Pour Me a Cup

Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.  ~Stephanie Piro

 

Photo by Andrew Collins

If we were having coffee this morning, I would be ducking in out of the warm Nashville rain and greeting you at one of my favorite spots for coffee and people watching, Fido.

I would join you in line and apologize for being late after just having breakfast down the street.  I’d order Roscoe’s Pumpkin Latte and we’d weave through the people to take our seats by the window looking out onto the hustle of Hillsboro Village.

As I would look out I would tell you how I miss this town and all the crazy things that happen here, like seeing Taylor Swift yesterday with her mom while eating lunch.  I would tell you how much I miss places like this with people like this but how despite all the growing pains I am utterly and completely happy with where I am in life.  Terrified but happy  nonetheless and how I’m learning that a little fright never killed anyone…just keeps you on your toes ;)

I would want to hear all about what’s been going on with you since I fell off the face of the earth these past couple months engulfed in this new world of law school.  I’d apologize for being a bad friend and thank you for your patience with my bad communication which I’d blame on what I’ve dubbed, the Law School Lull.But I’d look you right in the eye and tell you from the bottom of my heart, that doesn’t mean I don’t think about you each day and wonder how you are. We’d probably laugh as I explained the craziness and new life balancing skills I’m learning :)

I’d warm my hands and sip my coffee and listen.  I’d laugh with you at what’s happened since the last time we’ve talked and how things have turned out.  It’s never what you expected but it always turns out better doesn’t it.

I’d probably tell you how terrified I am of finals, finding the right internship in the summer and paying off loans and you’d probably laugh and tell me now wasn’t the time to worry about it and you’d be right.

I’d share secrets with you like how some days I get overwhelmed that I feel I can’t do it or I’ll never understand these new concepts but how the very next day something will happen and I know, this is what I am supposed to do. I’d tell you how I love my teachers, love learning and love laying my head down after a long day knowing that I’ve worked hard at something I love and want.

I’d tell you how last night’s run with The Boy was the best run I’d had in a while which is exactly what I needed because I was getting nervous that I might not be able to do the marathon in December after so many rough runs.

I’d tell you how great it is to spend a whole week with my best friend.  I’d tell you how it makes me realize both how much I miss him and how lucky I am to have his support even from far away.  I’d tell you that I hope I’m the same for him and that he can feel that from miles away even when he’s having a bad day.

We’d have so much to catch up on and after all that as I would head back to my car, I’d be so thankful so a simple cup of coffee and great friends to share it with.

Happy rainy Tuesday!

 

Virtual Coffee

I first learned about this over at Dear Abby Leigh and like her, as someone in a new city (and one where I still have yet to find a decent coffee shot) I loved the idea!

My favorite part about joining this world of blogging is the people I meet.  I love the idea Amy over at Lucky Number 13 came up with where each week on Tuesday, you shave a virtual cup of coffee with your friends.

Join in and have a cup with me.

He Said, She Said

Don't worry, I don't really have a cotton candy pink phone

She said: My long run this weekend was terrible.

He said: Really? How far did you go?

15. My knees were killing me.

What do you mean?

It felt like knives in my knees every step.  (looking back, I might have been being a little dramaticl)

Well, it could be that it’s getting colder too.  Have you been running in the grass like I told you to so it helps your knees?

What?

Jaye…

What?! (laughing and then remembering the couple steps I did actually take in the grass this time) Oh WAIT! I did listen to you. I did run in the grass this time just like you told me to.

Really?

Yes!  (still more laughing) The sidewalk came to an end so I had to run in the grass for a bit.

Wait…how far?

Ummm…Maybe  quarter mile.  Then the sidewalk started again (laughing because I know full well what’s coming next).

I said 75% of your long run on a trail or in the grass.

Oh…Well now you’re just being too specific!

Maybe it’s the change in schedule, all the briefing of cases filling my brain, or drinking too much coffee and not enough water.  It could be the late nights sitting in an uncomfortable library chair, or possibly running solo without my TPFL and Nasties or maybe it’s because I really didn’t listen to the boy… but Training for the Marathon Take 2 is painful.

I am planning on running the Memphis marathon this December after not being able do do the Cincinnati Flying Pig last year after getting hurt, and have really been having a rough go at it.  Physically and mentally.  I went on my 15 mile long run this past weekend and my knees felt every step which just tore me down mentally.

My pre-run ritual now includes Advil and putting inordinate amounts of Icy Hot on my knees.  It’s getting bad people.  I’m becoming like Pavlov’s dog.  I smell Icy Hot and have the uncontrollable urge to immediately go put my running shoes on.

I know there are good days and bad days running so I’m going to hang in there and stick it out but I would appreciate a little help here…knees, I’m talking to you.

The Boy is coming up for the football game this weekend before fall break and offered to run with me for my long run.  I have the sneaking suspicion I’m going to get lovingly pushed into the grass this weekend on my long run ;)  Guess sometimes I should refer to those who are wiser on the subject.  I promise to listen next time.

Do you ever run in the grass or on trails?  How to you keep mentally strong through a hard long run?  Suggestions are welcome!

Advice Well Lived (TPFL)

“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.”  ~Shirley MacLaine

Dear Class O’ 2K10,

I have to start out by apologizing. I have struggled with this blog. I really have.

I love to write and can often pull from my natural sarcasm to evoke some humor but for some reason I have not been able to start this one. That is part of the reason that it is 8:25 p.m. on the night before it will be posted and my sweet friend Jacklyn still hasn’t received it. I have been thinking about this for over a week and I am still not sure where to start. I have thought about several different directions to go with it…

White girl can jump. CBrown kickin' a$ at the high jump.

I thought about telling you about how much I loved my high school experience and somehow tying in how my Captain of the sports teams/Student Council/Most School Spirit/HC Queen coolness related to who I am today. But if I am honest, it really didn’t…

I thought about giving you some tips on how to figure out who you are. I think there are like 9.4 million books written on that topic but the reality is – you figure it out as you go.

I thought about copying and pasting the words from Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh! The Places You’ll Go.” That, in fact, is true.

I thought about encouraging you to LIVE it up during these years….live every moment, take nothing for granted…you know, that kind of inspirational, overused, and 100% true stuff…

I thought about writing about what is cool. Because you are going to college and you are going to need to know. And because I am the obvious expert. No, seriously.

I thought about copying the entire famous Sunscreen Speech as my entry. It was read by our Valedictorian at our graduation ceremony, seemed like good advice and would be fast. (Plagairized, but fast nonetheless.)  Then I remembered that I never wear sunscreen so that just didn’t seem right.

I thought about telling you what to expect in the coming years and then telling you that these next few years are the best years of your life like everyone told me. But seriously, they aren’t. College was great, but each year of my life has gotten even better since then.

I thought about sharing my journey with you of the God that has pursued me relentlessly since my Sophmore year in high school when I met Him for the first time at a Young Life camp as a lost 15 year old. My story is really His story anyway.

But of all the things that I considered, I came to the conclusion that any stories that I could write, inspirational or humorous though they may be, would probably not be remembered by you in the long run.

So instead, I am going to leave you with a few bits of advice that I have come to live by.

This is YOUR journey…And I pray that you make it exactly what you want it to be.

Congratulations Class of 2010!

Don’t worry about being right, just about being kind.

Help people.

Hang out with funny people so you laugh often.

Work hard.

Fight for what you want and who you are.

Always give good hugs and good handshakes.

Believe in yourself.

Save money. Seriously. Seriously-Seriously.

Dance. Even if it’s just the Step-Touch-Snap…Dance.

You are worth it – don’t settle.

Try new things.

Be weird. Life is so much more enjoyable when you are weird.

Find God.

Love people. Love them well. All of them.

Be someone that you like.

Forgive.

High-Five people for no reason. It’s fun.

Be ballsy.

Always do what is right.

Call people by name.

Don’t ever give up.

Travel.

Find excuses to wear costumes.

Compliment people often.

Be thankful.

Play.

Learn a foreign language.

Say “Boo Yea” daily. It will make you feel better.

Push yourself to do things that you don’t think you can do.

Look for the good in everything and everyone.

Volunteer.

Chillax – things are never as bad as they seem.

Sing.

Wear jeans that make your butt look good.

And lastly, and most importantly…

Make life what you want it to be.

Congratulations Class of 2010!

***

Lovely Lady

I. Will. Miss. This. Lady. So. Much.

Well, I’ll miss our regular long runs together but I’ll be back.  Not only do I have a training partner but a friend for life.

I mean, read what this girl wrote…can you understand why we’re friends?!

This girl is a self-proclaimed intense friend.  She’s caring, selfless, adventurous, witty and insanely determined and talented.  If Rod is the welcome committee, Christy is the one who makes sure no one is left behind.

I’m honestly having a hard time with her bio because I just think what she wrote captures her so well.  With Christy, what you see is what you get and I love that about her.  Not many people live honestly you know.  Christy does and I love being a part of that.  Head over to Mermaids and Motorcycles and see for yourself.

About this series: This is one of  a series of guest posts in May that will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Have I Mentioned Yet That I Love These People?

“As every runner knows, running is about more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are.” ~Joan Benoit Samuelson

East Nasty Water Stop at Tom King

You probably know by now that I run with a fabulous group of people, the Nasties.  And you may also have gathered that these have become not just running partners but great friends.  This has proven to be the most difficult part about leaving. I will miss my city but it’s the people who I haven’t quite figured out how I’ll live without.  I keep saying, I’ll just be displaced for awhile!

I’ve gotten some unexpected practice with that since I haven’t been able to run for a month but I’ve still managed to get my Nasty fix.

This past weekend when I was inducted into the Ring of Honor at Flying Saucer (yes my parents were proud) some came out to celebrate and we were all talking when Rod announced, “Jack I know I have something to tell you. I think it had to do with writing…” Hmmm.  We all carried on and Rod later enthusiastically announced, “Oh, I remember.  You’re going to be East Nasty of the Week.”  He could hardle finish because of the screams of myself and Christy :)  I’m pretty sure we gave someone a heart attack.  It’s ok, it was worth it.

So check out the new ENOW…soon to be displaced but still will come back for runs and of course true to East Nasty style…other very important celebrations.  I love these people! Love love love them!

Come on back over tomorrow to read what my TPFL has to say to the Class of 2010.

Are you in a running group or have  a certain group of friends you always run with?  How has it affected you?  How has it affected your running?

Great Job All You Flying Pigs

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating. There’s really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

Here's what I wish I was doing today...

I hated not being able to pound the pavement with the rest of the pigs today in Cincinnati for the 12th annual Flying Pig Marathon but that didn’t mean I wasn’t reloading facebook constantly this morning to see how the runners did.

Marathon winners:

Men: Brian List 2:31:56, Tilahun Abebe 2:34:39, Rob Morwood 2:36:05.  All three are members of Earth Drummers Running Club in Cincy.  Who do they think they are? East Nasty? ;)
Women: Cynthia (Lauren) Arnold 2:55:02, Marnie Staehly 2:58:26, Rachel Bea (Cincy native) 3:02:27

Here's what I was doing :) Thanks a lot Piriformis...I'll be back next year ya pigs

Half marathon winners:

Men: Ben Foley (Cincy native) 1:12:34
Women: Leslie Kraus (Cincy native) 1:24:20

I love how many Cincy natives ran today! Great job runners, and especially since you were running in the rain! I’ll be with you next year.

Speaking of rain…if you haven’t heard, Nashville is experiencing severe flooding.  Davidson county is in a state of emergency and roads in and around the city are shut down because of flooding.  The Boy and I decided to stay in Cincy for the night to be safe and make the wet trek home tomorrow morning…or at least try.  Schools are closed and even T Nels decided to close.  It’s odd being away from home while all this happens to your city.

After talking to my roommate, thankfully, our place is ok now.  I just hope my pup is doing ok.  That sucker doesn’t even like to go to the bathroom in the rain so I just hope he’s behaving himself at the kennel and not giving them too hard of a time!

To all of those in Nashville, stay safe and dry.  Keep me updated about this crazy weather!

Here’s a great link from a fantastic organization, Hands on Nashville, where you can sign up to get involved and help out in the flood relief effort.  Help here.

Change of Plans

“Once you are a runner, it’s always there in the back of your head.” ~Bill Rodgers

So proud of everyone! Photo by Ian White

I’m a planner, a goal setter, I set my mind to something and accomplish it.  I love trying new things and changing it up, but if it has to do for a goal I set for myself, I have a REALLY tough time.  All that said, I’ve had a really tough two weeks.

I hope I haven’t griped too much. Please know anything I’ve written here is to help people.  I have found  so many running blogs that deal with products, training and races, but not many when it comes to injuries, when your sidelined. Instead of going into it, you can see here, where it started to go  downhill and then the diagnosis that has be sidelined and doomed me to weeks of cross training, here.  It’s been tough and at times embarrassing because I feel I’m not meeting my goal.  I was ready for the full marathon. I felt good and I was excited, but life had different plans. There’s a time to be stubborn and run through it (which is my natural reaction) and a time to be smart and take the detour so that you can make it to the final destination unscathed.  I am learning to do the latter.

Yes, this man is juggling while running a MARATHON. Oh the people you see while watching.

Recently, I have been religious about doing my stretches, PT and strength training but getting to the gym to cross train by myself just wasn’t happening. These past two weeks, there was no way that I was going to do the elliptical for two hours.  I think I was throwing myself a little pity party. Well…the party is over.  Time to get down to business.

I hated not racing. I hate that I will not be participating in the Flying Pig  this weekend after training since December and that no matter how long I cycle, elipticize or swim, I will lose some fitness.  I hate that my plans to do speed work this summer are now derailed. But you know what, it is what it is and there’s not a thing I can do.  I’m going to do everything I can to get back into running and focus on having a great attitude about it.

I don’t want to sound cliche but you really do learn so much about life from running.  Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right?  Well…pretty sure piriformis won’t kill me ;) Next marathon, I’ll be stronger and smarter.

The one great thing about not racing is that I could cheer on all the runners.  Being part of a running community means you cheer other on to do the best they can.  I felt lucky to be able to cheer on these amazing runners who I’ve not only put in miles with but learned so much from.  Even though I didn’t realize it then, these runners, even that day were teaching me to take a reroute and even a detour in stride.

Check out what the wall says in front of the church I went to watch at. Priceless.

For those of you who don’t know, Nashville was under a tornado watch the whole race.  At mile 22, marathoners were diverted to the half course and not allowed to finish the full 26.2.  Sure it was disappointing, especially for some in the group for whom this was their first one.  Sure it sucked, but you know what, it happens and I love that these runners are not looking back but looking forward to the next race, and I’m going to join them! We have a couple of options and in the next couple of days I’d love your advice and suggestions on what marathons you’ve liked running.  If I need to cross train for awhile, so be it.  This is merely a detour, a change of plans, a bump in the road.  Instead of stopping, I’m going to keep on running.

Since I don’t have a great post race report, here are some great ones from my friends. You all did an amazing job! I am so proud of you all! I’ll be with you for the next race!

  1. Rod- A fellow EN, Rod PR’ed at the Country Music 1/2.  Read his race report and how his training this year set him up for success.
  2. Miss Chatterbox- The requested title for this is To Stubborn to Stop. She is a runner after my own heart.  After perfect training she just didn’t have the race she wanted to…but she STILL PR’ed! She kept going and finished the race.
  3. Dear Abby Leigh- After fainting at the finish line last year, she came back with a vengeance this year, and some salt in her pocket. You’re welcome for being the drug mule.
  4. Knight- I can’t believe we still haven’t met but this lady is amazing and had a great race. I am so proud of her and love how her post race report was thanking those who watched her.  What if everyone cheered others on in life like they were running the half.  Congrats Knight! Once I can run, you and me are going to go for a run so pencil me in.
  5. Annie- Annie, Annie, Annie. The displaced East Nasty comes home. Look at that face. Who can look that cute after they run 13.1 miles.  I know I don’t! Congrats on your 9 minute PR! Even though we only met in passing, ha, I consider you a dear friend.
  6. I had to save this for last. Christy, my training partner, fellow EN and one of my biggest supporter and one voice of reason that said, I know how stubborn you are but take a step back, get better then go for it. She, like me, didn’t get to run the first marathon she trained for either. This year, her marathon was cut short but the attitude she had about it is exactly what I’m talking about here.  In her post race report she uses one of my favorite quotes, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” We are already planning the next full.  The cool part is, this one we’ll be able to run together!

I also want to thank those of you who have encouraged me and helped me through this from the Boy, my training partner, Christy, all of the EN’s and you!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

Have you ever been derailed, detoured or had to change plans mid-route?  How do you handle it?

Weekends are for (food)lovers- Story of a vegan & a meat lover

“Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?”  ~Author Unknown

“Again with the food?!” you say.  Yes! Let’s be honest, 2 hours of cross training at the Y when Spring is blooming outside doesn’t make for a happy Jaye and won’t make a very delightful post :)  So, this week, we start with food, which always makes me happy!

The cous, an old pic from my graduation. She's all grown up now and getting married.

My cousin came down from Chicago for her bachelorette party this weekend. It was a blast and so much fun to see her! Friday morning I texted her to see if she had dinner plans saying I’d love to make her dinner. She texted me back saying that was great but that she was vegan now.  What?  Hmmm. Ok.  I quickly emailed a great friend who was vegan before becoming pregnant to see if she could point me in the right direction. As always, she delivered.

I had my recipe, my grocery list and was ready to go. She even helped me figure out what beer/wine was vegan.  Come on, it was her bachelorette party, first things first.

That night, we ended up walking to Rosepepper because it was nice out and the quesadilla and margaritas were calling my name (They have an awesome vegetarian burrito) but I had all the ingredients so the Boy and I made this Sunday night.

I don’t ever see myself becoming vegan, but as you can read in these two posts, I am trying to pay attention to what I eat and how it’s made.  I agree that the state of the food business is not good and that most americans have no clue what they are eating or what happened to it before it got to the plate. Most people, like my cousin, are vegan to boycott that.  With spring here, I’m going to be going and getting food at the farmer’s market and really watching what type of meat I buy, even if it’s more expensive.  How did we get to the point where organic or something natural is more expensive. It makes me angry. Oh well, I’ll think of it as money spent on my health.

So without further ado, in our first corner, we have the vegan.

Vegan Roasted Veggie Pasta. Photo from Vegetarian Times

Roasted Vegetable Linguine with Torn Fresh Basil
Originally from Vegetarian Times

Ingredients
-2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
-1/2 lb. fresh or frozen asparagus, cut into 11/2-inch piece (I used sweet peas)
-1 small onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
-2 Tbs. olive oil
-2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
-1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
-2 cups cherry tomatoes (I halved mine to make them easier to eat)
-1/2 cup white wine
-1/2 13.25-oz. pkg. whole-wheat or white linguine
-1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves

Directions
-Preheat oven to 450°F.
-Toss together mushrooms, peas, onion, oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in large roasting pan. -Roast 20 minutes, or until mushrooms and onions begin to brown, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
-Add tomatoes to pan, and roast 7 to 10 minutes more, or until tomatoes shrivel and soften.
-Transfer vegetables to bowl. Add wine to roasting pan, stirring to scrape off any stuck-on bits from bottom of pan.
-Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, or until wine has evaporated by half; or return roasting pan to oven 5 minutes, and let wine cook off.
-Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, and reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Stir reserved cooking water into reduced wine in roasting pan.
-Return pasta to pot. Add wine mixture and vegetables, and toss over medium-low heat until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
-Stir in torn fresh basil leaves, and serve immediately.

This was really really delicious. Normally when I think of vegan, I think tofu…you can tell how much I know, right. A vegan and a meat lover can sit down at the same table and not only be friends, but have an absolutely delicious meal.  I loved the hint of white wine and honestly, you can never go wrong with roasted veggies and pasta in my book.  I will definitely be making this again, but maybe as a side dish for some grilled chicken :)

And in the other corner we have the meat lover.

Photo by the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond

Brisket
Recipe originally from My Muse

Ingredients
This is the best part…there are only three!
-1 whole beef frisket, trimmed of all fat (5-8 lbs)
-1 bottle (24 oz.)  Ketchup
-1 package onion soup mix

Directions
-Place trimmed brisket into a large baking pan.
-Mix ketchup with onion soup mix and add 1 cup of water to thin it out a bit.
-Pour sauce over the meat, cover pan with foil and marinate 12-24 hours in the fridge.
-Place covered pan into a 275-degree oven and walk away for 6-8 hours, depending on how big the brisket is.
-Check tenderness when brisket has been cooking for several hours: stick in two forks and pull in opposite directions.  Meat should come apart easily.
-When meat is done, remove from oven and place on a cutting board.
-Slice against the grain with a SHARP knife and remember, meat falling apart is a good thing.
-Return the sliced meat to the sauce until serving.

Delicious! Photo by Ree Drummond

YUM. I have never made brisket before but I was game for anything with only three ingredients.  This was so nice because you could just leave it all day.  I did it on one of the days I work from home so I could keep an eye on it but that may have been a mistake because the smell of it cooking is simply mouthwatering.  I can’t stress two things enough on this recipe: 1- use a deep baking pan.  I had some sauce that decided to jump out of the pan onto my leg and brand new running shoes. 2- use a SHARP knife.  When tender, the brisket just falls apart and a dull knife (like I have) makes it nearly impossible to cut these pieces.  I had some amazing brisket sandwiches for lunch too!

No, that's not blood. It's the brisket I spilled on my shoes. As if Caesar didn't want to eat my shoes enough...

And for a quick running update:

Sometimes plans have to change. I’m not very good at this especially since it’s something I’ve been training for since December, but I’m coming to grips with it.  The Country Music Marathon was this past Saturday and I wasn’t able to race it which I thought would really be hard. It was, but it was so fun to cheer other runners on and focus on that instead of a time.

Later this week I’ll have a full update on what’s next in terms of running and will link to some amazing runners who completed the CMM and their race updates, not everyone’s are up and I don’t want to miss anyone! Congrats to all of you!