Drop Week…BOOM!

Because of a big Labor Day race, my Chicago Training Group didn’t have a formal training run on our schedule.  This week also happened to fall on a drop week, and my long run called for 16 miles.

I ran 4 very dark solo miles.


I love that my Cocogo packets fit in my handheld sleeve!  Lemon Lime kept me hydrated today.  Cocogo is offering free shipping through Labor Day.  AND…you can use my discount code: JENCHOOSESJOY for 10% off your order!

I met these ladies for 8 miles.

The sunrise was spectacular!

We had awesome zucchini muffins baked by Lauren…I love friends that bring baked goods to a run!!!  I brought these little bags of granola for everyone.  Apparently, food is our love language.  (I’ll post the granola recipe this weekend.)


Then, I headed out to run 4 more miles.  I got super lucky and ran into the Run 4 Others training group. They were kind enough to let me jump in with them and I ended up with 17 miles.  I’ve said it a million times, but I feel so blessed to have this incredible run community!
I loved that today’s run was so relaxed. No set pace. No preset routes. Just great company. I don’t want every run to be loosey goosey but this was a nice reprieve. Also, when did 17 miles become my relaxed drop week?!!  Progress is beautiful!


After an ice bath and shower, I propped my feet up on my porch swing in my LF Oiselle sweats.  They are so comfy!!



After some rest, I went to Fleet Feet to pickup my packet for the Franklin Classic.  I signed up for the 10k and 5k.  With a broken toe, I won’t be speedy, but I still plan to run it for fun.


Of course I needed to buy this cute Nike pullover. It’s impossible for me to go to Fleet Feet without buying something.  Who’s ready for crisp fall running?!!


We went to Costco and I couldn’t resist this black bean “pasta”.  I have no idea what I’ll do with it,but curiousity got the best of me.  Side note: do NOT go on a Saturday afternoon. It was a zoo.


When I got home, I had to ice my foot.  It was a little cranky from my long run:(  Just another reminder that I won’t be racing on Monday.


We had a Mexican dinner with the tastiest blackberry margarita!



And a slice of birthday cake from Whole Foods…just because.


And then…Lauren Fleshman favorited my tweet!  I am definitely a big nerd.


I hope you’re having a super long weekend!

Have you tried Black Bean “pasta”?  Let me know if you have ideas for it!

Are you a COSTCO or Sam’s Club shopper?  Those stores are always crazy and stress me out.


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  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    I do NOT like going to those big stores, Jennifer; UGH! My husband goes to Sam’s Club occasionally (we do not have Costco), but I have no desire to go. The thought of going makes me want to cringe. Great run with your group and take care of that foot/toe, missy!

  • susan @2chixrun26

    I have those sweats also and I’d wear them every day if it were socially acceptable:) Hope your toe is better!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you! I’m on the mend…just need to be patient. They’re my favorite sweats!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner

    I have the Oiselle LF sweats too. Now I just need a job where its ok to wear them to work…

    I’m so ready for fall running. I’ve been staring at my long sleeves and sweatshirts for much too long now. Time to get some good use out of them!

    Hope the Franklin Classic was fun and went well! :)

  • Tracy

    I have some of that black bean pasta in my pantry now ….. What have you done with yours?