January started a bit rocky for me. I was still struggling with the holiday hangover. It wasn’t very easy to shake, but around the middle of the month, I started to turn it around.

I committed to working out. It was still tricky, but I hit every weight training session but one and did several runs. It was harder for me to get back into running because I had no plan and real goals.

Training is hard when you have no end game.

I finally decided to make my 2020 goal to complete the Hot as Hell quarter marathon. I had registered for this a few years ago but did not start (DNS). I ended up doing it virtually later. I also did the same route as a different race, and it was miserable. Here’s a reminder. I want to do this race and conquer it! I know I can do better.

I may also do a trail half marathon in December, but I haven’t decided just yet. 2020 will focus on building trail miles and muscle. I need to learn how to fule for trail runs. I struggle with hunger and energy, even on short distances. My current plan, based on asking others more experienced than myself, is to eat PickyOats for breakfast, take a fuel just before starting, and then every 30-45 minutes after. I also need to take my Nuun Endurance too. I’ve only been taking water.

I would also love to drop about 20 pounds and some body fat. Hopefully, lifting weights will help. I’m currently doing JG40 and plan to restart once I get through the 12-week program. I’m trying to log my food every day and hit my calorie target. I get close most days, but I don’t beat myself up if I’m over.

All of this leads to… I’M GOING TO RUN A 50K IN MARCH 2021!

I’ve decided to forget the road marathon and jump right to a trail ultra. I’ve already picked the race, and it’s a park I run and hike fairly regularly. I can practice the trails while building my distance. I also plan a “warm-up” 20-mile race in January 2021 at my favorite park I go to almost weekly. I am so stoked for 2021!

What are your fitness and/or health goals for 2020?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.