CMM Expo & Pasta Party!

It’s been a week full of Boston Marathon recovery and excitement in Nashville for the Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon!
Wednesday: Earth Day!
I wasn’t ready to run, so it seemed fitting to spend Earth Day walking around Radnor Lake.
I joined the Brentwood Breakfast Club to celebrate Gail’s Birthday!
And, with equal parts excitment and fear, I went for a sports massage at Franklin Massage.  It definitely hurt, but not near as badly as I anticipated.
Afterwards, we headed downtown for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon expo!
I met up with Kevin Leathers from Can’t Stop Endurance for a little shakeout run before the race.  This was my first time running since Boston and it actually felt pretty good!!  Our picture made it onto the big screen at the expo!
And I got to meet and run with fellow Rock N Blogger George Melichar!
One of the cool parts of the CMM is that it starts and finishes in downtown Nashville.  We live in a suberb south of town and stay at the Omni every year so we can walk to and from the start.  I definitely recommend doing this so you can avoid race day traffic!
And the view of Nashville is beautiful from the hotel!
I’m running again this year as a St. Jude Hero.  A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that has donated!!  One of the highlights is always the St. Jude Pasta Party!  Just look at the reception you receive when you arrive!!!
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I got to sit with some of my Run 4 Others team!
It’s been a full week!  I’ve listened to my body, rested, and decided to run the 1/2 marathon.  Hopefully my body will agree with my decision!  My plan is to take it easy and have a lot of fun.  Thank you for all of your well wishes this week…they mean the world to me!!!
How’s everyone’s recovery going?  
Anyone else racing or running long this weekend?  Share!!
Did you do anything special for Earth Day?

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  • AmandaM

    Yes please take it easy. Maybe treat it like a 13 mile shakeout run? :) I have had achilles pain in the past too and I think listening to the body is key. Okay that is my lecture – I just prefer when everyone stays healthy:) I hope you have fun and I look forard to reading about everything you are able to take in while not racing! I have been wanting to do this half marathon because I love country music :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Other than feeling heavy, my legs felt pretty good today! I know I’m biased, but Nashville is such a great city!!

  • http://twitter.com/TheFitFork The Fit Fork (@TheFitFork)

    Wow, another race this weekend! You go girl!

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  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I’m not racing today, but it’s the Kentucky Derby Marathon and Mini. I’m happy to be a spectator on this rainy morning. Good luck at the CMM!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!

  • http://www.sarahruns26.com Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    Good luck with the half! Though I wouldn’t be surprised if you end up running the full – you’re a rockstar!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      No full for me today! It was 80 degrees when the full runners finished!?

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com suzysuzyheather

    Jen, you crazy cat! I can’t believe you’re doing a half today. Ha ha ha!! LOVE it. Have a good one!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It’s was definitely just for fun!

  • Cheryl K

    Don’t overdo it, but definitely have fun!

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  • http://organicrunnermom.wordpress.com organicsandra

    How awesome that you are running as a St. Jude! I’ve have been thinking about doing that as well! You are amazing running a half right after Boston! Good luck and have a great run!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      St Jude is an incredible organization!!

  • Diane

    Raced my first half marathon of 2015 today. Raced the Tulip Festival Half in Lehi, Utah. Enjoy your race today!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you had a great race!!!!!

  • http://movinitwithmichelle.wordpress.com Movin’ it with Michelle

    A bunch of my friends drove down to Nashville for this race this year, and I SOOO wanted to join them but had to work all weekend. I am so bummed, I could’ve met you in person!! Ran my long run of 17 miles yesterday slow and easy, and am looking forward to a nice walk later today as my legs are pretty stiff. Great job!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Congrats on your long run! It was hot and humid today, so maybe you’re the lucky one!!!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    Boston on Monday and now a half?! Girl, you are a beast! Props to you! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

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  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Sweet photo of the deer Jen!! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It makes me so happy to see deer!