Wednesday, April 16

April 15, 2014

Route #3

6 am or 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.

Route #3

This is our only out and back loop, and we love it, but there are a lot of traffic signals.  So I want to take a minute to remind you guys of some rules of the road.

1) Run on sidewalks as much as possible.  If you run in the road, run as close to the curb as possible,

2) Cross the street only at intersections or marked pedestrian crossings.

3) Stop at red lights.

As always, remember running with 200 people is different than running with 2 people.  Assume that whatever you do, the people behind you will do the same.  (i.e. if you run through a red light, they will probably follow right behind you…)  Safety first and foremost.

Thursday, April 17

Our final workout.  Just a 4 -6 mile run with 3 miles in the middle at goal pace.   This should be a “refreshing” workout.  Meaning, that it should feel easy – and should build confidence before CMM.  Note: we will meet next week, but it an easy, short, enjoyable run to celebrate all our hard work.

Post-Race Party

On April 26th, plan on joining us for our annual post-marathon party.  6 – 10 p.m. at The Pavillion East.  (At the corner of 11th and Fatherland…2 blocks from where we meet.)  It will be a good time.


East Nasty of the Week – Josh Furnier

April 14, 2014

“I didn’t even live in Tennessee when I started running with East Nasty.” Woah. Now that’s some East Nasty cred, if I do say so myself. Meet this week’s East Nasty of the Week, Josh Furnier.

Post-Flying Monkey Marathon 2013

Post-Flying Monkey Marathon 2013

How many East Nasties can say they started running with the group before they even lived in this state? I’m guessing that is a short list. We have Josh’s now-wife-then-girlfriend, Vanessa, to thank for introducing him to our running group. She got Josh out for weekend training runs when he would visit on weekends back in 2010 and 2011. Josh moved to Nashville in 2012 so he could be closer to East Nasty Vanessa.

Josh & Vanessa at a Yazoo Barely a 4k 2012

Josh & Vanessa at a Yazoo Barely a 4k 2012

But let’s back up a little. Josh was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from high school there, but also lived in Colorado Springs and Bend, Oregon while growing up. As a kid, he didn’t have any interest in playing sports but does remember that when he tried soccer he was able to run up and down the field without ever getting tired. {This is called foreshadowing.} Josh remembers one year in gym class he had to run a mile, and the teacher approached him after and suggested he join the cross country team. {This is also called foreshadowing.}

Josh is a paralegal at the Department of Law for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He said I could call it just “Metro” but I think the full name sounds much cooler.

He began his running career in September 2008. He had spent most of his twenties eating poorly and not being very active, and decided as he approached 30 that it was time to make a change. A family member encouraged him to sign up for a Thanksgiving Day 10k training program. He started out run-walking, but by race day finished without stopping in just under an hour. And the rest is history!

Josh running his first marathon in 2010 - the Flying Pig Marathon

Josh running his first marathon in 2010 – the Flying Pig Marathon

Josh completed the Flying Monkey Marathon in 2013 in under four hours – 3:55:47 was his official time. It was only his second marathon and was a 45 minute PR. Hopefully everyone is familiar with this unique Nashville marathon, but if you aren’t – it’s basically the Percy Warner 11.2 run two times with some extra miles thrown in to get to 26.2. It’s not exactly flat or fast – so that time is pretty darn impressive. Way to go Josh! And thanks for being a part of East Nasty!

Half and Full Marathon Training – Week 15!

April 11, 2014
This is the beginning of tapering for the full and half marathon! Next week half training is just 60 minutes easy, easy and for the full – just 8 easy miles. Then it’s race day! 
Full Marathoners: 7:30 am – Saturday/Sunday
Half Marathoners: 8:00 am – Saturday/Sunday
Start across the Street from Bongo Java East*
* Do not park in their parking lot as they will be open while we’re running. Please use street parking.
The Workout:
Full Marathoners:

Half Marathoners: 

Don’t forget our final Brunch is next week, and the Post-Race Party the night of the half and full marathon!
See you this weekend! ENFL!
- Daniel

Wednesday, April 9

April 8, 2014

Wednesday, April 9

Pre-Run -

If you have ever wondered about those calf-sleeve things you see people wearing, this week is your chance to find out.  A representative from CEP will be at Nashville Running Company at 5:00 p.m.   You’ll be able to learn more about their products and actually try some out for the run.

Also, if you want to order a shirt or tank, drop by NRC to try one on.  (Click here for more information)  We will be placing the order at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.   That will get the shirts here in time for Country Music.

The Run

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

Run #2Post – Run

If you didn’t have a chance to try on a shirt before the run, NRC will stay open until 7:30.   Then stick around and grab some food or drinks.

Marathon/Half-Marathon Training

Our workout on Thursday is 3 x 2 miles at goal pace.   This is a great final workout to prepare your body to lock into your goal pace.   6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.

Saturday/Sunday – Our taper has begun!  This weekend we will run 10 miles at a conversational pace.  (Meet at Bongo Java is East Nashville.)   Our final run (April 19/20) will be an easy 60 minutes at Shelby followed by an Easter Brunch (on Sunday).

Boston 2014

Below is an email from former Potato to Tomato participant Rachel Hooper.  If any of you fast nasties are heading to Boston, send her an email!

Hi Mark,

I’m a former East Nasty who participated in the 2010 P2T and then ran with the group for a couple of years.  Last year, my boyfriend and I moved to Boston.  I wanted to extend our southern hospitality to any of the Nasties or NRC peeps running Boston this year.  If anyone needs anything – a homecooked meal, transportation recommendations, last minute GU emergencies – I’ll be happy to help.  I’m sure the race organizers have anticipated all these needs, but I just wanted to let the Nasties know they have a local ally if they need it.  And of course, I’ll be somewhere on the sidelines cheering them on!  :)  
Hope all is well.  

Rachel Hooper


ENOW: Rich Alexander

April 7, 2014
Before his first 5K

Before his first 5K

Our newest East Nasty of the Week (ENOW) hails from Rutherford County, is married to a former ENOW, and has a cat named after a popular late-nineties television show.  Nasties, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Rich Alexander!

Rich considers himself a Nashville native although he grew up in LaVergne, TN.  Sports weren’t really his thing, but he spent a lot of time at football games playing trombone in high school and college marching bands.  He went on to become an all state trombonist.

Rich advertising for a senior recital in college

Rich advertising for a senior recital in college

Rich attended Middle Tennessee State University on a full scholarship for music and earned a degree in Music Education specializing in classic trombone.  Half of his college life was spent in practice rooms in the Music building at MTSU and the rest involved hanging out with friends and performing at various venues.  His most exciting performance experience and brush with greatness came in his senior year when he got to go on tour with the Jordanaires, Elvis Presley’s former back-up band.

Rich works as a computer programmer for Schnieder Electric, an energy management company, where he leads a team that develops software to monitor power usage for large commercial entities like Vanderbilt, manufacturing plants, etc.  He gets to travel a lot and has been to many countries, including China, Dubai, Canada, Czech Republic, France and Germany.

Running his first 5K

Running his first 5K

Rich started running about 3 years ago via the East Nasty Couch to 5K program.  His biggest accomplishment is running the Music City Half Marathon after having only been running for 6 months.  He’s a retired half marathoner now and typically sets his sights on running a “fast 5k”.  His goal this year is to break a 20 minute 5K time.

Rich learned about East Nasty through his wife, and fellow ENOW, Polly Alexander and started running with us after being a “running widower” as Polly headed off on her half marathon trips and adventures.  His most memorable East Nasty experience is completing The Nasty after having only been running for a few months.

Rich and Polly, spring 2014

Rich and Polly, spring 2014

As a person who loves his neighborhood and the awesome vibe over in East Nashville, the thing Rich loves most about East Nasty is how much EN has added to the community feeling in East Nashville and in many ways has contributed to the neighborhood improvement over the past 10 years.

Rich says, “East Nasty provides a safe, positive environment for runners and has encouraged many west siders to cross the river and experience everything we have to offer.  This has only enriched the neighborhood and made us the awesome community that we are today.”

Woodford, Buffy and Jessica

Woodford, Buffy and Jessica

In his spare time, Rich enjoys listening to live music, eating at new restaurants, and hanging out with his wife and their 3 kitties: Woodford, Buffy and Jessica.

Rich, good luck on that sub-20 5K time!  Congrats and welcome to the ENOW club!

Spring Shirts

April 6, 2014

Spring Shirts on Sale!

Our spring technical shirts are posted.   This year, our shirts are from Mizuno.   Women have their choice of a technical SS shirt ($23) or tank ($33).   We only have a technical SS shirt for the men ($23).

Here is the rub: we have a very short order window.   Shirts must be pre-ordered through our web site, and we are going to place the order on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.   There will be a size run available to try on at Nashville Running Company on Monday through Wednesday.   Alternatively, you can also try them on after our Wednesday night run.

Click here to visit our store, and show your East Nasty pride during your 2014 races!

Week 14 – Half and Full Marathon Training

April 4, 2014
There are only two weeks left of long training runs after this week. That sneaked up on me.
Let’s go make the best of this important workout!
Meet at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center parking lot
Full Marathoners: 7:30am Saturday/Sunday
Half Marathoners: 8:00am Saturday/Sunday
Half Marathoners:
  • Advanced – 4 Loops of the 5k route
  • Standard – 3 Loops of the 5k route
(map of the 5k course:
Full Marathoners:
  • 20 miles, all easy, just run. We won’t meet back up with the half marathoners.
Here’s a map of the route:
There will be some water/gatorade on the course, but bring your own water/gatorade and nutrition for in-between. 
*Also after the run, Results Physiotherapy will be there to check out any lingering issues you may have with running injuries.
Don’t forget about: 
  • Last Brunch of the season at Lauren Caswell’s on the 20th (in two weeks!)
  • Post-race party the 26th at East Pavilion at Fatherland and 11th – Edley’s, Yazoo, and good times from 6pm-10pm
See you this weekend, and as always, ENFL!!


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