North Fork Race Photos!

First things first, I got a few more photos from the North Fork 50!!

These beautiful flowers were all over the course!

And I teared up AGAIN, when I saw this finish photo with Corrie!!!  Pure JOY!

Alright…back to real life!

Wednesday:   Muggy morning miles with awesome friends!

I took my Yeti to the smoothie shop so it wouldn’t melt so quickly.  It’s a thousand degrees in TN.

My new Hungry Runner Girl tank arrived!!  Caroline and I enjoyed some sunshine on the front porch.

The hubs is doing a juice cleanse this week.  Fun times in our house…lol!!


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I’m loving my joy tote from ED by Ellen!

We had an awesome group for this week’s Brentwood Breakfast Club!

It wouldn’t be BBC without breakfast.

Nashville is finally getting on the acai bowl bandwagon…woohoo!  This beauty is from Juice Bar.

My friend CB gave me a box of the new Skratch Cookie Mix, so I decided to bake cookies for the Fleet Feet Dirtbag Trail Mixer/Run.  The mix is really healthy.

Of course I added toffee and mini chocolate chips making it a little less healthy.  :)

They turned out really well!

We had a great time!!

Except for my mosquito bites!


I hit the gym..10.10 miles on July 10th seemed fun!  Followed by a smoothie. :)

Have you seen the new chocolates at Starbucks?!!  This one is SO good!!!

Today is the last day to enter my PRO Compression GIVEAWAY on Instagram!  Find this image and follow the directions….it’s super simple!

Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate…rank from best to worst! Dark, White, Milk

Do mosquitos eat you up?!

Tell me about your pet(s)!! 


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  • Desiree

    I am terrible because I actually love white chocolate (the least healthiest). Ooops!! Those cookies look yummy. I think I am going to get my hubby a Yeti mug for his birthday next month. Your pic with Caroline is adorable. I have a Westie named Jack and he is my sidekick. I take him everywhere I can. He loves the sun also. Will sit outside forever even in this Atlanta heat!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The heat doesn’t seem to phase Caroline, either! She’s a little sun worshiper. ☀️

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com Melissa

    Those are awesome pictures from your 50 km!!!
    -dark, milk, and in a very distant 3rd white.
    -We are having a crazy mosquito season this year in MI!
    -We have two cats, Bella and Charlie. Charlie is my daughters cat and she does everything to her, carries her like a baby, puts clothes on her and Charlie doesn’t mind…best cat ever :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s so cool to have a laid back cat!!

  • http://pacewithgraceblog.com/ Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Milk, dark and then white for me!
    I also get eaten up by mosquitoes! Ugh. I’m not a big fan of the repellant sprays either so that doesn’t help. Its nice they have over options now that you don’t have to spray directly on your skin.
    I have a 9 year old Maltese named Milo. I got him when he was just 4 months old (and I was a sophomore in college). He has been through so much with me and I love him SO much!! He is still his spunky energetic self and an important part of our family :-)

    Happy Saturday!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      We had a Maltese named Macy when I was a kid. She was such a sweet pup!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/1524576779 Robin Landrigan Smith

    Milk, dark, white! My Gracie is my walking, hiking and kayaking companion – I wish she could ride a bike! I feel so guilty when I go out without her. I am a bug magnet!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I wish my pups were athletic. That’s awesome!!!

  • http://www.getoffyoubuttandrun.blogspot.com Meghan @ GetOffYourButtAndRun

    I like milk chocolate the best. I’ve seen those chocolate bars at World Market and I’ve been eyeing the honeycomb one. Glad to hear you like it!
    The pictures from your race look incredible! I’m jealous of any trail running.
    Mosquitoes tend to eat my husband more than me (thankfully). Just add it to the reasons why I keep him around.
    I have two dogs who I love to pieces; a 2 year old dachshund/whippet mix and a 3 month old lab mix. I could not live without dogs.

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com suzysuzyheather

    Milk, dark, white. How are you smiling so huge in all of your race photos? Mine never turn out like that. I’m always looking like I’m half dead. I had a cat named “Steps” and he was obese, and he always slept on my treadmill. It was so ironic.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s too funny! Trail running is definitely my happy place. :) it also helps that it was a “just for fun” race!

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

    white, dark, milk! Yes, mosquitos LOVE me…LOL! My golden retriever’s name is Samuel Adams and I love him more than just about anything!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s the best name!!!

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

    I love that race photo of you two finishing together! What a sweet memory :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      So special!!!

  • http://yizzylovestorun.wordpress.com yizzy08

    Dark, milk, white…so far not too many mosquitoes in Phoenix yet so no bites so far…I have a Pomeranian. His name is Disney. He is 12 1/2 years old. We adopted him from a shelter 6 1/2 years ago. He is so sweet and friendly. He is my fur son. He has traveled all over US with us. He has been to east coast and back in the car. Best little traveler.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s so cool that he travels with you!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    Why does that candy bar look so good?!

    My chocolate rankings: milk, dark, white

    Mosquitoes love me! I guess I’m just sweet! I actually carry bug spray in my car and put it on whenever I’m going to be outside for more than a few minutes.

    I have a 3 year-old Weim. He’s a baby and is spoiled rotten! I miss my “big brother” Hayman everyday. We had to put him down in February and he was our first family dog.

    Have a great rest of your weekend! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      My two pups are definitely spoiled!

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

    Chocolate: milk, milk, milk… can this count? I also like the dark one but I can’t have it at night, it keeps me awake.
    I have a 10 year-old husky-pit mix with blue eyes. Unfortunately he had knee surgery this year (ligament and then, on the same leg, the meniscus) and now he is getting old for long runs in the heat. We love him very very much, he’s a sweetheart.
    Mosquitoes love me but it’s a one way relationship 😛 I started using a repellant from Zoe Organics for my runs and it works very well. It is an oil, so afterwards a shower is required, but at least there shouldn’t be any harsh chemical in it.
    Have a great weekend!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks for the Zoe tip!! I’ll check it out.

  • http://thegreenpix.wordpress.com thegreenpix

    How long have you been jogging Jen?? I’ve been doing it off and on for years, but lately have been getting slack that “older people” (Im 30 soon) shouldn’t jog? apparently it will destroy your joints, but I’ve found mixed info on the web…would love to hear your experiences :) thanks in advance! btw congrats on the 50! looks like you had a blast!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      First, 30 isn’t old…lol!!! I run with friends in their 60’s and they’re in incredible shape. It might be different for everyone, but I think running helps to keep me fit and young.

      • http://thegreenpix.wordpress.com thegreenpix

        Okay thank you for your input!! I generally feel better when Im “on” jogging, but comin from a family riddled with medical issues, bad bones, and death my 70…It’s understandable why my family considers me older, and why I am concerned about possible health risks associated with my work outs. fingers crossed that I will continue to not share any of the same issues that they do. Have a great day Jen!

  • http://gravatar.com/loribethbird Loribeth

    I love dark, then milk, then white. Actually I don’t really like white chocolate all that much. It seems too “fake” sweet.
    Mosquitoes know me. They track me. It’s like I have a target on my legs. I always use bug spray/sunscreen combo pretty much April thru September. I have only gotten about 5 bites this year, but I have been diligent with the bug spray and not forgotten it!
    I don’t have pets, but I do pet sit a lot, and both sides of our family has dogs, mostly wiener dogs! I do work with penguins at work, so that kinda counts!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Oh my gosh…you get to work with penguins?!! That’s so cool!!!

      • http://gravatar.com/loribethbird Loribeth

        Yep! It is a wonderful job, my dream job! Right now we have baby penguins :)

  • http://howtoeatrd.wordpress.com howtoeatrd

    That race looks like SO MUCH FUN! Nothing makes the heat and humidity a tiny bit more bearable like gorgeous scenery and a great atmosphere :) trail racing always feels so right but the lure of new PRs brings me back to the road every time. #runnerproblems

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      After hard training for a road race, I’m always so excited to take a little time off and run trails. I think they keep me from burning out on running.

  • http://imrunningwitherasers.wordpress.com runningwitherasers

    Looks like a fun but tough trail run! I ran on a woods-y bike path this weekend and was eaten alive, pesky mosquitos!