I ended September with a big adventure.

If you listen to my podcast, you already heard the story. Haven’t listened yet? Head over here.

But the basic rundown is, I headed out for a 15k trail run which turned into an almost 14.5 mile hike through sand. Think like loose beach sand. It took me almost 5 hours. It was an average of 96 degrees while I was out there. Would not recommend.

I ended September with 58 miles running and a handful of hiking miles. I completed three trails for my Every Damn Trail project. Not as much as I had hoped, but a good start with all the air quality issues. After Saturdays adventure, I have to rethink my attack plan. I don’t want to go back to that area, but there’s still two trails over there I need to do. I can get them from the main park entrance, but it makes for some longer runs. Definitely saving them for November and December when it’s cooler out!

I finished my 12 week weight training program (in August?) but haven’t restarted it yet. It’s been a struggle. I keep planning to start it, but then something comes up and I skip it. Maybe October will be my month to start lifting again! I need it!

I also have gotten off my food tracking. It’s another area I need to get back into doing. It’s so simple and easy. I just don’t do it. Another habit to get back into for the month.

October will be my start fresh month apparently.

I’m doing the Javelina Jallucinations with Aravaipa Running. It’s a challenge to run 100 (or more) miles from 9/28 – 11/1. Each week will have fun challenges and chances to win prizes. I love these challenges! I almost like them more than races. It’s a lot of fun to challenge myself to different things rather than just train for a half marathon or whatever.


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.