North Fork Race Photos!

First things first, I got a few more photos from the North Fork 50!!
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These beautiful flowers were all over the course!
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And I teared up AGAIN, when I saw this finish photo with Corrie!!!  Pure JOY!
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Alright…back to real life!

Wednesday:   Muggy morning miles with awesome friends!
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I took my Yeti to the smoothie shop so it wouldn’t melt so quickly.  It’s a thousand degrees in TN.
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My new Hungry Runner Girl tank arrived!!  Caroline and I enjoyed some sunshine on the front porch.
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The hubs is doing a juice cleanse this week.  Fun times in our house…lol!!
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Thursday:

Follow your arrow wherever it points—>
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I’m loving my joy tote from ED by Ellen!
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We had an awesome group for this week’s Brentwood Breakfast Club!
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It wouldn’t be BBC without breakfast.
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Nashville is finally getting on the acai bowl bandwagon…woohoo!  This beauty is from Juice Bar.
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My friend CB gave me a box of the new Skratch Cookie Mix, so I decided to bake cookies for the Fleet Feet Dirtbag Trail Mixer/Run.  The mix is really healthy.
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Of course I added toffee and mini chocolate chips making it a little less healthy.  🙂
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They turned out really well!
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We had a great time!!
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Except for my mosquito bites!
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Friday:
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I hit the gym..10.10 miles on July 10th seemed fun!  Followed by a smoothie. 🙂
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Have you seen the new chocolates at Starbucks?!!  This one is SO good!!!
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Today is the last day to enter my PRO Compression GIVEAWAY on Instagram!  Find this image and follow the directions….it’s super simple!
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Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate…rank from best to worst! Dark, White, Milk

Do mosquitos eat you up?!

Tell me about your pet(s)!! 

#choosejoy

Let’s Catch Up & I Need Some Altitude Advice!

Monday:
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I joined friends for 6 miles and added on 3 more solo miles.  I love following @runfoxxirun on Instagram.  Her handstands and cartwheels always make me smile, so these were dedicated to her!

I got a chance to wear my new We Run Social shirt…love it!  Of course I had to include a peace sign for the @pavementrunner!
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We grilled our romaine salad
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and the squash and zucchini from Dave’s garden!! (I’ll post recipes next week.)
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Tuesday:
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Track Tuesday workout:
4.5 mile warmup
5 x 1200m (400m recovery jog)

I skipped the cool down to take Charlotte to the vet.  (Just a little update: We met with a neurologist and she goes back for an MRI next week.  Thank you SO much for all of your sweet words and prayers.)

I made the yummiest Watermelon Chia Chiller…recipe HERE!
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I was out running errands and had to make a deposit at the bank.  I will forever be loyal to my bank because they give out warm cookies!!!!  (It’s completely normal to make financial decisions based on cookies.)
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I worked on my blog from my front porch swing…not a bad “office!”  Yes, it’s 100 degrees outside, but it’s too cold inside because the A/C is constantly running.  (First world problem.)
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For Taco Tuesday…
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we had Chipotle for dinner.
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For dessert, I made a cup of hot chocolate in my new Just Love Coffee mug.  I am loving our new coffee shop!!
Side note: Every time I buy a new mug Jason gives me a hard time.  I hate clutter but I might have developed a mug hoarding problem.
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Wednesday:

I met up with Kate, Jenn, and Corrie for a run through Percy Warner Park.  Ollie, Kate’s pup, joined us, too!!!
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I stopped by the Juice Bar for a smoothie after our run.
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I always get the same green smoothie, but my friend Gail rave’s about the Cocoa Banana.  I tried it today and it was the bomb.com!!!
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I’m about to leave for Denver to run the North Fork 50…eek!!!  I’ve always struggled with altitude sickness, and this will be my first race at such a high altitude.  Everyone’s advice is to hydrate!  Peach infused water has been my jam!
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You know what else is my jam?   Coconut Aminos.  I’ve been subbing it for soy sauce lately and love it!  Jason had a work dinner, so I had a avocado rolls! It has 65% less sodium and just a hint of sweetness.
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Do you have too many coffee mugs?  

Do you get in a rut of ordering the same smoothie, coffee drink, etc…or do you regularly mix it up?

Any advice/tips for racing at a higher altitude?

#choosejoy

Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday:
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I met up with friends for our last long run before North Fork next weekend!  We logged a lot of hours in the woods together and I’m so thankful for their company!!!
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I was craving a smoothie after the run.  What do you do when you can’t make up your mind?  Order two smalls…the best of both worlds!
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I had a super fun mail day!  Batch knows my love for coffee and sent me some fun new coffees to try!!!!  They also gave me a discount to share with JCJ readers!  Use code: CHOOSEJOY for 10% off your order at BatchUSA.com.  Thanks Batch!!!
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I also received the biggest box of San Clemente Cookie Dough Co…heaven!!  Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY for 10% off your order at SanClementeCookieDoughCo.com.
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Sunday: Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice

Happy Father’s Day to both of my dads!!
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It was also the first day of Summer and the longest day of the year!
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I hopped on the treadmill for 9 recovery paced miles.
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In an empty gym!!!
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I met Jason for an early breakfast…
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and a hike around Radnor Lake.
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My friend Dave is out of town.  He’s letting me pick his garden while he’s gone.  This was my first time getting to do it and I’m hooked!!!!  I can’t wait to plant my own garden next year.
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Isn’t it beautiful?!!!
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Jason and I had dinner on the Burger Up patio!  It’s hot as hades in TN and I love it!
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I had a big salad, because…CAKE!!
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Sending prayers and love to Charleston.
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Are you a summer lover?  I love the heat and sunshine (except when I’m running)!

Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?

Did you race or long run?  Share!

Do you have a garden?  What are you growing?

#ChooseJoy

Oh Baby!

Wednesday:
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I drank the necessary coffee and met up with Corrie and Dave for a trail/road run through Percy Warner Park.
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My sweet pup Charlotte had a vet appointment.  I think she knew where we were going and wasn’t willing to smile for her picture.  I would really appreciate any prayers and good mojo that you could send our way.  She hasn’t been feeling well lately.
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Thursday:

We had a special Brentwood Breakfast Club baby shower run to celebrate Al’s new baby!  His wife actually went into labor the previous Thursday while he was running with us.
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Sappy moment: I am beyond grateful for our run community, friends, tribe.
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We tried a new spot in Brentwood…Just Love Coffee.  We all keep calling it ‘Must’ Love Coffee (Freudian slip)!

When I got home, I baked a double batch of Brown Sugar Biscoff Cookies for the Dirtbag Trail Mixer.  This recipe is a winner and I’ll post it soon!
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I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy before the run, so I made a Pitaya Bowl.  Isn’t it pretty?!
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Fleet Feet had a big turnout for their trail mixer/run!  They host these trail mixers all summer long.  6pm.  Percy Warner Park.  Deep Wells Trailhead.  EVERYONE is welcome!
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Abby is the new big sister from the aforementioned baby shower!  She is also a great trail runner!
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Friday:
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8 mile treadmill run, cheesy #flexfriday pose, and The Perch for breakfast!
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I volunteered for a race packet pickup at Fleet Feet for a couple of hours.  The funny part…it was for a beer run and I don’t even drink beer!

Nashvillians: Fleet Feet is going to host a weekly Beer Run every Tuesday at 6pm in the Gulch with specials on local beers!
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I also found out this week that I’m an ambassador for San Clemente Cookie Dough Co.  I’m a big fan of their dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free Cookie Dough Squeeze pouches!!  Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY for 10% off your order!
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Which fruit are loving right now?  Peaches!

Are you a beer drinker?  Ever done a beer race or fun run?

Do you eat before evening runs?  What works best for you?  I typically run in the morning, so running around dinner time always messes me up.

What do you have planned for the weekend?  Races, long runs, Father’s Day?

Scatterbrained

In the last two days, I’ve baked cookies and forgotten to take them and showed up to work a race packet pickup that isn’t until next week.  I’m blaming my ‘fuzzy’ brain on peak training week for North Fork 50.

Thursday:
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I met up with the Brentwood Breakfast Club for a great run through Sylvan Park.
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And we had breakfast on the Star Bagel Cafe patio.  Al (the man with the arrow) finished breakfast with us and found out that his wife had gone into labor.  Don’t worry.  He picked her up, made it to the hospital and now has another beautiful baby girl!!!!!
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I came home and baked a new Biscoff Cloud Cookie recipe to take to the Dirtbag Trail Run and Mixer.  They turned out great!  Of course, I sampled one.  🙂
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I had a surprise flower delivery from Jason.  Aren’t they lovely?!!
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I was so excited for to see everyone at the trail mixer that I forgot my cookies.  😦

BUT, I had a blast and Jason took the cookies to work.
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Thanks to Jared for this great picture!!  Yes, I had a big smile on my face even though they were taking pictures of our backs (blonde moment).
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I came home to find a bunny on my porch!!!!  I was so excited and took like 50 photos.
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Friday:
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I’ve been tired and needed a relaxed morning.  So…Jason and I slept in a little (ok it was till 5:30, but that’s still later than I usually get up), and we had crepes at The Perch!
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Then, I ran 8 easy paced miles at the gym.

I tried a new-to-me fruit…a Cherimoya.  You just slice it in half and spoon it out.  It’s tasted like a pineapple, apple, and custard had a baby.
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How awesome is this shirt from Run On Organic?
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Tomorrow is the longest long run for this training season…a 5 hour trail run.  I made sure to carb-up!!!
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Ultra runners: Do you run for time or distance when you’re training?

What’s the craziest fruit or veggie you’ve eaten?  I really want to try a durian, but I can’t find them in TN!

Do you feel like you have “mushy” brain during peak mileage weeks?

#choosejoy and Happy Weekend!

Lots of Fruit and Group Runs

Monday:
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I met up with friends for a 5:30 run and then added on a few more solo miles.
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We loaded up our fridge with lots of fresh fruit over the weekend.  It’s so good after a hot run!
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Super cool surprise from Jason…an iWatch!
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And for dinner, I made roasted veggie and quinoa bowl with peanut sauce from My Veggie Chef.  I always keep a few of their dinners in my freezer for nights when we’re in a hurry at dinner time.
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And, I wrote a blog about hot weather running (with a bunch of fun gif’s…of course)!
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Track Tuesday:

Check out the sunrise.
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I’m still taking it easier than usual on the track.  4.5 mile warmup, 400m repeats (400m recovery jog), and 1 mile cool down.  I think you can tell just how hot it was!
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I hydrated afterwards with peach, raspberry, and lemon infused water.  It hit the spot!
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I got my hair cut that afternoon.  I love when my stylist straightens my hair!
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Restoration Hardware, let’s talk about your phone book sized catalog.  I love you, but it’s completely unnecessary!
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In honor of Taco Tuesday…
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Wednesday:

I joined my sweet friends for a road/trail hybrid run through Percy Warner Park.  We logged another 1,000ft elevation gain.
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I chowed down on the yummiest kiwi.
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My iWatch definitely doesn’t replace my Garmin for running, but I’m really enjoying the fitness tracking features.
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I stopped by Fleet Feet and picked up a new pair of Terra Kigers.  Aren’t they pretty?!  That will last for a few minutes on the trails!
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For dinner, Jason and I tried the new Blaze Pizza.  Judging from the pizza bones, I think we liked it.
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Is this a pet peeve for anyone else?
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And a few outtakes from the track, because they’re always my favorite.  🙂
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Who has an iWatch?  Thoughts?

What’s your favorite trail shoe?

What healthy foods do you try to keep stocked in your kitchen?  Obviously, I try to always have lots of fruit on hand!

Are you a pizza crust person or do you leave it behind?

#choosejoy

Weekend Wrap-Up: Franklin Half Marathon

Saturday:
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The Franklin Half Marathon (that’s actually run in Leiper’s Fork)

It was a steamy morning with lots of fog.  This is the parking field.
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It’s a local race and so fun to meet up with my friends!
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This definitely wasn’t a “goal” race for me and I used it as part of my training for the North Fork 50 later this month.  There was a little congestion at the start and it quickly thinned out.
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This course is notoriously hot and hilly.  Every year I wonder why we run it!  I was soaked in sweat by the finish.
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Temperature when I finished!
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Stats:
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I think the 666 elevation gain is a sign!
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I’m super proud of our group!!!!
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Nutrition:

  • Coffee and a Picky Bar at home.
  • Cocogo in my handheld during the race. Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps) for 10% off
  • 1 Gu at mile 8

Pros:

  • It’s a local race with lots of friends!
  • It’s close to home, 2,000 runners, and logistically very easy.
  • Water-Bags on the course.
  • Encouraging and cheerful volunteers
  • Peach Truck Peaches at the finish line!

Cons:

  • It’s hot and hilly.  Seriously, did I mention that it’s hot and hilly?
  • Because of the heat, they ran out of water at finish.
  • The porta potty lines were super long and folks resorted to peeing in the fields.
  • No towels or napkins at the finish.

That afternoon, I was a bum.  I made a big misto and watched McFarland (loved it)!
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And ate entirely too many tortilla chips at dinner, because…salt!  Warm restaurant chips are heaven in a basket.
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Sunday:
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My ultra training called for back-to-back runs, so I met Corrie and CB at Percy Warner for a trail run!
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It was another hot one and I inhaled a big bowl of mango at home.
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Before our dinner reservation, we stopped to visit with sweet friends.  It’s always fun to see runners in “real clothes!” (Plus a photobomb by Mr. Huffman!)
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And lastly a (blurry) toast to the end of full weekend…cheers!
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Peak and Pit of your weekend?  Peak: After being out of town, I was so excited to catch-up with friends!  Pit: The heat kicked my arse!

Mangos: yay or nay?  I keep trying to love them, but they’re not my favorite.

Have you used the Water-Bags during a race?  Do you like them? I like them because it’s easier to drink and run at the same time AND I would use the bag on my neck to cool off.

Share your race or long run from the weekend?

#choosejoy