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

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?

Oh Baby!

Wednesday:
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I drank the necessary coffee and met up with Corrie and Dave for a trail/road run through Percy Warner Park.
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My sweet pup Charlotte had a vet appointment.  I think she knew where we were going and wasn’t willing to smile for her picture.  I would really appreciate any prayers and good mojo that you could send our way.  She hasn’t been feeling well lately.
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Thursday:

We had a special Brentwood Breakfast Club baby shower run to celebrate Al’s new baby!  His wife actually went into labor the previous Thursday while he was running with us.
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Sappy moment: I am beyond grateful for our run community, friends, tribe.
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We tried a new spot in Brentwood…Just Love Coffee.  We all keep calling it ‘Must’ Love Coffee (Freudian slip)!

When I got home, I baked a double batch of Brown Sugar Biscoff Cookies for the Dirtbag Trail Mixer.  This recipe is a winner and I’ll post it soon!
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I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy before the run, so I made a Pitaya Bowl.  Isn’t it pretty?!
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Fleet Feet had a big turnout for their trail mixer/run!  They host these trail mixers all summer long.  6pm.  Percy Warner Park.  Deep Wells Trailhead.  EVERYONE is welcome!
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Abby is the new big sister from the aforementioned baby shower!  She is also a great trail runner!
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Friday:
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8 mile treadmill run, cheesy #flexfriday pose, and The Perch for breakfast!
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I volunteered for a race packet pickup at Fleet Feet for a couple of hours.  The funny part…it was for a beer run and I don’t even drink beer!

Nashvillians: Fleet Feet is going to host a weekly Beer Run every Tuesday at 6pm in the Gulch with specials on local beers!
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I also found out this week that I’m an ambassador for San Clemente Cookie Dough Co.  I’m a big fan of their dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free Cookie Dough Squeeze pouches!!  Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY for 10% off your order!
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Which fruit are loving right now?  Peaches!

Are you a beer drinker?  Ever done a beer race or fun run?

Do you eat before evening runs?  What works best for you?  I typically run in the morning, so running around dinner time always messes me up.

What do you have planned for the weekend?  Races, long runs, Father’s Day?

Scatterbrained

In the last two days, I’ve baked cookies and forgotten to take them and showed up to work a race packet pickup that isn’t until next week.  I’m blaming my ‘fuzzy’ brain on peak training week for North Fork 50.

Thursday:
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I met up with the Brentwood Breakfast Club for a great run through Sylvan Park.
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And we had breakfast on the Star Bagel Cafe patio.  Al (the man with the arrow) finished breakfast with us and found out that his wife had gone into labor.  Don’t worry.  He picked her up, made it to the hospital and now has another beautiful baby girl!!!!!
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I came home and baked a new Biscoff Cloud Cookie recipe to take to the Dirtbag Trail Run and Mixer.  They turned out great!  Of course, I sampled one.  🙂
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I had a surprise flower delivery from Jason.  Aren’t they lovely?!!
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I was so excited for to see everyone at the trail mixer that I forgot my cookies.  😦

BUT, I had a blast and Jason took the cookies to work.
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Thanks to Jared for this great picture!!  Yes, I had a big smile on my face even though they were taking pictures of our backs (blonde moment).
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I came home to find a bunny on my porch!!!!  I was so excited and took like 50 photos.
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Friday:
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I’ve been tired and needed a relaxed morning.  So…Jason and I slept in a little (ok it was till 5:30, but that’s still later than I usually get up), and we had crepes at The Perch!
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Then, I ran 8 easy paced miles at the gym.

I tried a new-to-me fruit…a Cherimoya.  You just slice it in half and spoon it out.  It’s tasted like a pineapple, apple, and custard had a baby.
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How awesome is this shirt from Run On Organic?
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Tomorrow is the longest long run for this training season…a 5 hour trail run.  I made sure to carb-up!!!
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Ultra runners: Do you run for time or distance when you’re training?

What’s the craziest fruit or veggie you’ve eaten?  I really want to try a durian, but I can’t find them in TN!

Do you feel like you have “mushy” brain during peak mileage weeks?

#choosejoy and Happy Weekend!

Another Trail Run is in the Books!

Thursday:
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Great run with the Brentwood Breakfast Club!
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Yes, her name is Jen too.  Yes, we regularly wear the same clothes to group runs!  This was the second time in two weeks.
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Jason and I are getting ready to head to the beach.  That calls for a pedicure.
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It was National Burger Day, so of course I celebrated with a Veggie Burger for dinner.
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For dessert I heated up a packet of San Clemente Cookie Dough to make a gooey partially baked cookie…so good!
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Friday:
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Because we’re about to head out of town, I moved my long run up a day.  My sweet friends joined me in the woods.  🙂
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It was the hottest, most humid run I’ve had so far this year.  We got to see the coolest owl!!  (Thanks to fellow Dirtbag, Jennifer for taking a great picture!)
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I was definitely a muddy mess by the end.
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I must have lost a lot of salt, because I was craving avocado rolls and stir-fried tofu for dinner.
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What type of wildlife do you typically see on your runs?  What’s the craziest animal you’ve seen on a run?  I usually see deer, chipmunks, squirrels, but rarely do I get to see an owl up close.  Sometimes I see snakes…oh and once we saw two bobcats!

Do you have any summer vacation plans?  Where to?  

Are you racing or running long this weekend?  Share!

Sushi…yay or nay?  What’s your go-to order at a sushi restaurant?  

Happy Weekend and Choose Joy!

Shhh…I Eat Carbs

Thursday:

After celebrating our Anniversary on Wednesday night, Thursday involved a lot of coffee.
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We met up with the Brentwood Breakfast Club for a run and breakfast at Puffy Muffin. (Follow The Brentwood Breakfast Club on Facebook to see our weekly routes!  Everyone is welcome to join us!!)
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We hung our patriotic swags for the Memorial Day weekend!
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Normally, I run a double on Thursdays, but I moved my long run to Friday this week.

Friday:
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First car at the park just after sunrise.
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4 Hour Trail Run.  3,000ft. elevation gain.  I felt great!!!
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With wonderful company from Corrie and Sam!
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Fleet Feet Nashville is having a big Memorial Day weekend SALE!!  I stocked up!
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Check out their $50 shoe table!!
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I ordered two venetian mirrors to go above our nightstands and they arrived…love them!  I wonder how long it will take Jason to hang them? (hint, hint)
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And for dinner, I was craving pasta!
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Lots and lots of carbs!!
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A couple of housekeeping items…

Congratulations to @brivers14 on winning the Garmin Forerunner giveaway on my Instagram Page!
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Cocogo is having a big Memorial Day Sale!!  I use Cocogo in my handheld for long runs and track workouts…love it!  Save an ADDITIONAL 10% when you use code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps) at checkout…30% TOTAL SAVINGS!
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Do you carry a handheld or pack when you run? 

What do you drink during your workout?

What are your Memorial Day plans?

#choosejoy

Let’s Catch Up!

Wednesday:
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Waking up in the wee hours of the morning is a little easier when I get to drink coffee in my Boston mug!
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I met up with Dave and Jen to do a road run through Percy Warner Park.  It was gorgeous!
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And then I headed up the big steps to add a few trail miles.
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Thursday:
This was the sunrise on the way to run with the Brentwood Breakfast Club!
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Love this quote from Lauren Fleshman
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And I wore one of my favorite Oiselle shirts…Head up, Wings out!
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I decided to meet up with Corrie for an evening trail run.  2 runs in 1 day calls for 2 coffees!
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I wore my new St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital visor!
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Friday:
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A little gym workout followed by Daily Juice.
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It’s supposed to be a rainy weekend, so I made sure to enjoy a some outside time with my porch swing. 🙂
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And I stopped by the nursery to buy the cutest dwarf boxwoods!
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And, not to end on a down note, but blues legend BB King passed away.  Just a few weeks ago, I visited his star in LA.
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Long run or race plans this weekend?
Do you enjoy yard work?  Do you have a green thumb?
Do you have a favorite mug?
#ChooseJoy