes again, then jumped in the car for the 2 hour drive to Davenport where we were having dinner with Chris’ Mom for her b-day. We ate dinner at Cracker Barrel.

I ordered the Chef Salad (which was HUGE) & a {plain} sweet potato. The salad was good .. it’s a salad, which I don’t LOVE, but it was fine. Chris’ cousin makes cakes professionally, so she had brought Annie {my mother in law} a cake.

IT WAS SO GOOD.. yes, yes, I had did have a little slice, and it was heavenly. The butter cream ….. oh mmmmm the butter cream, I could have licked it right off the cake, so good! and the chocolate cake.. YUM, so moist, so tasty!! Dare I say it rivaled Publix cake {which is the best cake EVER!}

After dinner we headed over to Kissimmee to Old Town – old town is the epitome of touristy.. white sneakers everywhere, fanny packs, the works .. but they have some pretty cool rides, which is what Ann wanted to do .. She did the slingshot & the sky coaster – neither of which my little butt would get on.

We {chris & i} left Old Town around 10:30 …. I finally crawled into bed at 12:15.. 21 hours after I had woken up for my long run.. LONGEST DAY EVER, but well worth it.


I think this might be the longest post, with the fewest pictures ever.