Weekend Wrap-Up

I busted open a fresh pair of Saucony Kinvara’s.  These will be my Boston Marathon shoes!!
I wore them to pace my Fleet Feet CMM group for 18 miles…felt great!
I didn’t feel like cooking steel-cut oats after my run, so I had the next best option…Umpqua Instant Oats.  They’re SO good!!
It was game day, so I sported my Kentucky blue.  Spoiler alert: they lost, but it was one heck of a season!
I decided that I’m tired of skinny jeans.  Yes, they’re cool.  Yes, they make me feel like a sausage link.  So, I bought a pair of bootcut jeans.  Note: the pair that fits me best is for a curvy body type!
I celebrated my long run with a glass of champagne.  It’s a good tradition.
Were you able to see the blood moon eclipse?
Easter Sunday:
I went for an early morning workout, and came home to my husband!!  He was supposed to be out of town, but managed to come home for the day.  Great surprise!!!!
I see this joke every year and it always cracks me up!
I took advantage of some down time and enjoyed our front porch swing :)
If you’ve been reading along for a while, you know that we don’t have any kids.  Easter is one of those days where I wish we did.  It would be so much fun to play Easter bunny.  Plus, I could share their candy.  (NOTE: this is totally not a reason to have a kid!)  But, I didn’t have a single jelly bean, Peep, or Reese’s Egg this year.  Crazy!  Follow me on Twitter HERE!!!
It’s hard to believe that Lent is over.  For 44 days, I gave up sweets and added a daily Joy Jar ritual.  I’m so glad the sweets are back in my life!! However, I do plan to continue with my Joy Jar.  It’s such a nice practice to write down something I’m thankful for every day.  And, I love the physical reminder of seeing my jar accumulate gratitude.
Totally random question: Are you dipper?  I always order my salad dressing, ketchup, syrup, etc…on the side.  I feel like I should have outgrown this practice in kindergarten.
Do you believe in the omen of the blood moon?  Is there a big change or event happening in your life?
Easter highlight?  unexpectedly getting to spend the day with my husband!
Favorite Easter candy? I like Peeps (preferably the bunnies) and Reese’s Eggs.

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  • http://carlabirnberg.com/2015/04/06/10-ways-to-support-a-friends-book-release/ CARLA

    oh I SMILED at the surprise by your husband.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It was wonderful!!!

  • http://creatingbettertomorrow.com Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow

    I always order dressing on side – sometimes dip sometimes pour at my discretion on :) they always put too much dressing/sauce on things for my taste…favorite candy hmmm so many but I love kit kat or twizzler pull and peel as they make me feel like a kid playing with candy!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Ooh…I love Twizzlers! Makes mouths happy:)

  • http://creatingbettertomorrow.com Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow

    Oh and did I tell you I love those shoes…if I didn’t in my first comment it is worthy of a second comment :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Nope! Heard about the blood moon and did not get to see it … the pillow won the battle lol and sweet Saucony’s … patriots day is fast approaching :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Eek!!! Race day is almost here!?

      • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

        Eh’ no worries your going to do sooooo AWESOME Jen!!! :)

  • becky

    I love your blog. You are very inspiring and I look forward to reading it.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s so kind of you to say! Thank you for your encouragement!! :)

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

    I love Reese’s eggs, so good! I’m a big fan of Cadbury Mini Eggs too. I don’t love Peeps, but I’m not a marshmallow person (unless it’s on a s’more!). What a nice surprise that you got to spend the day with your husband! Have a great week, Jen!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I know it’s crazy, but I have never had a Cadbury Egg!

  • http://shanschuerunner.wordpress.com shannonrae79

    I totally order my dressing on the side, dip just my fork and THEN my salad :-) I barely use any. Ha Ha

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m the same! I like just a little bit of dressing.

  • http://werundisney.com Pam and Christine

    Just found your blog and realized we both love Lilly and I chose that same “Elsa” top! So glad you have the perfect broken in shoes for Boston. I am just starting to get all my gear organized for the marathon and have a pair of shoes with 50 miles on them which will be perfect! So impressive that you did not eat any junk on Easter! We went to brunch at our club and I had a cupcake and cookie, but after 16 miles the day before, I earned it. Now I am skipping everything sweet/processed as much as possible until after race day!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Great minds think alike! It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter!!

  • http://www.RUNNINGaroundmykitchen.com Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen

    I love Reese’s the best and I like to have one Cadbury egg….I always look forward to it, but after one I’ve had enough :) I just got the same Kinvara’s :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I know it’s nuts, but I have never had a Cadbury Egg! My husband realized it yesterday, so I’m sure there will be one in my future. :)

  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    2 weeks till Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love the Kinvara5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That oatmeal looks really good :)
    I am a total dipper. I like to get almost everything plain and dip or add at my own discretion :)
    I had a half marathon Sat so that was fun and it was too cloudy to see the blood moon.
    I got my girls necklaces for Easter with a running shoe on it and they loved it!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Eek!!! Race day is fast approaching! That sounds like such a sweet Easter gift!!!

  • http://gretchruns.com Gretchen | Gretchruns

    It was super cloudy, so we couldn’t see the blood moon. It seems like everytime a cool lunar event happens, it’s too cloudy to see anything! I did get sick this weekend, so maybe the omen is true…??

    Loving your new shoes! They’re so cute and BRIGHT! I bet you look super fast in them. Also, I love your idea of the joy jar..such a great idea and I think I’m going to try it out! I gave up soda/pop for Lent and I don’t have any desire to drink any. I think that’s a good thing :) Enjoy your sweets (and your sweetie!)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      If I only that could make me run faster…magic shoes!

  • Paria

    The original big cadburry cream eggs….not the caramel filled or the chocolate filled or the mini’s…only the original! Love them!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I have never had a Cadbury Egg. My husband realized it yesterday, so I’m sure I’ll have one in the near future!

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

    I’m so glad Jason was able to make it home for Easter Sunday; that’s awesome! Also, if your MY husband, you could just dye your own eggs and have your own little party without kiddos – ha! 😉 We’re still kids ourselves, I’m pretty sure, which is why we don’t really miss any of it! I did have one Reese’s peanut butter egg and a little pack of Starburst jelly beans; they are THE BEST ones. I love, love, love your new shoes – woo hoo!!! So glad you had a great weekend; hope your Monday is off to a great start!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It was a wonderful surprise for him to come home! Have a wonderful week!!!

  • http://motherhoodandmarathons.wordpress.com Molly@MotherhoodandMarathons

    Sounds like a great weekend!! I ate way, way too many jelly beans. I might turn into one. I am a dipper as well!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Now I’m craving jelly beans!! :)

  • http://veggierunningmomma.wordpress.com Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA

    Dip your salad.!? haha I have never heard of that.
    and loove your new shoes. :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I know it’s weird and thank you!! I hope you have a great week!!!

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

    i also would like a child every halloween and easter. :)

  • http://www.foxrunsfast.com foxrunsfast

    Love the bright shoes! Very fun! Working on transitioning to a lighter shoe for my races and I tried on some Kinvaras in the store – they feel pretty good! Have you liked them for marathon racing?

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I wore them for 3 fall marathons and loved them! I’m excited to try the new Kinvara 6, but I’m waiting until after Boston.

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

    I’m definitely a dipper!! I always get everything on the side. Love those shoes!!

    Great job on your 18 miles!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Glad to know I’m not the only one!!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    Haha! I find it so funny that curvy jeans fit me the best too! I’m so not curvy…

    I’m glad you got to spend the day with your hubby! :-)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!!?

  • http://eathostrunstyle.blogspot.com Sun

    Ha, I just bought the same pair of Kinvaras for spring workouts and racing :) Love the bright yellow color!

    I’m also over skinny jeans – right now I’m into flares. For some reason, faded flares always say summer to me!

    For Easter candy, I’m all about Cadbury eggs. Both the cream and caramel filled!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that wants another option besides skinny jeans!