Wednesday, April 15: Calling All Musicians!

April 13, 2015

If you are a musician, know a musician or just like music, take a moment to read below… But first, this week’s run:

Route #3

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

Did you know that we have a group that meets at 6 a.m.?   This is a great option for people who have trouble running in the afternoon.

Also this week is a Mizuno wear test.   It is by far the best way to try out a new brand.  Stop by Nashville Running Company at 5 p.m., wear a pair of Mizunos for the run, and bring them back afterwards.  It’s that easy.

Route #3

East Nasty Night at The Basement East!

Calling all East Nasty Musical Artist —

We need you and or you and your band.

There is a new live music venue in East Nashville.  It’s called the Basement East or more affectionately “ the Beast “.  The Beast will be opening it’s doors in late April and will have their first “ new faces “ night on Wednesday April, 29th.   Mike Grimes the owner of Grimey’s records and the original basement off of 8th avenue in Nashville is allowing East Nasty to take over the that opening night.  The event will start at 8:00 and there will be drink specials for all East Nasties. Here is the cool part: Grimey wants all the musical artist that perform that night to be East Nasties or at least have some East Nasty roots. He is ideally looking for 8 artist or groups to perform a 15 – 20 minute set. Grimey will handle all the logistics and who is performing when.

The night will also be hosted by our very own Drew Jones who is no stranger to a microphone.

Whether you are a solo artist, in a band, brand new to the music scene or been around for a while – we need and would love to see you on stage performing.  It should be a great night to check out some of our nasties on stage showing off their musical talent.

Please spread the word and let’s fill the first new faces night on the east side with all East Nasties.

If this interests you please email Mike Grimes directly at:


For those of you who are not running the half-marathon, but would love to be out there, Competitor group contacted me with a unique way to be a part of the race, and get a free entry to another RockNRoll event.

Toyota is looking for 4 individuals to run back-and-forth on a certain part of the course dressed in Toyota apparel, passing out items that will help participants be refreshed. They might be handing out GU, Gatorade, wipes, water, etc. They might also carry a mister like the attached to spray on runners. We are still building out the whole idea but are looking for volunteers. We will incentivize these volunteers with a free entry into a future rock ‘n’ roll race (Las Vegas excluded) and we will also incentivize them with something from Toyota yet to be determined.

If this piques your interest, email Catharine Ryun at


EN needs your gently used running shoes and we need them ASAP. Please bring your WASHED shoes and place them in designated bins before this Wednesday nights run. (Please no trail shoes or shoes that have holes or heavy damage to the soles.). These shoes will be used by local middle and high school runners, and while anything we give them will be appreciated, we want their running careers to start off injury free and with excitement! If you’re not yet ready to give up a pair of shoes, no worries, we will collect again next month before the Couch to 5k program. (Shoes sizes especially needed: W5.5, W8, W8.5, M8-M14). Thanks! And FYI, as a club, we have successfully given away more than 500 shoes over the years and over 60YTD already! Great job Nasties!



2015 Race shirts/tanks available now for a very limited time!

April 11, 2015

If you’re a part of our 2015 Half or Full Marathon Training Programs. we have short sleeve shirts for men and women, and tanks for women, ready to order – all from Adidas. Bright yellow is our color this year and we will print our East Nasty logo on the front in black. You can order right now online HERE.

Important notes:

– You have a VERY VERY LIMITED TIME to order. You must order before 10am, THIS TUESDAY April 14th in order for us to get them printed and delivered in time for the race on April 25th.

You can try on each of the shirts/tanks at Nashville Running Company EAST in 5 Points. The shirts are there now and ready for you. They are open Saturday until 6pm and on Monday from 10am until 7pm. GO TODAY or MONDAY to try them on and get your correct size before you order, There will not be enough time to change your order with the very short timeline we have. All sales are final.

– You will pick up your order from us at next Wednesday’s run or at NRC East. We will not ship these. Select ‘PICKUP – NO SHIPPING’ when ordering/check-out. (The system will still ask you for your address – this is normal).

If you have any questions, contact Duane at:

Wednesday, April 8.

April 8, 2015

We’ve got some great stuff this week, so please take a moment to read about all 4 things…

First:   Route #2

Wednesday @ 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.

Below is our new and improved Route #2.

round the bird

For you old timers, below is our old route #2:

Run #2

Not much different, but we use the new greenway, and we run around the bird instead of around the lake.

Second:  Thursday & Saturday

We’re getting close to race day.   There are two more Thursday workouts, and two more Saturday runs.  Thursday 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.   This Saturday we will be running Bongo to Bongo.  So plan on meeting at Bongo East at 8 a.m.

Third: Speaking of marathons….

If you have never been to the Nashville Film Festival, you should go because it brings in some really good movies.   Specifically this year, there is a documentary about a trail race in Tennessee.   The film is called The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats its Young.   The race is virtually undo-able, (only 10 people have ever completed the full distance), but it is epic.   (Here is a link to the trailer…)   The movie is showing on Sunday, April 19 @ 4:15, and Wednesday, April 22 @ 4:30.   Grab some friends and check it out!

Fourth: The Party

Mark your calendars for April 25.  That morning is Country Music Marathon, which should be a blast.  That night is our annual post-half marathon party!   More details coming soon, but this is a great time to celebrate.   Whether you ran the half, the full, or neither, plan on joining us that evening.



April 1: Route #1 & Pint Night

April 1, 2015

Route #1

Wednesday, April 1, 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.

(Note: this is the old map, we will run up the Lillian Greenway.)

Run #1: One Hilly 5k

Pint Night

After the run, head down to NRC for our monthly pint night.

Thursday Workout

The Thursday workout is on.  6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.

Saturday Long Run

This week our half/full marathon training moves back to Shelby Park.  Meet us at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning by the nature center under the train trestle.   This could be the most important Saturday training session!   Try not to miss this one.

Wednesday, March 25: The Nasty

March 25, 2015

The Nasty

This week is our signature route, The Nasty.   It’s about 6 miles and features several hills.

6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.

The Nasty

Being Good Neighbors

Always remember, running with 200 people is different than running by yourself.  Run on sidewalks when they are available, and never run more than 2 abreast.   Understand that whatever you do, the 20 people behind you are probably going to follow your lead.   Meaning don’t take any chances.  For example, right after the 2 mile mark on tonight’s run, you need to cross Eastland to run on the sidewalk.  Be very careful when making this crossing!

Thursday Night Workout

If you are looking to improve your fitness and your running knowledge, Thursday nights are for you.  Meet at the corner of 11th and Holly at 6 p.m. for a structured track workout.  If you have never done intervals on the track – they are the final step for maximizing fitness.   If you consider aerobic running as the “cake”  (i.e. long runs, tempo runs, etc…), fast intervals on the track are the icing.   But what makes cake good??  The icing!    The point of that terrible analogy is that fast interval running should be done in limited amounts – but they yield impressive gains in fitness.

Saturday Long Run

If you are running the half marathon, the next two Saturdays are key.  This week we are running either 14 or 16 miles, and next week we are doing a long run that gets progressively faster.   Also, Saturday will also be our final time meeting at LP field and running the race course.     Please join us!   8 a.m. for half marathoners, 7:30 a.m. for full marathoners.

Wednesday March 18 – Pint Night + Mizuno

March 17, 2015

Route #11: 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville

Wednesday starting at 5:00 – Mizuno Wear Test   By far the best way to try a new pair of shoes: actually take them out for a run.  This week, you can swing by NRC as early as 5:00 to try on a pair of Mizunos for the run.

Route #11: Churches

6 p.m. Route #11.

After the run head down to NRC for our monthly pint night!

Thursday March 19: Track Workouts Begin…

Our Thursday night workouts move from the hills to the track.  If your running has gotten off schedule because of the rough weather – come on back and join us.   For the next 4 weeks we will run over to the East High track intervals.   This week we will run 6 – 800 meter repeats at our 5k pace.  Intervals are a great way to quickly increase your fitness – but they are tough.  That is why it is best to do them in a group setting.  So join us at 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly on Thursday.


We have two more weeks on the half-marathon/marathon course.   Join us this Saturday as we run 8 miles at our goal pace. (The total distance will be between 10 and 11 miles as there will be a warm-up and cool-down.)

Thursday 3/12 & Saturday 3/14

March 12, 2015

Thursday night workout is on!

Come join us tonight, 6p.m. at 11th and Holly for a structured hill workout.

Saturday Half Marathon

Side Note: Saturday is pi day.  Not just that, but it is the pi day of the century (3.1415).  So do something fun involving circles…

If you are running the half marathon this year (or just looking for a group long run) you should join us on Saturday.  We will be running on the half-marathon course, in fact the advanced group will run the entire 13.1 miles.   Everyone is welcome.  We meet at the base of the pedestrian bridge on the LP field side at 8 a.m.


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