18 Miles and a Birthday


Run mail is the best mail. The Chicago Marathon Participant Guide makes it feel so real and after studying Jack Daniels, I’m super excited to read this book!


I made this pasta to “carb-up” for Saturday’s long run.

The hubs contributed by bringing home this big as yo face slice of chocolate cake.



I woke up at 2:30am and thought it was time to run. I ate a Picky Bar, realized that it was stupid early, and went back to bed.  Don’t you hate it when that happens?!! I woke up to proof on my nightstand.


Long run with the awesome Run 4 Others group! Loving the Athleta Powerhouse Tank.


Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator is a must after my long runs.


Family birthday dinner at my step dad’s house.



What did I get the man that has everything? Birthday Bubbles!


His chef prepared a special birthday menu,


And he was so kind to make individual eggplant lasagnas for the vegetarians…delish!!!

His home has beautiful downtown river views from the rooftop.


And lastly I had to show off my elevator skills.  Jason just laughed and took pictures.


After some high mileage weeks, my body is feeling worn out.  I kept today’s run at a nice and easy recovery pace.  I ran without my Garmin, so I could run by feel.  My hubs joined me for the first 5 miles…

And I met him for breakfast afterwards!



I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!!

Did you race or have a long run this weekend?  I’d love to hear about it!

What’s your favorite recovery product?


Join the Conversation

  • Samantha

    Do you just mix that recovery accelerator with water?? Ive never tried it before, have you tried both flavors?

    • jenchoosesjoy

      My favorite way is to add it to a smoothie, but I regularly just mix it with water in a shaker cup.

  • ooartist1234

    I checked out that Athleta tank. CUTE! I was thinking of looking at Athleta for some new stuff. You know. . . congratulatory running clothes! For our successful test taking. :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      You definitely deserve the reward!!!

  • Mar on the Run!

    I have that book from my RRCA cert course and have yet to read it but must! Sounds like a great run and weekend :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I’ve read so many quotes from the book. I figured it was time to actually read it for myself:)

  • jennidill

    Sounds like a great weekend. I ran a new PR at my neighborhood Parkrun this Saturday, so I’m super happy.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That’s awesome…congratulations!!!

  • CCHuff1023

    Sweet Potato Risotto? !! Sounds like heaven! And I love the elevator techniques:)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I had seconds of the risotto…so good!