Hurts So Good


This pretty much sums up Monday mornings.

Spin bike for 25 miles and weights.

I tried this Arctic Zero Ice Cream and it gets two thumbs down.  I guess ice cream needs more than 150 calories to taste good.
Fleet Feet had an Ultra-Dirtbag kick-off mixer for the new training season.  Obviously we had a lot of Dirtbag pride and no we didn’t call each other beforehand!


Orange Theory Fitness!  I’ve been easing back into workouts.

I was SO happy to be back in class with Corrie!!!

To celebrate National Granola Bar Day (it’s a thing), I made these Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars…SO GOOD!  I think the cranberries and white chocolate chips make these perfect for Valentine’s Day:)

I’ve had a few people ask me about Shakeology.  I don’t sell it.  I’m not using it as a meal supplement, but as a healthier dessert.  My favorite “recipe” is:

1/3 cup dark chocolate almond milk
5 ice cubes (I’ve been freezing my coffee into cubes)
1/2 scoop chocolate shakeology
Blend and enjoy!!

Perch date with Jason

And then back to the gym for 20 hilly bike miles and weights


The sun was shining and I was on my way to get a massage!


Robin Frazier at Franklin Massage Center gave me the best deep tissue sports massage!  She really got into my sore muscles with her elbows.  It hurt SO good!!!
I met the hubs for a Portobello taco dinner

and came home to bake apology cookies.  If you know me, I’m always early.  Well, I completely booked my PT appointment for the wrong time and missed it all together.  I felt so bad.  Hopefully these cookies will make it better when I go back for my next session!

My friend Kim Jameson posted this picture on her IG this week.  She bakes, loves live music, and spends a lot of time at the beach.  I want to be her when I grow up!  This pic is just too perfect!

Do you use sports massage as part of your training plan?  How often do you get a massage?

Have you tried Arctic Zero Ice Cream?  Thoughts?  Did I just buy the wrong flavor?

What are your favorite “store-bought” bars?  I love Picky Bars and Bearded Brothers!


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  • http://readeatwriterun.com M @readeatwriterun

    There’s dark chocolate almond milk? What brand? I’m not really supposed to eat chocolate, so I’ve been avoiding, but I’ve been craving it since my post-race indulgence. I might need to try that.

    I was seriously addicted to Arctic Zero – it does take a few times to get used to the taste, which isn’t exactly like ice cream, more like a frozen whey protein shake. The coffee HAD been good, but as the company’s distribution has skyrocketed, IMHO some of their consistent taste and texture across batches has suffered. My favorite was vanilla maple which you can also mix with frozen blueberries or bananas, top with nut butter or top with Torani sf syrups (like gingerbread, brown sugar cinnamon, salted caramel, etc)- or the ones Starbucks uses) I could seriously eat multiple pints in one night. The strawberry was pretty good if mixed with frozen blueberries. I haven’t had the chocolate, chocolate pb and chocolate mint in years but they were decent. I liked the cookies-n-cream with Torani sf chocolate syrup, very chocolatey. They have coconut, salted caramel and orange cream flavors but only through their web site. The bars are “meh” and the chocolate coating tastes odd and melts too fast, so I’d skip it. I think Tara’s a fan too. I was so hooked I had to ban it from the house. It’s yummy and so low cal (with protein and fiber) but it’s pricey – I did find that WF and my local store would give me 10% discount for buying a case (8) at a time, usually the same flavor.

    If you want non-dairy ice cream, try the various coconut-milk based ones…..but they are NOT low cal and brand/flavor quality differs. I like Luna & Larry’s vanilla (and their caramel gingersnap or similar before I went into Paleo), SoDelicious was ok too.

    Massage – YES!! Every week. I’d do it more often if I could.

    Favorite bars – Quest bars (apple cinnamon or chocolate brownie – NOT anything from their naturals line, the sugar alcohol is nasty). Lara Bars are ok. I never tried Bearded though I meant to. I did try Picky while I was non-Paleo, didn’t get what all the fuss is about.

    Happy Thursday!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much for all of your tips! Weekly massages…yes please! Its Silk Dark Chocolate Almond milk and its so good:)

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Love those plaid looking shorts Jen! And yes I do use sports deep muscle massage but only as needed I have it done regularly and I combine it with muscle stimulation. I’d have to say Picky Bars are the best store bought bars out there!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Im totally with you on the picky bars!

  • Amy

    You’re killing it on the bike! I’d love to know your weights routine…I tend to get stuck in a rut and do the same things over and over. I love those shorts! Brand?

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’ll dona post about my weights routine. Im always looking foe new ideas, too! Theyre lululemon speed shorts.

  • http://fitsickle.com fitsickle

    Thanks for the massage rec!! I have a hard time finding someone that’s not afraid to dig in with their elbows.. Otherwise I can’t even feel it! And agree, Artic Zero just tastes like ice to me :/

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Franklin massage specializes in runners and theyre not afraid to really dig in!

  • http://www.ksrunner.com Sarah @ KS Runner

    When I’m training I try to do a massage every month. Sometimes it works out to more often, sometimes less. I love the Almond and Coconut Kind bars! I’m allergic to tree nuts, so its harder for me to find bars that I can actually eat! I love Picky Bars, but there are only a few of them that I can have too!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love kind bars, too!

  • http://rachelrunsmusiccity.blogspot.com Rachel Runs Music City

    Hey do you like Orange Theory? There’s one opening up near me and I’m curious about what it is and if I should try it out.

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I like Picky Bars, too, but I’ve also been enjoying the Alt bars by Larabar for more protein.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      One of my girlfriends gave me a pb alt bar…so good!!

  • http://www.fitandfaithfulfitness.com Chelsy

    I am a Larabar and Bobo’s Oat Bar fan!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      My husband Swears by the Bobo Bars…especially when hes trail running.

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

    Jen, you KNOW I love my Picky Bars! Arctic Zero was okay as a substitute, at first, because I was just so excited that I could eat a yummy treat for so few calories; however, for the price (it’s almost $6 a pint here) it’s not that great. I’d rather just suck it up and have some real ice cream (or even FroYo) after a long run and be done with it. I wish I could fit a massage it more often; I really need to find someone in my area who specializes is sports massage. I’m glad you have a good one!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I agree! Id rather just have real ice cream:)

  • http://alsoranagain.com alsoranagain

    I get sports massages about once every month when I’m not training and every other week when I’m training. My massage therapist is pretty much a sadist but I think her deep tissue work mitigates my injuries as much as possible.

    I love the name of your trail running club!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love the name, too! Who doesnt want to be a dirtbag?!

  • http://crazyrunnerblog.wordpress.com joannaraines

    Man I am so impressed with your biking!! Way to go!! I like the vanilla maple and cookies n’ cream arctic zero…but it IS really expensive. So I usually just get a “healthier” ice cream that has less sugar :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’ll have to try those flavors, but youre right it is expensive!!

  • danielle

    i did 15 miles on the bike and was whooped, you are AMAZING!!!! very motivating, thank you :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      15 rocks!! Great job and hopefully we’ll get back to running asap!

  • Jason

    Love your Sun Shine pic!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks!! It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do to “brighten” your day:) (That was such a dorky pun!)

  • Nancy

    Thank you for sharing your granola bar recipe! Made a batch yesterday, they are awesome!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Im so glad you like them!

  • suzysuzyheather

    Nice job getting all those bike miles in. Next time your achilles will know better than to act up!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I like the way you think! It will think twice next time!

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

    Yes coffee is my checklist daily lol I’m exited to try out the granola bar recipe. Most pre packaged bars contain high fructose corn syrup yuk. Awesome workouts woman!!! Fun week too. I can’t afford massages :-(((( whaaaaa lol but I’ve heard they’re amazing and totally worth it. Happy Sunday!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Have a great weekend!!!

  • http://fitnessmeetsfrosting.com fitnessmeetsfrosting

    Haha I think it must have been the Arctic Zero flavor you chose! I love it! But actually, I’m not a huge ice cream person (more of a sorbet and frozen yogurt girl) so maybe that’s why… :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Im going to try some other flavors!