Looking back I wish I had kept a spreadsheet with my weigh-ins/measurements. I track it on My Fitness Pal but there is no easy way to look back and see how far you’ve come. I might make this a little project and try to determine my weight/measurements from the beginning and input them in a spreadsheet. I feel I could see progress and patterns better. If someone asked me for advice, I would tell them to do this.

I have been busy in the running world. On March 2nd, I got a new 5K PR. I participates in the Run for Ryan House and am considering doing it again next year. I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the race (parking was a HUGE issue – I walked 2 miles to the race & back) but the cause is such a great one. Only by a second but I will take it. I honestly thought I’d have a much worse time. I walked a bit, there were hills and I had to stop at water stations. There were also no corrals and at the start I got stuck behind many walkers who did not practice good race etiquette  They walked 3-4 abroad and did not stay, or even move, to the right. I take this as an even bigger victory than a one second better time because I was slowed down throughout the course just means I ran faster overall!

On Saturday I participated in the Kiss Me I’m Irish 8K and I plan to do this one next year but aim for the 17K. I liked the course. I liked that it was close to me so I got to sleep in a tad. I liked that I got a new PR. I liked that my friend participated and I had someone to talk to before and after instead of wandering aimless and entertaining myself.

Annnnd… I finally got some good pics of me running! Here is the ones from Saturday (by Zazoosh Photography)


Kiss Me 1Kiss Me 2
In the second pic you can tell I am really moving… Look at that pony tail fly!

Up next on the run front is another 8K on 4/13. It is the K’s for Kids then I have a 4.2 mile race on 4/20 (Pat’s Run). And I don’t know what else. I want to keep building my miles. I have a half planned for November!

In other fitness related news: I walked a 3K on Sunday for Make a Wish and then climbed 3/4 of Camelback. I say 3/4 because we were forced to turn around before we got to the more “rock climbing” up the last hump. I learned an important lesson. Always check your gear, especially if you haven’t used it in a while. You see, my hiking boots fell apart. Literally  The bottom rubber came off. I got the minimalist experience without really wanting it. 😉 There was enough cushion to get down without the bottom of the soles but I felt like the biggest idiot. We are going to attempt in 2 weeks and so I need to find some new shoes in that time.

Also planning to do another short walk on 3/23. This one for MDA. I am all for working out and supporting a good cause!

Tell Me: What have you done lately to stay active? Do, or would, you do walks and runs just to support the cause? Have you ever had a gear issue that has impacted your workout or made you feel like a dumbass? If so, tell me about it. We can all commiserate together. 


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.