April 23 – Country Music Week

April 22, 2014

Race Week

This is a big week for a lot of East Nasties, the culmination of a lot of hard work.  Enjoy this week and everything associated the race, because you’ve earned it.

First, some running advice: there is nothing you can do between now and race day to run faster, but there is a lot you can do to make yourself run slower!   In other words, be smart this week: allow your body to absorb all the work that you have put in over the last 16 weeks.   Don’t do any hard/long running this week, don’t eat anything new or different just because you’re “carbo-loading”, and  hold back on the celebrating until Saturday night.


Wednesday, April 23

Run #4

6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.   It’s going to be a great night for a run.

Remember, cross the street at intersections, and stay to the left when going down the Lillian hill into the park.  As a side note, at some point this run is going to change.   Metro is putting in a greenway that will take us down the Lillian hill into Shelby- improving both runner safety and traffic flow.   Thanks Nashville!

After the run – head over to The Basement to see our very own Drew Jones for his pre-marathon night of comedy.  Who knows, you might even get heckled!

Thursday, April 24

6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.  Our “workout” consists of an easy 3-4 miles.   Enjoy!

Packet Pick Up

If you are running the half marathon, we will have pace leaders for 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.   Check the blog later this week for race morning corral numbers, then change to that corral if you are not already in it.  Note: marathon security has gotten tighter, so if you are going to change corrals, make sure that you do it at the expo, and don’t just try to move forward race morning.

East Nasty Picture

Last year, for obvious reasons, no one stuck around the finish line to get a picture.  We want to correct that!  Once you finish your race, grab some fluids and go to the family reunion area.  We will meet under the letter “E”.   Hang around as long as you can to congratulate your fellow Nasties, and hopefully get a group photo.

Saturday Night

Our post-race party is going to be a great time.  This year, we’re going to be catered by Edley’s, so it would be helpful if we had an idea of numbers.   If you are a facebook person, take a moment to RSVP to the event.  Then just show up at 6 p.m. (It will be in the Pavillion at the corner of 11th and Fatherland.)

ENOW: Kimberly Koch

April 21, 2014
2012 CM Half Marathon

2012 CM Half Marathon

This week’s East Nasty of the Week hails from Maryville by way of Iowa, is a devout Cowboys fan and is training to run a half marathon in Las Vegas. It is my pleasure to introduce you to our newest ENOW, Kimberly Koch!

MS Walk in Big Bear, CA with sister Karen

MS Walk in Big Bear, CA with sister Karen

Kimberly was born in Burlington, Iowa. Her dad was in the military so they moved a few times before landing in Maryville, Tennessee. She lived there most of her life until she went to college. In Maryville, Kimberly was a total geek in school and would never have considered running, but was in the band and color guard.

Kimberly left East Tennessee and headed to Tennessee Tech for college and has stayed in Middle Tennessee for most of her life. She loved college and at one time had a desire to be a dentist. She actually went to dental school for a short time and realized that digging around in someone’s mouth was not for her. She finished up at Tech with a BS in Chemistry. Now Kimberly works for DuPont in Corporate IT.

2012 Women's 5K with Susan Malone, Christine Sowell, Peggy Stanfield and Glenda Crowder

2012 Women’s 5K

Kimberly started running on January 3, 2011, with the East Nasty Couch to 5K program. She heard of East Nasty through Glenda Crowder, who is in a book group with Kristine Mylls. She will always be grateful for whatever conversation inspired Kristine to invite her book group friends and for them to invite Kimberly to something as crazy as running on a 30 degree night in January. She had no idea how much running with this group in East Nashville would change her life.

Kimberly loves the fact that East Nasty is open to anyone. She has always felt welcome and has learned so much from her fellow runners. There is always someone around who knows someone who has done that race or who has had that injury. It is a comfort to be part of such a group. It is amazing how you can not see someone for weeks and just pick up where you left off and catch up over a three-mile run.

Knoxville_finish_all -- Knoxville Marathon Relay team with Susan Malone, Glenda Crowder and Peggy Stanfield

Knoxville Marathon Relay Team

Kimberly’s most memorable East Nasty experience is, “just being able to starting running with East Nasty. I love the fellowship and cherish all of the friends that I have made over the last few years.” Her biggest accomplishment is staying with it. Her times have gotten better and she can run distances that she never thought her body could do. She is proud of herself for sticking with it over the last three and a half years.

When she’s not running, Kimberly loves to spend time with her dog Gracie and her family and friends. She likes good books, Jeep rides, watching football (Cowboys fan), traveling and has been told she is a good cook. Her next running adventure is the Las Vegas half with her friend Susan Malone.

Kimberly and Gracie

Kimberly and Gracie

Kimberly, congrats and welcome to the ENOW club!

Country Music Full and Half Marathon Training – Week 16!

April 18, 2014
This is our final weekend long run before the Country Music Full and Half Marathon! Make this one easy and just enjoy being outside running. We’ll be back in Shelby Bottoms, and the weather for this weekend looks perfect for running. Both mornings look like it’ll be around 50 to 65 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds. Now if only we can get that weather for race day. Just for once.
Full Marathoners: 7:30am Saturday and Sunday
Half Marathoners: 8am Saturday and Sunday
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
Full Marathoners: 8 miles easy (20 minutes before, then 60ish minutes with the Half group)
Half Marathoners: 60 Minutes Easy 
Sunday Easter Brunch is at Lauren Casswell’s! 2515 Barclay Dr, Nashville, TN 37206.  It’s the last brunch of the season! We’ll be there directly after the Sunday run or around 9:30am if you want to just come to eat/share some delicious food. Let’s make it a good one. Bring Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, whatever you want. Get more details and sign up to bring something on the info sheet HERE.
Post Race Party:
Get ready for this excellent shindig after the race. RSVP on the Facebook event, or just show up. 6pm-10pm at East Pavilion. We’ll have Yazoo Beer and Edley’s BBQ. Best of all – it’s free! We will take donations if you want to help offset the cost. 
See you this weekend! ENFL!!!
- Daniel

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



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