East Nasty of the Week – Lenny Bertoldo

July 22, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen of East Nasty, I’d like your attention please. We have a DJ among us. Well, a former DJ. He has taken a break to focus full time on producing music. But I digress. Without further ado, Lenny Bertoldo, your newest East Nasty of the Week.

CMM Half 2014 - Runnin'

Lenny has been running with East Nasty for about 2 ½ years, ever since he realized running solo is B-O-R-I-N-G. His biggest accomplishment in running is not tripping or falling while running as fast as he could down Monteagle during last year’s Ragnar Relay. That, or, finishing his first CMM ½ without requiring medical assistance back in 2012. (Can you tell Lenny has a sense of humor?)

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Lenny & his Ragnar Relay Team

Lenny grew up outside of Boston in Fairhaven, MA and picked up DJing as a hobby when he was around 13. After high school, he started working for a remixing studio in East Boston, and the rest is history. He moved to Nashville 10 years ago and focuses solely on producing and remixing dance, pop and pop-country music. It’s a good thing he isn’t out DJing until 3am on Friday nights anymore, because as we all know, this group doesn’t exactly sleep in on Saturday mornings.

Lenny & the Ladies

Lenny & the Ladies

East Nasty has made Lenny a faster runner. He did a great job of explaining how, so I’ll close with his recap of our Pace Leader set up on Wednesday nights.

All those people showing up creates the need for pace groups, which is great! Until I realized it was all lies. Lies I tell you… lies! This is how a Wednesday night run goes (for me, queued-up in the 8:30-9:00 pace group):

Me: “Adam, what pace you runnin’?”
Adam: “8:30. I’m running slow tonight.”
Me: “Cool! I wanna take it easy tonight.”

We take off. Less than a mile in, I look down at my Garmin through blurred vision and, as things start to get hazy and I wonder to myself, “What the HELL was I thinking?!” What does it say? 7:58 pace. And THAT’s how I’ve become a better runner!

Welcome to the ENOW club, Lenny. Happy to have you.

Wednesday, July 16

July 15, 2014

Before the Run

One unfortunate reality is that when buying a pair of shoes, you have to choose a pair after jogging up and down the block.   I don’t know how to solve that problem, but one helpful trend is that shoe companies have started wear tests.   A wear test is where runners can take a pair of shoes out for a run.  This week Mizuno is having a wear test.   Drop by Nashville Running Company before the run on Wednesday to wear a pair of Mizunos during the run.

The Run

Run #4: The Big Shelby Loop.   We’re going to be sharing Shelby Park with our couch to 5k group, and with the East Nashville farmer’s market.    There’s probably going to be more traffic in the park that usual, so even though we typically run on the left side of the road, this week, run down the right side of the road on Davidson.

Run #4


After the Run

This week is I Dream of Weenie night.   Every hotdog is $0.50 off, and it’s BYOB.   So bring some cash and plan on staying after the run to enjoy a dog and some time with your fellow East Nasties.

It looks like we are going to have a beautiful night for a run!



Wednesday, July 9

July 8, 2014

Route #3

This is our only out-and-back route.  You can turn around at any point, but one common way to cut this run short is to cross the pedestrian bridge and go back.   That makes the run almost exactly 4 miles.

Make sure that you have signed up for the Tomato Festival 5k.   This is our “home” race, and we need to show up en masse.  (We will also have a booth at the Tomato Festival where Duane will unveil the 2014 East Nasty summer t-shirts…more details later.)

Remember, every Wednesday there are three options: 6 a.m., 6 p.m. or you can join the Lasty Nasties.  The Lasty Nasties are mostly walk/runners and start running at either 5:30 or 5:45 p.m. (depending on the route)   Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Route #3

Wednesday, July 2

July 1, 2014

Run #2

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

Run #2

Pint Night

Once a month, our friends at NRC invite us over for a post-run Yazoo.   Everyone is invited and it is a great way to meet your fellow East Nasties.

Women’s Half Marathon

Our training for the women’s half marathon has begun, and it is not too late to join in the fun.   Email Alyce Scrivner if you are interested.  a-scrivner@comcast.net.

Wednesday, June 25

June 25, 2014

Starting over with Run #1

6 a.m. or 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.   We run rain or shine, but if there is a storm, we’ll wait it out.

Run #1: One Hilly 5k


I Dream of Weenie Night

Tomorrow night, the first 100 hot dogs are free.   Yes, you heard it right.  Drinks and sides are your responsibility, but courtesy of State Farm the first 100 people will not have to pay for their dog. (Remember you can BYOB if you want.)     Yet another reason to stick around after the run…




East Nasty of the Week – Adam Barese

June 23, 2014

What do you get when you combine an awesome 80’s sweatband, medical sales and running? The start of Adam Barese’s biography. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to this week’s East Nasty of the Week.

First 5 Miler - Can you say... early 80's

Ok, ok, here’s a bit more recent shot with his family. Sorry, Adam, you knew I had to lead with that gem.

Green Hillis YMCA 5K - A great family run, pushing the double wide

As you can tell, Adam started his running career in one of the best decades of all time – the 80’s. He ran his first five mile race at 8 years old after behind inspired by running with his dad.

Before Nashville, Adam spent most of his life in the Northeast living in New Haven, DC, Annapolis, and Philly (where he met his wife). He didn’t specifically tell me what brought him down to Nashville, but I’m going to guess it has something to do with our city being a bit of a healthcare industry hub. Adam’s spent the last 20 years working in the medical industry, primarily for pharmaceutical and Biotech companies.

Adam & East Nasty representing at CMM 2014

Adam & East Nasty representing at CMM 2014

East Nasty has David Harris’s lovely wife to thank for getting Adam to the group. When he stopped traveling for work a couple years ago, he realized he didn’t know much about the town he’d been living in for the previous 8 years, and Kristen Stenson suggested he run with us. For Adam (and, really, most of us) East Nasty has been more than a running group. It’s been the foundation for many friendships with other beer drinkers runners.

We always ask ENOWs what they consider their biggest running accomplishment. Despite running the Honolulu Marathon, among others, and dozens of middle distance races, Adam gave the most unique response yet – “My biggest accomplishment in running is hopefully still to come.” Foreshadowing perhaps??

Honolulu Marathon Finisher, 2003

Honolulu Marathon Finisher, 2003

Thanks for being a part of East Nasty, Adam!

2014 Potato-to-Tomato Shirts now available to order!

June 21, 2014

Ordering is now open for our 2014 Potato-to-Tomato 5K Training Program shirts! Try on sizes at one of the P2T workouts and then be sure to order before the July 1st deadline!

Order online here: eastnasty.storenvy.com

More info about our Potato-to-Tomato 5K Training Program here: eastnastyforlife.com/p2t – it’s not too late to join!


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