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

Weekend Wrap-Up

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!
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I’m pacing a fall marathon training group for Fleet Feet.  If you’re in the area, you should sign up to train with us!!  We had a really fun group for this week’s 12 miler!!
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This was also Day 1 of my NYC Marathon training!
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It was a super hot and humid run.  I looked like I had jumped in a pool, so this cold kiwi didn’t stand a chance when I got home!
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Nothing says America, like tex-mex for lunch!
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Jason and I went to downtown Franklin for their 4th of July festival.
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And, we picked up a coffee and the greatest homemade oatmeal cream pie from Honest Coffee!!!
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Sadly, we had big storms all night.  The local fireworks and grill-outs were cancelled.  We decided to go to Sunflower Cafe and I’m so glad we did.  Their vegan BBQ sliders were the bomb!
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Sunday:
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I had the gym to myself for a surprisingly good treadmill run.  My legs are still heavy from the North Fork 50 last weekend, so I stopped at 8 miles.  I’m not 100%, but grateful that my body has bounced back pretty quickly.
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I met Jason at First Watch for a fruit and oats breakfast.
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After rave reviews, I broke down and bought a Yeti mug.  Apparently they’re the greatest mug ever.  I’m curious to give it a try!
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Kindness is magic…so is coffee.
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The sun finally peaked out.  I got to enjoy our front porch while the patriotic swags were still up.
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We had dinner on the Burger Up patio…salad with a quinoa patty and rose to drink.  Perfect!
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How was your 4th?  Did anyone else have to cancel plans because of the rain?

Do you have any Yeti products?  Thoughts?

Are you running a fall marathon?  NYC?

Peak and Pit from the weekend?  Peak: A nice, low-key weekend!  Pit:  The rainy weather.

#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?

Time Trials Are Fun & June Miles

Monday:  

We had to be at the Denver airport to fly home by 4am.   This pic sums it up.
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Speaking of the airport, I posted a crazy mural from their baggage claim HERE.  You guys directed me to some super fun conspiracy theories about the Denver airport.  If you love conspiracy theories, you MUST read more about the Denver airport!

I was happy to find my favorite Umpqua Oats for breakfast!  Food and coffee made the early flight a lot better.
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When we got home, we unpacked, picked up a smoothie, and I hit the gym for a recovery run.
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Track Tuesday:  Time trials are fun…said no on ever.

We kicked off the Fleet Feet Summer Speed Sessions with a 1 mile time trial.
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I went into this time trial with zero expectations.  Actually, I was amazed that I even felt up to attempting it.  I ran a 6:29.  Not my fastest time, but I’m super proud considering it was 3 days post-50k.

Also, I knew I was back in TN when I saw the morning humidity…eek!!
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I went to Juice Bar for a Cocoa Banana Smoothie and I had a free one on my account…always a good day when that happens!
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And, then I went for a much needed post-race/time trial sports massage with Robin Frazier at Franklin Massage Center.
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For dinner I made Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower…yum!!!  Recipe coming soon.
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Wednesday:

Woke up to this….married life for the win.
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I posted my North Fork 50 Race Recap!  Click HERE to read it if you haven’t already, or if you just really want to read it again. 😉
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I wanted to do a nice and easy, FLAT run.  My sweet friends obliged and we got together for a great morning run.
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Jenn baked rhubarb bars and brought me a couple.  They were SO good and perfect with a big mug of coffee!!
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Another month is in the books!  I loved this months training for North Fork.  I felt strong, injury free, and really relaxed for every run.

June Miles: 344
YTD: 1,915
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How was your June training?

What’s your next race?  Is it a goal race or a “just for fun” race?  My next race is the Cumberland Plateau Stage Race.  It’s a weekend of trail running with friends and we’re running it for fun.

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?  I used to always get green smoothies, but lately I’ve been on a chocolate kick!

#choosejoy

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? 

Let’s Catch Up & I Need Some Altitude Advice!

Monday:
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I joined friends for 6 miles and added on 3 more solo miles.  I love following @runfoxxirun on Instagram.  Her handstands and cartwheels always make me smile, so these were dedicated to her!

I got a chance to wear my new We Run Social shirt…love it!  Of course I had to include a peace sign for the @pavementrunner!
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We grilled our romaine salad
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and the squash and zucchini from Dave’s garden!! (I’ll post recipes next week.)
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Tuesday:
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Track Tuesday workout:
4.5 mile warmup
5 x 1200m (400m recovery jog)

I skipped the cool down to take Charlotte to the vet.  (Just a little update: We met with a neurologist and she goes back for an MRI next week.  Thank you SO much for all of your sweet words and prayers.)

I made the yummiest Watermelon Chia Chiller…recipe HERE!
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I was out running errands and had to make a deposit at the bank.  I will forever be loyal to my bank because they give out warm cookies!!!!  (It’s completely normal to make financial decisions based on cookies.)
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I worked on my blog from my front porch swing…not a bad “office!”  Yes, it’s 100 degrees outside, but it’s too cold inside because the A/C is constantly running.  (First world problem.)
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For Taco Tuesday…
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we had Chipotle for dinner.
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For dessert, I made a cup of hot chocolate in my new Just Love Coffee mug.  I am loving our new coffee shop!!
Side note: Every time I buy a new mug Jason gives me a hard time.  I hate clutter but I might have developed a mug hoarding problem.
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Wednesday:

I met up with Kate, Jenn, and Corrie for a run through Percy Warner Park.  Ollie, Kate’s pup, joined us, too!!!
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I stopped by the Juice Bar for a smoothie after our run.
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I always get the same green smoothie, but my friend Gail rave’s about the Cocoa Banana.  I tried it today and it was the bomb.com!!!
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I’m about to leave for Denver to run the North Fork 50…eek!!!  I’ve always struggled with altitude sickness, and this will be my first race at such a high altitude.  Everyone’s advice is to hydrate!  Peach infused water has been my jam!
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You know what else is my jam?   Coconut Aminos.  I’ve been subbing it for soy sauce lately and love it!  Jason had a work dinner, so I had a avocado rolls! It has 65% less sodium and just a hint of sweetness.
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Do you have too many coffee mugs?  

Do you get in a rut of ordering the same smoothie, coffee drink, etc…or do you regularly mix it up?

Any advice/tips for racing at a higher altitude?

#choosejoy