How Much Did We Raise for St. Jude?!!!

It’s officially Fall….mother nature didn’t get the memo.  It’s been hot in TN!


10 mile Percy Warner Park run with friends!

I received my St. Jude Hero box for St. Jude Memphis!!

I headed to Franklin Massage Center.

I can definitely tell that I’m running big (for me) mileage.  Robin kicked my butt!!!  Keepin’ it real: please tell me that i’m not the only one that looks drunk after a massage, lol!!

The first day of Fall means: new Starbucks cups and Fall decorating!

I made a tofu and veggie “fried” brown rice for dinner from My Veggie Chef…yum!!

Thursday:  Coffee believes in you.

I met up with the BBC for a great run…

And breakfast!


Also, for anyone that wants one…The Brentwood Breakfast Club sweatshirts and long-sleeve shirts are for sale until October 8th!  Click HERE to order!


Most importantly, I got to celebrate my beautiful friend, Christi Beth’s Birthday!!!!


Breakfast date with Jason: the Perch with an apple butter crepe and soy cafe au lait…perfect!!

Treadmill miles:

And, a herkie…just because! (I also realized that it’s been 16 years since I cheered…doh!)

Fleet Feet has a bunch of new Fall clothes that I couldn’t resist!!

A bunch of you are getting ready to run the Chicago Marathon!!  CLICK HERE to read my race recap from last year and a mile by mile breakdown of the course!


I sold the CHOOSE JOY shirts for 3 weeks on teespring.  We raised $1,347.75 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!!!!!!!  I can’t say a big enough THANK YOU to everyone that ordered a shirt!!!!!!!  I am in awe of your kindness and generosity!

Have you started buying new Fall running clothes yet?  It’s still too hot to wear them in TN, but that’s I just can’t resist!!

What sports did you play in high school?  Obviously, I cheered…big shock!

Do you decorate for Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving?


Join the Conversation

  • C Jester

    It’s still too hot here in Texas for fall clothes but that hasn’t stopped me from beginning my shopping!!
    I ran track in high school and I played basketball. I always wanted to be a cheerleader but I have zero rythem! Running in circles was my forte :)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I used to hate running and now….well, I obviously learned to love it!

  • Paula Wadsworth

    So excited about how much you raised! I didnt realize how amazing St. Judes was until I read your article, thank you for bringing it to light for me!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read about it! :)

  • Yissel

    Phoenix, AZ has not received that memo yet either about being fall. Over 100 still here for high temp of the day. I love the Oiselle fall clothes but haven’t bought any because I am still in a tank and shorts cooking over here :-)
    I played volleyball, basketball, softball in high school.
    I decorate a little for Halloween but Christmas I go all out.
    I hope we are able to connect in NYC at the marathon. It would be great to meet you in person :-)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Oh my gosh….I will stop complaining about our 80 degree temps!
      I hope your NYC is going well!!

  • cheryl

    Fall has arrived in NH–it was 42* for my run this morning. I have to dig out some long sleeves. I do have to buy a lot of gear this year–I got rid of a lot of my older winter gear last year…

    • JenChoosesJoy

      42 is perfect running weather!!!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    I have bought some fall running gear and can’t wait to wear it! Oiselle is having a sale (50% off sale items) so I couldn’t resist! I played soccer in HS and did not like running! Oh how things have changed! I do a little fall decorating but not for the specific holidays.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      That Oiselle sale is dangerous! I hated running in High School, lol!

  • AmandaM

    I bought those Stance socks on Thursday!!! ha. i am a loyal Balega wearer but the orange and pink stripes of the Stance were too cute!! i ran in them yesterday and they were awesome. need to test on a long run. i love the long green ones too that may need to be purchased… i also just had a major oiselle shopping spree.

    i have the face cradle impressed on my face for about 12 hours after getting a massage:)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I haven’t tried the Stance socks yet, but I’ve read so many great reviews!

  • Heather Davis

    Congrats on such a great fundraiser and for a great cause. You are such an amazing person with such a great heart. I still want to now what is in that bag. That checkered white looking thing looks like I need it.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’ll do a post about some of my favorite fall clothes!!

  • Laura Olinger

    Congratulations on raising so much money! I can’t wait until my shirt arrives.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!!

  • Cecilia @ MommiesRun

    Amazing! I’m so excited that you raised that much for St. Jude. I totally missed ordering a shirt :( I was a competitive gymnast in high school. I’ve been doing handstands and cartwheels with my little girls lately and they think I’m so cool, ha!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I can’t believe I didn’t know you were a gymnast…I think you’re so cool, too!

  • Richelle Winston

    I have to resist to not buy fall clothes because I have too many lol. I played basketball (aka cross country lol) and baseball (1 of 5 girls on the boys team :) )
    Love to decorate for Halloween but we never have trick or treaters because we live in the middle of nowhere lol

    • JenChoosesJoy

      It’s so cool that you were so athletic in school!

  • stephanie g

    Congrats on the fundraiser! I can’t wait to sport my new shirt when it arrives. :)
    I’ve made a few fall purchases, ahem, windbreaker/vest/shirts/capris. But I’m on the Gulf Coast so it’ll still be a month or so before I need to break them out.
    Played tennis in high school.
    I decorate for Halloween. My kids give me a hard time when I try to go light on it, too.
    Have a great day!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Glad to know that I’m not the only one with Fall clothes fever!

  • Margaret @youngandrungry

    Way to go on your St. Jude Fundraising! I got my kit in the mail last week too and I’ve been wearing my shirt practically ever day! I love it this year. Yes, the TN weather isn’t on board with fall yet, but I haven’t been able to resist buying fall running clothes too.. I say we blame it on Fleet Feet!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      YES!! I’ll just tell my husband that it’s Fleet Feet’s fault, lol!

  • Jeannette

    Congratulations on your St. Jude fundraising!!!! I am running the marathon in December are you doing it too?

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you so much!! And yes, I’m running Memphis again this year!!!

      • Jeannette

        Very cool! Maybe I will see ya there :)