Race Roundup (SF/Wine Country)

I wanted to give you all an upcoming race roundup! All of the below runs are located in the San Francisco / Wine country area- a few of which I’m training for at the moment. I’ve taken quite the break from running, but recently signed up for the Nike Half here in San Francisco…and you know what that means: I’m in race mode and want to sign up for more! Running is the best addiction. 😉 So here’s the roundup in no particular order:

Full Marathon

Napa Wine Country Marathon

When: October 24, 2015 (They also have a half & 10k!)

Half Marathon

Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

When: April 3, 2016 Where: San Francisco.  (I heard this series is awesome! Definitely on my sign up list)

Napa Half Marathon & 5K

When: September 27, 2015 Where: Napa CA

Tiburon Half Marathon

When: October 4, 2015 Where: Tiburon CA

Nike Women’s Half

When: October 18, 2015 Where: San Francisco (My FAVE race of all time!! I’ve ran the past 4 years and cant wait to run again this year!)

Napa Wine Country Marathon

When: October 24, 2015 Where: Calistoga CA

Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon

When: October 31, 2015 Where: Healdsburg CA (Destination Races event- they put on great events)

Golden Gate Half Marathon

When: November 8. 2015 Where: San Francisco CA

5k / Fun Run

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

When: January 10, 2016 Where: San Francisco CA (I had friends run last year and cant wait to run this year! You even get hot chocolate at the end…)

FroYo Run

When: September 6, 2015 Where: San Francisco (Super excited to run this with my Mom coming up!) They are offering a $5 off coupon code here!

This is a training schedule that I created awhile back. Hopefully this can help you ladies training for your first half! (CT=cross training)

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(Also found here. Full marathon training schedule that I’ve used found here.)

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I posted this on my instagram this weekend- a view from my first long training run at the Golden Gate Bridge! Let the running commence. 🙂

Are any of these races on your list? Do you have any to add? Share below!

xo, Jenna

Workout Round-Up (Vacation Prep)

Happy Monday! I wanted to share the last of my workouts from last week. Finished with some legs, abs and nice long run. I was kind of all over the place- most of the time I plan out my workouts but since I was trying to get as much in as possible I ended up just going with the flow and training whatever I was feeling at the time.

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(While everyone’s at Outside Lands, I’m over here like…. #vacationprep #gymtomyself 😉 )

WORKOUT OF THE DAY- (Friday) Legs & Abs

Circuit #1: 12 reps, repeat 3 times

Barbell lunges

Barbell squats

Box Jumps

Circuit #2: 10 reps, repeat 3 times

Leg press

Split squat with dumbells

Single leg deadlift

AB CIRCUIT*** my fave! (15 reps each, repeat 3 times- try not to stop in between sets)

Weighted crunches

Russian twist with weight

Scissor kick

Elbow to knee (or bicycle crunch)

Plank (30 seconds)

WORKOUT OF THE DAY: (Saturday) run run run 6 miles!

We are off to Mexico tomorrow!! I’ll be sure to share some pics on my instagram this week so be sure to follow me on there @jennapardini. Have a great week!

xo, Jenna

Vacation Prep Countdown Continues

Vacation prep is in full swing and today is back day! Does anyone else feel strange taking pictures at the gym? I just cant do it- kind of awkward! Home selfie’s on my teeny mirror will have to do for now. 🙂

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WORKOUT OF THE DAY: Thursday (HIIT & Back)

HIIT (high intensity interval training) on the treadmill:

Sprint 1 min, rest 30 seconds, run steady pace 1 min and repeat  (10 mins total)

Circuit #1: 12 reps, repeat 3 times

Bent over barbell row Hyper extension (back extensions)

1 arm Dumbell row on bench

Chin Ups

HIIT- 10 mins (same as above)

Circuit #2: 12 reps, repeat 3 times

Pull down machine

Seated cable pull row (machine)

Chin up

HIIT- 10 mins (same as above)

I had a small bout of discouragement yesterday because my body is not changing as quickly as I’d like. These workouts I’ve been doing are far more intense then what I would do on a regular basis, so it’s hard to bust your butt and not see results the next day. I keep reminding myself to be patient and that change takes time. This is a marathon not a sprint, although I hope to see results soon! My meal planning has been on point, but I will continue to focus the next few days and be happy with my results whatever they may be.

Do you suffer from discouragement and not reaching your goals as quickly as you’d like?

xo, Jenna

Workout of the Day + Nike Zoom Pegasus Review

Another day, another workout! Now I am less then a week away from Mexico and find myself getting more and more motivated to look great in a bikini. Today was a triceps and shoulders day for me, no cardio although I did warm up 5 mins on the elliptical. Here is what the workout looked like:

Wednesday (Triceps & Shoulders)

Circuit #1: 15 reps, repeat 3 times

Triceps dumbbell kickbacks (15 each arm)

Overhead tricep extension

Bench dips

Circuit #2: 10 reps, repeat 3 times

Tricep push down on cables

Tricep overhead extensions on cables (with rope)

One arm dumbell tricep extension

Circuit #3: 10 reps, repeat 3 times

Alternating deltoid raise

Upright row with barbell

One arm side lateral raise

This may sound like I am speaking a foreign language, but we all start somewhere so if you don’t know what these exercises look like you are not alone! I would suggest looking up on bodybuilding.com where they have a whole library of these exercises and pictures. Each day we make progress and each day it gets easier!

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I also wanted to give a quick review on my new Nike Zoom Pegasus 31 because these are the absolute best Nike shoes I have ever owned! I usually wear my Flyknit Racers, but those have barely any support and have felt some uncomfortable pain in my knees after long runs. I have an extremely narrow and flat foot so it’s hard to find running shoes that are comfortable and tight on my long feet, but I’ve finally found them!

Why I love Nike Zoom Pegasus (without getting too shoe techy):

  • Cushion and responsiveness is incredible! This shoe is firmer in the heel and forefoot and supports my foot like no other shoe has before.
  • Both for heavier runners and beginners. I wear them on a long run and also days at the gym- very versatile.
  • Great looking- because why would I buy an ugly running shoe 😉

Flynknit Racers are now my errand running shoes, and these new Zoom Pegasus 31’s are my ultimate workout shoes. I’ve finally found my shoe match. yay!

What’s your favorite running shoe?

xo, Jenna

A Workout A Day

Let’s talk vacation prep! I know you ladies like to get in shape before your summer vacay right? I especially hope you’re not crash dieting the week before but giving yourself some time to prep a few weeks in advance if not months depending on your goals. I’ve been pretty consistent lately, but I’m heading to Mexico a week from today which means time to buckle down on training and diet! I certainly don’t expect to become ripped or loose 10 pounds in a week but certainly hope to tighten up a bit before spending a week on the beaches of Cancun. I feel like this is the right time to share my knowledge with you all, especially as I get more serious this coming week. I get a lot of questions about how to prep for vacations so hopefully this is helpful to you if you have something coming up or just want to get fit for YOU!

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Here are my workouts so far this week for you to try (ps- I’m loving circuit training!)

Monday (biceps and cardio):

Run on treadmill 10 mins (fast pace)

Circuit #1: 15 reps (each arm), repeat 4 times

Dumbbell bicep curls

Alternating hammer curls

Concentration curls

Run 10 mins (fast pace)

Circuit #2: 15 reps (each arm), repeat 4 times

Barbell bicep curl

Barbell bicep curl with alternating focus on top half of arm, then bottom half of arm

Reverse barbell curl

Run 10 mins (fast pace)

Cable hammer curls with rope 10×3

Preacher curls 10×3

Stretch!

Tuesday (Legs and Glutes):

Run to the gym (2 miles)

Circuit #1: 20 reps, repeat 3 times

Lunges with dumbbell weights (rotating legs)

Reverse lunge with dumbbell weight (rotating legs)

Deadlift with dumbells

Circuit #2: Repeat 3 times

Cable machine glute kickbacks -10 reps each leg

Side leg raises on cable machine- 10 reps each leg

Squats no weights- 20 reps

Leg press 4×10

Leg curl machine 4×10 (last set to failure)

(Jumping lunges in between sets)

Stretch!

I’m already seeing a huge change in my physique just from a few days of pushing a little bit harder! A lot of this has to do with nutrition as well. I’ve been fueling with lots of protein and really loving a green juice for breakfast. More workouts to come for the rest of the week! Let me know what you guys think!

xo, Jenna