Time Trials Are Fun & June Miles


We had to be at the Denver airport to fly home by 4am.   This pic sums it up.

Speaking of the airport, I posted a crazy mural from their baggage claim HERE.  You guys directed me to some super fun conspiracy theories about the Denver airport.  If you love conspiracy theories, you MUST read more about the Denver airport!

I was happy to find my favorite Umpqua Oats for breakfast!  Food and coffee made the early flight a lot better.

When we got home, we unpacked, picked up a smoothie, and I hit the gym for a recovery run.

Track Tuesday:  Time trials are fun…said no on ever.

We kicked off the Fleet Feet Summer Speed Sessions with a 1 mile time trial.

I went into this time trial with zero expectations.  Actually, I was amazed that I even felt up to attempting it.  I ran a 6:29.  Not my fastest time, but I’m super proud considering it was 3 days post-50k.

Also, I knew I was back in TN when I saw the morning humidity…eek!!

I went to Juice Bar for a Cocoa Banana Smoothie and I had a free one on my account…always a good day when that happens!

And, then I went for a much needed post-race/time trial sports massage with Robin Frazier at Franklin Massage Center.

For dinner I made Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower…yum!!!  Recipe coming soon.


Woke up to this….married life for the win.

I posted my North Fork 50 Race Recap!  Click HERE to read it if you haven’t already, or if you just really want to read it again. 😉

I wanted to do a nice and easy, FLAT run.  My sweet friends obliged and we got together for a great morning run.

Jenn baked rhubarb bars and brought me a couple.  They were SO good and perfect with a big mug of coffee!!

Another month is in the books!  I loved this months training for North Fork.  I felt strong, injury free, and really relaxed for every run.

June Miles: 344
YTD: 1,915

How was your June training?

What’s your next race?  Is it a goal race or a “just for fun” race?  My next race is the Cumberland Plateau Stage Race.  It’s a weekend of trail running with friends and we’re running it for fun.

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?  I used to always get green smoothies, but lately I’ve been on a chocolate kick!


Join the Conversation

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com Melissa

    What an amazing accomplishment in June!! You are a Beast :)!! I look forward to reading your blog everyday, just so inspiring!
    -June training was good, my miles are increasing and so is my strength :)
    -I have a race on July 4th ( 20 km) I’m running it for fun and training/nutritional purposes. Plus I’m looking forward to some different scenery in my training :) LOL
    -I love green smoothies!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Have a great July 4th race and thank you!!!

  • Cheryl K

    Your mileage amazes me…Do you ever have days where you lack motivation?

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Absolutely!!!! I try to run with friends on those days. They always make it fun and they’ll slow down if I’m feeling sluggish!

  • Sarah @SarahRuns26

    Your miles are crazy! I’m amazed!

    I haven’t decided on the next race. It’s been kind of nice just running for fun and not worrying about actually training.

    I usually go for berry smoothies. Or mango. Have a great day Jen!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I always enjoy running just for the love of it!

  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    Wow those miles!!! And AMAZING time for you mile!!!! 6:29 is so fast and right after a 50k…unbelievable!!!! Do you pretty much have to buy a new pair of shoes a month? I feel like I don’t get as many miles out of my Kinvaras as other shoes.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I always have a few pairs in rotation, but it averages out to around a pair a month. I agree with you in the kinvaras. I feel like I get around 300 miles per pair.

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com suzysuzyheather

    You’re incredible! Running on Tuesday and then a mile time trial (say that three times fast!) in such a speedy time. You’re a beast! Love it.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!!

  • Janessa

    Where did you find a flat place to run in Nashville? haha jk Even in west TN I feel like it is really hard to find a good flat place other than just going to a track. Great job on mileage this month though!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      lol….you’re so right! Our route had a few rollers but no crazy hills.

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

    Awesome June miles!! My June running went really well! Ran my PR June 13 after 12 weeks of training and took 2 days off and was back at it. My next race is the Color Run next weekend followed by a 10K July 19th.
    I pretty much love all smoothie flavors. I get in the mood for different flavors- fruity, green, chocolaty, just depends.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s amazing that you were back to running so quickly after a PR!!!

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

    A 6:29 mile right after a 50k!?! You seriously amaze me!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!!

  • http://nirunner.blogspot.com Angela @ North Idaho Runner

    June was awesome – finished with 277 miles….this is remarkable feat for me being that I have to squeeze runs around work and domestic obligations associated with having three hooligan boys. Also, I ran my second 50 miler and PR’d that distance by over 15 minutes even with running with a stomach virus.

    Next race is this weekend – a 50k and then I have a couple fun races – a mountain 10 miler and a challenging trail 25k.

    Not a smoothie person but when I do have one, I favor banana + peanut butter

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Oh my gosh…you had an incredible month!!!!

  • thisrunnersrecipes

    Your June miles are incredible! I’m not much of a smoothie drink unless it’s summer, and then I love berry, green, and chocolate smoothies.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I just heard about a trail 5K next weekend that I might sign up for. Even though I know my competitive side would want to do well, it would mostly be just for fun. It’s hard to pass up a short, fun race!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That sounds like a blast!

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

    Jen, I think it’s so cool that you were able to find your oatmeal at the airport; that’s always a treat for me. Kudos to you on your mile time trial…after a 50K and back in the humidity? GAH! Way to go!!! Hope you’re having a great day!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    My favorite smoothie has and will always be strawberry banana! Yum!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      You can’t go wrong with strawberry banana!??