You Can’t Train For The Monkey

I started the day off right…with an apple butter crepe and coffee at The Perch!


Then I headed over to Percy Warner Park to run the 11.2 loop through the park with Roy and Malin.  This is just a portion of the Flying Monkey Marathon course (November 23).  The fall leaves were gorgeous!!  (1,203 ft gain)


The race director “Monkey Trent” loves to remind us that you can’t train for The Monkey.  Here’s an excerpt from today’s Monkey email…

Nothing burns like the Monkey.  But only for a while.  Then it gets inside you and starts to fill you up, and after a while you don’t have the strength to fight it.  It’s easier just to sit down and go to sleep.  They say you don’t feel any pain toward the end.  First you go weak and drowsy, and everything starts to fade, and then it’s like sinking into a sea of warm milk.  Peaceful, like.  Does the Monkey scare you?  It should.

Sounds like fun, yes?!!!

Today is Charlotte’s 7th Birthday!!!!  


I love this girl SOOOOOO much!


Today, also had a Saucony theme.  I was wearing this awesome Find Your Strong long sleeve tee


When my new NYC Triumph ISO’s arrived!!!!


I’ve read and heard so many great reviews of this shoe.


I can’t wait to take them for a test run!!!


I made a new quinoa recipe for dinner tonight…really good!!  I’ll write up the recipe soon, so keep an eye out for it!


Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? If so, what do you do?

What brand of shoe did you first start running in?  What brand do you wear now? My first pair was the Brooks Glycerin.  Now I wear the Saucony Kinvara.

What are you having for dinner tonight?


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  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    My very first pair was Adidas that I bought at Nordstrom Rack before I knew anything about getting fitted for shoes. I ran in Mizuno Wave Riders for a while, but now I’m onto the Wave Inspire. What made you switch to Saucony?

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I got to demo a pair of the kinvaras a few yeara ago and just fell in love with them. They for my foot really well and really light. Ive never tried Mizuno but somw of my friends love them!!

      • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

        The first time I tried Mizunos I felt like I was running on a cloud haha!

  • Carrie

    I’m [not] patiently awaiting the arrival of my NYC version Kinvaras! I had a huge debate with myself over the Kinvaras versus Triumph. You’ll have to share your thoughts on the Triumph ISO. I love the Saucony special editions.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      The special editions are so much fun! The triumphs fit very similarly to the kinvara 5, but with more cushion.

  • http://travisandmarilynkeys.blogspot.com Marilyn

    Chopper’s birthday is Valentine’s Day, so we always stay home and cook a nice meal for us and make sure he gets some special birthday treats and toys. Happy Birthday to Charlotte!

    I am digging these special edition shoes that companies are making now – so fun!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Charlotte has been getting lots of extra treats!
      Im with you…these special edition shoes are so much fun!

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Dinner tonight ummm I have no clue lol! Shoes … I started out in Nike’s, then went Adidas for about a year and a half before finally switching to Brooks first it was the Ghosts, then the Green Silence, now I run in Pure Drifts. I been doing the Brooks gig for the past three years and I don’t think I’m going anywhere. Run Happy!!! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      You’ve run in every shoe!

      • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

        Haha well almost :) it wasn’t by choice though. I battle with PF so it was a lot of searching before I found shoes that work for me. The Green Silence was going to be my lifetime shoe until they discontinued it. Then the Pure Drifts became the perfect replacement. :)

        • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

          Wow…im just glad you were able to find a shoe that works for you!

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

    Aww!!! Happy Birthday, Charlotte!! I love dog birthdays; Scooter and Jonathan, my husband, share a birthday, so that’s pretty cool. I can’t wait to see your new quinoa recipe! You know how much I love your recipes… 😉

  • Mariem

    My very first pair of running were Puma’s, I can’t even remember the style of the shoe, now I switch it up between my Kinvara’s and my Free Runs.

    I had Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner, that quinoa dish looks delicious! Looking forward to the recipe!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I dont think any of us are still running in the same shoe that we started in…too funny!

  • http://readeatwriterun.com M @readeatwriterun

    Flying Monkey is oddly appealing in an ultra-like, how hard can you make it way. Looks brutal but those leaves!

    What’s the yellow top you’re wearing, I need one!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Its beautiful in the park right now!! Im treating this marathon like an ultra with zero goals other than finishing!
      Its a Nike Element Half Zip and its super soft!!

  • http://www.runfargirl.com RunFarGirl

    Those sauconys are beautiful!!! Love them and the shirt too!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


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