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

Still Feeling the Colorado Love

Thursday:

I was up way too early.  This seemed fitting.
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Two things were wrong with this picture…
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We had an awesome group for the Brentwood Breakfast Club run!!!!
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I think everyone was happy because of the upcoming long weekend for the 4th of July!
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I was super excited to wear my new Colorado tank!  We had the best trip!!
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Jason sent me the prettiest flower from Garden Delights.  🙂
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I made another Pitaya (dragonfruit) bowl.  I am addicted!
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Corrie sent me this pic…yet another reason why we’re friends!
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Our Dirtbags trail mixer was cancelled because of storms, so we decided to take an Orange Theory Fitness class.  It kicked my arse (11% incline at 9mph!!!), but I had a blast!
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I met Jason for a dinner of avocado rolls and tofu.
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And came home to a fun mail day!
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Friday:
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I went to the gym and ran 9 miles at 8:41 pace followed by crepes and coffee at the Perch.  BIG CONGRATS to the Nolensville Running Club for their awesome Nashville Scene cover photo!!!!
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I picked up a smoothie for lunch…love this!
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A little more Colorado love…How awesome is this Rocky Mountain necklace?!!!
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I visited the Little Gourmand.  It’s the cutest French market…aka heaven for me!
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Jason and I tried out the new “cool kids” coffee shop in Germantown…Steadfast Coffee.  I loved their homemade almond milk!
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Loved this post from Amber Dodzweit!!!  Substance over superficial!!!
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Cocogo is having a July 4th Sale!  Save 20% + an additional 10% off with discount code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps)!
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Charlotte update:  Thanks to everyone for your kind words and prayers!!  Charlotte has been suffering from facial paralysis.  She had an MRI this week and we discovered that she has an inner ear disorder that has caused fluid build-up and nerve damage.  We can’t correct the paralysis, but we can drain the fluid and prevent any further damage.  It’s great news!!
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Any exciting 4th of July plans?

Who’s racing this weekend or running long?  I start training for NYC marathon this weekend!

Do you love smoothie bowls?  Acai bowls?  What are your favorite toppings?

Corrie’s 30 and My Race Goals

This seemed like an appropriate Friday post on my Instagram!
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I met up with the birthday girl for a 3.0 mile shakeout run to kickoff her 30th birthday!
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We joined our husbands for breakfast at Syrup.  I had the creme brûlée oatmeal with berries…yum!
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Denver has the second largest REI and it was within walking distance of our hotel.  We had to visit!
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I had a sweet tooth so we stopped by Milkbox.  I had the most delicious vegan rocky road ice cream!
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Then we just chilled in the room for the afternoon.  A) We needed to rest a little for Saturday’s race.  B) The altitude has left me feeling really nauseous.

The rest of our crew made it into town and we all got together for dinner!!  I love these friends so much and I’m so excited to have this adventure with them!
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Eat all of the carbs.
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We have a 1 hour drive to Pine, Colorado in the morning, so I made sure to lay everything out the night before.  Basically it’s lots of Cocogo, Picky Bars, Gu, Banana bread for breakfast, extra Swiftwick socks, Garmin 620, and dry clothes for the finish.  I’m only doing one drop bag, but I get the chance to use it twice on the course.
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Race outfit:
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My Goals for the North Fork 50k:

  • Stick with Corrie for her first ultra.  She chose this race to celebrate her birthday and run her first 50k.  It’s all about her!
  • Run my first race at altitude.  I’ve always struggled with altitude sickness during ski trips.  Running a 50k should be a challenge, but I’m excited to see how it goes.
  • No vomiting during the race.  Anyone that has suffered from altitude sickness knows this struggle.
  • Enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
  • Have fun!!
  • Our group has agreed to not set a finish time goal.  It’s all about the adventure with friends!

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Are you racing or running long this weekend?  Share!

Do you take advantage of mid-race drop bags or do you carry everything with you? 

Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday:

This seemed like an appropriate Instagram post as I was heading out to the trails for a 5 hour long run!
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I made sure to lay every thing out the night before.  Pre-run was 1 cup of coffee and half a Picky Bar.  During my run, I ended up drinking around 50oz of water with Cocogo (Discount code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps), 3 Gu’s, and half a Picky Bar during my run.  My goal was 100 calories per hour.
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It takes a village!  We picked up and dropped off friends throughout the 5 hour run.  I am so grateful for the awesome company.  It was super hot and humid, but we had a great run and the time flew by.  4,000ft gain!
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After a much needed shower, I put on compression sleeves and drank my favorite Svelte protein shake.
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And had the prettiest bowl of steel cut oats for breakfast…aka lunch because it was so late when we finished running.
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It happened to be National Rose Day!
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We stopped by the wine store and ended up leaving with a case.
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I wanted a sweet treat, so I got a cup of froyo from Sweet Cece’s…piled high with cookie dough.
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I totally understand why folks love their fitness trackers.  It is so much fun to see my numbers before I go to bed at night.  Now that I’m tapering, I won’t see these numbers again for another two weeks.
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Sunday:

I woke up feeling surprisingly good after my long run, so I headed to the gym.  An empty gym is such a luxury!!
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I met Jason for a breakfast of fruit, oatmeal, and coffee (of course)!
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And we hiked at Radnor Lake together.  🙂
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How sweet are these turtles?!
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My shirt du jour pretty much sums it up!
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I am in love with acai bowls and Daily Juice just added one to their menu!
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My version of Sunday meal prep is stocking up on lots of fruit at Whole Foods.
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The latest Batch Box came in the mail and included the cutest summertime cookies…ALMOST too pretty to eat!
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As a fundraiser, our local high school puts a flag in our yard for patriotic holidays.  Sunday was Flag Day in the US…so pretty!
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Peak and Pit of your weekend?  Peak: Having an awesome long run with Corrie and so many wonderful friends! Pit: Post-froyo bellyache.  (I might have to call it FroNo for a while.)

What do you drink or wear to speed up your recovery?  I like tart cherry juice, Svelte, and compression sleeves.  Oh, and lots of foam rolling.

Who watched Orange is the New Black this weekend?  I didn’t get to watch any of it this weekend.  I will remedy that this week.

Did you race or long run this weekend?  Share!!

Happy Monday and #choosejoy!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Franklin Half Marathon

Saturday:
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The Franklin Half Marathon (that’s actually run in Leiper’s Fork)

It was a steamy morning with lots of fog.  This is the parking field.
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It’s a local race and so fun to meet up with my friends!
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This definitely wasn’t a “goal” race for me and I used it as part of my training for the North Fork 50 later this month.  There was a little congestion at the start and it quickly thinned out.
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This course is notoriously hot and hilly.  Every year I wonder why we run it!  I was soaked in sweat by the finish.
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Temperature when I finished!
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Stats:
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I think the 666 elevation gain is a sign!
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I’m super proud of our group!!!!
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Nutrition:

  • Coffee and a Picky Bar at home.
  • Cocogo in my handheld during the race. Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps) for 10% off
  • 1 Gu at mile 8

Pros:

  • It’s a local race with lots of friends!
  • It’s close to home, 2,000 runners, and logistically very easy.
  • Water-Bags on the course.
  • Encouraging and cheerful volunteers
  • Peach Truck Peaches at the finish line!

Cons:

  • It’s hot and hilly.  Seriously, did I mention that it’s hot and hilly?
  • Because of the heat, they ran out of water at finish.
  • The porta potty lines were super long and folks resorted to peeing in the fields.
  • No towels or napkins at the finish.

That afternoon, I was a bum.  I made a big misto and watched McFarland (loved it)!
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And ate entirely too many tortilla chips at dinner, because…salt!  Warm restaurant chips are heaven in a basket.
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Sunday:
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My ultra training called for back-to-back runs, so I met Corrie and CB at Percy Warner for a trail run!
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It was another hot one and I inhaled a big bowl of mango at home.
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Before our dinner reservation, we stopped to visit with sweet friends.  It’s always fun to see runners in “real clothes!” (Plus a photobomb by Mr. Huffman!)
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And lastly a (blurry) toast to the end of full weekend…cheers!
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Peak and Pit of your weekend?  Peak: After being out of town, I was so excited to catch-up with friends!  Pit: The heat kicked my arse!

Mangos: yay or nay?  I keep trying to love them, but they’re not my favorite.

Have you used the Water-Bags during a race?  Do you like them? I like them because it’s easier to drink and run at the same time AND I would use the bag on my neck to cool off.

Share your race or long run from the weekend?

#choosejoy

Three Day Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday:
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Pre-run coffee in my Boston mug.
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On Friday, I ran a 4 hour trail run.  Saturday, I joined Jason and ran a little over 2 hours to practice running on tired legs.  I don’t focus on pace when I trail run, but I’ve had quite a few folks ask about it.  I’m definitely a lot slower on the trails!
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When I got home, I made a dateorade.  It’s creamy, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon goodness!  It’s also vegan and raw!
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I was craving salt, so we headed to Chuy’s for lunch.  I promise there’s a salad in that bowl!
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Sunday:
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First person in an empty gym and a recovery run on the treadmill…
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Yes, I was listening to T Swift!
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I followed the gym with breakfast with Jason.  I definitely have a healthy appetite….fruit, oatmeal, green juice, and coffee!
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And we headed to Smith Park for a little more trail time.  It was a gorgeous day and we wanted to spend as much time outside as we could!
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I picked up my first Go Pro!  I have no idea how to use it yet, but I’m excited to learn.
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To get some more outside time, we had dinner on the Burger Up patio.  Sunday Funday!
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Monday: Memorial Day

Click HERE to read 10 Facts About Memorial Day!

We woke up to ominous skies and headed to Percy Warner Park to get our run in as fast as possible.  We finished just in time!
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After a full weekend of running, I made sure to drink Tart Cherry Juice for recovery.
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Now, I feel just like Caroline!
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Who has a GoPro?  Do you like it?  Share your tips!!

Dates…yay or nay?  They’re like candy for me!

What’s your favorite song to workout to right now?

Share your peak and pit from the weekend?  Peak: Having a low-key weekend at home with Jason.  Pit: The rainy Memorial Day weather.

#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