Pre-race Festivities 


I joined my friends for one last run in TN before leaving for NYC.

Corrie made the yummiest “Big Apple” sugar cookies for good luck!

‘Pup’-date: Charlotte is home and doing SOOOO much better!  Thank you all for your sweet words!!!


I made sure to save some magazines for my flight.

My hotel had Good Luck cupcakes waiting on me….such a sweet surprise!

And I headed out for a little sight-seeing and shopping!

It was National Oatmeal Day, so I was required to have a bowl! (Click here to read my Ode to Oatmeal)

I met up with Team Asics for drinks.  I’ve followed these bloggers/social media gurus for ages, so it was super cool getting to meet in person!!!

After drinks, we went out for a yummy Italian dinner.

I had a mushroom and asparagus risotto!


The Asics team was kind enough to invite me to their shakeout run through Central Park.

I thought it would be a huge ‘open to the public’ run.  Instead it was a small group and we got to run with Sara Hall, Deena Kastor, and Ryan Hall…holy guacamole!

And it wouldn’t be a marathon without a Bart Yasso selfie, lol!

And if that wasn’t cool enough, our run group had breakfast together and the elites gave us advice for Sunday’s race!

Some reps from Sony also joined our breakfast and brought us these AH-MAZING Smart B-Trainer wireless headphones.  They have GPS, Heart-rate monitor, Bluetooth and obviously….also play music.  I can not wait to try them!!!!

After a quick shower, we met back up and headed to the expo.

It got real….real fast.  This is happening!

Of course, I shopped.  Then Jason flew into town and I cabbed it to meet up with him.

I ate this entire gorgeous pizza by myself.  Hello carbs!

And, I have to end this post with a HUGE thank you to everyone that ordered a CHOOSE JOY shirt. 100% of the profits are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital….and you ladies look gorgeous!

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  • Kimberly

    Wow! Looks like such a busy and fun-filled few days. It’s awesome that you got to meet some of the elites, and get their invaluable advice for the race on Sunday!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It has been a blast!!!

  • http://www.minutespermile.com mary @ minutes per mile

    awesome! that pizza is going to pay off. and you should frame the bart selfie for sure. go girl!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I am definitely carbed-up!!!!

  • Katie West

    Looks like NYC is fabulous!!! Those cupcakes and pizza look delish!! I’ll be cheering for you tomorrow!!! Have a great run!!! Go get ’em!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!!!!

  • Desiree

    WOW what a fun experience so far in NYC. That is so cool you got to run with Deena, Ryan and Sarah. Talk about inspiring!! Your Big Apple sugar cookies look yummy. I am doing the typical Halloween (escorting children trick or treating) plan tonight. Thankfully my marathon is next Sunday!! Have fun tomorrow. Run Strong and enjoy the NYC marathon experience.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Have so much fun tonight and THANK YOU!

  • https://ameliarunsforpancakes.wordpress.com Amelia Tacheny

    Oh my goodness is that Ethan Newberry, the Ginger Runner? Looks like an
    amazing time! Good luck!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It is! I love his YouTube channel and was stoked to meet him!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Looks like you’re having a great time! Enjoy and good luck tomorrow!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks so much!!

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

    Looks like such a fun trip so far! Can’t wait to see how you do! Good luck tomorrow!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!!

  • AmandaM

    Runners World, Running Times, and People. Definitely paper version! Same with books too. I was excited that my 11 year old niece asked me to go Trick-or-Treating with her!

    Positive vibes to you!! Go Jennifer!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Have a blast trick-or-treating tonight!!!!

  • http://www.pawsandpavement.com/ Sheena

    The only time I read tangible magazines anymore is while flying. I have a quick 1 hour flight tomorrow to go visit my parents for a few days, doubt I will need to buy any magazines. Good luck tomorrow!!!!!!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Short flights are the best! Safe travels.

  • http://www.youngandrungry.com Margaret @youngandrungry

    Amazing!!! Looks like you’re having a blast!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      So much fun!

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

    Good luck tomorrow! I can’t wait to read all about it.

  • Regina Mcwhirter

    Runner’s World monthly subscription, some veggie mags as well but not subscribed. Awaiting trick-o-treaters, so far none.
    This happens to me at expos as well, “It got real, real fast.” Thanks for sharing your experience, awaiting your blog about tomorrow. You’ve trained hard, you are ready!

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

    -I have such a love affair (obsession…perhaps) with magazines! I love having them in my hands and flipping through the pages…my happy place :)
    -My favorites are: Health, Runners World, Womens Running, Shape and anything that catches my eye on the news stands…aahhhh :)
    -Trick or treating with my little girl, she went as Pinkie Pie from my little pony (yep those are back! :) lol
    Have a WONDERFUL race, I just made sure I knew what channel and what time all the festivities are being aired! BEST OF LUCK!!!

  • http://www.faithrunstheday.blogspot.com Faith Brewer

    Oh my gosh! You certainly had a blast. I’m so envious of the people you got to meet, the places you got the run, the expo you got to shop at and the race you’re about to do!! ENJOY the moment :)

  • Sandra Laflamme

    Congrats on your NYC marathon finish! I can’t wait to read all about it. How great to be able to hang with the Asics bloggers including the shake out run! Amazing!