Home Sweet Home


Beautiful sunrise run…first at the beach

and then along the Watercolor trails and boardwalks!

The downside to Jason returning home before me…He sent me this picture of the mail I received while on vacation.  Busted.

After my run, I had another breakfast on the Fish Out of Water patio.  The view and my fruit bowl were gorgeous!

I opted for the adult pool after breakfast.  The Watercolor Inn Beach Club is full of energy and this pool provides a nice quiet spot to relax.

And then, it was time to pack and head home, but not before one last picture from my balcony.

I basically packed a bucket of pineapple for the drive home. I also found a Smoothie King (they have vegan options).

Friday: National Donut Day!

Coincidence?  I think not.

What better way to kickoff donut day than with a gym workout followed by a green smoothie!  I am loving the New Balance Ice Graphic Tunic and 876 seemed like a fun number to run.  Take that OCD runners!

Bye, bye sand.  A much needed carwash.

I have been taking dates with me to snack on throughout the day.  One date really fixes my sweet tooth!

And, the main reason I came home (other than seeing my husband!) was to pickup my race bib for this weekend’s Franklin Half Marathon!  I’m joining friends and using it as a training run.  It’s always a super hot/hilly race.  I would never choose it as a goal race, but it’s fun to support a local run with friends!

After lots of yummy vacation food, I opted to skip the donuts.  It’s all about balance and I had my fair share of sweets over the last week.

Do you enjoy just running races for fun with friends or does your competitive spirit kick in?

Did you celebrate donut day?  What kind and from where? Obviously, I’m living vicariously!

After vacations, do you feel the need to “reign it in” and eat a little healthier?

Happy Weekend and Choose Joy!

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  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    I actually usually eat healthier on vacation. We always go somewhere warm (usually Florida) and have all kinds of time to cut up fruit :).
    I LOVE your shirt with the elephant on it in the last picture…mind if I ask where you got it from? :)
    Your trip looks SO relaxing and fun!!!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It’s from J Crew!

  • http://www.dixieruns.com Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Good luck with your race!! That’s great that you are getting to run with friends! I love running races where I see a lot of familiar faces… It makes it that much more exciting

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The company of friends makes it a lot more fun!

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com Melissa

    This (current) vacation we are on is the healthiest I’ve ate! I said to my husband yesterday I’ll be the first person ever to loose weight on a vacation instead of gain! LOL With all my food allergies I packed a ton of snacks and stick to chicken salads at dinner w no dressing because I can’t be sure of the ingredients. Plus being in training for my Ultra I’m trying to stick with healthy stuff, that’s keeping me on track too :)
    Good Luck at your race!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      You rock!!! Enjoy your trip!?

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

    I hope you have a great race today!

    I usually feel like I need to reign it back in after vacation, but I was surprised after my cruise in April I didn’t have that super guilty feeling that we all know and hate. :)

    And yeah, I celebrated donut day. I had Dunkin Donuts donuts during the day, and then shared a Bag O Donuts at Smokey Bones for dinner.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Yum!!! I will definitely find an afternoon treat to celebrate today’s race!

  • http://thechiathlete.com The Chi-Athlete

    You take the most amazing pictures. Is that a camera or phone?

    I do like a sweet mixture of competition and running with friends for races. For the most part, Harry and I will split off and do our own thing. But if I’m running with friends, it’s probably for funsies.

    I definitely have a “reboot” day post-vacay.:)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      All of the pictures were taken with my iPhone. I bought a go pro, but I haven’t used it near as much as I expected.

  • http://loribethbird.wordpress.com loribethbird

    I just found your blog recently thru hungry runner girl. I have family in Brentwood so I love visiting and racing in the area. I think I saw you at the Franklin half today………….I love that race!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It’s such a small world! I did run the franklin half this morning…it was a tough one. I hope you had a great race!!

      • http://loribethbird.wordpress.com loribethbird

        I had a great one-thanks! Not my best time, but I have run it each year bc I love the route!

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I’m not sure I could ever run a race just for fun. Every time I step up to a start line my competitive drive (mostly against myself) kicks in. How do you tell yourself to take it easy? I skipped having a doughnut, too, because we have gotten into a habit of eating ice cream after every long run this summer and I like to save my weekly treat for then. I agree that it’s about balance!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I joined my girlfriends for the race. We talk most of the way. Also, I have a trail long run tomorrow so that helped hold me accountable for an easy paced race!

      • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

        Having someone to talk to is always a great way to make sure it’s easy enough :)

  • http://www.getoffyoubuttandrun.blogspot.com Meghan @ GetOffYourButtAndRun

    So where can I get that running tank, the sports bra, and the those white shorts?!? LOVE them all! Those are gorgeous views while on your run! I love you pile of mail. I always try to check the mail before my husband because I’m always ordering something new and getting busted for it!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The bra is the oiselle strappy, tank is new balance ice graphic tunic, and the white shorts are the Lacie shorts from Lilly Pulitzer. ???

  • Sarah @SarahRuns26

    I am usually craving veggies after vacation. I always have salads when we are traveling, but it isn’t nearly as much veggies as we usually have!

    I can’t do dates. I want to like them, but I just can’t get into them. I need to try them in baking and see if that changes my mind!

    I definitely try to beat Lane home from work on days when I am expecting packages! He’s found ALOT of Oiselle and Amazon boxes on the porch before!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I never hide my packages, but I definitely don’t leave a mountain on display either!!

      • Sarah @SarahRuns26


  • http://flyingfeetinfaith.wordpress.com Jess@Flying Feet In Faith

    This post made me LOL!! Love the mail and 876 yes it caused my runner OCD personality to cringe! 😉 I don’t like donuts so they’re not a temptation. But national peanut butter day is a ahold different story!! I def try to reign it in post vaca. Summer usually is for fun running and with friends. Not goal races for sure. I’m a terrible heat/humidity runner. Fall is where it’s at for me! So ready for Nov 7th!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I feel so slow in the summer. Fall is the greatest because the gorgeous weather really inspires me to move!!

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

    Sadly, I’m not really a donut fan; is that some kind of sacrilege in the world of running? HA! I’m cracking up about the picture Jason sent you of the boxes…hey, at least the dogs got some stuff, right? It’s not all about you, Jen! 😉 So glad you had a safe trip home!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m an equal opportunity shopper…pups included!!

  • http://worldoflv.wordpress.com Lauren

    I always get busted by my husband on all my incoming boxes too! Oops!! I’ve slowly started to learn how to successfully intercept them 😉 Your vacay looked fab, I wouldn’t want to leave!