Pimpin’ Joy and a Pyramid Workout

This week I’m still easing back into my regular running schedule.  The plan is to run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Hopefully next week, I’ll be back to my normal training schedule!

Monday: Ground Hog Day




20 miles on the spin bike and weights in an empty gym.  I guess the resolution folks made it to February.


It was also Red Velvet Oreo Day…


I don’t really keep my medals, but it was fun to receive this one in the mail.  I got it for running as a St. Jude Hero in the Country Music and Memphis Marathons.  It’s some huge Mr. T-style bling.



Our Track Tuesday workout was a Pyramid Workout.  It was also my first time doing speed work since I injured my Achilles.

4 mile warm-up/strides

400m at 5k pace (30 second recovery)
800m at 10k pace (60 second recovery)
1200m at 1/2 marathon pace (90 second recovery)
1600m at marathon pace (400m recovery)
1200m at 1/2 marathon pace (90 second recovery)
800m at 10k pace (60 second recovery)
400m at 5k pace

1 mile cool down


My tights matched my Cocogo bottle.  Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps) to save 10% off your order.  My girlfriends and I wore the same Asics Storm Shelter Jacket (without planning it), and I hit all of my pace goals!!

I am loving the new Run Y’all shirt from Fleet Feet!  Y’all next time I’ll powder my face before I take a pic…hello shine!


For dinner I had this One-Pan Mexican Quinoa.


Because it was Taco Tuesday and February is the month of love…



I joined my friends for a run in Percy Warner Park.  We lovingly refer to it as the Monkey Run because it’s on the super hilly Flying Monkey Marathon course.


How perfect is my new Pimpin’ Joy t-shirt?!


I got into the BAA 5k!  Big thanks to Heather Kralj for making sure I registered quickly.  Heather is a Boston Marathon veteran and has really helped me plan my trip.  She’s on the Fleet Feet Racing Team with me and she has a new blog: YourLifeWontWait.  Check it out!


Thanks to Shyla for sharing that Starbucks will be offering another dairy-free alternative…coconut milk!


And lastly, I thought my friends to the north would appreciate the big hullabaloo (not a word I use enough) over our snow forecast tonight.  Nashville really will shut down over a dusting.


Were you able to find the new Red Velvet Oreos?  What do you think?  I may or may not have friends with stock piles!

Will you try the Coconut Milk at Starbucks? I usually get soy milk and am happy to have a healthier option.

What’s your regular Starbucks order? I get a tall blonde soy misto:)


Don’t forget that you can save $15 off ALL Rock n Roll Half and Full Marathons with code: JENCHOOSESJOY


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  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Ohhhhh red velvet oreo’s!!!! Glad to hear that Achilles is better and you hit you goal times Jen!! It seems that all us wounded runners are finally starting to heal yay! :) I still have a little ways to go but I’m seeing improvement with my hammy and glute as well. An empty gym eh’ yep! my gym has started thinning out too

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re on the mend!!!

  • http://fitsickle.com fitsickle

    Pimpin Joy! Love it!! I get the blonde misto too:) I want to try the new white flat or whatever it is! Almost Friday!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The flat white is really good…a little sweeter than the misto.

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

    I get their hot tea and am a little upset that they are switching from away from Tazo. The new kind isn’t as good. I would try coconut milk! I haven’t gotten to try the new Oreos, but I want to, I keep hearing they are good!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I didn’t know they were switching from Tazo. I always love the Tazo Zen.

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

    Jen, I am not dairy-free but I certainly appreciate the fact that they recognize folks needs and are opening up the options; that’s great! You know, I have NEVER tried a Red Velvet Cake Oreo; this seems like a travesty that I am going to have to resolve…quickly. 😉

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Your mission this week is to find the Oreos!!

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

        I will gladly accept that one, Jen! Thanks!! 😉

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

    I want both of those cute tees! I’ll def try the dairy free option. Moo milk never settled well with my belly anyway. Too bad I already registered for Nashville RnR! Can I get retroactive $15 off?! Lol just kiddin! So glad to hear you getting back at the running!! Exciting stuff!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      If you end up doing another RnR event you can use it:). Have a great day!!!

  • suzysuzyheather

    I wonder if they’re bringing coconut milk up to Canada or if it’s just in the States? I’ll have to check it out.

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

    That mexican quinoa looks delish! I can’t wait to try it. I love that Starbucks will be offering coconut milk. I always order a latte with soy or a frap depending on the weather. There are so many awesome races as part of the RnR series. Who can decide?! I’m already doing the Nashville RnR half, but maybe somewhere more of a race-cation. Oh the choices!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I had such a tough time choosing my races this year. There’s just not enough time!

  • http://www.marontherun.com Mar on the Run!

    oh man, have GOT to find me some red velvet oreos and I’m not even a big cookie eater! But I love anything red velvet!! love the pimpin joy shirt :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m with you! I love anything red velvet!

  • Cindy

    I don’t suppose those Run Y’all tshirts can be shipped to Illinois?! I hope they sell them at the Rock n Roll Country Music Marathon expo!! love it.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      They’re so cute! If you call Fleet Feet Nashville, they’ll ship you one:)