Live, Love, Run

Last night was the kickoff event for the j&a running ambassadors!  I have been running j&a races for years and have written about them on the the blog many times before (enter j&a in my search bar). There is nothing like a j&a race. The swag, the race courses, and the medals are the best!!! These events are always a MUST for me to sign up for. So it was no surprise when I first came across the opportunity for the ambassadorship a couple months ago, I knew I had to apply. I am honored and thrilled to get to work with and represent such an outstanding organization. My love of fitness has been an integral part of my life and I have developed a passion for sharing it with others.  It was amazing to be in a room tonight with 25 other people who share my common goal. All of the ambassadors are very different. We all have different backgrounds and stories. We all have different levels of running experience. But as I looked around the room and noticed the multiple Garmin watches, it was obvious we all had one thing in common. As diverse a group as we all are, we have a love for running and are excited about our own upcoming fitness goals. One of our common goals together as ambassadors  is to promote healthy living, fitness, and family fun!

We look forward to seeing you at a race soon!

live, love, run


***Ask me about Crawlin Crab 5k, Crawlin Crab 1/2,  Wicked 10k, Shamrock 8k, Shamrock 1/2***


Tuesday Track : Waves, ECSC

This week I thought it was appropriate to give a shout out to the East Coast Surfing Championships happening here in Virginia Beach.  Our Tuesday Track this week is Waves. This song by Blondfire is a must have on your Summer 2013 soundtrack. When I listen to it, I can picture it being the background music for a surfing video. It isn’t a fast tempo, but a steady beat for you to include on a long run or bike ride. Check out the song for yourself here.


Picking you up

Pushing you down,

They’re always around


Just like dream

Silver and green,

We live in between”

Head out to ECSC this week and hopefully see some waves of your own. Here is the event calendar for ECSC.

***Check out the ECSC 8k this Saturday . It is always a fun run! Check out the post from the race last year.  I finished at a time of 45:22. Let’s how how we do this Saturday!


Jim White Fitness Nutritional Overhaul: Week 4 – Sushi and Skinny Jeans

Tropical Stack, Zushi

Tropical Stack, Zushi

No Rice Sushi Roll

No Rice Sushi Roll, Cucumber-Avacado-Salmon MIZUNO

Skinny Jeans

Skinny Jeans

No Rice Sushi

No Rice Sushi

Running the boardwalk

Surfer’s Healing 5k to allow for a Splurge Dinner

Sake at Mizuno

Splurge…Sake and Leche Fruit Martini at Mizuno

I have completed 3 weeks on my JWFNS Meal Plan and 5 more to go. The plan is set for 8 weeks, but I think this way of eating will probably keep going indefinitely. The plan is simple to shop for, easy to maintain, and includes lots of yummy foods. I am learning a lot. Also, I feel like I am eating a lot, which helps me avoid the problem of never letting myself get hungry.

Two weeks ago I shared a sample daily menu with you. Going into this week, Jim helped me make a couple of changes to improve the result even more. My regular nonfat yogurt is getting switched out for Greek yogurt. It is important for me to get enough protein and not as many carbs. Being mindful of this keeps me fuller longer and feel better throughout the day. No bloated belly !!! Another tweak I am making is to amp up the two time a week weight training. In addition to my normal running routine, this upcoming week I will hit up 79PT twice instead of my normal free weight routine here at the house.

JWFNS on Sushi…

I have really been missing sushi and wanted to attempt eating out at one of my favorite sushi places, Zushi Japanese Bistro at Virginia Beach Town Center. I emailed Jim White and asked his thoughts on what to order at a sushi restaurant. Within minutes, he had replied with several wonderful recommendations. It turns out, I can have the sushi with some slight modifications and still enjoy it…even without the rice! He recommends staying away from white rice and opt for the brown rice sushi. A lot of local sushi bars are offering this option. Harris Teeter even has it available in the case. If you are counting calories, keep in mind that a roll with 4 pieces has roughly 200 calories. Also, Jim gave a thumbs up to my request for seaweed salad! I was excited to hear that, as this is one of my favorites. Seaweed salad can be high in sodium, so be aware of how much you eat. But there are several benefits to eating this slimy side dish 🙂 In an article on Fox News from earlier last year, it states that seaweed salad is high in vitamins A,C, E, K and B. Zushi, doesn’t offer a brown rice option in their bowls or rolls. Normally I order the Volcano bowl which is filled with raw tuna and salmon, some pickled vegetables, seaweed salad, and topped over sushi rice. I swapped that for the Tropical Stack and a side order of Seaweed Salad. DELISH!!! Might be a new fav! The Tropical stack is comprised of tuna, lobster, avocado, and mango. I left feeling just full enough for lunch and completely satisfied. I didn’t need much, if any, of that salty soy sauce either. Another great sushi restaurant in VB is Mizuno. They offer a variety of no-rice options as well. There is even a place on the menu that features a few “No Rice” rolls. If you go there for dinner, listen to the specials. There are usually some awesome options for you to chose from in that as well. Like the “Japanese Salad” with radish root and tuna. Water and green tea are good options to accompany the meal. If you chose to splurge on Sake, remember that it contains even higher alcohol content than most wine. Sake also contains approximately 156 calories in a 4oz serving! YIKES!!! Sake and Sushi, like anything should be consumed in MODERATION!

Results and Take Aways:

Weight 118, down from 119-down from 121

I received a compliment from a personal trainer friend this past week. That really made my day, especially since this person is in the industry and can appreciate a healthy body 🙂

Feeling inspired by the weight loss, I chopped my hair as well, channeling my inner Julianne Hough! On a side note, I think having the right haircut to frame your face can make you appear thinner 🙂

Julianne Hough Hair

Julianne Hough Hair

I will be having measurements taken again this coming week. I do think I have lost some inches around my hips and booty though. I was able to rock my “skinny jeans” over the weekend comfortably! I have referred to these jeans over the past few years as my “marathon jeans” because every time I train and eat right consistently, I am able to fit into them. Go figure 🙂

Get your Skinny On


Surfer’s Healing 2013 – Aloha VB

The Surfer’s Healing Virginia Beach event is one of my favorite events of the summer. There isn’t a lot of glitz and glam. But the meaning behind it and what they accomplish every year amazes me. Surfer’s Healing is an organization that was founded by a couple who had a child that was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. This presented many challenges for them and their child. He frequently suffered from sensory overload and the ocean seemed to be the one place he could find some peace.

Virginia Beach has hosted a Surfer’s Healing event for 7 years. They partner up with Team Hoyt Virginia Beach and give this kids a wonderful day of surf, something that many thought could never be possible.

The weather today was high 70’s, with 90% humidty with dark rain clouds. The morning started rainy and gloomy. I think the clouds deterred many runners from coming out. On my damp bike ride down to 5th street early this morning, I was one of few heading down to the run. As I approached I noticed the crowd of red Team Hoyt folks. Nothing can keep those guys away. A little rain never hurt anyone. Them and the surfers were determined to give those kids a good time. Right before the 8:00 start time, the rain stopped. What a blessing. With less runners than normal, it was an easy start to get out ahead. The quick 5k out and back along the boardwalk rewarded us by allowing the wind to push us on the way back. I didn’t time myself on this run. Just settled in at a tempo speed pacing off a friend in front of me who I knew was faster. I finished with a 27:12 chip time, with an 8:46 pace.  Sub 9’s for me these days is WINNING! I will take that 🙂

After the run, I headed down near the water to watch the event I came to see. There were professional surfers in from all over the US. California, North Carolina, Hawaii, and New York. The pros would take the children into the water and actually surf them into the shore on their boards. They began the event with the Hawaiian Surfer’s prayer. This prayer is meant to keep surfers safe in the water and it offers a message of hope and strength for the children and the families. This prayer was well received as the red flags were up. The event went great. Smiles and tears from children and parents could be seen through the crowd 🙂

I am glad I chanced the clouds. It didn’t rain the entire morning, allowing Surfer’s Healing VB to have an awesome event.



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Headphones + Armband or Belt

This post is dedicated to all you music buffs out there. I love running with my music, especially when I need that extra motivation. I remember how excited I was when I discovered the company AURIA at the Shamrock Expo 2 years ago. I wrote about these headphones once before. I want to tell you again why I love them so much. I was reminded Wednesday night as I completed a tempo run with some of my favorite music. I love the AURIA headphone capabilities. AURIA headphones are unique. They can do anything from pause, repeat, skip, and even volume control. All of these functionalities can be done from the convenient toggle switch on the cord. What this means for the runner is not stopping and starting on workouts. No reaching around the iPod or iPhone. You can start your workout with a preset playlist. If a song comes on that you don’t want to hear, you can bypass it. Or if it is an awesome power song, you can replay it again with a tap, tap, tap of the switch. In addition to the headphones, I want to know what you chose to carry your iPhone in. Do you prefer an arm band or belt? For running shorter distances, I have been rocking the AURIA armband. On my longer double digit runs I have been using the recently launched AURIA music belt. There is enough storage in the belt for all of my necessities. The belt isn’t bulky and it doesn’t ride up like other belts I have used before. There is a pouch for my phone and for my gels or jelly beans. I have a water bottle I bought from my local running store and it conveniently can hook onto the belt. There is also a place on the belt to hold your race number. I will be wearing the AURIA belt during the upcoming Rock n Roll 1/2 in Virginia Beach. Be sure to stop by and visit Dave with AURIA at the Rock n Roll Expo to stock up on your headphones and gear. Rock on with your music and the tell me do you prefer band or belt? Jess

Tuesday Track: Luke Bryan

Every Tuesday I select a track that I can’t seem to get out of my head or my stereo. This week it is not different. It just so happens that today is the release date for Luke Bryan’s new album, Crash My Party, and I just had to mark this occasion on this week’s Tuesday Track! I couldn’t pick just one song to feature this week, so I am plugging the entire album. In case you missed the Luke Bryan CMT Takeover weekend, here are some of the new songs on the album.

My favs:

1. Crash My Party

2. That’s My Kind Of Night (this song will definitely be making it’s way to my Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon playlist)

3. I See You

4. Out Like That

If you like country music, you already know who Luke Bryan is and are sure to love his new album. If you aren’t a country fan yet, I suggest checking out this album soon. These songs are sure to be filling the airwaves and speakers for the next few weeks and you will want to know what everyone is listening to.

These songs make me want to climb into a big truck and head down a dirt road somewhere not to be found 😉 Wink wink !



JWFNS Week 3, Preparation and Convenience

I am heading into the third week of my nutritional overhaul with Jim White Fitness.  Since meeting with Jim a few weeks ago, I really have had my eyes opened to a few things in regards to eating. I am much more aware of what my body actually needs from a nutritional standpoint.  My body is responding positively by eating the right ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats.

A quick apology now to any of my friends who have been forced to listen to me on my nutritional soapbox, but I am so excited to share this new knowledge with you. Most of you know that if you get me talking about this “fitness and nutrition stuff” I can go on forever.

I have noticed a major shift in my behavior over these past few weeks. I have been in the habit of packing my lunch during the work week. Lately my purse has been filled with healthy snacks such as almonds, fruit, or a string cheese. I am so much more successful with my choices when I have it planned out and don’t have to think about it.

There are a few take ways for the week.

1. Change your definition of convenience.  Be prepared with healthy snacks in your purse, car, or desk. You will be more likely to look froward to one of these snacks and reach for one of those as opposed to a vending machine or a stop at a convenience store.

2. Fill your fridge with healthy foods to eat off of all week. Chicken, fish, vegetables, and bottles of water are staples in mine these days. Make your own salad dressing from lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar.

3. Allow for the OCCASIONAL splurge. I needed a froyo fix midweek and had to make a stop at our neighborhood frozen yogurt joint. Don’t go overboard, but indulge in a 1/2 cup of fro yo and fresh fruit topping…and maybe a small amount of a fun topping 🙂 At Tini’s on Shore Drive, ask for the Jim White Special !

4. When eating out on the weekends, you can make good choices. Choose a protein and veggies. You can always opt for a salad topped with chicken or shrimp. Being in Virginia Beach, most restaurants have lean pieces of fish on special with seasonal summer vegetables. Ditch the sauces and creams. Eat lighter to be lighter!

Jim White has partnered up with several restaurants in Virginia Beach. See the full list here to find a restaurant in your neighborhood.

Stats: Holding Strong at 119 lbs

Prepare for the week and call JWF to schedule your nutritional consultation TODAY!