Lots of Fruit and Group Runs


I met up with friends for a 5:30 run and then added on a few more solo miles.

We loaded up our fridge with lots of fresh fruit over the weekend.  It’s so good after a hot run!

Super cool surprise from Jason…an iWatch!

And for dinner, I made roasted veggie and quinoa bowl with peanut sauce from My Veggie Chef.  I always keep a few of their dinners in my freezer for nights when we’re in a hurry at dinner time.

And, I wrote a blog about hot weather running (with a bunch of fun gif’s…of course)!

Track Tuesday:

Check out the sunrise.

I’m still taking it easier than usual on the track.  4.5 mile warmup, 400m repeats (400m recovery jog), and 1 mile cool down.  I think you can tell just how hot it was!

I hydrated afterwards with peach, raspberry, and lemon infused water.  It hit the spot!

I got my hair cut that afternoon.  I love when my stylist straightens my hair!

Restoration Hardware, let’s talk about your phone book sized catalog.  I love you, but it’s completely unnecessary!

In honor of Taco Tuesday…


I joined my sweet friends for a road/trail hybrid run through Percy Warner Park.  We logged another 1,000ft elevation gain.

I chowed down on the yummiest kiwi.

My iWatch definitely doesn’t replace my Garmin for running, but I’m really enjoying the fitness tracking features.

I stopped by Fleet Feet and picked up a new pair of Terra Kigers.  Aren’t they pretty?!  That will last for a few minutes on the trails!

For dinner, Jason and I tried the new Blaze Pizza.  Judging from the pizza bones, I think we liked it.

Is this a pet peeve for anyone else?

And a few outtakes from the track, because they’re always my favorite.  :)

Who has an iWatch?  Thoughts?

What’s your favorite trail shoe?

What healthy foods do you try to keep stocked in your kitchen?  Obviously, I try to always have lots of fruit on hand!

Are you a pizza crust person or do you leave it behind?


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  • http://carlabirnberg.com/ CARLA

    AHHH my nine year old hath discovered the word LITERALLY and it is making me LITERALLY INSANE :-)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s hilarious!!

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    We’ve been meaning to try the Blaze here in Louisville but just haven’t made it yet. It must be good! We also keep a ton of fruit on hand during the summer. After a hot run, my husband and I can easily take down a giant watermelon.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Blaze is a great “quick service” option!

  • http://ahotsouthernmess.wordpress.com ahotsouthernmess

    I’m with you on the use of “literally.” My biggest pet peeve, though is misusing apostrophes to make words plural.

    But…I’m not sure I can be friends with someone who doesn’t eat pizza crusts! On second thought, that would be fantastic because you could give them to me! Haha :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Double the crust for you!!!

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

    I mentally correct people when they use ‘literally’ when something is definitely not meant literally!

    Yes to pizza crusts! My husband would go crazy if he saw those uneaten crusts! I’ve been hitting the fruit like crazy lately! Totally forgot that we were leaving town and bought too much! It would literally kill me if I had to throw it away! ?

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Lol…good one!

  • http://flyingfeetinfaith.wordpress.com [email protected] Feet In Faith

    Oh fruit is a must in our home! That and the energy greens mix. How do you like the iwatch so far? So jealous of your week!! Looks amazing! Mine is rocking and rolling but too much work this week in the pharmacy is a bit of a drag. Getting used to the summer running weather a bit better though. I forgo the pizza crust. I like the goods in the middle!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The watch is a lot of fun! It’s definitely more of a ‘toy’ than necessity and it doesn’t replace my Garmin for running. I feel like Dick Tracy when I take a call from my watch!

  • http://travisandmarilynkeys.blogspot.com Marilyn

    Oh my gosh, those Restoration Hardware catalogs make me crazy! I always feel bad for the mailman when we get them!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s what we said! Our mail person must hate us!

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/10153366322788200/ rcaroline26

    Jen! Again, love the blog :) look forward to reading everyday and love all the pictures. I wish I had a group of people to run with like you do, makes running a little more exciting once and a while to share it with someone… Also, please let us know if you like the watch. I am very curious about it!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!! Running with friends really helps keep me motivated. The watch is a really fun toy. It doesn’t replace my Garmin, but I like the fitness tracking, getting emails and texts, and taking phone calls while driving.

  • Lau

    Hi Jen! Where is your infused water bottle from? I’m looking to get one. Thanks!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Mine is the infusion h2o. I ordered it on amazon and I’ve been really happy with it.

      • Lau

        Thank you!
        Just started reading your blog recently and I love it! Great motivation and tips :) Thanks for sharing!

        • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

          I really appreciate it…thank you!!!

  • Amie H

    Too funny…in our house the crusts are also known as “pizza bones!”

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’ve never heard anyone else say it…too funny!!

  • http://idonteatthat.wordpress.com Jamie

    I always have frozen banana and fresh strawberries and green apples. Quick and easy snacks, and super refreshing post run! I LOVE pizza crust, it kills me seeing that picture haha.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I always mean to freeze some bananas and eat them before I ever freeze them.

  • http://pacewithgraceblog.com [email protected]

    I always have seasonal fruit in my fridge- right now, watermelon, pineapple and strawberries ROCK! So yummy, and I agree, SO refreshing!
    I leave the crust too!
    The iWatch looks cool- I don’t have one but I am intrigued.
    Have a great Thursday :-)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The iwatch has been a really fun toy…emails, texts, phone calls, and fitness tracking!

  • Jen B.

    I always have fruit, salad greens/spinach, almond milk, dates and almond butter on hand! I LOVE pizza crust and it hurts my heart when I see it left on a plate. I think I’m more annoyed when people use ‘your’ or ‘you’re’ incorrectly, as well as there/their/they’re. Drives me nuts!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Oh my gosh I’m with you on those pet peeves! Although, I find errors in my comments and posts all the time!

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

    I am definitely a fruit lover; my treat of choice has been cherries, lately. I only have one pair of trail shoes and they are Newtons; I love them! I do not have an iWatch and I don’t think I’ll be splurging on one; I’m kind of disappointed that you have to have your phone with you for it do track all of our running stuff. I want it to be smarter – ha! Um, I eat ALL the crust – ha! Hope you have a great day, Jen!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The cherries have been so good!!! The iwatch definitely doesn’t replace my Garmin and is much more of a toy.

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

        It’s definitely fun tracking steps, though, right? I love that!

        • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

          Yes it is!

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

    Mmm that fruit looks amazing! I need to pick some up soon. Mango is my favorite and it’s SO good before or after a run! I could also go for some cherries :)

    I always leave my crust behind. Can’t stand it, but luckily Dan always finishes it for me :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m really picky about my crust. There are a few restaurants where I’ll eat it!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    I try not to, but I eat the crusts. Your infused water and quinoa dinner look very yummy!

    And, I’m curious to hear what your thoughts are on “irregardless”… 😉

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love reading everyone’s pet peeves…too funny!

  • http://goallthemiles.wordpress.com Lauren

    Love pizza crusts now, but didn’t when I was younger. That pizza looked great! Now I want some! I’ve been eyeing the apple watch but wasn’t sure if it was worth it or not since I’d mainly want to use it on my runs and didn’t know how accurate/good it would actually be. Keep us posted on how you’re liking it!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Will do!

  • thisrunnersrecipes

    Your hair is so pretty! Straight hair is one of the best parts of haircuts.
    I always eat my pizza crusts – I enjoy the crispy contrast to the rest of the pizza.
    I’m obsessed with summer fruit as well right now – peaches, blueberries, cherries, grapes, all of it. It’s so good!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/amahoney81 AmandaM

    I’m an odd one and I don’t like pizza! Never have really. Ah the Restoration Hardware catalog – got mine a couple weeks ago- agreed! SO unnecessary. Thank you for reminding me to log on or call to cancel it.

  • http://academicrunner.wordpress.com Academic Runner

    Hi Jen, I love your blog! If you want the full functionality of your Garmin on your iWatch, you can use ISmoothRun as an app. Once you have it on the iPhone, it download automatically on your watch. This morning is the first time I tried it out and it worked perfectly (laps, cadence, etc.) Maybe it helps! 😉 PS: I love your hair!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Oh my gosh…I’ve never heard of that app. I’m heading to check it out…thank you so much for the tip!!!

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

    Sounds like an AMAZING few days for you!!!! You are quite the lucky lady, hehe!

  • http://www.faithrunstheday.blogspot.com Faith @ Run the Day

    Fun! I need my fridge to look as inviting as yours! Also, cute pics with the running group :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com Melissa

    Those new shoes are so pretty!! I love new shoes. I am running in ON right now and I am in love:)
    Fruit is always stocked in our house, currently: apples( always), bananas, cherries (yum!), watermelon, grapes! I keep raspberries and strawberries on hand for topping on my mixed green salads:)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The cherries are so good right now!!!

  • Caitlin

    OMG. Both myself and a coworker received the RH catalogue and it’s totally ridiculous! If you need/are looking for furniture you go to the website, you don’t need to kill trees and waist money on printing and shipping for a book I immediately recycled.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://mobilebayrunner.wordpress.com mobilebayrunner

    I love all of the “action” shots that you post. How do you take those?! Forgive my ignorance, I’m new to this :) I like to stay stocked up on greek yogurt & PB2. Major anxiety sets in if we are running “low” and immediately prompts a trip to the store!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!! I use my iPhone with the superburst app. I just prop it up on the ground, set the timer and run by it. That app is great because it takes 300 burst photos!

  • http://lindsaylovesitall.blogspot.com Lindsay

    Where did you get that great water bottle that you can infuse fruit into? I am wanting one, and that one looks perfect!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I ordered mine from Amazon. It’s the Infusion h2o Fruit Infused Water Bottle. I use it daily and love it!