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: 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

Amputee Blade Runners

Monday:
Monday’s are tough.
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I met up with friends for some Monday morning miles…
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and did some strides after.  I wore my new Saucony Kinvara 6’s and really liked them!
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I’m definitely a numbers nerd…love this!
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Monday evening, Fleet Feet hosted the Amputee Blade Runners.  Fleet Feet Nashville gives each blade runner their first pair of shoes when they first get their new running blade.  Just another reason why I love Fleet Feet!
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Running prosthetics are NOT covered by insurances and considered “not medically necessary” so our organization helps amputees keep an active lifestyle.
The Goal of Amputee Blade Runners is to provide a running prosthesis to one amputee athlete in all 50 states by 2016.
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Track Tuesday!
I was excited to wear my new Amputee Blade Runner’s visor!
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Thanks to recommendations from JCJ readers, I tried the Chocolate Honey Stinger gel.  Oh my gosh…it rocks!!
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Track workout:  After a bunch of spring races, we wanted to ease back into speed work.
3.5 mile warm-up
8x400m at 5k pace (400m recovery jog)
1 mile cool down
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I recently started training for the North Fork 50k, so I headed out to the trails for a few “runch” miles.  Everything was so beautiful and green!
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Fun mail!!  I have resorted to ordering my favorite Umpqua Oats by the case!
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And, I made another batch of chia seed pudding.  It’s been my craving lately.  This one has almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and peanut butter!
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What food have you been craving lately?  
Are you usually a salt or sweet person?
What run shoe are you currently loving?
#choosejoy

Weekend Wrap-Up: West Coast Edition

Saturday: Smile…it’s the weekend!
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This was the first Saturday in 4 months that I didn’t have a Saturday long run obligation.  Guess what I did?  Woke up and got out to run at the crack of dawn.
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Then we headed to the Girls On The Run 5k to volunteer at the Fleet Feet water stop…so much fun!
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It was a gorgeous day so we took our bikes out for a spin through the park.  Pink beach cruiser with a basket…safe to say I’m not on my way to being a triathlete!
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My kick-arse massage therapist, Robin Frazier, celebrated the 5 year anniversary of Franklin Massage with a fundraiser for Steps of Faith.  It was a huge success and fun party!
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I’ve been working with Amy Dutton at Ah Ha Creative to redesign my blog (woo hoo!).  She sent me a congratulatory Boston mug.  How cool is that?!!
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Sunday:
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AND…Jason had a work trip to LA planned for the week.  I made a last minute decision to tag along for a little west coast R&R.
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Airplane survival kit: Starbucks, fruit, and a travel mag
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@natrunsfar (natrunsfar.com) sent me so many great Santa Monica recommendations, so we headed straight to the beach!
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Shopped on the Promenade
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Chowed down on some mexican food…
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Followed by Froyo (aka my excuse to eat a cup of cookie dough and brownies)!
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Who raced this weekend?  How did it go?!
What are your favorite froyo toppings?
Do you ever take last minute trips without a lot of planning?  I typically research and plan ahead of time.  This trip…not so much.
#choosejoy

The Friday Five

1.  How am I just now discovering Coffee Chocolate?!  Thanks to Alex and Corrie, I have two new sweet-tooth favorites!
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2.  Nike ForeverGradient Tights.  I just got a pair from Fleet Feet and LOVE them!
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3.  I knew I needed a great new show to watch to help me pass time during my Boston taper.  Mr. Selfridge to the rescue!  I am hooked!!
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4.  Another thanks to Corrie who knows my love of elephants.  How perfect is this bracelet from Stella and Dot?!
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5.  My favorite finisher videos from the Boston Marathon!

Happy Friday and CHOOSE JOY!

The Friday Five

1.  I went to a charity event and they were selling Stella and Dot jewelry to benefit Waves of Grace.  I bought the Strength Bracelet and Grace Cuff and love them!  Nice quality costume jewelry for an affordable price.
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2.  My new guilty pleasure…Empire!  Love me some Cookie!
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3.  Not only is she a UK Cats Fan, but Ashley Judd is going after online bullies!   Hate speech and threats will not be tolerated.  BE KIND and Go Big Blue!
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Read about it HERE and make sure to click the link at the bottom of the article to read her essay.
4.  Nike Tailwind Stripe Tanks.  They run big so size down and Nashville peeps, they have them at Fleet Feet!
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5.  BOXES!  I love fun mail!  Both are monthly subscription services full of fun surprises!
Batch Box specializes in local products.  The March box had a brunch theme!
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StrideBox is full of running products and accessories.
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***AND…MONDAY I’ll be giving away a Stride Box, so make sure to check back on Monday!
Happy Friday and first day of SPRING!
#choosejoy