Weekend Wrap-Up: West Coast Edition

Saturday: Smile…it’s the weekend!
This was the first Saturday in 4 months that I didn’t have a Saturday long run obligation.  Guess what I did?  Woke up and got out to run at the crack of dawn.
Then we headed to the Girls On The Run 5k to volunteer at the Fleet Feet water stop…so much fun!
It was a gorgeous day so we took our bikes out for a spin through the park.  Pink beach cruiser with a basket…safe to say I’m not on my way to being a triathlete!
My kick-arse massage therapist, Robin Frazier, celebrated the 5 year anniversary of Franklin Massage with a fundraiser for Steps of Faith.  It was a huge success and fun party!
I’ve been working with Amy Dutton at Ah Ha Creative to redesign my blog (woo hoo!).  She sent me a congratulatory Boston mug.  How cool is that?!!
AND…Jason had a work trip to LA planned for the week.  I made a last minute decision to tag along for a little west coast R&R.
Airplane survival kit: Starbucks, fruit, and a travel mag
@natrunsfar ( sent me so many great Santa Monica recommendations, so we headed straight to the beach!
Shopped on the Promenade
Chowed down on some mexican food…
Followed by Froyo (aka my excuse to eat a cup of cookie dough and brownies)!
Who raced this weekend?  How did it go?!
What are your favorite froyo toppings?
Do you ever take last minute trips without a lot of planning?  I typically research and plan ahead of time.  This trip…not so much.

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  • petite heartbeat

    Jen looks like a perfect weekend! Yogurt land put the cherry on top! Thanks for sharing ?

    • jenchoosesjoy

      It was SO good!!


    Looks like a fun spur of the moment trip. That’s how I like my froyo too.! Lots of cookies dough and oreo toppings. With vanilla icecream. Yum :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      SO good!! Have a great Monday!


    I ran with 5k chardonnay run with a group of girlfriends on Sunday….maybe you saw all the runners from where you were staying….if you haven’t left LA by any chance, walk over to Blue Plate Taco on Ocean for amazing Mexican!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks for the recommendation!!!

  • Jamie

    I am the one weird person who gets froyo with minimal/no-toppings. I fill my cup up with mostly tart yogurt, some birthday cake flavor on top, and maybe a rainbow sprinkle or too. I’m definitely not the norm!

    Have so much fun on the West Coast! Hope you enjoy some R&R!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!!

  • allisonfiorini

    Looks like you had an awesome weekend! What a nice little getaway. No races OR froyo for me this weekend! I ALMOST stopped by a Rita’s on my bike ride yesterday, though. Seeing your treat now makes me think I made the wrong decision!

  • suzysuzyheather

    Ahhh this reminds me… when I went to Boston I bought one of those Starbucks mugs with the city on it and I’d drink my coffee from my Boston mug every morning, and then one day it broke. SO SAD. Your weekend away looks amazing! Glad you had fun.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you and you’ll need to pickup another mug on your next trip!

  • Erin

    Your weekend sounds like so much fun!!
    No racing this weekend:( Trying to be smarter about marathon recovery and resting my legs for Ragnar Cape Cod this weekend!

    Cookie dough and butter fingers on my froyo allll the way!!

    I hardly ever take last minute trips because I am a planner!!! My fiance is planning a secret honeymoon for the fall/winter and I am dying not knowing anything!!

    Cali looks amazing! Never been, but reallly really want to! Enjoy!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Oh my gosh…I would go nuts if I didn’t know anything about my honeymoon! That’s so excited and so sweet of him to handle the planning.

  • Angie@pacewithgraceblog

    No racing for me this weekend but got in a great training run on Saturday. The weather was oh so perfect! My favorite froyo toppings are Oreos or cookie dough and a gummy bear or two :-)

    What a fun, unexpected trip for you! I haven’t taken a last minute trip before now that I think of it. I am a planner but in an effort to be more spontaneous I would do it!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I love the addition of gummy bears!

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Wow, I love spur of the moment trips like that! Looks like a lot of fun. I like to plan a bit for trips, but also leave some things open for exploring! I just got back from a European trip yesterday, and ran a race in Denmark! It was lots of fun and my first international running experience (I also ran two other times on my trip- once in Spain and once in Sweden!) Have fun in the sun!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I’ve never run an international race, but I have a bunch of them on my bucket list!

  • faygie

    Welcome to LA! :)

    I ran my first half marathon yesterday (the OC half). It was HARD (I started out way too fast, and paid for it the rest of the race :p), but I made it through, and finished in 2:04:57.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Congratulations on your first half!!!!

  • milesandblessings

    This looks like such a fun weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We do just about everything last minute!!! Whenever we plan then plans seem to change, so last minute is the way to go!!!
    I LOVE frozen yogurt, but I don’t add topping (I am boring).
    We had a ladies lunch at our church, so it was a pretty busy weekend, but super fun!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Sounds like you had a great weekend!!

  • Molly@MotherhoodandMarathons

    Looks like a great weekend! No race for me this weekend – 2 weeks to go! I love m&ms and reeses PB cubs on my yogurt :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Ooh…pb cups sound so good!!

  • A different Jen

    No FroYo – ice cream or nothing, and no toppings. I have issues.

    Fun Run 5K this weekend. It’s possible I got beaten by a dog with legs approximately three inches long.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That’s too funny! I feel like I always get beat by an 8 year old in every race!

  • Michelle @ 3cheaprunners

    Never been to cali…can’t wait to go one day!
    Fav froyo topping…fresh fruit.
    Trips….I usually plan (to have something to look forward to), but I can certainly go with the flow and would jump at an opportunity for a last minute get-a-way…enjoy!

  • jenw435

    What’s that fun sparkly polish you are wearing

    • jenchoosesjoy

      It’s Essie Luxeffects Rock at the Top. :)

  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Hi Jen! Welcome to California! I’m up here in San Francisco! You’ll find a lot of great food and sunshine where you are. I hope you have fun! And yes, I’m a planner but LOVE a good last-minute trip — they just don’t happen very often. Happy Monday!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I need to visit San Francisco!! Did you feel the earthquake? Everyone said they felt it in la.

      • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

        I didn’t feel it!

        • jenchoosesjoy


  • Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    What a fun impromptu vacation! I’ve never been to California.. it looks beautiful! That Mexican food looks AMAZING.. I have a mexican food obsession so I was instantly drooling after seeing that picture

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I think I could eat Mexican food for every meal. I never get tired of it!

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    I’m so glad that you are enjoying some time in L.A.; great way to keep yourself in “recovery” mode, since you’ll be distracted by ALL the pretty things. 😉 I hope you’re having a blast and I can’t wait to hear all about it. I’m usually such a planner but, surprisingly, I handle spontaneous trips pretty well as long as they don’t revolve around any important events (hello – prep work! ha!). Enjoy your trip and keep taking care of that knee; it will be fine, I promise!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      It’s pretty fun to just go with the flow on vacation. It’s an adventure! And thank you for the well wishes:)

  • Joanna @ Crazy Runner Girl

    Your weekend looks SO FUN!

    Favorite froyo toppings are cereal, chocolate syrup, and chocolate covered almonds :)

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  • Sarah @SarahRuns26

    Race this weekend – eh, so-so. It got so warm and I was not planning on that! That combined with water stops every two miles did me no favors!

    LA sounds fun! Work trips are awesome!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I always struggle when the weather first gets hot. I think it takes my body a while to get acclimated again.