Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 29, 2014

The Tomato Festival and the accompanying East Nashville Tomato 5k are just around the corner (August 9).   (1) We want you to run and (2) we could use your help at the festival, so please take a moment to read below.

First, Wednesday’s Run…

Route #6

Remember, you can meet us at 6am or 6pm (or both) at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.  (If you meet with us in the morning, you need to bring your own water.   We’ll have water and some treats at the evening run…)

Run #6: Riverside


Tomato Festival

I know we’re biased, but the Tomato Festival is the best street festival in Nashville.   And this year there are more bands, more vendors and if this 80 degree weather keeps up fewer people in the medical tent!   East Nasty is a big part of the festival, and we want you to get involved as well:

Run the Race

The race benefits the Margaret Maddux YMCA, which shares the vision of making healthy living available to everyone in this community.   You can sign up on line here, or you can sign up Wednesday night at the run.   (You will be able to pay by credit card.)  Just remember, if you don’t sign up, you will suffer the wrath of Drew Jones, who will have access to a microphone that morning…

Sign Up Here For the Race

Volunteer for the Festival

Every year, East Nasty has a booth right in front of 3 Crow Bar where we offer free water, and we sell our t-shirts.  First, the festival is usually scorching hot, so providing a “water stop” is a great way for us to add to the festival.   Next, we sell East Nasty t-shirts at the booth.  This is our big fund raiser for the year.    (I’m sure you’ve noticed that everything we do is free – but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any expenses…)    We need 12 volunteers who are willing to work a 2 hour shift to help out at the booth.   Would you consider helping us out?

Volunteer Here


Wednesday, July 23

July 23, 2014

Run #5: The Walking Bridge

6 am or 6 pm Wednesday, July 23rd.    (Yes, if you are a morning runner you can join us at 6 a.m.)    We always meet at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.

Remember, if you are more of a walk/runner, join the “Lasty Nasties”.    They start the run at about 5:45 pm.    Check out their Facebook page for more information.

This week is one of the “exceptions to the rule” as far as running on the left side of the road.   On this route, we run on the right side of the road as we go up first avenue, across the Woodland Street Bridge and up Woodland.

Run #5: The Walking Bridge


Tomato Fest 5k

Remember, this is our “home” race and all of us need to run!   If you haven’t signed up yet (Register Here), Wednesday’s the day.   Between 4 and 8, go to Yazoo Brew, sign up for the race, and get 2 free beverages.    (We are also going to need some volunteers to help out at our booth during the festival, more details soon…)

Yazoo Brewing Company Sign-Up Special
What: Sign up for East Nashville Tomato 5k
Where: Yazoo Brewing Company 910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203 (in the Gulch)
Why: Get 2 FREE adult beverages when you sign up for the race.
When: Wednesday, July 23
Time: 4-8pm

Photo Shoot

On Wednesday, a marketing representative will be recruiting runners for a photo shoot, and it’s a paid gig!   Seems like a fun way to get paid to run.   You are especially desirable if you run with your dog.

Here are some quick details:

When: Aug 3rd (11am-7pm) and/or Aug 4th (6am-9am)

Where: Opryland Area

Who: Seeking approximately 18 runners, 6 or more with dogs who are experienced runners to serve as brand ambassadors.

What: Runners will be running, jogging, and walking during this time frame in groups of 3 or 4 to raise awareness of a pet food brand that is focused on balanced nutrition and health. There will be plenty of breaks to stay cool and be able to run in intervals during this time frame. For those with dogs that run frequently, each group will have at least one dog running with their group to keep the theme and add to the awareness.

Compensation: Approximate $16-18/hr, and more for those with a dog.

Why: This is an exciting marketing opportunity for our brand, and it is also a great opportunity to earn some extra money doing something you love to do.

Interested? Call, text, or email Ryan at or 615.962.5475

If you need more details, come to the run Wednesday afternoon of email Ryan.

East Nasty of the Week – Lenny Bertoldo

July 22, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen of East Nasty, I’d like your attention please. We have a DJ among us. Well, a former DJ. He has taken a break to focus full time on producing music. But I digress. Without further ado, Lenny Bertoldo, your newest East Nasty of the Week.

CMM Half 2014 - Runnin'

Lenny has been running with East Nasty for about 2 ½ years, ever since he realized running solo is B-O-R-I-N-G. His biggest accomplishment in running is not tripping or falling while running as fast as he could down Monteagle during last year’s Ragnar Relay. That, or, finishing his first CMM ½ without requiring medical assistance back in 2012. (Can you tell Lenny has a sense of humor?)

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Lenny & his Ragnar Relay Team

Lenny grew up outside of Boston in Fairhaven, MA and picked up DJing as a hobby when he was around 13. After high school, he started working for a remixing studio in East Boston, and the rest is history. He moved to Nashville 10 years ago and focuses solely on producing and remixing dance, pop and pop-country music. It’s a good thing he isn’t out DJing until 3am on Friday nights anymore, because as we all know, this group doesn’t exactly sleep in on Saturday mornings.

Lenny & the Ladies

Lenny & the Ladies

East Nasty has made Lenny a faster runner. He did a great job of explaining how, so I’ll close with his recap of our Pace Leader set up on Wednesday nights.

All those people showing up creates the need for pace groups, which is great! Until I realized it was all lies. Lies I tell you… lies! This is how a Wednesday night run goes (for me, queued-up in the 8:30-9:00 pace group):

Me: “Adam, what pace you runnin’?”
Adam: “8:30. I’m running slow tonight.”
Me: “Cool! I wanna take it easy tonight.”

We take off. Less than a mile in, I look down at my Garmin through blurred vision and, as things start to get hazy and I wonder to myself, “What the HELL was I thinking?!” What does it say? 7:58 pace. And THAT’s how I’ve become a better runner!

Welcome to the ENOW club, Lenny. Happy to have you.

Wednesday, July 16

July 15, 2014

Before the Run

One unfortunate reality is that when buying a pair of shoes, you have to choose a pair after jogging up and down the block.   I don’t know how to solve that problem, but one helpful trend is that shoe companies have started wear tests.   A wear test is where runners can take a pair of shoes out for a run.  This week Mizuno is having a wear test.   Drop by Nashville Running Company before the run on Wednesday to wear a pair of Mizunos during the run.

The Run

Run #4: The Big Shelby Loop.   We’re going to be sharing Shelby Park with our couch to 5k group, and with the East Nashville farmer’s market.    There’s probably going to be more traffic in the park that usual, so even though we typically run on the left side of the road, this week, run down the right side of the road on Davidson.

Run #4


After the Run

This week is I Dream of Weenie night.   Every hotdog is $0.50 off, and it’s BYOB.   So bring some cash and plan on staying after the run to enjoy a dog and some time with your fellow East Nasties.

It looks like we are going to have a beautiful night for a run!



Wednesday, July 9

July 8, 2014

Route #3

This is our only out-and-back route.  You can turn around at any point, but one common way to cut this run short is to cross the pedestrian bridge and go back.   That makes the run almost exactly 4 miles.

Make sure that you have signed up for the Tomato Festival 5k.   This is our “home” race, and we need to show up en masse.  (We will also have a booth at the Tomato Festival where Duane will unveil the 2014 East Nasty summer t-shirts…more details later.)

Remember, every Wednesday there are three options: 6 a.m., 6 p.m. or you can join the Lasty Nasties.  The Lasty Nasties are mostly walk/runners and start running at either 5:30 or 5:45 p.m. (depending on the route)   Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Route #3

Wednesday, July 2

July 1, 2014

Run #2

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

Run #2

Pint Night

Once a month, our friends at NRC invite us over for a post-run Yazoo.   Everyone is invited and it is a great way to meet your fellow East Nasties.

Women’s Half Marathon

Our training for the women’s half marathon has begun, and it is not too late to join in the fun.   Email Alyce Scrivner if you are interested.

Wednesday, June 25

June 25, 2014

Starting over with Run #1

6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.   We run rain or shine, but if there is a storm, we’ll wait it out.

Run #1: One Hilly 5k


I Dream of Weenie Night

Tomorrow night, the first 100 hot dogs are free.   Yes, you heard it right.  Drinks and sides are your responsibility, but courtesy of State Farm the first 100 people will not have to pay for their dog. (Remember you can BYOB if you want.)     Yet another reason to stick around after the run…





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