Run Jenni, Run

{February 1, 2013}   02.01.2013 – Already February?

My lunch is leaving a lot to be desired (sour choice of stir-fry veggies…never getting canned again).  I also am hating the fact that on Fridays my lunch is pretty much a second breakfast.  However, the fact that I am currently allowed to wear yoga pants on Friday makes everything better.  There are certain perks to teaching a fitness class at school.  Today was our nine weeks ceremony, so I’ve had a pretty slow morning.  I just have to make it through third block and I will be on to the easy part of the day. 

I am looking forward to an intense afternoon workout at the gym after a pretty basic workout in class this afternoon.  I have to keep myself entertained until Luke gets finished at work, which means I will be in for a pretty hefty workout today, seeing as he gets off at 730.  But after busting my butt I will get to enjoy an awesome dinner (Ruby Tuesdays…sooo looking forward to their salad bar) and a late night drive-in movie.  It’s all about finding ways to reward yourself. 

My current goals for February are as follows (and I will actually update on progress in March):

1. Don’t skip any long runs on the weekends.  While the distances may change from the original plan, I still want to keep distance running in my schedule, especially since I will have to get used to doing distance more often in the coming months.

2. Move to 12.5lb. weights on all free weight exercises.  I am just now getting used to using 10lb. weights, and I think with the amount that I am using them, I will be able to move up a size by the end of this month.

3. Hold each plank variation for 45-seconds.  I’m at about 30-seconds for nearly all variations that I have in my routine. 

4. Bank 90 miles (running and biking) for the month of February.  Totally possible, even if it seems crazy.

As a bonus goal, I would love to be able to say I ran my February 5k without any walking breaks.  I know it’s possible, I just have to assert myself.  My 5k for February in Light Up the Night in Winter Haven.  It’s only $25 to register, and it is up on 

 An update on my book reviews – I may change the book for February to something already in my collection at home.  While staring at my bookcase the other day, I realized how many books I have that I have never even opened.  And a lot of them have movies.  I might read books and compare them to the movies.  Not only will it encourage my reading, it will give me a date night with Luke (like I need an excuse for that). 

After my weekend run I am going to write a review for the Dr. Scholl’s active gel insoles I just purchased.  I am hoping they give some support while I save up money for a new pair of shoes.  I will be testing them with all of my running activities, but I won’t know just how effective they are until the track workout next Tuesday.  That is where I experience the majority of my knee pain.

{January 24, 2013}   01.24.2013 – Rambling Update

Today I don’t have a method of writing, I just need to give a simple update while I have some free time.  My sixth graders are on a field trip (jealousss!) today, so I don’t have a plethora of students to keep track of.  I have definitely enjoyed the time to catch up on worksheets that need to be made and taking a breath after a pretty hectic week.  I have another online training this afternoon, but that fits in to giving me something to pass the time before running club this afternoon.  I will definitely run four hills, but I might throw in a fifth hill.  It’ll depend on how I’m feeling once I get out there, though.  We played some soccer yesterday after my arm workout, and that did a small number on my knees. 

I find it funny that I am beginning to feel more comfortable in the main gym rather than the female gym.  I think I have mentioned this before, but it deserves repeating.  I never thought that I would consider myself good enough to be working out with the guys that are doing pull-ups and lifting bars as heavy as I weigh.  I don’t have a copy of my arm workout on me, so I may have to post it later.  Just know it involved a few tricep moves because that is the trouble zone of my arms. 

In meal plan news, I have continued to follow my meal plan this week and I couldn’t be happier.  For the most part, my meals are enjoyable and fulfilling.  According to the boyfriend I need to add more flavor, so that will be a goal in the upcoming weeks.  I have been so afraid to add certain flavors because I don’t want it to be unhealthy or to have too much sodium or butter, so I just go with the basics and avoid salt at all costs.  I do have a goal dinner planned out for next week though, and it won’t involve going out (yay for saving money!).  I have been failing to take photos, though.  I tend to keep my camera in my school bag, which was working for taking photos of lunch, but I would forget about breakfast and dinner. 

I’ll let you know how running goes, I’m expecting success.

Later Days,


{November 9, 2012}   11.09.2012 – Healthy Habits

I’m considering implementing Green smoothies into my diet.  Maybe.  We’ll see how it goes and if it’s worth the extra money.

I had the most perfect smoothie for lunch.  I tried the Garden of Life Perfect Food mix with Bluebonnet Whey Isolate Protein.  I threw in some extra spinach, a banana, yogurt, and milk.  Delicious. Perfection.  We are waiting to see if it is filling.  If it holds me over for at least three hours, I might invest in more than the sample packs.

In the past week, I’ve lost around six pounds.  I really feel like I can stick to my healthy habits this time around.  It helps that I have a supportive boyfriend this time too.  Luke is awesome at keeping my habits healthy and food choices away from soda and fast food.

This weekend I shall do yoga.

And run some more.

Go me.

Later Days.


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