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LA Day 2

Monday: Our second day in LA!
Happy Star Wars Day!  May the 4th be with you.  I seriously loved all of the geeky posts on social media!
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We started the day with a runabout all over LA.  It’s my favorite way to explore a city.  I was really enjoying this downhill…LA has some legit hills!
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Oatmeal breakfast afterwards.
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Our hotel has a great gym, so I hit it up for some weights and core work.  I’m so speedy!
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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this was a last minute trip for me with very little planning.  I did have one spot on my list, though.  Kimberly Snyder’s Glow Bio!  I am a huge fan of all of her books and make her Glowing Green Smoothie every morning.  Sadly she wasn’t there, but I LOVED my acai bowl and chia pudding.
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After lunch, I went for a much needed pedicure.  I spent the entire time apologizing for my runner feet. :(
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Once Jason finished his last meeting, we met up for dinner at Katsuya.  My tofu salad and crispy brussels sprouts were incredible!
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And, this might be the largest glass of champagne ever! No complaints here…cheers!
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Runners: do you get pedicures?  How often and what’s do you prefer bold or natural colors?
Since I posted way too many food pics, what’s the best thing you ate?
Do you do more crunches or planks for your core work?  I’ve been trying to add more plank workouts because I favor crunches.
#choosejoy

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  • http://yizzylovestorun.wordpress.com yizzy08

    I do enjoy a pedicure but it has been a while. I like the bold colors on my toes. I usually go more natural on my fingers. I indulged in TWO chocolate chip cookies today. Sshh! don’t tell =-) I prefer the plank work actually. When I try to do crunches I always get this weird muscle spasm/cramp thing. Not sure what the heck it is but when I discovered plank work I opted for that. Love LA. Georgetown Cupcakes is always on my list if I am near Beverly Hills. Enjoy your trip!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Chocolate chip cookies and a cupcake recommendation?!!! I like this a lot!!!!

  • http://invertedsneakers.wordpress.com allisonfiorini

    I am totally jealous of your pedi…I am currently missing a few toenails (EW) so I don’t know what to do about that with sandal season being here and all! And I favor planks for sure – I love them!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Just put a little polish where the nail used to be!

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

    I would never NOT have painted toenails! Gotta cover up my nasty runner toenails. However I usually do my own toenails and like bright colors! BTW, what are the colorful red things on top of your salad?!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      They were beets and so good!!!

  • http://gretchruns.wordpress.com Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Looks like an awesome day, and yay for ending it with some bubbly! I have the most hideous feet ever and I’m actually pretty self-conscious of them, so I would never get a pedicure! Have fun in LA!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I completely understand that feeling!!!

  • Sarah @SarahRuns26

    I don’t get pedicures very often, but I usually prefer bold colors. I actually don’t have terrible feet for a runner. I don’t get blisters and I’ve never lost a toenail before. Not that my feet are pretty (are any feet pretty?) but they aren’t mangled!

    I had the almond ricotta cake at RPM Italian in Chicago this weekend and it was freaking incredible. Actually, everything I ate there was amazing.

    I’m more into planks, I feel like I get more bang for my buck!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Rpm is SO good!!!

      • Sarah @SarahRuns26

        It was amazing!

  • http://www.runningrichmond.wordpress.com Ashley

    Unrelated to running…are those Tory sandals from this season or older? I love how simple they are and want a pair! As for pedicures, I don’t get them enough, ugh. Enjoy the rest of your time in LA!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Mine are older but you can still buy them. They’re the Thora sandal in royal tan/gold. I wear them with everything!

      • http://inthepursuitofbeer.wordpress.com asimard

        Found them, thanks!!!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    I’ve had two pedicures this year, but those have been the only two in almost two years. Hence, I don’t really want anyone seeing my runner feet. But, living in Florida it’s hard to always hide your feet.

    I’m a crunch-girl, but am also trying to incorporate more planks into my core work.

    Looks like you are having a nice time in LA! And..I’m okay with lots of food pics. 😉

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’ll be in Florida in a few weeks…can’t wait!!!

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

    I rarely get pedicures….too pricey, and I would probably traumatize the poor pedicurists, lol!! I just do my own, so that I can wear flip flops in public without scaring anyone, LOL!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s what I usually do, too!

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

    I’m so glad you’re having a good time, Jen! How amazing that you were able to visit Glow Bio; did they all sorts of amazing things available in the store? Um, it’s been awhile since I had a professional pedicure; I kept saying I was going to go after the marathon in December…then I ran another one in March and my toenails are just really sad and I’m kind of embarrassed to go – ha! I definitely prefer darker colors on my toes; my fingernails are usually in lighter colors, when I take the time to paint them. I’m still feeling the effects of the plank series I did on Sunday, so…planks it is! Enjoy your trip, Jen! Can’t wait to read more!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I always choose dark polish for my toes to cover up any black nails. :(

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

        Exactly, Jen! I’ve still got a bruise on my left big toe from December that hasn’t grown out all the way – GAH! Did you see the picture Kara Goucher posted on IG/FB after her World Championship race in Berlin (it was a TBT post)…whoa. Serious toenail problems! I didn’t feel so bad after seeing that!

        • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

          I thought the same thing! Compared to her feet, I’m going good!

  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    You going to think this is crazy…but I have never had a pedicure!
    I definitely do more planks…but I should do more of both!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It’s such a nice luxury!! You have to go sometime. :)

  • http://idonteatthat.wordpress.com Jamie

    So jealous of that acai bowl. It looks DELICIOUS! And I try to get a pedicure once a month in attempts to keep my “runners feet” manageable. But my favorite is reflexology!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I have always wanted to get reflexology!! I need to do that!

  • A different Jen

    Usually do my own toenails, but I love getting pedicures in the summer. I apologize for my runner feet, too! Like tizzy said, bold colors on toes, more natural on fingers.

    Beautiful pictures — that acai bowl looks fabulous.

    I probably do more crunches than planks. I do a lot of Jillian Michaels strength training, and she likes both, but has more crunch variations.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I should try the Jillian workouts. I’ve heard great things about them!

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

    I love your jumping running pictures.. you always look so energetic during your runs! And that champagne looks AMAZING.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Jumps make running even more fun!

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com suzysuzyheather

    I favour crunches too. I haven’t been for a pedicure in a long time but whenever I go to physio or massage therapy, I apologize for my feet. The bottoms of my feet are so calloused that they’re literally SHARP. Ha ha! Unreal.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I can completely relate and I apologize to my PT too!

  • http://pacewithgraceblog.com Angie@pacewithgraceblog

    I do go for pedicures. I went to a new place recently and the women asked me pretty shortly after she started if I was a runner…. I felt myself sink in the chair a bit wondering, is it that obvious?! Haha. I like brighter colors for my toes but have tried more neutrals and like them for different occasions.

    Best thing I ate yesterday was at lunch- I had a salad with grape tomatoes, carrots, avocado, chicken and home made ranch dressing.

    I definitely favor crunches too so have also been incorporating more plants into my strength training.

    Looks like you’re having an awesome time in LA!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I can’t seem to eat enough avocados right now…so good!

  • http://www.theathletarian.com Christina @ the athletarian

    You have the BEST outfits. I love those white shorts.
    I just got a MUCH needed pedicure on Saturday. I went for a lighter colour this time but I do love brights for the summer!!
    Best thing I ate today so far—my mocha banana smoothie!
    I never do core work…oops.
    Have a great day!!

  • http://www.thelittlerunnergirl.com Erin

    CA looks like it’s amazingly fun!!! I love exploring new places while running! It is definitely the best way to see things!!

    I hardly ever get pedicures because it feels like a waste. I do need one pretty badly soon though! I like bold colors, but tend to get a more natural color.
    We had pizza last night and it honestly tasted amazing. It’s been awhile!
    I do both crunches and planks..

    Have fun!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I usually skip pedicures in the winter and do my own, but they’re a necessity for me in the summer!