A Birthday & Chicago Day 1

It’s been a full two days. Jason’s 40th was a blast and we’re now in Chicago for the Marathon. This post has few words and a bunch of pics!



Breakfast club. Best friends. 6 miles. Coffee and Alex’s homemade cinnamon rolls!!!


Big birthday hair.


Birthday dinner at Saint Anejo.

Skulls seemed appropriate for 40.

Lots of skulls…

Even on the cake! (Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and fudge filling.  These details matter!)


Beyond thankful for our friends!!!!

Big belly laughs from Drew’s stand-up!  HI-larious!

Late night (over)packing.  4 pairs of shoes.  1 race.



My pups stay at Miss Kitty’s Bed and Bath…so cute, and they have an app that lets me watch their doggie cam!!!

Airplane reading.

Race expo.

I love pre-race runner energy!!!

Coolest course map.

Our hotel view of the lake AND the start/finish area.

Windy City selfie.

Taper and lots of carbs…ready to run!!!



Are you racing tomorrow?  

Long run?

What’s your favorite type of birthday cake?  Mine…red velvet with cream cheese frosting!!


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  • http://www.ksrunner.com Sarah @ KS Runner

    I’m not 100% sure if I really love red velvet cake or if its just a vehicle for the cream cheese icing…but good choice regardless!

    Tomorrow is my last 20 miler before I start my taper! I can’t believe NYCM is only 3 weeks away!! Good luck tomorrow!!! :) I’ll be excited to hear about it!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It’s all about the cream cheese frosting!! Good luck on your last long run…you’re going to rock NY!!!

  • http://www.foxrunsfast.com foxrunsfast

    What a cool course map! Weather looks great and I’m so jealous of all of you lucky racers this weekend! Soak up all that energy for me! Love your hair, too! Mine’s pretty curly but I’m wondering if I could try that look if I straightened it. :) Looks like you guys are having a fun time. Have a great race tomorrow!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It’s beautiful here! My hair is naturally curly, too. Thanks for your well wishes!! :)

  • http://www.runjenny.tumblr.com Jennifer

    Such a cool course map! My favorite type of cake is vanilla on vanilla. Buttercream frosting is delicious too!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The race expo had a lot of cool stuff! Now I’m thinking about cake! :)

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I can’t resist a chocolate birthday cake! I’ve never raced a full marathon, but if I ever do, it might be my hometown Chi Marathon :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I absolutely loved the Chicago Marathon!!!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    I’m behind, Jen – sorry! Such great pics and I love you in front of the course map – that’s great! I’m so glad y’all had a nice birthday dinner for Jason; looks like tons of fun!