3,821 Miles

This has been one of the happiest years of my life.  I’ve said it a million times…I am not an exceptional runner, but I run for the joy of it.  My friends truly made this a joyful year.  Thank you!

My 2014 goals were:

1.  To log my miles for the first time ever…with a goal of 2,014 mile.
2.  Run more races than ever with the Fleet Feet Race Team with a goal of getting more comfortable with road      marathons.
3.  Become a pacer for the Fleet Feet Country Music Marathon Training Program
4.  Start a blog.

Here’s how it played out…





Race: The Seaside Half Marathon





Race: Country Music Half Marathon Pacer



Race: Achilles International 5 Mile



Race: The Franklin Half Marathon

The Moon Pie 10 Mile

Jackal Trail Marathon

July.  I hit my 2014 goal and celebrated accordingly!



Race: Brentwood Firecracker 5k…my first 5k!



Race: Cumberland Plateau Stage Race

September: I started JenChoosesJoy!


Race: Franklin Classic 10k and 5k

And…I became an RRCA Coach!



Race: Chicago Marathon



Race: The Flying Monkey Marathon

Boulevard Bolt Thanksgiving 5 Miler



Race: St. Jude Memphis Marathon

I am really proud of that total: 3, 821!  I followed a bunch of Mark Hadley’s training plans and he got me through a lot of races!


2015 Run Goals

1. I was fortunate to make the Fleet Feet Racing Team again…woo hoo!
2. I’m going to pace a training group for the Fleet Feet Country Music Marathon 4 hour group.
3. Run and write for the Rock ‘N’ Blog Team.
4. I’m going to log my miles again, but I’m hesitant to set a goal.  I want to listen to my body and see where it leads.  4,000 miles would be great, but that depends on how I’m feeling.

Blog Goals:

1. Continue to grow JenChoosesJoy by posting 6 times a week.
2. Move to a self-hosted site with ads.
3. Make #choosejoy shirts to raise money for St. Jude.  :)

2015 Races:

1. Pistol Ultra…although as I type this, I have a tight Achilles and I’m on the fence about racing :(
2. Boston Marathon
3. Seattle Half or Full
4. Franklin Classic 10k
5. New York Marathon
6. Flying Monkey Marathon
7. Boulevard Bolt
8. St. Jude Memphis Half or Full

And, because I like to aim high…


I hope you ALL have a very Happy New Year!!!


What was your 2015 running highlight?  Mine was a surprising 2nd overall female finish at the Flying Monkey Marathon!

What was your best lesson learned?  I don’t need to race 3 marathons and 1 ultra within 3 months.  I’m exhausted!

How did you ring in the New Year?  Pizza and champagne with my husband at home…perfection:)

Join the Conversation

  • Al Frazier

    I’m so proud of you for all you did in 2014, and I was inspired by running with you and getting to know you this year. Those are great goals, and I know that you can achieve them. I really like the sponsored site goal, and I like expanding the site and its outreach to raise money for St. Jude! Way to go, Jen!

    As for me, I fell short of a few goals. I wanted to run three fulls this year, and I didn’t do it. I ran one. I am going to set a mileage goal this year, though. 2,015 seems a bit high, but I’m going to think about it today. I also plan on setting a speed goal. *gasp* That’s right, I said it. :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      They say we should set goals that scare us…youre on top of that one! Thanks for all of your friendship and encouragement…it means the world to me:)

  • cindybement

    Great post! Sounds like you had an awesome 2014, and have great things ahead! I’m doing Boston and NYC this year, too, and after some time off due to a huge family move last year, I am ready to get back after it with a vengeance in 2015. Thanks for the big dose of inspiration! We run similar volumes. I will follow your journey this year. Happy new year!! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!! It sounds like youre going to have an awesome 2015!

  • beckstaruns (@KineticFitnessL)

    you are incredible!! Congrats on a stellar year!!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!! Happy New Year!!

  • KickAshMom

    Holy miles! Can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • suzysuzyheather

    Wow, you’re inspiring, you incredible woman! We should meet up if you come over to Seattle for the half or full! I only live 2 hours away. My husband just ran the Seattle marathon. It’s a doozy.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Ive heard seattle is tough, but ive always wanted to visit and this seemed like a great excuse!

      • suzysuzyheather

        Yup. I’ve done the half and the full and both include an incredibly suicidal hill at the 21 mile mark (8 mile mark for half). It’s like one of those nose to the road hills that turns a corner and keeps going. Beautiful Oceanside course tho.

        • jenchoosesjoy

          Hopefully the view will help!

  • Paria Hassouri

    Since you’re making shirts, I would love if you were able to make some moisture-wick tech run tanks with the #choose joy…I’d be first in line to buy that…just a thought:)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks for your input! I would love to do some tech tanks!

  • natrunsfar

    Congratulations on a wonderful year!! The 2nd place finish in the marathon is awesome!
    Love your 2015 goals – you will rock it for sure! :)
    Hope you have a happy rest of the day!
    Happy New Year.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Happy New Year to you, too!!!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner

    I still can’t believe your miles…crazy! I can’t imagine that many – good for you! I’m hoping to increase my mileage this year, around 1700 miles is what I’m aiming for.

    Running highlight was running NYCM. I’ve been registering since 2009, so it was a relief to finally get in, even though I ran the race injured and it was my slowest race to date.

    I rang in the new year by going to a movie with my husband and then stopping by my brother and SIL’s house to hit midnight with them and their kids!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Ive never run NYC, so im really excited! Happy New Year!!

  • Caroline @ The Little Things Blog

    Congrats on a really solid running year!! I can’t imagine running that much, even though I love running. I can’t wait to run/write for the Rock n’ Blog team as well!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Its going to be a great year!!

  • wineatfinishline

    Such an inspiration!! Love your 2015 goals!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you and Happy New Year!!

  • joannaraines

    Wowza! Thats some serious mileage! Cant wait to hear all you do in 2015!! I’m hoping to run my first Ultra as well… (Did I jusy say that out loud?!?)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Tackling your first ultra is such a rewarding experience! Happy New Year!

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    What a great year, Jen; so proud of all you’ve accomplished, and thank you for sharing your joy with us along the way! Woo hoo!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I really appreciate your encouragement:)

  • FLRunnerBoy

    Ummmm I’m thinkin’ you didn’t just crush that 2014 mileage goal Jen but you pulverized into fine powder!!! 😉 Amazing job chica!!! And you are more than an exceptional runner. You work ethic is amazing and inspires us all!!! Can’t wait to see what goals you shatter in the coming months!!! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much for your encouraging words!!!

  • thesimplepeach

    YOU ARE A BEAST! Congrats on a fabulous year! I have enjoyed following your journey and look forward to see where your shoes take you in 2015 :)

  • thesimplepeach

    YOU ARE A BEAST! Congrats on a truly fabulous year! I have enjoyed following your journey and can’t wait to see where 2015 takes you!!! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you SO much!!