Back on Track


8 miles.  In. The. Sunshine.  It’s been dreary forever (slight exaggeration).  The sunshine only lasted for a couple of hours, but I soaked it in.


And, I got to see lots of deer!


I needed to be doing party clean-up and instead spent far too long playing my violin.






Track.  I hadn’t done speed work since the Memphis Marathon and wasn’t sure if my legs would be up for it.

4 mile warmup


4 x 1200m (400m recovery)

The 1200 was with alternating (200 f pace), (200 i pace), etc….

1 mile cool down

It wasn’t easy, but I hit my goals…woo hoo!!  Friends made it so much fun:)



My mid-week long run called for 12 miles.


I came home to start baking Christmas cookies.  I baked my favorite cookie ever…Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies!  I’ll share the recipe soon:)


I packed up some gift bags for friends.  My OCD loves that the dot on the box matches the polka dots on the bags.


Lined up and ready to go…


“Duh-Duh-Duh Day Drinking” under the guise of picking up a take-out order.  Only one glass…don’t judge.


I received an email from Fleet Feet saying that I was one of their Top 50 Customers again this year which makes me beyond happy!  I love supporting my friends:)


Do you give your friends Christmas gifts?  Confession: Gift giving is one of my favorite things in the whole world.  However, I am completely uncomfortable receiving gifts.

Has it been dreary where you live or are you blessed with sunshine?  

What do you do to procrastinate? Usually it’s social media for me.


Join the Conversation

  • Sarah @ KS Runner

    I love to give gifts, the search for the perfect gift is the fun part for me. I really dislike opening gifts in front of people, I feel like my reactions are not what they are expecting (I don’t get visibly excited very often). Opening gifts in front of people gives me anxiety.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I totally feel the same anxiety!

  • FLRunnerBoy

    How do I procrastinate … hmmmm … ready everyone’s blogs and awesome sauce stories on here like yours haha lol 😛 and our weather has been a bit of a mixed bag here Jen. It’s been unusually cold for this time of year here in Florida and the other day we had fog so thick you could barely see 100 yards in front of you … SERIOUSLY!! Today, it sunny but by Monday-Tuesday they are calling for heavy rains and some possible severe weather. And finally way to nail that workout Miss Speedy! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!! Ive heard about rain dances. Im going to create a sunshine dance. Nashville is beginning to feel like seattle.

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    Jen, I definitely use social media to enable my tendency to procrastinate – ha! It’s horrible! I do like giving gifts; I love remembering things that friends have said they would like and then surprising them with those things. It’s so much fun! I think I receive gifts pretty well from people with whom I am close (husband, close friends), but not so much outside of that circle. I’m with you and Sarah on that one! 😉 So glad your workouts are feeling good and that you enjoyed a little sunshine! It’s been dreary here, too…

    • jenchoosesjoy

      It even rained on us during todays run. Come on sunshine!!!

  • suzysuzyheather

    I think every good runner needs a hefty dose of OCD. I’d be tickled pink about the matching dots too! 😛

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Im glad im not the only one!

  • bobbyjessica2319

    Yea I definietly procrastinate by being on social media or blogs. It’s so easy to.!!! Nice speed work out : ) I need to get on the track too..

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks!! I was definitely suprised with this weeks speed work.