ENOW: Beth Meadows

October 20, 2014
Rock:Creek StumpJump 50K

Rock Creek StumpJump 50K

Our newest East Nasty of the Week is an attorney. You know what that means, Nasties? She can write! So settle in and get ready to read all about Beth Meadows, your latest ENOW!

Beth was born and raised in Alexander City, Alabama. She was always playing sports – volleyball, softball and cross-country. She attended University of Alabama. She didn’t play any sports in college, but she did major in fun. Beth loved every second of college, especially game days. She also met her husband, Steven, in college.

Beth moved to Nashville in 2008 to attend Vanderbilt University Law School.  After graduating in 2011, she lived briefly in Washington D.C. and Vero Beach, FL before moving back to Nashville in August 2012. She now works as an attorney, and recently started her own dog running business, Nashville Runs With Dogs.

Beth and Gypsy at NRC

Beth and Gypsy at NRC

Beth started running with her dad when she was in second grade and really hasn’t stopped. Beth ran in college, but just enough to keep the beer and pizza off of her thighs. She ran her first marathon in 2011, but after that, took a long break from anything farther than 6 miles. It wasn’t until last year that Beth really started looking towards longer distances… and the trails.

Beth’s biggest accomplishments in running are qualifying for Boston at CMM 2014, winning her first 50K at StumpJump this year, and finding an amazing community of friends and runners that constantly support and inspire her. Here, here!

NRC pal, Season, has this to say about Beth, “Her love of running coupled with her drive and dedication to setting and achieving new goals makes her one badass [TacoBell Race Team] runner. I can’t think of another runner more deserving of ENOW, especially after she just crushed StumpJump 50k. Like I said, Badass, with a capital B.”

Bree, Beth, Alicia, Christa, Season, and Margaret at NRC Pint Night following a great East Nasty run

Bree, Beth, Alicia, Christa, Season, and Margaret at NRC Pint Night following a great East Nasty run

Beth came to East Nasty by way of Nashville Running Company. In 2012, Beth joined an NRC half marathon training group. Everyone there kept telling her that she HAD to run with East Nasty. Eventually, she took their advice, and it was a great decision!

Beth enjoys the community of East Nasty. All of her friends are part of East Nasty, and no matter how busy they are during the week, it’s nice to know that they’ll at least have a 3-6 mile run where they can catch up. She’s pretty sure she’d have no social life if it weren’t for East Nasty!

At Tom King

At Tom King

Beth’s most memorable East Nasty experience is one in which she wasn’t even running. Beth ran Chattanooga Stage Race back in June and was taking the week after the race off. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the scheduled Wednesday night run that week was The Nasty. She hated to miss it, so she decided to camp out at the top of Mt. Nasty with popsicles for all of the runners. She says, “Seeing everyone working their butts off, going up one of the worst hills in town, and having a great time doing it, was so much fun and so rewarding! I think I had more fun cheering everyone on than I would’ve if I had run!”

Running is, obviously, Beth’s favorite hobby, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and her best friend/dog, Gypsy. Gypsy loves the trails (probably not as much as Beth does). Beth also loves watching Alabama football, cyber-stalking ultrarunning “celebrities” and eating Taco Bell and tweeting about it.

My husband Steven and me at fellow East Nasties, Hunter and Season's wedding

Beth and Steven at Hunter and Season’s wedding

*Author’s note: Nasties, are you still with me? Good. Stand up and stretch, refill your coffee because turns out, Beth isn’t the only writer in her family. Here’s what Beth’s husband Steven had to say when I asked him for a quote about his wife. From Steven:

I love my wife very much. My wife LOVES to run and, in my humble opinion, is very good at it. As a fat man, it’s just something I don’t understand. When Kim sent me a message saying that Beth was going to be this week’s ENOW, my first thought was “that’s so awesome. Beth is going to love that”. Even though we are admittedly opposites in many ways, I have always tried to be supportive, and I am always proud and impressed by her accomplishments. But we are different. Beth is a staunch vegetarian. I am of the opinion that man did not claw his way to the top of the food chain only to sustain himself with quinoa and caprese salads. I love a lazy day on the couch. Beth loves to run, multiple times a day. Here is an exchange from a few weeks ago:

Me: Hey, everything all right?

Beth: How do you know when you need to get stitches?

Me: WTH?

Beth: How do you know when you need to get stitches?

Me: Why?

Beth: Well, I was running on the trail and I fell and hit my head on a rock. My face is covered in blood, my shirt is covered in blood…

Me: Go to the emergency room right now!

Beth: I think I’ve got the bleeding stopped.

Some of you know how that story ends. Spoiler alert, it involves a trip to the emergency room. But this is her passion. To the point where she still gets nervous days before a big race and can never sleep the night before. That sort of excitement and passion paid off for her earlier this year when we found out her application to run the Boston Marathon had been officially accepted. I don’t know much about the running world, but even I know this is a big deal and I couldn’t be more proud.

After some thought, I have found a way to sound excited about running. Well, maybe not running, but the people who do run. Specifically the people involved with NRC, East Nasty and all the people Beth and I have met through her running. She has made great friends with many of you and in turn, so have I. You are some of the most kind, generous, outgoing and creative people we have the pleasure of knowing. From beer miles to trivia night, store openings to pool parties and Thursday movie nights, I can honestly say we love every minute of our time with all of you. For that, and for my beautiful wife, I am very grateful.

Beth, congrats on your recent StumpJump win! Welcome to the ENOW club!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 14, 2014

Route #5

Drew’s favorite.

6 am or 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.   (If you are a Lasty Nasty, you need to show up at 5:45 pm)

Remember it is time to start wearing reflective gear.   It may not be dark at 6:10, but it will be dark by the time many of you are finishing.

Run #5: The Walking Bridge

Congratulations to all the Chicago marathon finishers!   Well done.


Wednesday, October 8

October 7, 2014

Route #4

Join us on at 6 am or 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly.  This week is route #4

Run #4

1) It’s not dark at 6 pm when we start, but it is dark at 7 pm when we finish.   Please get in the habit of wearing reflective gear.  As we get deeper into the fall and winter, you may want to consider wear some sort of light.

2) We meet rain or shine.

3) There is a brand new greenway that runs between the Lillian hill entrance to the park and the dog park.  (Right at mile 1 in the map above.)   Tomorrow we are going to run on that greenway.  To get there, run past the Lillian hill and turn left.  Easy Stuff.   We will no longer run around the lake, so it will reduce the mileage a bit, but it will get us off the road which is always nice..

Below is a map of the new Shelby Park paved trails.   The section that we will run tomorrow night goes from #1 to #13, then we’ll turn right to get back on the regular route.  (PS It’s not lighted yet, but we should be fine at 6:20 when we get there…)

Shelby Park Map 2


Wednesday October 1, Run #3

September 30, 2014

Best Wednesday of the Month…

It’s pint night at NRC.   So come join us for Run #3, and head down to Nashville Running Company afterwards.

6 am or 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.    Remember, if you are a walk/runner, the Lasty Nasties meet at 5:45 pm.

Note:  The seasons are changing, and the days are getting shorter – meaning its time for reflective gear.   This week is a longer run, so many folks won’t be finishing until after 7.  If you don’t own any reflective clothing don’t wear black, and then buy something from NRC on Wednesday.

Route #3

Marathon World Record

It took Dennis Kimetto under 2 hours and 3 minutes to finish the Berlin Marathon last Sunday (2:02:57).   Amazing.  Check out some highlights here.   For you track people, he average under 70 seconds per 400 meters.   Imagine, 105 laps of the track at 69.9 seconds per lap.   And this from a guy who was not a serious runner until 2008.

This is one thing I love about running: we can be amazed by the elites, without trivializing our own accomplishments.  Here’s the reality: we will never beat elite runners in a footrace.  In fact, most of us couldn’t even join them for an easy jog.  But each of us can have our own personal victory every day by just getting out there and running.   That’s a beautiful thing.

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan

See you on Wednesday!

 Mark


Wednesday, September 24

September 23, 2014

Run #2

Round the lake.  6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.

Run #2

 

 


ENOW: The Interns!

September 22, 2014

So this week we have a few very special East Nasties of the Week: The Interns! If you know anything about East Nasty, you should know that we love giving back to the East Nashville community. We’ve previously sponsored track teams and donated shoes to students, but this summer we did something a little different. We’ve had three summer interns from Stratford High School who have helped out each Wednesday night for the past 9 weeks. While interning with East Nasty, they’ve helped with setting up prior to the runs which included setting up the water, map, and sound system and then cleaning up after the runs.

For their participation in the East Nasty Internship, in partnership with Nashville Running Company, The Interns were compensated with some pretty sweet running gear! After working for 4 weeks they were able to pick out a new pair of shoes. After 6 weeks they were able to pick out a pair of spikes. And after 9 weeks they received a GPS running watch. Thank you NRC!

Please give a big virtual applause for the three newest East Nasties of the Week: Ambrose, Jack, and Treyvon!

Ambrose heard about the internship from his mom. His favorite sport is cross-country, but before the internship he rarely ran. East Nasty helped him discover how much fun running could be and now he runs about 20 miles a week and in two races a week! This summer while interning Ambrose learned, “if you push yourself you can accomplish almost anything and that running is a lot of fun.” Ambrose you are wise beyond your years!

Jack has run cross-country for his high school team for the past two years, but his favorite sport is tennis. He learned about the internship from his school through his participation with the cross-country team. While participating in the program Jack says he learned how to set up the water and the speaker system. Running seems to be a family affair for Jack’s family as several of his siblings have come out and run with East Nasty too. I’ve also heard that one of Jack’s siblings is interested in the program for next year!

Treyvon also runs cross-country for his school and learned about the internship program through his coach. Track and field is his favorite sport. Treyvon was a runner before the internship and has run in plenty of races through the track team. He enjoyed the internship with East Nasty because it allowed him to reach out and help the community.

I would also like to thank the parents of these wonderful interns. Without their support this program would not have been possible. Thank you for allowing your children to gain some valuable experience and to spend their Wednesday evenings with the East Nasty Running Club.We are grateful for their service!

Ambrose, Jack and Treyvon I hope to see you on a Wednesday night soon and keep on running!


Wednesday, September 17

September 17, 2014

Route #1

Meet at the corner of 11th and Holly at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.   This week, we are back to run #1.   As we run into Shelby Park, you’ll notice that there are some big changes coming.   Maybe next time we run this course, we’ll be running up the new greenway!

Also, you’ll notice some new faces making announcements over the next 12 weeks.  Be sure to say hi to Leah and Taylor.

Run #1: One Hilly 5k

Chicago Marathoners

If you are getting a shirt printed for the race, you need to bring your blank shirt and $10 this week!   Email Kim Stokes (kst1005403@aol.com) for more details, or just bring your blank shirt and money and find her at the beginning of the run on Wednesday!

 

 


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