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

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

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!

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