Weekend Wrap-Up


I met up with friends for our last long run before North Fork next weekend!  We logged a lot of hours in the woods together and I’m so thankful for their company!!!

I was craving a smoothie after the run.  What do you do when you can’t make up your mind?  Order two smalls…the best of both worlds!

I had a super fun mail day!  Batch knows my love for coffee and sent me some fun new coffees to try!!!!  They also gave me a discount to share with JCJ readers!  Use code: CHOOSEJOY for 10% off your order at BatchUSA.com.  Thanks Batch!!!

I also received the biggest box of San Clemente Cookie Dough Co…heaven!!  Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY for 10% off your order at SanClementeCookieDoughCo.com.

Sunday: Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice

Happy Father’s Day to both of my dads!!

It was also the first day of Summer and the longest day of the year!

I hopped on the treadmill for 9 recovery paced miles.

In an empty gym!!!

I met Jason for an early breakfast…

and a hike around Radnor Lake.

My friend Dave is out of town.  He’s letting me pick his garden while he’s gone.  This was my first time getting to do it and I’m hooked!!!!  I can’t wait to plant my own garden next year.

Isn’t it beautiful?!!!

Jason and I had dinner on the Burger Up patio!  It’s hot as hades in TN and I love it!

I had a big salad, because…CAKE!!

Sending prayers and love to Charleston.

Are you a summer lover?  I love the heat and sunshine (except when I’m running)!

Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?

Did you race or long run?  Share!

Do you have a garden?  What are you growing?


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  • http://carlabirnberg.com/2015/06/22/crappy-dinners/ CARLA

    I love that quote.
    I shall spend all week spinning so the shadows are BEHIND ME.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Perfect!!!! Have a great week!?

  • AmandaM

    i love the heat and will never complain about it! living in massachusetts we have to be grateful for anything above 50. it’s a short hot season and i am so happy right now!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Especially after this last winter!!!

  • http://www.livingontherun.com Pille

    I love the summer but the I hate running in the heat!!
    We don’t celebrate father’s day until November where I am from even though our mother’s day is the same time. Strange.
    I did a long run this weekend and an old injury reappeared. So frustrating!
    Have a nice week!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love the heat until I have to run in it! I hope you’re able to rest up and have a speedy recovery!

  • Sarah @SarahRuns26

    We had dinner with my dad and uncle from NY last night! It was fun to be with both of them for Fathers Day!

    I would love to have a giant garden, that looks amazing! I am not a fan of the heat. It just makes me tired and not want to go outside until fall. Bring on the cold weather! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m going to try my hand at a much smaller garden of my own next year. It might be a disaster!

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com Melissa

    -I like spring and wished it lasted a little longer here in MI. It seems like MI has been having a season identity crisis. It will get super hot/humid and then cool and crisp the next day…. keeps all of us Michiganders on our toes. (I would rather not run in heat/humidity. So I’ve been getting out earlier and earlier in the mornings).
    -Father’s Day was celebrated, lots of family time.
    -Saturday I did a 6 mile run :)
    -My parents have a garden and it’s huge. I reap the benefits of their hard work! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s awesome that you get to share your parents garden!!!

  • http://idonteatthat.wordpress.com Jamie

    I love love love summer. I could sit outside on the sun all day long! I’m just not a fan of humidity when running! No long run this weekend – way too rainy! Just took it nice and easy : ) Hope you have a fabulous Monday!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m the exact same way. I can just sit in the heat, but it’s not great for running.

  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    I LOVE summer!!!!!!!!!!!! The heat and humidity have been making running a little harder…but I will take it over freezing eyelashes and ice any day!!!!!! I love putting on shorts and a t shirt and going outside and not having to put on 15 layers and gloves and face masks. I love coming back sweaty instead of still freezing! Lately sweaty would be an understatement! I did a 14 mile long run and didn’t get out until 10:30….not smart!
    We got my husband a new hummingbird feeder and some binoculars to look at them with. We have these cute bird feeders set up outside and love watching the birds!!!
    That juice looks amazing!!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      We’ve been starting our runs around 5:30am and its already hot!

  • http://cathymores.com Cathy M.

    Looks like an awesome weekend! Isn’t gardening so fun? We are growing tomatoes, red peppers, zucchini and herbs like cilantro, basil, rosemary and mint to cook with this summer. I love making fresh salsa with tomatoes from our garden! Yum! Happy Monday! Cheers!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m hooked on gardening!! I can’t wait to try my own next year. Although it could be a disaster!

  • http://practicinghealthyhabits.wordpress.com Katie @ Striving for a Healthy Life

    Hi! Random question: what brand/style of running shorts do you wear? I believe I have a similar leg build as you, and I find most shorts I try on are either too long, or too wide/baggy around the thigh.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love the Oiselle Mac Rogas and Lululemon Speed shorts!

  • http://pacewithgraceblog.com/ [email protected] Pace with Grace Blog

    I am with you, I love the heat and summer until I have to run in it. I will get up extra early to get my run in to beat the heat.
    I celebrated Father’s Day with my husband and step-son by making breakfast for him and the we headed to my dad’s for a grill out and fun times outside. The perfect day!
    Just took it easy with a 6 mile run on Saturday.
    I have not put a garden in yet but would like to as some point- tomatoes, snap peas, beans, and peppers do well here in WI.
    Have a great week!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That sounds like a great weekend!!!

  • http://gretchruns.wordpress.com Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Summer’s my favorite season! I even like it when I’m running, so I load up my race schedule for the summer months!

    I can’t wait to have a house so I can start a garden. That one is amazing! So beautiful :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Dave’s garden has definitely inspired me to plant one next year!

  • Rachel Denler

    That quote is lovely. I printed it out and put it up next to my computer to look at. I love summer evenings when the heat lingers but the sun isn’t so intense. The sun in Denver is INTENSE, so it can be really painful.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’ll be in Denver on Thursday. Hopefully the heat won’t be too terrible for us!

  • http://mobilebayrunner.wordpress.com mobilebayrunner

    I am a HUGE summer lover too. Probably because we live on the water and there are so many fun things to do. We spent Father’s Day playing on the water :) and I ran a 5K at the beach! Check out my race recap https://mobilebayrunner.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/race-recap-hot-trot-5k/

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That sounds like the perfect weekend!! I’m heading over to read your race report right now. ?

  • http://traceymcgraw.wordpress.com tracey

    I love the heat! I spent the morning with my parents to celebrate Father’s Day – and I have to tell you……you inspired me to stop my pity party about not being able to run, but instead do what I can do! I walked 5 miles yesterday and today at 5:00am, did light weights and core:) Thank you!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Woo hoo!!! You rock! Those endorphins will work wonders for your spirit. :)

  • thisrunnersrecipes

    That garden is beautiful! I so badly want to start gardening. I think I’m going to test my green thumb on a herb garden and build from there!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Baby steps!

  • http://goallthemiles.wordpress.com Lauren

    Summer is just THE BEST!!! My fave, love, love, love. Those San Clemente cookies look so good, I’m going to have to order one or twenty five 😉 Being in an empty gym is like winning the lottery. And I would love to have a garden, but I have a hard enough time keeping my poor cactus alive. Eek!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m going to try and plant my first garden next year. Hopefully it won’t be a disaster!

  • http://mittenrunner.wordpress.com Bianca @ Mitten Runner

    Wow!! That is a huuuge garden! Looks great! That’s exciting you’re going to start one next year. You’ll definitely have to post about what you end up planting and garden size, etc. I hope to do that too, but it won’t be next year…probably the following since we’ll be building next spring on the property we bought (if everything goes as planned!).

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      You will definitely have your hands full with construction planning…so exciting!!!

  • Jen B.

    I am a summer lover, but only dry heat, I can’t handle the humidity! Especially when running! It makes me crabby. I just did a 7 mile run on the treadmill Sunday (because it was too humid out and I didn’t want to be crabby) and then treated my dad to a Father’s Day dinner! As far as gardening goes, my husband is the one with the green thumb! I think gardens are pretty, I just don’t like the upkeep.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’ve been doing a lot of garden research and they’re definitely a lot of work!

  • http://thefreckledrunner.wordpress.com The Freckled Runner

    Wow! I’ve never heard of that cookie dough place and it looks amazing!! Vegan and it looks like almost individual serving sizes!!

    I don’t have a garden but want to start my own next year!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Maybe we’ll both be learning how to garden next year!

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

    I’m not known for my green thumb, but we may give it a go next year in our new yard! My MIL has a great garden and also a spot in a community garden; her tomatoes are divine. I’m so glad you had a great weekend, Jen; that cake is calling me!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That cake was the bomb!!!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    Two smoothies? You sound like me! Choosing just one is far too tough a choice to make!

    And that lake and garden both look so pretty. I don’t think I could ever garden though, I’m not terribly patient. But, I do love the outdoors and sunshine and warm weather. And yeah, just not when running (the heat that is).

    Happy Monday!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I don’t think anyone enjoys running in the heat…lol!!?

  • http://mustlovejogs.wordpress.com Jason

    Awesome smoothies. Awesome running. Awesome garden!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!!

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