North Fork Race Photos!

First things first, I got a few more photos from the North Fork 50!!
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These beautiful flowers were all over the course!
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And I teared up AGAIN, when I saw this finish photo with Corrie!!!  Pure JOY!
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Alright…back to real life!

Wednesday:   Muggy morning miles with awesome friends!
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I took my Yeti to the smoothie shop so it wouldn’t melt so quickly.  It’s a thousand degrees in TN.
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My new Hungry Runner Girl tank arrived!!  Caroline and I enjoyed some sunshine on the front porch.
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The hubs is doing a juice cleanse this week.  Fun times in our house…lol!!
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Thursday:

Follow your arrow wherever it points—>
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I’m loving my joy tote from ED by Ellen!
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We had an awesome group for this week’s Brentwood Breakfast Club!
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It wouldn’t be BBC without breakfast.
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Nashville is finally getting on the acai bowl bandwagon…woohoo!  This beauty is from Juice Bar.
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My friend CB gave me a box of the new Skratch Cookie Mix, so I decided to bake cookies for the Fleet Feet Dirtbag Trail Mixer/Run.  The mix is really healthy.
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Of course I added toffee and mini chocolate chips making it a little less healthy.  🙂
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They turned out really well!
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We had a great time!!
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Except for my mosquito bites!
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Friday:
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I hit the gym..10.10 miles on July 10th seemed fun!  Followed by a smoothie. 🙂
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Have you seen the new chocolates at Starbucks?!!  This one is SO good!!!
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Today is the last day to enter my PRO Compression GIVEAWAY on Instagram!  Find this image and follow the directions….it’s super simple!
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Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate…rank from best to worst! Dark, White, Milk

Do mosquitos eat you up?!

Tell me about your pet(s)!! 

#choosejoy

Track and a Pro Compression GIVEAWAY

***This post contains a Pro Compression Giveaway and a discount code to save 40% off your order!!***

Monday:  Fact…we meet to run at 5:30am on Mondays.  Fact…we start and finish at Starbucks.
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I joined friends for 6 miles and added 3 more solo miles.
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I had the yummiest post-run apricot!
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Caroline thought I should be rubbing her belly instead of folding laundry.  She couldn’t be bothered to put her tongue in her mouth for her picture.
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You guys!!!  I made a new chocolate banana nice cream.  It rocks my socks!  I’ll post the recipe soon!!  P.S.  I ate the entire batch and called it dinner.
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I went to Fleet Feet for the Zooma Nashville course reveal run and party!
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I joined these ladies for 3 miles, cupcakes, and champagne!   Use discount code: EMILY15 when you register HERE!!
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I made sure to do my track prep before I went to bed.  Picky Bar, Gu, Cocogo (discount code: JENCHOOSESJOY all caps),and my splits.
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Track Tuesday:
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My workout…(spoiler alert: it kicked my butt)
4 mile warmup
drills
9 x 400m (60 second recovery)  Goal: 1:37  Actual: 1:38, 1:37, 1:37, 1:36, 1:36, 1:37, 1:37, 1:38, 1:34
1 mile cool down
My legs were super heavy.  I could really tell that I ran a 50k 10 days ago.  I managed to hit most of my splits, but it was a LOT harder than it should have been.

I couldn’t wait to shower and put on my Pro Compression socks!!!!  I don’t run in compression socks, but I LOVE them for recovery!  They’re like a hug for tired, sore legs.
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I used to wear compression sleeves for recovery.  Pro Compression helped me to understand why compression socks are the better option for recovery.  Read about it HERE!
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Because Tuesdays are for Tacos!
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We opted for vegan taco salads for dinner.  We even used Tofutti “sour cream” and liked it!!!
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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!! 
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Prize: 1 pair of Marathon Socks or Sleeves of your choice for 1 lucky winner!  Winner will be randomly selected at 11:59pm CST on Saturday July 11.  Giveaway is open to US Residents ONLY.

To Enter: Visit my Instagram.  Follow @JenChoosesJoy and @ProCompression.  Tag 2 friends in my Instagram comments section.

BONUS: Everyone gets to save 40% off Marathon Socks and Sleeves with code PRO15 at ProCompression.com!

This giveaway is sponsored by Pro Compression.  I was given product in exchange for this giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

Anyone else celebrate have tacos for Taco Tuesday?  What are your favorite toppings?  I love beans, corn, mushrooms, and tofu.

Have you tried Tofutti sour cream?  Thoughts?  We’re slowly tried to sub dairy products for vegan alternatives.

Do you run in compression socks or sleeves?  Do you use them for recovery?

#choosejoy

Garmin Giveaway!

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Saturday:
I lay everything out the night before my long run.
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Jason and I met up with Corrie for a 3 hour trail run.
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The rain began right after we started running, and we were soaked the entire time!  We picked up Christi Beth midway through the run.  P.S. I promise I was wearing shorts.  Wet run clothes are not flattering.
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We all wore our Nike Terra Kigers.
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That evening, we had a Fleet Feet Racing Team barbecue!  This fruit salad was my contribution….well…and wine!
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We take ourselves very seriously.  HUGE THANKS to Roy and Dar for hosting a wonderful dinner!!!
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Sunday:
On the way to the gym, I passed this little nugget trying to cross the road.  I stopped and delivered him safely to the other side.  🙂
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I had a nice recovery run…
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and met Jason for breakfast!
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My sweet friend Christi Beth gave me a Boston charm that is the perfect addition to my cross necklace.
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Sometimes you have to treat yo self!
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I ended the day with cupcake perfection…
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to celebrate my Instagram account hitting 5,000 followers!
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AND…to say thank you, I’m giving away a Garmin Forerunner 10!!
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To enter:
Tag 2 of your friends in the comments
Open to US residents ONLY
Winner will be randomly selected Wednesday, May 20th at 11:59pm CST.
That’s it!
Do you run in the rain, reschedule your run, or move to the treadmill?
Are you on Instagram?  Share your account name!!!
What was your Peak and Pit from the weekend?
#choosejoy

Sunday Funday and MantraBand GIVEAWAY

Saturday:
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I headed out to pace my Fleet Feet CMM training group for 18 miles.  Everyone had a strong run and it was even warm enough to wear shorts!!!
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For breakfast after our run, I had a big bowl of steel cut oats, nuts, seeds, and strawberries.
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It was a rainy day and I wanted to walk a bit, so Jason and I went to the mall.  I don’t usually shop at Bath and Body Works, but they had an entire beach scented display that was calling my name.
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They are marketing geniuses!  I wanted 2 lotions, but left with 5 lotions and 2 candles!  The cold dreary weather obviously has me craving a beach vacation.
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Sunday:
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Early morning gym and run with Jason…in shorts and a tank!!!!
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The weather was so lovely that we just had to have dinner on a patio!
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Sunday Funday for the win!
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Just because this makes me happy:)
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GIVEAWAY time!!!  I am a big fan of MantraBands and I’m so excited to give away a CHOOSE JOY bracelet in your choice of silver, gold, or rose gold!
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To enter: Follow me on Instagram (@jenchoosesjoy) and tag 3 of your friends that bring you JOY.  It’s that easy!
Winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, March 22nd.
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Tell me about your weekend running/racing!!
Peak? The warmer weather and Sunday sunshine!
Pit? I’ve been a little warn out and running motivation has been tougher.
Do you shop at Bath and Body Works?  Do you end up buying more than intended?! 
#choosejoy

Orange is the Happiest Color!

Thursday:

Early morning run with the BBC and breakfast after at Whole Foods!
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Throwback Thursday.  LEFT: My first marathon (5ish years ago) RIGHT: 2014 Chicago Marathon
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Coffee, candles, and crystals…such a nice spot to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.  🙂

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I met up with Shyla and Corrie for a super fun Orange Theory Fitness class.

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Dinner with Jason afterwards….avocado rolls and tofu stir-fry.  YUM!
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Friday:
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8 treadmill miles, a little spin bike, and some weights.
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Followed by a green smoothie at Daily Juice!
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Some of the Fleet Feet Race Team got together for a Spring Look Book Photo Shoot.  It was so much fun trying on all of the new Spring clothes!!
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The obligatory Friday night pasta dinner before Saturday’s long run…
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Saturday: Pi Day!!!  (Celebrate accordingly!)
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Not only is my girlfriend Jenn Schott a Boston Qualifying runner, she is a very talented singer/songwriter.  She used her gifts to write a song for Ian Miller (a first grader that has already undergone 3 brain surgeries, chemo, and radiation at St. Jude).  Click the link to hear about his story and hear her song!
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7-year-old St. Jude Cancer Survivor Ian Miller Inspires Song

***Don’t forget to enter to win this medal holder!!  Just click HERE and leave a comment!!!***
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There are so many races going on this weekend! What is your weekend run plan?

What’s your favorite type of pie? Mine is chocolate with lots of meringue!

If you HAD to pick one…Pie, Cake, or Cookies?  Cake for me!

Saladworks GIVEAWAY!

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I am a big fan of Saladworks!  It’s nice to have so many healthy vegetarian and vegan menu options.  A new location just recently opened near me in Franklin, TN.  We eat their regularly, so I was really excited when they asked me to host a gift card giveaway!

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Saladworks is the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, with over 100 locations across the country. Saladworks offers a “fanatically fresh” menu of America’s Best Salads with signature dressings, proprietary soups, and Focaccia Fusion sandwiches. All Saladworks salads are made-to-order, chopped on-location, and assembled right in front of your eyes.

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You can order from their salad menu or build your own.  I opted to create my own and made my version of a taco salad.

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I paired it with their veggie chili.  I’m also a big fan of their butternut squash soup as well.  Soups vary by location and change daily.  Click HERE to see the full soup menu.

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Your order comes with your choice of a white or wheat roll.  And if you have a sweet tooth, they have cookies, too!

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I received product to try from Saladworks in exchange for a review.  However, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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GIVEAWAY: $50 Saladworks Gift Card!

One entry per person.  Limited to Kentucky and Tennessee Locations.  Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, March 9th! 

To enter: simply leave a comment telling me your favorite salad toppings!  If you don’t like salad, what’s your favorite type of soup?