CHOOSE JOY Shirts and September Miles

A few of you missed out on CHOOSE JOY shirts, so they’re back!  There are tanks, t-shirts, and long sleeve options. I donate 100% of the profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOURS!!


I joined my friends for a hilly 10 miler through Percy Warner Park!

It was really dark, rainy, and these grubs were all over the road!

Nashville has been a little depressing this week….gray, rainy, blah.  Jason surprised me with the prettiest flowers! (Florist: Garden Delights)

Dinner was avocado rolls and tofu with veggies!!

Another month is in the books.  I’m definitely tired and can tell that it’s peak training time for NYC.

Thursday…the first day of October!

I had a blast running with the Brentwood Breakfast Club!!!!! (Friendly Reminder: We meet every Thursday at 6am and EVERYONE is welcome! Follow the Facebook page for locations and routes.)

I came home and worked on my next YouTube video…Taper Tips!   Check out my YouTube Channel HERE!

We spent the evening celebrating my step-dad’s birthday!!!!

This cookie dough cupcake rocked my socks!


Jason and I had a crepe date.

And I had a nice run at the gym.

Many of you know my love of the Whole Foods Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Well….they are now selling the cookie dough so I can bake them at home.  GAME CHANGER!!!!  Thank you Shyla for the heads-up!

TODAY (October 3rd) is the last day to enter my Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway on Instagram!  Just Follow Me and Tag A Friend!

BIG THANK YOU to everyone that purchased a CHOOSE JOY shirt.  We raised over $1,300 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The best blessing (other than giving the money to St. Jude) is being tagged in JOY posts!!!








If you tag me in your CHOOSE JOY shirt, I’ll do my best to share the picture here on my blog!

How was your running in September?

Anyone else feeling worn out from training? What are you doing to combat the fatigue?

Has it been raining all week where you live?


Join the Conversation

  • AmandaM

    Yes ! Rainy and blah and COLD here in Mass. Glad I am not the only one feeling a little down about it. I am SURE the sun will visit us again one of these days????

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Fingers crossed!! Have a great weekend!!!

  • Tracy Elliott Evans

    My Choose Joy tank came in the mail this week! LOVE!!!! That cupcake looks AMAZEBALLZ!!!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It was SOOO good and thank you for supporting St. Jude!!!

  • Jennifer

    I love my Choose Joy tee! Is that a sweatshirt you are wearing? Do you plan to sell those too? My September running was lower than I originally expected, and fatigue has most definitely set in. I’m sleeping a lot and listening to my body. Yes, it’s been raining and cold all week, but we had such a great stretch of amazing sunny weather…so I guess we were due for some rain. We put on the fireplace and made the best of it :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      YES! I’ll be selling the sweatshirts soon. I just did a test run to make sure I like them.
      We haven’t used our fireplace yet…thanks for the reminder. We need a fire this weekend!!

  • http://runeatsnap.com Jill @ RunEatSnap

    I am going to have to order a Choose Joy shirt because they are adorable and I keep seeing your posts and each time it makes me want one! The weather in Minneapolis has been really great lately – it’s definitely fall season here now and chillier weather but blue skies and sunshine most days. I am enjoying it while it lasts!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Hopefully that beautiful Fall weather will come to TN!!

  • http://www.thesimplepeach.com/ Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    It’s been rainy and cool in Atlanta. We are in Tennessee for a wedding today and I’m hoping it warms up a bit for my sweet friend. September was crazy busy but I’m thankful that Chicago is next weekend! Woohoo for fall race season!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m sorry TN is having yucky weather for the wedding. :(
      Hopefully Chicago will be perfect for all of the racers!!

  • http://www.momontherunsanity.com Paria@momontherunsanity.com

    This reminds me I still haven’t tallied up my September miles…. Sept in LA was unusually hot!! I’m hoping for cooler morning runs in October….and looking forward to all things pumpkin!!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It was a hot month in TN, too!! Bring on all things fall!!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com Amanda B @ Cupcakes and Miles

    The weather has actually been rather pleasant here this week. As I was eating my breakfast this morning prior to heading out for my long run, it started raining but stopped before I made it to the trail. Thank you Tampa! :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy


  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com Laura Olinger

    I know you’re not a napper, but naps are the only thing that keep me going between running and yoga. My back-to-back-to-back race weekends are leaving me pretty tired, but I’ve got a few weeks until my next one haha!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Although I didn’t nap, I did prop my feet up and rest this afternoon!!! (baby steps)

  • Heather Davis

    Congrats on such an awesome month running. It has been gloomy here in Memphis. It was cold, windy and hilly on my race this morning. I LOVE your blog, Instagram. You are such an inspiration. I am going to order a shirt this week. Have a great weekend!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      CONGRATS on your awesome race!!!!!

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com Suzy Slane

    You have a stepdad? And you put your arms around him for a picture? You have no idea how happy that makes me. This whole step parenting thing really freaks me out sometimes. I want my kids to feel loved by Andrew and I want my step kids to feel so loved by me. Anyway, I know it’s just a picture and I should really stop being so dramatic. But one more thing while I’m on a roll… can I just say how much I love the fact that you word it this way: CHOOSE joy. Because joy IS a choice. Perspective is everything. I don’t think we need to go around fake being happy, but it really helps my heart when I choose to focus on the positive things that are going right in my life rather than feeling shitty about everything else. Anyway, my novel is over. Have a great Saturday, Jen!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      My step-dad and I definitely had our tough moments in my teenage years, but we are SO close now!!! He has been an incredible father figure in my life and he is absolutely my family.
      When I left my job years ago, I put a Choose Joy reminder on my daily calendar. I was doing my best to be proactive and make the right choices to create the life that I wanted to live.
      Sorry I typed a novel in return, lol!

      • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com Suzy Slane

        Create the life you wanted to live. I love that. Thanks for such an honest reply. You’re a great human. <3

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Loved sporting my Choose Joy shirt on our mini getaway and love that you donated to St. Judes!
    My goal for September was to run 100 miles which I did! Working on building my base as I am not training for any long races right now.
    I go to bed early (like 9:30/10PM) when I am tired. I may be “lame” as my husband likes to joke sometimes but I sure don’t regret it when my alarm goes off at 5:30 the next morning to run! :-)

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

    You’re doing great, Jen!! Taper away, my friend; NYC is going to be awesome!!

  • https://goallthemiles.wordpress.com/ Lauren

    Yes, I’m starting to feel a little worn out from training. I’m positive I could sleep for 24 hours straight right now. I’m also positive that I could eat the entire produce section from Whole Foods. I do have mixed emotions about training coming to an end – I’m sad it’s about to be over, but super excited to run the race! It’s also helpful to know we’re all in it together, it’s going to be so awesome :)

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