ENOW: Beth McCaskill

December 1, 2014

Beth and her husband Jerry at CMM 2014

Our latest East Nasty of the Week is a scuba diving firecracker who moonlights as the head cheerleader for Lasty Nasty. Nasties, it is my pleasure to introduce you to your ENOW, Beth McCaskill!

Warrior Dash 2014

Warrior Dash 2014

Beth was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Growing up, she played t-ball, softball and ran cross-country in high school. While attending UT Martin, she became a workaholic and did nothing that would be considered healthy or active! Beth works as a Litigation Paralegal at Bass Berry & Sims.


Ragnar 2013

Beth started running in 2009 when she realized that her genetics and health were going to start declining if she didn’t do something before her 40th birthday! She had spent too many years on her butt and no longer recognized the person she saw in the mirror. Beth decided to see if she could track her old self down!

Womens Half

Nashville Womens Half 2014

Beth participated (mainly walked) in the 2009 Womens Half. After what felt like a day to complete, thinking her feet would explode, Beth learned why people RUN those races! The following summer, Beth started looking around for Couch to 5K programs and found Potato to Tomato. It had already started, but Beth signed up and showed up at the next practice. She learned that signing up and showing up is half the battle. And if you know Beth, then you know she’ll sign up and show up for almost anything now!

Oktoberfest 5K 2014

Oktoberfest 5K 2014

Recently, Beth ran her first sub-30 5K, her biggest accomplishment to date! She was also pretty happy with her 2:30 finish time at CMM year before last (officially it was a 2:36 because of the pouring rain and a bathroom line at mile 7, but Beth hit her goal on her watch, so she’s going with that!). She will beat it officially at some point!

P2T 2014

P2T 2014

Beth loves coaching and training for the Tomato 5K. She says that it’s an amazing feeling to run your team across the finish line and see how many people you can encourage to stick with it. Beth loves seeing the new faces and bringing them into the East Nasty family. She never understood the point of “group running” until she showed up for that first P2T practice. Now she loves to show new runners what that is all about and how beneficial it really is. Beth LOVES all of the amazing friends and running buddies she has made through East Nasty, saying, “My support system and friend pool has expanded tremendously since becoming a part of East Nasty and I feel so blessed for that. I love Nashville’s entire running community and love being a part of it!”

Tabata at NRC

Tabatas at NRC

Fellow ENOW, Susi Glenn Willis, has this to say about her friend Beth:

I have to say my introduction to Beth came via her Lasty Nasty Facebook posts giving play-by-play directions for the weekly runs. I wondered who is this lady passing out little direction cheat sheets? Little did I know she would become part of my inner circle of friends! She’s the one I count on at 6am Tabatas to help make the workout fun. She is like a non-stop energizer bunny and without trying, makes every training, run or dinner a party. Should I mention she also decorates cakes? Beth coaches Potato to Tomato runners and this lady is also one of Team Magic’s newest members! We run with all kinds of greatness at East Nasty, folks!

Beth and her friend Jaws

Beth and her friend Jaws

Running is great – blah, blah, blah, but Beth’s true love is scuba diving! She would rather be under water with sharks, turtles and whatever else, than anything else in the world. Her new goals on land include an Olympic distance triathlon in 2015 and maybe an Ironman by age 50. As Susi mentioned above, Beth recently became a team member of Team Magic and is looking forward to being able to further immerse herself in the triathlon lifestyle!

Team Magic Music City Triathlon 2014

Team Magic Music City Triathlon 2014

Beth, you are one of my favorite people and I’m so glad East Nasty brought us together. I would like to point out all of the exclamation marks in this post are Beth’s. I left them in because it’s exactly how she talks in person. A lot of you may not know Beth because she runs at 5:45pm with Lasty Nasty, but do yourself a favor and seek her out. She is one the brightest lights in our little running group.

Warrior Dash 2014

Beth, the human embodiment of the exclamation mark, at Warrior Dash 2014

Congrats, Beth! Welcome to the ENOW club!

Wednesday, November 26

November 26, 2014

Eat Turkey Guilt Free…

Yes, we do meet for a run the day before Thanksgiving.  (In fact, we have not missed a Wednesday run since June 2008.)    So plan on joining us for route #11 on Wednesday.

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

Route #11: ChurchesChristmas Party

Our Christmas party is on December 10th.  We’ll have our normal run, then everyone is invited to join us at Phil & Gretchen Zimmerman’s house for some food and drinks.   This is also a time where we get a list of our “members”.     East Nasty is a member of the Road Runners Club of America, and there is a cost associated with that.   We are asking folks to bring $10 to help us offset these costs.   This allows us to keep doing what we’re doing!    (We’ll also have some East Nasty gear if you are looking for a Christmas present…)

Calling all pace leaders!

Our full / half marathon training begins the first Saturday in January, and we are looking for (a) participants and (b) volunteers.

Volunteers:  If you would like to pass your love of running along, we need 12 pace leaders.  These are people who will train a group to meet a particular time goal.   Those goals are 1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.  (We also have a pretty good contingent of people up front who are looking to break 1:30.)   If this piques your interest, please email Mark at mark@eastnastyforlife.com.

Participants: We’ll have a detailed outline plus a place to sign up soon, but here are some specifics if you are looking to participate.   1) We meet on Saturday mornings at 8:00 starting the first Saturday in January through race day.  2) Our running requirement is that you need to be able to run 5 miles without stopping by January 1.   3) It’s free.  Look for more details next week.


Wednesday, November 19

November 19, 2014


So you can either run with us at 6 a.m. when it’s cold and dark, or you can run with us at 6 p.m. when it’s cold and dark.   Either way, be sure to dress warmly and wear reflective gear!   If you don’t own any, swing by NRC to grab some before the run.

 Route #10

This is our Mt. Nasty warm-up run.   Here is a quick note about this run: when we exit Shelby Park on Davidson stay on the right side of the road.   The reason is that you will make a right turn to go up 12th.  When you make that turn, enjoy the hill!

Shelby Hills

Shelby Hills

Looking Ahead

Here are two dates to put in your calendar: December 10th, and January 3rd.

December 10th: Our annual East Nasty Christmas Party.  It is a great time.  We’ll have our regularly scheduled run that evening, then walk down the street to enjoy some food and drinks at the Zimmerman’s.   More details coming.

January 3rd: Our first meeting for the 2015 Country Music Marathon training program.  The program is free and open to everyone who can run 5 miles without stopping.  Once again, more details will be coming soon, but I want you guys to get these two dates on your calendar!

ENOW–Quincy Acklin

November 17, 2014
RM House 5k

RM House 5k

This week’s ENOW just might be the nicest guy at East Nasty, which is saying a lot. Ladies and gents, it’s my pleasure to introduce to you the newest ENOW, Mr. Quincy Acklin!

Quincy was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama (No surprise there as most of the best people hail from the great state of AL). In high school, he was a self-proclaimed “huge band geek”. Apparently, he could blow a mean trumpet. He didn’t play any sports in high school, but he still had style and swagger. In fact, he was named “best dressed” his senior year of high school.

After high school, Quincy attended undergrad at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama where he majored in Psychology. His college life was absolutely awesome. He learned a lot, had some incredible experiences, and made some great, lifelong friends.

Tomato Fest

Tomato Fest

He always knew that he wanted to do something in business, but he was also fascinated by Psychology. He found a graduate degree that combined both interests. Quincy obtained his Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology which is the study of human behavior in the workplace and applies psychological theories and principles to organizations. Best dressed AND super smart.

Quincy ended up in Nashville thanks to Careerbuilder.com (Yes, it actually works.).  His prior employer ran across his resume and called him for an interview. He never really considered Nashville as an option since his only memories of Nashville were coming up to Opryland Park on the church bus. However, the interview went well, and he’s been a Nashvillian for almost 10 years.

Rudolph Red Nose 5k

Rudolph Red Nose 5k

Currently, Quincy is the HR Program Consultant for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources. His division is responsible for maintaining job classifications according to state and federal guidelines, changing job requirements, reviewing and maintaining salary data and using that data to assist in making recommendations for salary administration policies and adjustments in the state’s compensation structure. Like I said, super smart.

As for when he started running, Quincy wanted to run a 5k in the spring of 2010 but knew he would never motivate himself enough to train on his own. He looked up “Nashville and running groups” and found himself training every Monday with a group created by “I Run For the Party.” He ran his first 5k on July 4th 2010. Thank goodness for the power of Google!

Quincy has three accomplishments in running that stand out the most to him. The first is running a sub-2 hour half marathon. He completed the 2014 Country Music Half in 1:59:09. It was his fourth time running this particular race, and he crushed it!

Half Marathon 2012 with fellow East Nasties

Half Marathon 2012 with fellow East Nasties

Because of his awesome performance at this year’s Country Music Half, Quincy received the “Most Improved Half Marathoner” certificate at the East Nasty post-marathon party. He had trained with the East Nasty training group from January to April. Those first months were pretty tough, and he was finishing dead last. By April, all of that had changed, and it felt great that others noticed his improvement. This award was his second biggest accomplishment to date. Finally, he completed the Ragnar Relay Series, and as he puts it, “enough said”.  No doubt, Quincy!

Ragnar Relay 2013

Ragnar Relay 2013

Quincy has been running with East Nasty for quite some time. In the summer of 2011, he participated in Fleet Feet’s 12-week Summer Speed Sessions class. During these sessions, the same guy always seemed to run next to Quincy every week. After running next to each other for so long, the two started talking and motivating each other to push harder. At the end of the 12 weeks, Quincy made the comment “that this was fun and [he] hated it had to end.” Quincy’s new running pal replied “it doesn’t have to!  I run with the East Nasties on Wednesday nights, and you should join.” And that’s all she wrote, folks—thanks to Brad Mitchell, Quincy has been running with the Nasties ever since.

Most Improved Half-Marathon 2014

Most Improved Half-Marathon 2014

Quincy loves the camaraderie most about East Nasty.  He loves how everyone is so friendly and encouraging and that he can always count on someone motivating him to get up those darn East Nashville hills.

Aside from running and being a sharp-dressed man, he loves watching movies (independent, comedies, drama), reading a good piece of fiction, and hanging with friends. There is nothing better than an adult beverage with good friends. You got that right, Quincy!

Congrats on the well-deserved honor of being this week’s ENOW!

Wednesday, November 12

November 11, 2014

Wear Test

This Wednesday is the Kahru / Craft wear test night.   Come over to NRC before the run (starting at 5pm) to try on some Karhu shoes, and Craft apparel.    It will be a great night to try out a new, quality base layer.

Run #9

Run #9: LP Field.    Meet at the corner of 11th and Holly at 6 am or 6 pm.

Run #9 LP Field

ENOW: Lauren Caswell

November 10, 2014
First Half Marathon, Rock n' Roll, 2013

First Half Marathon, Rock n’ Roll, 2013

Our latest ENOW is known for her love of Texas A&M, her love of her job and her love of her dog. But seriously, the Texas A&M thing is next level. Nasties, it is my pleasure to introduce you to your East Nasty of the Week, Lauren Caswell!

Bourbon Chase 2014

Bourbon Chase, 2014

Lauren was born in the small town of Brattleboro, Vermont, but grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. She swam competitively for eight years throughout middle and high school, and played softball and volleyball. When Lauren wasn’t playing sports, she was driving around with the top down on her jeep listening to techno music with her friends.

Lauren went to Texas A&M in College Station. She studied Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences with a focus in hospitality management, which included a summer abroad in Italy. She says that those were the best years of her life. She participated in all of the many traditions at A&M and made some of the best friends she could ask for.

On top of the Omni Hotel while it was under construction October 2012

On top of the Omni Hotel while it was under construction, 2012

Lauren works for Omni Nashville Hotel. She moved to Nashville two years ago to help open the new hotel, and started as a sales coordinator. She is now a group sales manager, which she loves because she gets to showcase both the city and the hotel.

Lauren started running in 2012. Two months after moving to Nashville, she volunteered with Hands on Nashville to hand out water during the Winter Warmup. Even though she mostly wanted to get out there to meet people, she became inspired by the runners. She started training with East Nasty shortly afterwards for the Rock n’ Roll Half and completed her first (rainy) half last year.

After the Women’s Half with Patrick, 2014

With Patrick at the Women’s Half, 2014

Lauren’s biggest accomplishment in running is inspiring other people to run. She sets a lot of goals for herself and is always happy when she meets those, but is much more rewarded when a friend says, “Lauren, I’m going to start running because you have inspired me to.”

The thing Lauren loves most about our group is the camaraderie, saying, “Everyone is always so encouraging and supportive. They want you to do well and accomplish your goals. I wish everyone had the mindset of an East Nasty!”

Tomato Fest 5K, 2013

Tomato 5K, 2013

Lauren has been running with East Nasty for two years and says her most memorable experience is seeing two of the guys she coached in P2T become not only coaches themselves, but testaments to the East Nasty cause.

When Lauren’s not running, she loves trying new restaurants, traveling, hiking, riding her bike, going out with friends, live music, festivals, beer and hanging out with the main man in her life, her dog, Yogi Bear.

Hiking in East Tennessee with fellow Nasties, Kristen Stone and Lauren Van Sant and their dogs.

Hiking with fellow Nasties, Kristen and Lauren

Lauren, welcome to Nashville, welcome to East Nasty, and, most importantly, welcome to the ENOW club! Congrats!

Wednesday, November 5

November 5, 2014


Update: The Karhu wear test has been postponed due to weather.   But pint night is still on, and of course we run rain or shine!

One thing that is hard about buying shoes is that often you don’t really get to run very much in them before you have to make a decision.    In an effort to combat this, occasionally NRC hosts wear test night.  A “wear test” is when you get to wear a pair of shoes for an entire run!    This Wednesday, Karhu will be at NRC at 5 p.m. if you want to try a pair of their shoes.   There will also be some Craft base layers.  (As a side note, I’ve had a Craft base layer for about 12 years and it is amazing…)

The Run

Rick’s Market.  Coldest beer in town.

Run #8: Rick's Market: Coldest Beer In Town

Note:  We are slowly shifting our runs so that we use the greenway that runs from 19th to the base of the Shelby street entrance rather than going up/down Lillian street.   So this week instead of going around the lake, runners need to turn left at the lake and then go up the greenway to 19th. ( That happens right past the 2nd mile on the above map.)

Post Run

Pint night at NRC.   Best Wednesday of the month…


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