Longest Long Run


Coffee…because life’s better buzzed!

I practice what I preach, lol!

I had to rearrange my run schedule and move my long run to Thursday, so I did a nice and easy treadmill run on Wednesday.

I am LOVING this GIVE GRACE t-shirt.

A pretty acai bowl for lunch.

And Robin Frazier at Franklin Massage gave me the best massage!!!!  She knew that I had a long run the next day, so she helped get my body ready to run.

It felt so funny having pasta on a Wednesday night!  I’m definitely a creature of habit and pasta is for Friday nights.

Long run prep!  Gels: Honey Stinger, GU, Huma, Cocogo (Discount Code: JENCHOOSESJOY), Picky Bar

Thursday: Long run time, but first coffee!

24 Miles…this run took a village, so big THANK YOU’S to my friends that joined me!!!!

1. solo mile
2. Tracy
3-8. Shyla and Tracy
9-15. Brentwood Breakfast Club

16-21. Tracy (She ran a really strong 20 miler!!!)

22-24. Solo and my last two miles were 7:40 & 7:36!

Post-run: ProCompression Socks felt so good on my tired legs.

And, I made sure to celebrate with a glass of wine!


Jason wanted to kick-off his birthday with a breakfast date!

My legs felt like lead, so I did a little spin bike and an easy shakeout run.

This peak week mileage is no joke, but I’m getting so excited for the NYC Marathon!

The Chicago Jogger put together 15 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes and was kind enough to include my Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal!

And here are the latest CHOOSE JOY shirt pics!!!!  CLICK HERE to order yours and remember that 100% of the profits are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!!!!




And Tracy and Christi Beth showed up to the airport wearing their shirts….LOVE IT!!!!


***I’ll be out of town for a few days, so my blogging schedule might be a little sporadic.  

Who’s racing this weekend?  Chicago?  Iron Horse?  Middle Half?

Are you a little (or a lot) OCD with your pre-long run routine?

Do you typically run the day after your long run or take a rest day?


Join the Conversation

  • cheryl

    Great job on the long run. I would like to read more about your “easy spin” for your legs. I have been trying to incorporate biking into my training, but the problem is I don’t know how/where to make it fit (or how to get these ol’ running legs used to it).

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      If my legs are tired and sore after a long run, I’ll do a 10ish mile mile spin (30 mins) and then hop on the treadmill. I think the bike helps to workout the soreness before I try to run.

  • Robin Smith

    Wow – you are an inspiration! I better go get on the spin bike while I feel so motivated :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Love it!!!!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Great long run! It depends how I’m feeling for me if I do a shake out run or rest. LOVE your Give Grace shirt! Where’s it from? Have a great time in DC!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!! The shirt is from Scarlet and Gold!

  • Tracy Buehrle

    Ahh I made the blog twice yippee!! I’m so happy we got to run together and knock out our long runs! Also love my choose joy shirt! I am creature of habit too. Eat pizza the night before, then toast or half and English muffin with PB before the run!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      You were such a huge help to me this week…thank you!!!!!!!!

  • http://runeatsnap.com Jill @ RunEatSnap

    You are amazing! I usually rest the day before (with some foam rolling and stretching) and the day after (pure lazy) my long runs! I am not OCD about my meal the night before a long run but definitely my breakfast morning of. Always peanut butter toast, banana, and low-fat milk.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It’s so important to find what works for you. Peanut butter toast with banana sounds perfect!!!

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com Suzy Slane

    No rest days for me! Ha ha ha. I’m neurrrrrotic. And completely OCD with my pre-long run routine. I’m doing it right now as I type this. Sip coffee, eat oatmeal, then (fingers crossed) a perfect poo. No poo= no run. And then I take anti-diarrhea meds so that I don’t have issues out there. Hopefully I didn’t completely gross anyone out here!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Runners love to talk about poo!

  • Tracy Elliott Evans

    LOVED the Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe!!! YUMMMM!! Thanks!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m SO glad!!!!!

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    I love a good breakfast date. I guess I just love breakfast foods haha!
    -I hadn’t been running the day after long runs, that changed after my 20km and I ran an easy 3 miles the next day…changed my mind on recovery completely! I will always do a shake out run now. :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Breakfast is my favorite meal!!!! A leisurely breakfast always feels like such a luxury.
      I feel like an easy shakeout run speeds my recovery.

  • http://www.lord-still-loves-me.com Julia @ LordStillLovesMe

    That baked oatmeal recipe looks DELICIOUS!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      We LOVE it!!!!!

  • Regina Mcwhirter

    Long Beach Marathon tomorro! I’ve got my clothes all layed out, relying on the course to provide my honeystinger gel intake and
    then definitely rest after a long run.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you have a great race!!!!!!

  • http://www.thesimplepeach.com/ Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    Reading this in the hotel getting ready to run Chicago!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      WOOHOO!!!!! I hope you have an incredible race!!!!

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com Laura Olinger

    If my long run is on the shorter side (ha!) I will run the next day. If it’s one of my longer long runs, I’ll do yoga to give my legs a break from the repetitive motion but still get the blood flowing. Awesome job on your longest long run!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      You are so good about doing yoga. I really need to add it into my routine!

      • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com Laura Olinger

        I like power yoga because it’s not just stretching, it’s really physical, which is obviously something I like as a runner! Have you ever tried Epic Yoga in your area?

  • cortney green

    Ok so I have a question…I never run with anything other than water! I’ve never used gels etc because I never really knew how many etc etc and it seems you have a ton of stuff out for your long run!
    A. How do u carry all this?
    B. What’s your strategy? Like 1 gel per every so many miles? And when do u use the cocogo

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I have half a picky bar and one gel before I run.
      I can fit the cocogo and gels in the pocket of my handheld and the pocket in the back of my shorts.
      I take one gel every 7 miles. It’s different for each runner. I think the recommendation is one every 45 minutes.

      • cortney green

        So you do this on runs over what mileage?

        • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

          I go through my long run routine if my run will be 2 or more hours.

  • http://www.chicagojogger.com Chicago Jogger

    Thanks so much for linking to my pumpkin recipe roundup! Your pumpkin spice oatmeal looks sooo tasty. Can’t wait to try it!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks for including it on your blog!!!!!

  • Beata F

    Today was my longest run ever: 21 miles!! It wasnt perfect, had some stomach issues and my tired legs were not happy with mebut I felt amazing! I did not feel tired at all! I am ready for New York!
    I never run the next day, i dont think I could.
    I love everything pumpkin. The other day I had a pumpkin bagel from einstein bros bagel that was delish:)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      And, I bet I would love a pumpkin bagel!

  • runnellyrun

    Real quick, I love your blog! I ordered some cocogo today and hope that I get to use it for my long run next weekend. I will be training this winter for the Boston Marathon and want to find a natural electrolyte replacement, aside from the one that I’ve been using so far! if you’re ever not busy, (which I doubt) I would love for you to check out my work-in-progress blog runnellyrun.com..you and other running bloggers have inspired me to document my own journey

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m heading to read your blog right now!

      • runnellyrun

        thanks! I’m geeked out about that!

  • stephanie g

    Congrats on a great long run, and on such a strong finish! I bet you felt amazing when you were done!
    I LOVE your retro pro compression socks. I think I need those in my life. I have hot pink and was sporting them around the house on Saturday. The kiddos get a kick out of helping me get them off when it’s time, because I feel like I’m going to remove my foot when I start trying to weasel my way out of them.
    No racing for me, but covered my longest distance ever at close to 12 miles. Woot!
    I’m pretty OCD w/ my routine. Must lay all the things out the night before or I will dawdle way too long.
    Usually rest the day after a long run.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I was SOOOOO happy to finish that run!

  • http://www.sarahruns26.com Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    Im just catching up on my blog reading and was surprised to see a photo of myself in your post today! Thanks! :) It blows me away that your last two miles of a 24 mile run were under 8 min pace! Way to go! You’re going to rock NYC!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It’s just a little way for me to say thank you for your support for St. Jude!!!

  • Robin

    I always do my long runs on Thursday with a shorter run Friday. You are such an inspiration lady. oxo

  • beckstaruns

    aww, Yay!! Thanks for posting my birthday pic! Bummed I missed you in DC this time….next time for sure!