ENOW — Katherine Knight

July 27, 2015

This week’s East Nasty of the Week is an avid triathlete (including an Ironman), a long-time member of East Nasty, really, really, really ridiculously good looking, and just celebrated a birthday! I’m so excited to announce your ENOW – Katherine Knight.

Most in her element . . .

Most in her element . . .

Katherine (or Kat) was born in Birmingham, AL (see, told you she was awesome). Her family moved to Nashville when she was 3 so she considers herself legitimately “from here originally”. Up until high school, Katherine says she was the quintessential “book nerd” and was incredibly shy. She only played junior varsity sports because she was absolutely required to do so. P.E., and everything associated with P.E. (including running), was excruciating torture for her. In high school, once she was no longer required to play any sports, she absolutely did not — unless mock trial is a sport (sorry, Kat, it’s not). In fact, she can hardly recall voluntarily exercising until at least her mid-20s. Even without the sports, she came out of her shell very quickly in high school (USN) and was, you know, kind of a big deal in statewide Model United Nations/Youth In Government activities. She also started getting really, really into music (not a musician, just a fan) and more or less looked and dressed like it. So, to sum it up, Kat’s high school experience was basically a 90s romantic comedy – a hot nerd who didn’t play sports.

Sonoma:  Michelle, Jen, me, Rebekah, wine, we clean up nicely!

Sonoma: Michelle, Jen, Kat, Rebekah, wine, they clean up nicely!

After high school, Kat went to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and then headed directly to law school at Vanderbilt. Although her college degree is a dual major of Russian Studies and Government, her true double major was probably “independent record store employee” and “campus coffee shop manager.” She really did work at a record store, and it was very similar to “High Fidelity.”  Law school was more or less what you would expect, and she was ALL ABOUT IT (girl, at least somebody was). Currently, she’s an in-house senior attorney at Dollar General Corporation; more specifically, she manages labor and employment litigation and compliance for the Company nationwide.

Kat attempted that whole running/voluntary exercising thing a couple of times a few years ago, but she had middle school flashbacks and still completely hated it.  Her “official” running start, i.e. the day she decided to take it outside and hasn’t really stopped since, was just after her 35th birthday 3 years ago – July of 2012. All of a sudden, the awesomeness of running clicked. She says she’s not fast so she pushes her limits by signing up for more and more ridiculous adventures. Since July 2012, she’s run three half marathons, two full (Flying Monkey) marathons, three half ironman distance triathlons, one Ironman, and she’s training for a second Ironman in November. I mean, seriously?! Go big or go home, Kat!

Practice swim before Ironman Maryland, trying not to panic, with Jim and Coach Daniel

Practice swim before Ironman Maryland, trying not to panic, with Jim and Coach Daniel

From a pure racing standpoint, her biggest accomplishment in running would have to be crossing the finish line at Ironman Maryland last September!  Beyond that, and a lot more importantly, running has just completely changed her life. She really started running at the encouragement of a friend to help herself overcome some very difficult personal experiences.  At that time, she also would have told you that she was not, and would never be, anything resembling an athlete. According to her, the true greatest accomplishment in running lies somewhere between finding a path of immediate mental survival and, simultaneously, breaking down long held ideas about herself that she was terrible at sports, terrible at running, not athletic, etc. That saying “running is cheaper than therapy” is not just a bumper sticker; if anybody out there wants to talk about better living through running, come find Kat! Sometimes the nature of what she’s doing still strikes her as COMPLETELY surreal. With a resume like yours, you are officially an athlete for life, Kat!

Kat found East Nasty through some fellow legal beagles. She knew Jennifer Eberle and Steve Lund from the Nashville legal community and saw them posting about the group on Facebook. Her first run with East Nasty was in September 2012 shortly after her running “career” began, and it just so happened to be The Nasty, thus beginning the trend of doing ridiculous running activities much earlier than she probably had any business doing them. Only Fitting!!

Every good photo needs a Mike Tarrolly photo bomb.

Every good photo needs a Mike Tarrolly photo bomb.

It will likely come as no surprise that the best thing about East Nasty is the very close friendships that she’s developed with some of the most incredible people she’s ever met.  A non-exhaustive list would, of course, include Jennifer Eberle, Rebekah Shulman, Duane Stephenson, Becky Alley Pendleton, Michelle Allen-Parker, Kristin Matthews, Lenny Bertoldo, (her now triathlon coach) Daniel Hudgins, and the guy who got her into this triathlon business, Jim Schwan (yeah, I’ve heard Schwanny is good at talking people into making bad decisions. Of course, there’s a difference between fire ball shots and triathlons . . . ).

On the Muncie Half Ironman Bike course, July 11, 2015

On the Muncie Half Ironman Bike course, July 11, 2015

As for her most memorable East Nasty experience, Kat says there are so, so many, but the most memorable would have to be celebrating her birthday last year in a vacation house in Sonoma with a bunch of East Nasty friends, running the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon, followed by some good “wine tourism.” East Nasty is really a place where you can find “your people.”  Speaking of “her people,” Jennifer Eberle had this to say about Ms. Kat:

“Kat is the most determined person I know. We started swim lessons together in anticipation of dipping our toes in the triathlon world. Instead of starting with a sprint tri, as I did, Kat set her eyes on a full Ironman, which she completed successfully in the Summer of 2014 at IM Maryland, despite a pretty wicked crash resulting in a concussion. She has her sights on IM Florida this year, and I’m certain she will crush it! She’s also a super awesome employment law attorney at Dollar General and a fellow OR Pinot lover. Some of my best memories with Kat are our 2013 half marathon wine race in OR and our 2014 half marathon wine race in Napa (and we PR’d at both races).”

Looking dubious before the 2014 Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with smiling Andy, Becky, Jen, Rebekah, Michelle and JP

Looking dubious before the 2014 Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with smiling Andy, Becky, Jen, Rebekah, Michelle and JP

Besides signing up for every crazy endurance event under the sun, Kat is still fairly music obsessed. In addition, she’s on the board of the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, mentors law students through the Belmont Inn of Court, travels through National Parks, collect wine, and reads historical non-fiction.

Having gotten to know Kat better over the past couple of months, I can tell you she is an independent, tough as nails, and overall cool chick but is still so kind and welcoming – and is the perfect embodiment of the East Nasty spirit! Congrats, Kat!


PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – 12 in 12 South

July 23, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

We’re adding another new neighborhood to the rotation this year with 12 South! We will be starting in Sevier Park from the lot near Granny White and Clayton Ave. This is a large loop route with many options for shorter or longer runs. Edley’s brunch after?

8mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/755024315
12mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/717094933

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, July 22: Walking Bridge, Cyclists, Tomato Fest & Free Pizza

July 21, 2015

Route #5: Walking Bridge

Run #5: The Walking Bridge

6 am or 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.   It’s going to be hot, so start hydrating now.

Being Good Neighbors: Cyclists

Our friends, the cyclists
Imagine walking or running with no sidewalks. No physical separation from cars that weigh  10 or 20 times more and moving 2 or 20 times faster.  Unfortunately, in many areas of Nashville that is the case, but that’s almost always the case for cyclists.  Because of this some cyclists choose to ride on the sidewalks or not ride at all. Some places have some paint on the road reminding drivers bicycles are allowed but cars often don’t observe the minimum  3 foot passing law.
Although there are currently a few  protected bike lanes for cyclists in Nashville (28th/31st Connector), there  are more  in the works. Davidson Street will soon have separation for pedestrians and  cyclists.
But on these shared, designated areas for cyclists and peds, it can be a challenge for cyclists and pedestrians to navigate around each other while enjoying some protection from automobiles.  Cyclists need to ding their bell or say “On your Left”, and pedestrians need to stay right.  Look behind before passing  someone, just as you hopefully would on the interstate, and stay right after. Remind other  peds to stay right. Everywhere.
For example, on many of our runs we go down the Lillian Street [dog-park] greenway descending into Shelby Park.  Often we forget that this is a shared resource and as we run down into the park we spread out and take up the entire width of the path.   We should welcome this protection from the road, but remember that our friends the cyclists use this path as well.   This goes for all the Shelby Park greenways.   Stay right and always make sure there is room for a cyclist to pass on your left.
A few tips for us Sharing our own Road, and remembering that cyclists are our biggest  allies in bargaining for safer infrastructure.

There is going to be free pizza after the run…

But you’ll need to head down to 3 Crow if you want a cold beverage… Just thought I’d let you know.

East Tomato 5k

Once again, there are very few excuses for you not to show up to this race/festival.  We consider the Tomato 5k our “home” race, so we need to show up en masse.    That means every single one of you needs to sign up!   When and how do you ask?   Here are two options: (1) just sign up here or (2) sign up at Yazoo on Thursday and get free beer.* Read below.

“You’re invited on Thursday July 23rd at 5:00pm to Yazoo Brewery. Anyone who comes and registers for the Tomato 5k race gets 2 free drinks and we also just want to hang out with YMCA staff, friends, family… whoever! So please stop by and invite everyone you can. It should be a lot of fun and a good chance to take a breather during this crazy summer. If you have any questions, let me know! Hope to see you all there!”

Yazoo Brewery
910 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203

 


PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Northside Shake Down

July 16, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

There has been a lot of growth and development on the north side of Nashville between Germantown and the new Sounds stadium. No better way to explore than on foot! Starting from the circle near the entrance of Bicentennial Mall, we’ll explore these areas and then hit the greenway from Metro Center and head back in to Nashville along the river.

8.2mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/720247999

Parking – We will be closest to the entrance off of Jefferson St (699 Jefferson St, Nashville for you GPS). There is a parking lot, street parking along 7th, and street parking along 6th on the other side of the circle.

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, July 15 – Route #4, Fall half marathon training, Being good neighbors, Yazoo + East Tomato 5k

July 14, 2015

Route #4

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6 am or 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly.  Be courteous of any and all farmer’s market goers…

Fall Half Marathons

There are a plethora of October/November half marathons in Nashville this year and we want to help you get prepared…

(1) If you are already fit and ready for long runs, join up with the PR Bandits (an East Nasty splinter group) for Saturday morning long runs this summer and fall.   They run at 6 a.m. (or 6:30) on Saturday mornings, and they change locations.  So check out the PR Bandits Facebook page, or check this blog on Fridays for details.

(2) If not ready for long runs, but want to build up to a half- join our fall half marathon training group.   The training begins on August 1, and all we ask is that you are able to run 5 miles without stopping by that time.    If you want more details, or if you want to join this group – send Alyce Scrivner an email at a-scrivner@comcast.net.

Bring Good Neighbors Week 6: Asking questions, noticing problems

In raising the bar on being a good running neighbor, did you notice anything last week that could have been better (other than the heat!)? Were we respecting the different modes of traffic? Looking for bicycles? Allowing for cars to be in the road and not jumping in front of them? Staying on our sidewalks when possible? Asserting our rights in the crosswalks? See any cars that didn’t yield while trying to cross?  Did you see the East Nashville facebook thread the next day pointing out some things we should work on?

How about crossing at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge at 3rd: after a long descent, why not a stop sign for cars there? What about the other side of Demonbreun, while heading toward the naked statue? How do they keep a sidewalk closed for months and months? Did you know it only costs $10 a day to close a sidewalk for a block, if it’s even enforced? Were the cars looking for you as we circled around the roundabout, or just to their right?

Other questions that pop-up in your head while running? How do we make the transition toward a more pedestrian friendly community? We’ve got the theoretical support of almost all mayoral candidates: we simply need to push our suggestions and recommendations. Send them our way, or use the feedback links and numbers posted last week. Lets convert questions into issues and actions.

Our “Home” Race

We consider the Tomato 5k our “home” race.    That means every single one of you needs to sign up!   When and how do you ask?   Here are two options: (1) just sign up here or (2) sign up at Yazoo next Thursday and get free beer.* Read below.

“You’re invited on Thursday July 23rd at 5:00pm to Yazoo Brewery. Anyone who comes and registers for the Tomato 5k race gets 2 free drinks and we also just want to hang out with YMCA staff, friends, family… whoever! So please stop by and invite everyone you can. It should be a lot of fun and a good chance to take a breather during this crazy summer. If you have any questions, let me know! Hope to see you all there!”

Yazoo Brewery
910 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203


PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Downtown Tour

July 9, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

For those of you who say, “We never get to take in the sites that downtown has to offer”, this run is for you! Starting from Lot R near LP Field (now Nissan Stadium) at the base of the pedestrian bridge, we’ll run out Church street, loop Vanderbilt, and head back down Demonbreun.

8.3mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/754935505

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, July 8: Musica, Report everything & Cup Volunteers

July 7, 2015

Route #3: Musica

This is our one out-and-back route.  A great way to see downtown, but there are lots of downtown intersections.   Please be careful and use crosswalks!

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

Route #3

Being Good Neighbors week 5: Report Everything

Hopefully you know by now that we have are running a 12 weeks series on improving the roads in East Nashville.  Specifically we are trying to improve pedestrian safety through education.  As we all learn, we become smarter pedestrians, better drivers, and just a much better running group. So I hope that you continue spending the time that it takes to read these posts, and pass them along as you see fit.

Just to underline the resources that exist for helping to improve our streets, please see a comprehensive list that responds to different types of issues. East Nasty is happy to help in tandem with these improvements; but please don’t hesitate to indepently be in contact with the city resources. Share any feedback with us. A problem unreported doesn’t exist.

Report a sidewalk or bike lane maintenance issue
If you encounter a sidewalk or bike lane in need of maintenance, please let Metro Public Works know by calling (615) 862-8750 or filing a report online at
https://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Forms/Request-Customer-Service.aspx
Report a greenway or trail maintenance issue
Please share greenway maintenance requests with the parks department by calling Metro Parks at (615) 862-8400 or emailing
MetroParks@nashville.gov
Report issues with temporarily closed sidewalks and bikeways
Please report any issues with sidewalk and bike lane closures due to construction or special events to the Metro Public Works Permit Office by calling (615) 862-8782 or emailing
pwpermits@nashville.gov
Report signs or overgrown vegetation blocking public right of way
Please report any signs or vegetation blocking sidewalks or bike lanes to the Metro Codes Department by calling (615) 862-6590 or online at
https://www.nashville.gov/Codes-Administration/Property-Standards/Code-Enforcement/Report-A-Codes-Violation.aspx

Report an aggressive driver
If you are harassed or endangered by an aggressive driver while walking or biking, please file a report with Metro Nashville Police Department’s Aggressive Driving Unit online at

https://www.nashville.gov/Police-Department/Online-Services/Report-Aggressive-Driver.aspx

Report people who park illegally in bike lanes and sidewalks
You can report drivers who are illegally parked on sidewalks and in bike lanes to the Metro Police Department non emergency line at (615) 862-8600 or online at

https://www.nashville.gov/Police-Department/Contact-Us.aspx

Request traffic enforcement
If you have concerns about speeding or other traffic violations, you can request an enforcement operation. For more information, visit

http://www.nashville.gov/Services/Frequently-Asked-Question-Center/FAQ-Details/ID/198/How-Do-I-Request-Police-Radar-or-Traffic-Enforcement-Near-My-Home
Volunteers
We’ve been bad about asking for volunteers to wash the cups, so we have a pretty blank calendar!   Please consider volunteering.   If all of us volunteered for one week, we could easily fill up a year!    Take the cups home, wash them, bring them back.  Easy stuff.   Sign up for a week here.  Thanks!
(We are also going to need some volunteers to man our East Nasty booth at the Tomato Fest.  More on that next week…)

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