Weekend Wrap-Up on a Wednesday

First, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your kind words about my new website!!!  I loved reading every comment, and your encouragement means the world to me! :)

Now…let’s catch up!


I met my Fleet Nashville Fall Marathon training group for a 14 miler!  It was a super duper hot run.  They rock!

We also ran some hills…

I was actually looking forward to an ice bath to cool my core.

I didn’t have much of an appetite, but this acai bowl hit the spot!

I received my NYC Marathon training plan from my coach Mark Hadley at Maximum Performance Running.  It’s always equal parts excitement and fear when I start a new plan.

After sweating buckets during the morning run, I was craving salt.  We headed to dinner at Two Ten Jack (a ramen house) with lots of great vegetarian options!  I had a salad, tofu appetizer, brussels sprouts, and the veggie ramen!!

As if I needed more food…we went to Khan’s Desserts (a vegan bakery) for soft serve “ice cream.”


I sound like a broken record, but it was hot again.

So a flat run with air conditioning was just what I needed!!

And then I met up with Jason for a hike around Radnor Lake and the Ganier Ridge.

The algae-covered turtles always make me happy! :)

We had Kalamatas for lunch.  They have my favorite greek dressing and hummus!

And, ended our Sunday Funday on the Burger Up patio…cheers!


Do you lose your appetite after running in the heat or after long runs?

Do you look ahead at your training plans and get nervous?

Bloggers:  Have you re-designed or moved your site to self-hosting?  How was your transition?


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  • carla birnberg

    oh oh oh the switching to selfhosting was SIMPLE. (((whispers))) I hired help :-)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Lol…I hired help, too!! I can’t imagine doing any of these changes by myself!

  • Melissa

    -I totally lose my appetite after a hard run. It takes about half the day to get my appetite back.
    -I would stare at my ultra training plan….just trying to make sense of it all :)
    Have a wonderful rest of your week!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Have a happy Hump Day!

  • Jamie Whittendale

    I am never hungry after a long run or an especially hot run. But the next day… I want ALL THE FOOD haha. Training plans are always scary especially if it incorporates something new you haven’t done before (i.e. track work for me!). Hope you have a great day!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I am appetite definitely returns in full force the next day!

  • http://www.momontherunsanity.com Paria@momontherunsanity.com

    I’m jealous of anyone running the NYC marathon…. and I didn’t get this post in my inbox the way I usually do so saw on your IG that you had a new one….so maybe I need to re-sign up for newsletters?

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I didn’t receive it in my mailbox either…lol! We’re switching over to Mail Chimp for distribution and I’m not sure what went wrong. I’m looking into it….sorry!!!

  • Jen@milesandblessings.com

    I usually don’t have an appetite after a harder long run and I almost never do after half or full marathon races. It usually isn’t until the night of a marathon that I am even slightly hungry, but the next day bring on ALL.THE.FOOD! :). I have had a hard time with my fuel during running too.
    I have always done my own training plans and I kind of go week by week with them so I have never really thought too far ahead until this cycle. I am using a plan from the book Advanced Marathoning and yes I totally got nervous looking ahead. It is funny, I have mixed emotions. Sometimes I am super excited and can’t wait to tackle the challenge. Other days I am totally nervous and wonder if I can even do it! I re-did my website once and it wasn’t too bad. I had someone do it though and i was able to figure it out. I probably don’t use a ton of what I could use though and I pretty much only know the basics :)….I fumble my way through it.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I am definitely hungry the day after a hard run! I feel like it’s a little baby miracle every time a post goes out properly…lol! I’m not technically inclined at all!

  • Kelly B

    I feel like I’m ravenous after every run…long or short! And, I just did my weekend recap yesterday. I always have good intentions for Monday morning posting but, sometimes, it just doesn’t happen!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that gets a little behind!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    I am never hungry following a long run/race or when running in the heat. I sometimes feel sick to my stomach actually. I stick to drinking something like Nuun or water.
    I try not to look ahead on my training plans but when I have, yes absolutely I get nervous. Its nerve wracking to look out at the whole plan and wonder how its all going to come together. I try really hard just to look week-to-week and trust the training!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      YES!!! I just need to trust the training. :)

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

    i sound like a broken record too — complaining about this HOT weather all the time. love the new blog design, btw!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks so much! I just keep reminding myself that the fall weather will feel incredible!

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

    GAH! So hot, Jen…so hot. I just can’t breathe anymore. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I’m actually thinking about (and looking forward to!) a treadmill run on Friday. Last weekend’s long run almost killed me, and I think I need some A/C this week before I do it again. I definitely takes a little longer for me to feel like eating after a run when it’s this hot; my nutritionist friend suggested I keep a smoothie ready and start sipping on it when I get home, while I’m stretching and getting dressed for work. That has been helpful. I have no doubt that you’re going to do SO GREAT during your training cycle for NYC – woo hoo! So exciting!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you so much!! I love the smoothie idea.

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com Amanda B @ Cupcakes and Miles

    Haha! It takes a lot for me to lose my appetite! 😉 Heat and/or long runs don’t affect it.

    And yeah, I look ahead and do get nervous.

  • http://www.thisrunnersrecipes.com Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes

    Beautiful redesign – so exciting for you! I did the same to my site (which I self-hosted from the start) and loved it. I lose my appetite after hot runs, but then it comes back extra fierce a few hours later.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!!

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

    Love the redesign! I also love every single food picture in this post. I want EVERYTHING! I can totally relate to you with the heat… North Carolina is on fire right now. I saw the high was only 90 yesterday and got excited about it. That’s how bad it is. Great job on your run as usual!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I keep reminding myself that the fall weather will feel incredible!!

  • http://www.runningonemptyblog.com/ Janessa

    I haven’t been able to eat much after my evening runs lately. If I get out in the morning, I can usually eat afterwards but it’s been so hot all I want is a little fruit and then I am done. Love the new design!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Evening runs are brutal right now!!