YouTube Tuesday & CHOOSE JOY Shirts for Sale!

Its time for YouTube Tuesday and I’m answering another round of Frequently Asked Questions!!

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Today’s questions:

1.  How do I fuel and recover from running?

2.  What’s the best way to increase your mileage and/or add two-a-day workouts?

3.  What is my sleep schedule?

4.  How do you find a running group?

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What topics/questions should I discuss next?!!

What time do you typically go to bed and wake up?

What are some of your favorite recovery products and tips?


Join the Conversation

  • Jamie Whittendale

    Love the t’s! So Cute :) I usually am in bed around 10/1030 now and am up around 545/6. Which is sleeping in compared to my 845/9 pm bed time and 415 wakeup call when I was commuting in and out of NYC. Never. Again. Haha

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Long commutes are so exhausting!!!

  • Jill Aldred

    Fun! As for what to cover next… maybe (unless you’ve covered it before – I haven’t seen your first Q&A) talk a little about how you got into running, or what you’d recommend for people just starting out? A few people have asked me about running, saying they’d love to run, but they hate it. and I think “Yeah…I used to not enjoy it, and now I love it. I’m not really sure how that happened.”
    Ugh. Bedtime has gotten foolishly late in the past few weeks. Gotta rein it in now that school’s back in session and the kiddos have to wake up earlier (meaning we do too).
    I am SO limited in my recovery knowledge. I find epsom salt baths are amazing after long runs, and I’m trying to get better at eating helpful stuff after a workout, instead of just reaching for whatever’s closest.
    Awesome Q&A! Have a wonderful Tuesday :)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I totally forgot about Epsom salt baths….they’re great!!!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Ordered my Choose Joy t-shirt!!! :-) Great video, love hearing your answers. I am an aspiring marathon runner but to be honest, it kinda scares me! I’d love to hear your experience and advice for running your first marathon.
    I like to be asleep by 10:00PM and wake up at 5:30AM.
    I love compression socks and drinking FairLife chocolate milk within 30 minutes of finishing a long run. I want to try the cherry juice!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you SO much!!!

  • AmandaM

    I go to sleep at around 9:30 and wake up at around 5:00 (I actually set my alarm to 5:20 but I’m almost always awake already! I’ve just always been this way and don’t mind it at all :) ). Thanks so much for addressing those topics! It was a very fun and informative video. Great job!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I enjoy being a morning person, too!

  • bubblyrunner

    I LOVE your videos! I’m curious how long into your training it took for your pace to consistently improve. Also, I love the t-shirts! I’ll let you know if I end up getting one :)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Awesome…thank you!!!

  • Jodi T

    Ordered! Love this!!! you are so inspiring and compassionate!!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Wow…heartfelt thanks!!!!!????????????

  • Richelle Winston

    I used to be a night owl, loved staying up until late but now I’ve transitioned to waking up early. I like to go to bed by 9:30 or 10 at the latest and wake up at 5:30. I have to get at least 8 hours to function, but if you lee me i’ll sleep 10 hours lol. I have to be constantly going throughout the day or I will slip into a nap. Unfortunately since I’m on Mountain Standard Time I miss your live scopes lol.

    I haven’t made it that far into training to really get into specific recovery products. I like to slip dates and coconut milk in my coffee pre-run.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I should probably start scoping during normal human hours, lol!

  • Suzy Hutchins

    I usually go to bed at 11 and wake up at 6. My body needs more sleep than that but oh well. I just can’t fit in all I need to do in a day if I sleep any more than that!

  • Laura Olinger

    Ideally, I go to bed at 10PM and wake up between 5-6AM. I am definitely a morning person and keep active with running and yoga throughout the whole morning. By the time I’ve finished eating lunch, I almost always have to nap. It’s funny to think that my day feels so packed into the early hours when most people are just halfway through the days! Also, I’d never heard of Svelte, so thanks for sharing!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I love feeling so productive in the morning!

  • Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    I am such a baby. I need 7-8 hours of sleep to function. I am digging your youtube videos! I am a big fan of foam rolling and am starting to get into ice baths.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thank you!!!

  • Emily Walters

    I try to go to bed by 10:00 because I never know when my little man cubs are going to wake up throughout the night. Loving the YouTube videos! I bought a foam roller yesterday and have committed to using it daily!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’ve noticed a big difference since I started rolling!!

  • Jenny

    I’m a y’all girl and just love listening to you! I feel like I’m in the same room with you:) Next questions: What type of foot do you have and do you change your shoes out based on the run you are doing (track/speed vs road vs treadmill)? What Garmin (or GPS) model do you use? My Garmin dies after 24 miles :(

    Bed by 10:30, up by 5:05. Favorite recovery tips: stretching (!), Jillian Michael’s Cardio Yoga 2x a week and running easy the day after every hard run or run longer than 12 miles.

    Ordering a shirt and look forward to your next video!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks for the awesome questions!!!
      I need to try the Cardio Yoga…sounds like great workout!!!

    • Jimbo Gray

      I guess I’m evidently gonna chime in here. Having worked for Fleet Feet Sports, (which the one where I worked was pretty much a Garmin-only store, and I think FFS has a really great relationship with Garmin.) Any of the Forerunner series, particularly the new forerunner 225, with built-in heart rate monitor. Although you can still find good deals and is an awesome GPS watch, the forerunner 220. I guess those two were out most popular. I think Jen wears the forerunner 620 but I may be wrong. New is the it-can-do-everything Garmin fenix 3. I wore it awhile but for $500 and me doing very little of what it’s capable of monitoring and getting buyers remorse, I returned it. As far as simplicity and ease of use and I’ve found as accurate GPS as the fenix 3, is the Polar M400. Less expensive than any of the Garmin’s I’ve mentioned. I like it. But, having said all of this (sorry to be long winded) I’d go with the Garmin 225. Jim

      • Jenny

        Jim-thanks so much for the detailed info! I went with a very inexpensive Garmin after my first one died because I didn’t really need anything but time, pace and distance. Unfortunately, I got what I paid for in battery life:( Can you tell me what the battery life is on these models? If I was a 3 hr marathoner, my current one would be fine. But, alas, I’m not. Ha! Thanks again! -Jenny

        • Jimbo Gray

          Oh you’re welcome. Maybe TMI. HA! Seriously I have worn all of the watches I mentioned, but have settled (for now) on the Polar. As for battery life, I’m probably not the best to answer that for these reasons 1) I mostly race 10Ks and maybe a 10 miler every now and then 2) Although I wear my watch every day, I run normally 5 days/week, the most ever being 2 hours at a time so when I uploaded data to my Mac, my watch charges. I’ve never been too far away from my laptop to test the battery life. So, for me I might never be more than 2 consecutive days with no recharge. Sorry. Im sure there are many others more qualified on the battery life issue. There is always one person at a specialty running store who is an “expert” on things like this. PS. Most Fleet Feet Running stores I’ve found are almost exclusively Garmin. That’s not a bad thing. Jim.

          • Jenny

            Ha! Great info, Jim! I will check out my local Fleet Feet store and talk with the “watch expert” there. Thanks for all your help!

  • Melissa

    Great video (per usual!!) I bought a shirt right away before I even came to the comment section. What a wonderful and gracious cause, I’m SO happy to support!!
    -I typically go to bed by 9:45-10:00, and wake up by 4:45-5:00.
    -I Love compression socks, chocolate milk, and stretching..lots of stretching/rolling!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Wow!!! Thank you SO much!!!

  • Amanda B @ Cupcakes and Miles

    Loving the videos! :) I’d really like to see you do one on running form.

    I am usually up later than I should be at night- midnight-ish…or later. And then I get up around 7:30.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I can’t remember the last time I saw midnight, lol!

  • Lynn B

    I would love to hear more about your eating and nutrition in general. I know you discussed what you eat pre and post run but do you try to eat several small meals a day? Do you follow an 80/20 eating plan – meaning eat healthy 80% of the time? I also know you mentioned you are Vegan which I think is awesome. Thanks for the great video.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks for the great questions!! I love talking about food, so I’ll make sure to answer!

      • Lynn B

        Sorry I meant Vegetarian not Vegan:)

  • Faygie Moorvitch

    My favorite way of drinking the tart cherry juice is to mix 2 tablespoons of the concentrate with an ice cold can of coconut La Croix. It’s so refreshing, and it’s like drinking a healthy soda!

    I definitely notice a huge difference when I foam roll, but I’m so bad about doing it. I need to get back into a routine of rolling daily.


    :)…is the link for the tart cherry juice somewhere? DO you actually like it, or just get it down :)? I LOVE my R8 Recovery…it was my favorite bday present. Your foam roller looks painful!!!
    I used to run 7 days a week, but all easy paced and at that time I wasn’t that time I didn’t actually even own a watch. It was about 3 miles a day. Now with the intensity and added miles…I need my rest day!!!!
    I totally CAN NOT nap either. If I do I lay awake for hours at night wishing I had not done that.

    • JenChoosesJoy

      It’s Dynamic Health Tart Cherry Concentrate. I order it on Amazon. I tastes really good. It’s tart, but still sweet enough to enjoy!