The Friday Five

1.  I ordered a bunch of these Ring Bowls from Mark My Clay.  Of course, mine all say CHOOSE JOY :)  I put them by my sinks and gave some as gifts.  I also love that they come in pretty packaging!



2.  I bought this Nike Element Half Zip at Fleet Feet this week and LOVE it!!  It’s a little longer on me than the model (covers my bum)…perfect for wearing over tights and it’s super soft!!


3.  Marcona Almonds, sometimes referred to as the ‘Queen of Almonds’ have a softer texture than traditional almonds.  If a cashew and an almond had a baby, it would taste like Marcona Almonds.  I had never had them until I married Jason.  They’re like gold in our house.


4.  After forced time off from an achilles injury, this shirt from Nike was too perfect!  Bonus: It’s on sale!


5.  SNL brilliantly tackles gentrification.  This skit cracked me up!


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  • http://runningingpink.com Sara @ Running in Pink

    That skit was hilarious! And now not only do I need to get that T-shirt you have me wanting that jacket as well! You can’t have too many running jackets right??

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I can never have enough run clothes…thats what i keep telling my husband!

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I love Marcona almonds! My aunt used to buy that container from Costco and send them to me in care packages in college, and I’ve been addicted since! I definitely agree that they are a beautiful cross between an almond and a cashew – good description!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I cant believe i had never tried them…so good! The ones from costco are my fave because they arent oily.

  • http://politicalgeographyprof.wordpress.com politicalgeographyprof

    Next time you are not running, swim. I see that you are already cycling. That would mean that you would be a triathlete. Yes, indeed, not running might make you a kick-ass triathlete. It is 3x the fun! And at least 2x the clothes:)

    • http://politicalgeographyprof.wordpress.com politicalgeographyprof

      Oh, and, my wordpress name is different than instagram – aRunningOlive doesn’t have a wordpress account so I use my old one.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I had someone say to me “this is how triathletes are made!” Im intimidated by the pool. I know how to swim, but ive never done laps and i dont know the etiquette. I need to get over it!

      • http://politicalgeographyprof.wordpress.com politicalgeographyprof

        Think about all the runners you have helped in various stages of their journey. You don’t to get “over it” about swimming, you just need to make a swim friend. Find a pool guru and go to the pool with them a few times. Swimmers are every bit as friendly as runners. And there is no better way to rehab an injury than floating, stretching, and moving in water.

        • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

          I really appreciate your advice!

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

    I have more running clothes than anything else. I would wear them all day, everyday if I could! Love that shirt! Have a great weekend, Jen!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      My closet has its own running section! Happy friday!!!

  • http://fitsickle.com fitsickle

    Those almonds are soooo good! And love the Nike top and your tee – good finds! Happy Friday!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks!! Happy Friday to you, too!!

  • http://veggierunningmomma.wordpress.com bobbyjessica2319

    Not running does suck.. but buying new running gear does put a light at the end of the tunnel :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://gravatar.com/paria3kids Paria

    Trader Joe’s roasted and salted TRUFFLE marcona almonds are quite possibly the best nut I’ve ever had…

  • paria3kids

    Trader Joe’s roasted and salted TRUFFLE marcona almonds are quite possibly the best nut I’ve ever had !

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Oh my gosh, those sound so good!!

  • http://crazyrunnerblog.wordpress.com joannaraines

    Oh my gosh. I have to get that t-shirt!!!!

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

    Wow, Jen…these Mark My Clay ring bowls are super-cute and would make EXCELLENT gifts, right? I’m bookmarking their page right now so that I’ll not forget where to find them for later; thanks for sharing your great find! By the way, so thrilled you had a pain-free run; hope things are still going well. Have a great weekend!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The little ring dish is so cute! Thanks so much for your well wishes! Im running 10 miles tomorrow…fingers crossed it goes well:)

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    That jacket is making me dizzy Jen! Bahahaha lol 😛 I’m totally loving your shirt chica!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      In person, it wont give you vertigo!

  • http://www.foxrunsfast.com foxrunsfast

    LOVE the “Not Running Sucks” shirt – BUT I sure hope I don’t have an excuse to buy that one anytime soon! How’s the achilles feeling? Glad you’ve been able to bike and lift in the meantime!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Hopefully you’ll never need it! Im on the road to recovery…back to running every other day:)

  • natrunsfar

    I saw your instagram post about the t-shirt and had to respond. I am ordering that shirt! So, funny – I am going to wear it all the time :)
    Thanks and have a happy weekend!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love it!! Have a great weekend:)