ENOW — Alicia Hunker

February 23, 2015
The Hunkers

The Hunkers — at Green River Ordinance’s performance with Train and “John Legend and The Roots” in Philadelphia ( Her most memorable band wife moment to date not including his Grand Ole Opry performance)

Our newest East Nasty of the Week is an amazing teacher and runner, the wife of a rock star, and one of my best friends (or my “Boo Boo”). I’m stoked to introduce Alicia Hunker as ENOW!

Alicia grew up in Dallas, Texas. As anyone who’s ever met her can imagine, she was quite the social butterfly. She was involved in every school organization, played Varsity volleyball and soccer, and ran Varsity cross country. Most importantly, she got to take classes with her best friend and husband Denton Hunker. They became best friends in 7th grade and have been inseparable since (cue the “aws”). Alicia’s killer soccer skills led her to St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She now teaches 6th grade Algebra.

Crashing fellow East Nasties, Bree and Eric's, date

Crashing fellow East Nasties, Bree and Eric’s, date

While she’s always been a runner, Alicia did not voluntarily run any distance over 5k until her Junior year of college when she got injured and couldn’t play soccer for a year. She decided to run a marathon that year (2005) with Team in Training and has been hooked ever since.

Post-East Nasty pint night at NRC

Post-East Nasty pint night at NRC

Alicia’s biggest running accomplishment will be completing her 6th (official) marathon. However, it’s really her 10th marathon — she has run 4 others with bibs of injured friends, because what kind of runner says no to a free race?! She’ll also be completing her first ultra-marathon (North Fork 50k) in Colorado this June. Those are definitely some killer accomplishments! Alicia’s currently trying to convert to trail running…no broken bones yet, so it’s working out pretty well so far!

Alicia and RunWILD crew at Bearwaller Gap

Alicia and RunWILD/Newton crew at Bearwaller Gap

In typical Alicia fashion, she found out about East Nasty from fellow East Nasty Heidi Huerta a few years before even moving to Nashville. While her husband Denton was here recording a record, Alicia met Heidi at Lululemon, and naturally, the topic of running came up. The Hunkers knew they would eventually need to relocate here, and Alicia just had to find the right running club before they could make the move. She started running with East Nasty on June 5th 2013 after living here for 4 days! Alicia loves the Easy Nasty community…they’re her Tennessee family! She’s met her best friends in town through East Nasty, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. They rock her world! (Get it? Her husband’s a rock star)

Green River Ordinance show at 3rd and Lindsley

Green River Ordinance show at 3rd and Lindsley

She says one of her most memorable East Nasty Experiences both involve running in the rain and were both with the lovely Beth Meadows! (I hear she’s an OK gal) The first was at a normal East Nasty run, and it was lightly sprinkling so they decided to go for it! As soon as they started running, a storm broke out. Even though they were nearly struck by lightning, it made them laugh their faces off the entire way back. PRs were definitely set for run #7 that night! The second was Alicia’s very first race here in Nashville which she ran with Christa Poremba and Beth on July 4th 2013. A torrential downpour occurred during the entire 10k. Denton came to take pictures of everyone soaking wet and to cheer! Even better, Christa, Beth, and Alicia all placed in their age groups!

Soaked and posing at Fourth of July 10k in 2013

Soaked and posing at Fourth of July 10k in 2013

Lastly, her drummer husband, who she has been trying to get to run for all of their dating/married relationship, is an official runner thanks to all of their East Nasty friends. She never thought that would happen, and she says dreams really do come true!

As for her other hobbies, she loves her dog Pickles, family dinners with her friends, foreign films, and loving people! She also loves supporting her incredibly loving and talented husband, Denton Hunker. They have been married almost 7 years and have been best friends since middle school! He is the reason they moved here, and they haven’t regretted it ever since. (#HunkerdownTN) She also loves Legos and has a Lego Engineering Club at her school. Alicia’s extremely passionate about and in love with her job. It’s her personal mission to be an advocate for educational equality. She’s lucky to get to work alongside fellow East Nasty Laura Villines at school.

As I said, Alicia is one of my best friends. She is so supportive, considerate, and compassionate. From traveling over to Chattanooga to support me in a race to get well videos from her and Pickles to her every occasion cards, her thoughtfulness knows no bounds. As for her running, you couldn’t find a more dedicated and motivated runner and one who’s willing to jump into any race at any time! I’m so proud to call this week’s ENOW my friend! Congrats, Boo Boo!

Thursday 2/19/15 workout…Canceled.

February 19, 2015

Our Thursday night workout is canceled for tonight.  There is one thing to go for a slow jog when it is slippery, it’s a totally different thing to try and run hard.   We will return next week for more pedestrian bridge hills.   If you run outside today, be safe and cover every inch of bar skin!

Wednesday, February 18, Icepocalypse 2015

February 18, 2015

You do not see the words “Nashville” and “negative temperatures” in the same sentence very often, but it looks like that’s where we’re heading tonight.    Are we running tonight?   Yes, but use wisdom when making your decision about attending tonight’s run.   I would only plan on running if you live in the neighborhood and can easily get over to 11th and Holly.  And, if you do run, don’t even try to run fast.

3 Crow is open tonight!

Run #7

#7 Little Hollywood

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – Changes to the route + Timex

February 11, 2015

Route #6

Since we are making every effort to run on the new greenway that goes down into Shelby Park, several of our routes are slightly different than in previous years.   Route #6 is one of those.   The major change is that (a) we will be going down the greenway into the park, therefore (b) we will keep the lake on our LEFT (this is different) and go up that side of the opposite hill, (c) as you are going up that hill stay on the RIGHT side of the road, (d) turn right and go under the train bridge, then we are back on the old route.  (i.e. Turn left on Riverside.   Stay on the left side of Riverside in the bike lane.)

NOTE: To those of you who have done “The Nasty”…  The hill we are going up, is the hill that we come down after running up Mt. Nasty.  Hopefully that gives you guys a landmark…

Here is the new map:


Final Note:   This run is going to be a little bit longer than 4.6 miles – closer to 5.1.  Here is a link to the new map on MapMyRun.

Thursday Night Workouts

Thursday night we meet for workout #2: tempo running.   6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly. Everyone is welcome to join us – provided that you can run 5 miles without stopping.   If you cannot do that, these workouts are a little too aggressive for you…

Full/Half Training

Saturday morning we are again at Percy Warner Park.  7:30 am for full marathoner, 8:00 for the halfers.  We meet at the stone gates at the end of Belle Meade Blvd, so give yourself a little extra time to find parking.


Have you every considered a GPS watch?    Well here is your week to try one out!  Tonight, representatives from Timex will be at the run with a limited number of their GPS watches to try out for the run.    Show up early (5:30 ish) so that you can get a demo about how it works.   They also are going to have lots of free give-aways…





Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Route #5 + Pint Night

Run #5: The Walking Bridge

The Walking Bridge.

Couple of reminders:   If you find a parking spot that is too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true.  Remember pay attention to parking signs, and it is illegal to park within 30 feet of a stop sign.

If you are a run/walker – get there early and be ready to start at about 5:45.   Check the “Lasty Nasty” facebook page for more information.

This week is pint night at NRC, so plan on heading over to NRC after the run.

Thursday Night Workouts

Just going for easy runs with friends is great for your heart, your physique and your emotional health.  (In fact, the medically recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes of brisk walking per week…)   But there may come a time when you want to get faster.   We get that…and we want to help.   That is why we offer 12 weeks of free workouts that will improve both your fitness and your running IQ.   Here are some details:

When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Where: Corner of 11th and Holly

What: Hills, Tempo runs, and intervals on the track

Who: Anyone!  As long as you can run 5 miles without stopping.   If you are not to that point, keep up the good work, but these workouts are a bit too aggressive for you.

As a side note: it’s helpful (not necessary, but helpful) if you know your approximate 5k pace.   It’s necessary to have your own watch!   (It doesn’t need to be GPS, a good old Timex Ironman will do the trick.)

ENOW: Nash Harris

February 2, 2015
Nash Crushing It In All of His Shirtless and Short Shorts Glory

Nash Crushing It In All of His Shirtless and Short Shorts Glory

East Nasties– this week’s East Nasty of the Week is one hilarious and speedy dude, an East Nasty staple, and one half of the running power couple, Leah and Nash. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my extreme pleasure to introduce you to the newest ENOW—Mr. Nash Harris.

Nash was fortunate enough to be born and raised in the great state of Alabama. More precisely, he was born in Mobile and grew up in Bay Minette. In high school, he says he was just “an average guy” who played soccer and tennis all 4 years.  Running was, by far, his least favorite part of sports (Did someone have to run laps for goofing off?). His parents still can’t believe that Nash devotes such a large amount of time to running these days.

Young Nash ... pre-short running shorts

Young Nash … pre-short shorts

Nash attended Millsaps College in Jackson, MS where he played a season of SCAC tennis but quickly lost interest in all things athletic. During that time, he was far more interested in seeing Widespread Panic and throwing the Frisbee around. Currently, Nash’s main job is doing accounting for ADS Security based here in Nashville. According to him, it’s a regular 8-5 cube-farm environment. He also works for What Do You Run For? and Nashville Running Company putting on various races…including the Dry Creek Half and Full (Shameless plug alert . . . sign up at Pint Night at NRC on Wednesday for $10 off!)

As for when he started running, that didn’t happen until 2009. He clearly remembers being so self-conscious that he would only run either late at night or really early in the morning. His first race was the Tomato Fest 5k which he ran in a little over 30 minutes—a time that made him extremely happy back then. After that, he started taking running more seriously and trained for a half marathon, etc. Now, a normal week for him is around 40-50 miles, races twice a month when the weather is nice, and is lightning fast (My words, not his. He’s also very humble).

Nash with his fellow NRC Race Team teammates

Nash with his fellow NRC Race Team teammates

Nash’s biggest accomplishment in running has to be the network of friends he’s made over the past couple of years. To him, the only thing better than winning a race is knowing that there is always someone willing to trudge a long race out with you no matter the time or condition. Fortunately for us, he heard about East Nasty through his good buddy Seth Neumann. Nash’s running really turned a big corner after meeting him (and Alex Payne) and running with East Nasty on a regular basis.

His favorite part of East Nasty? Wearing short shorts and no shirt, duh (That’s our favorite part too, Nash). He says his most memorable East Nasty experience is an easy one — it’s when he ran with Leah Sawyer for the first time. As he tells it, it was a beautiful day, and he was waaaaaay faster than she was. (Author’s note: I also wrote Leah’s ENOW post. Her recollection was slightly different.)

Leah and Nash (Lash?)

Leah and Nash (Lash?)

Between school, work, running, racing, and putting on races, Nash doesn’t really have time for other hobbies. He does, however, like to cook with Leah which is probably the closest thing to a hobby for him. Speaking of his other half, Leah had this to say about Nash: “Describing Nash is an overwhelming task because he is so many good things. When I originally met him, I thought he was serious and shy. I was SO wrong. Nash is silly, genuine, hard-working, and kind. He makes me laugh every single day. He would do anything for his friends. He is immensely loyal. He listens. He is open-minded. He thinks of the details. He is smart and passionate. He does the right thing. He is deeply positive in the face of difficult situations. He cooks some of the best food I have ever eaten. He is FAST!!”

What a perfect embodiment of the East Nasty spirit!! Congratulations on being ENOW, Nash!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 27, 2015

Route #4

Some minor changes…

This year, we are making some minor changes to some of our routes.    Some of it is for safety reasons, and some of it is just for a change. This week is one of those minor changes.   If you have been to Shelby Park recently, you may have noticed that the greenway that parallels the Lillian street hill has been extended all the way to the zero mile marker on the Shelby Bottoms greenway.   We are going to follow that greenway to the playground and then turn right onto Davidson.

route #4

Half/Full Training

We are meeting at Shelby again this Saturday.   8 a.m. by the nature center.

Thursday Workouts

Mark it on your calendar that our Thursday night workouts begin next week!  (Can you believe it’s almost February…)   Everyone is welcome to join us.  6 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.   Our first workout is pedestrian street bridge hill runs.





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