Wednesday, June 18

June 17, 2014

The Nasty

Our signature run: 6 miles, 7 hills (or more) and it looks to be hot.  A perfect combination for the nasty!

(There is a 3.7 mile short-cut which yields no glory, but is significantly easier)

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

The Nasty


Women’s Half Training

The Nashville women’s half marathon is in September, and starting at the end of June we’ll have Sunday long runs focused on that race.   If you are interested in being a part of these runs (they are free like everything else we do…), or helping out, please  email Alyce Scrivner at



ENOW: Sarah Keiser

June 16, 2014
CMM 2012

CMM 2012

Our latest East Nasty Of The Week has traveled to countries including England, France, Spain and Ireland; won her family’s coveted honor of Person Of The Year; and has the biggest dog I’ve ever seen. Nasties, it is my pleasure to introduce you to your ENOW, Sarah Keiser!
Sarah and her husband Dave

Sarah and her husband Dave

Sarah was born in Knoxville and grew up playing a variety of sports: softball, basketball, volleyball and track. Her love of sports went on hiatus in 8th grade when she contracted mono and had to take a year off. She shifted her focus to theatre, but remained active. She attended University of Tennessee, Knoxville and majored in psychology. After graduating, Sarah moved to Nashville and attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work, where she graduated with her masters of science in social work.
Stumpjump, 2013

Stump Jump, 2013

Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and after practicing as a child, family and adolescent therapist, joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Social Work where she is an Assistant Professor of Practice. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.
Tomato 5K

Tomato 5K

Sarah started running in graduate school, where she ran outside 2-3 times per week, but she started running with East Nasty in 2011. Her husband Dave said he wanted to run a 5K and Sarah really missed running outside, so a hearty ‘heck yes!’ was exclaimed and she joined Potato To Tomato.  The coaches were supportive and encouraging and she knew she had found a terrific group of people.  She coached the group in 2012 and 2013 and loves being a part of someone’s journey to reaching their fitness goals. Her biggest accomplishment is finishing her first half marathon eight months after running her first 5K.
Sarah, Sarah & Sara at the East Nasty Christmas Party

Sarah, Sarah & Sara at the East Nasty Christmas Party

Sarah loves the friendships and encouragement she has received over the years through East Nasty. There is always someone to run with, provide training advice, or grab a beer with! The group really celebrates the accomplishments of the members. She is also inspired by the people she has met and they have pushed her to train harder, run faster, and have fun while doing it.
With Heidi & Alicia as East Nasty wedding guests

With Heidi & Alicia as East Nasty wedding guests

Sarah’s most memorable East Nasty experience is finishing her first half marathon in 2012 and attending the after party at Heidi and Andy’s house. She has also loved training with the friends she’s met and traveling to races together, East-Nasty-style. Getting up on a cold winter’s morning to run 10 miles is all worth it when she is sitting at breakfast afterwards with her training partners.
Dave and Sarah

Dave and Sarah

I spoke with Dave and asked what he thinks about his wife being named ENOW, and he had this to say:
I would say that I’m extremely proud of her. She’s always been a runner, but didn’t get serious about it until we both did the 2011 Potato To Tomato 5K training together. I out ran her the first day, but she’s been leaving me in the dust ever since. Since then, she’s run a couple of half marathons and Stump Jump. The hills at Percy Warner seem to be a breeze to her and she’s out running at least 3 times a week. She loves East Nasty and the new expanded family she enjoys with y’all.  She’s a definitely an East Nasty for Life.
Percy and Roo, straight chillin'

Percy and Roo, straight chillin’

When Sarah’s not running or working out at the YMCA, she loves to cook, travel, spend time with her family and love on her animals: Roo, a German Shepherd, and their new kitten, Percy – a budding relationship we’re all watching develop online.

Sarah – congrats and welcome to the ENOW club!

Wednesday, June 11

June 10, 2014

The Route

Wednesday at 6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.   Remember we meet rain or shine, but if there is a thunderstorm, we’ll wait it out before starting.

The Church Run.
This is a great run because it is a figure 8, which gives less experienced runners a chance to run just 2 miles.  If you complete the whole route, you will end by running up Shelby Ave from 5th all the way to 11th.  For you cyclists out there, this is a category 5 climb.

Route #11: Churches


Potato To Tomato

Change of Location for our June 14th meeting!

Our couch to 5k program, we call it Potato to Tomato, is starting this Saturday.  Note:   We are going to change our meeting location because the “Run or Dye 5k” is being held at LP field.   This Saturday we will meet at Shelby Park, outside the nature center.   The run will start at 7 a.m.  Coaches need to be there by 6:45 and we are encouraging participants to come at 6:30 to go through a health screening.


Just another friendly reminder.  Do not park illegally.

Wednesday, June 4

June 3, 2014

Parking revisited…

Last week I had at least 2 cars that I could have used as examples of illegally parked cars.   (Luckily, I don’t think they were ours…)  Read last week’s post and pay attention to where you are parking!

Potato 2 Tomato

Our couch to 5k training is about to start.   Information is here.   If you (or anyone you know is interested) you need to:

1) Sign up on line.

2) Attend the information meeting this Thursday night at 6:30 p.m at the Margaret Maddox YMCA.

3) Show up to the first training session.  7 a.m. Saturday, June 14th at the Pedestrian Bridge (LP field side..)

Route #10

6 .m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.   Afterwards, head to NRC for our monthly pint night.

Shelby Hills

Shelby Hills


Wednesday, May 28

May 27, 2014


Just a friendly heads-up…there will be parking patrols out and about five points issuing citations.  Not necessarily tomorrow or on Wednesdays at all, but some folks are parking illegally, and parking enforcement is going to be stepped up.   Here is a link to the parking codes, but the ones that I want to highlight are about intersections.  There are two rules about intersections you may not be familiar with:

you cannot park…

c.Within thirty feet of a crosswalk at an intersection,

d.Within thirty feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway,

There is no doubt that I have parked within 30 feet of a stop sign before.   So be aware of this regulation!  30-feet may seem like a lot, but it will make intersections around the 5 points area much, much safer – for both vehicle and pedestrian alike.

Note: This increase in parking enforcement is not because of us, and it was nice of the neighborhood association to give us a heads up before tickets just started appearing on our cars…

East Nashville Tomato 5k

Our home race is coming up on August 9.  This is not just a race for our potato to tomato graduates, but a race which we all need to support!   This Wednesday the YMCA will be out with information about how to sign up.

Wednesday’s Run

6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.   If you are a run/walker, meet up with the Lasty Nasties at 5:45.  Check out the construction as we run around LP field…our riverfront is going to be amazing.

Run #9 LP Field


Wednesday, May 21

May 20, 2014


Don’t forget to bring your shoes into NRC.  Our goal is to collect 100 pairs of shoes before next week (May 28th).  Read this blog if you need more details.

I Dream of Weenie

Once again this summer, I Dream of Weenie is going to have East Nasty night.  The third Wednesday of every month, I Dream of Weenie will stay open late and offer $0.50 off everything on the menu.   Also, as a bonus, they will provide a cooler of ice and you can BYOB.  (Disclaimer: you can’t walk up and down the street, but you can drink beer if you stay on the lawn.)

So put this on your calendar and plan on sticking around after the run this Wednesday.  Grab a beer from the Kwik-E-Mart and relax with friends and a hotdog at the picnic tables.

Potato to Tomato

Information about our Potato to Tomato 5k training program is available.  If you have anyone in your life who would love to make a change, this is a great way to start.  The program is free, and open to anyone.  Information is here.

Route #8: Rick’s Market – Coldest Beer in Town

6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.  This route has a couple of street crossings where the cross traffic does not stop, so approach all intersections cautiously.

If you are a run/walker you are welcome to join the Lasty Nasties.  Note: they meet at about 5:45p.m., so if you show up at 6 p.m. they’ll be gone!   Check out their facebook page for more details.

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

Wednesday, May 14: Shoes

May 13, 2014

Potato to Tomato

Our free couch to 5k training is just around the corner.  Information is here, and there are four things you need to do:

(1) Consider coaching.    We could use some faster coaches.  (Relatively speaking…)  The majority of our participants are brand new runners who will complete the Tomato Fest 5k in over 40 minutes.  But there are usually a few ringers who are in great shape, but just new to running.  We always need a couple experienced runners (read: can run 8 minute pace consistently) to help guide this group.   Is this you?   Consider coaching. Send Mike Clark and email, and he can give you more information.

(2) Pass the information on to friends, and get them to sign up.   Everyone is welcome to join us, but it really helps us plan if the participants sign up.    There is an informational meeting at the Margaret Maddox YMCA at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday June 5th.

(3) Sign up for the Tomato Festival 5k.  This is our “home” race – and it benefits our local YMCA which does amazing work in the community.   No excuses!   Sign up, run and enjoy a fantastic festival after the run.

(4) Donate your old shoes. (read on…)


Every year East Nasty collects used running shoes.   If the shoes are too worn out, we toss them or give them to goodwill.    If there is still some life left in them, we find them a new home.   We give away hundreds of shoes every year, and many of them go to our Potato to Tomato participants.

We rely on you guys for our shoe inventory, and that is the case this year, but we are going to do collection a little differently.   This year, between May 14 and May 28, bring your used shoes in to Nashville Running Company, and they will give you 20% off your new shoe purchase when you bring in 2 used pairs.   If you only have one pair, please swing by the store and drop them off anyway!  Our goal is to collect over 100 pairs of shoes during this two week period.

The Route

Run #7

#7 Little Hollywood

6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.   Enjoy the architecture on this route!




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