PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Tomato Fest 5k Warm-up

August 6, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

East Nashville Tomato 5K is one of our favorite races of the year. If you’ve never run it and stayed around for the festival afterwards, you’re really missing out! If you haven’t signed up yet, do so here – Tomato 5k Registration and Info. Then join us for some pre-race mileage. We have two route options to choose from depending on the total mileage you’re looking for.

6am 7 miler –
6:30am 4.5 miler –

Please note that the start time is 6:30 for the shorter run. You’ll want to be back around 5 Points shortly after 7 to get staged for the race.

PARKING – All of 5 Points and the surrounding areas are completely shut down for this event. You don’t want to find your car missing after the race because you left it parked where the art fair is to take place. I have always had great luck parking on/near 11th St and Lillian. You’re within a few blocks of The Yellow House and not far from the race start/finish or 5 Points with an easy exit out of town on Shelby.

Wednesday, August 5: Welcome New Nasties, 5k to 10k, Festival Help

August 3, 2015

Welcome New Nasties

For the last 8 weeks, our potato to tomato participants have been braving the heat to become runners.  This week they join us.    This Wednesday, be sure to introduce yourself to at least one of the new Nasties, and then invite them down to NRC for pint night.

5k to 10k

A lot of our couch to 5kers want to keep on going and run a 10k this fall.   This training is open to anyone who can finish a 5k in under 45 minutes.  If you are stuck at 3 miles and are looking for a group to help you break through we would love for you to join us.   Email for more details.

Tomato Festival

First, you need to sign up for the East Tomato 5k, wear your East Nasty gear, and enjoy a late-summer 5k!   Then after your race, come visit our booth for the unveiling of the new East Nasty shirts.  We will be on located on Woodland right outside of 3 Crow Bar.


A Few More Volunteers…

Speaking of Tomato Festival, we could use a few more volunteers for our booth this Saturday.   It’s a fun way to experience the festival and meet some new friends!    Consider filling one of the open spots.  Click here.

Also, if you cannot volunteer Saturday, we could use some cup washers.   Sign up here.

Route #7

Little Hollywood.  After mile 2 we will be running on Eastland Ave.  If we run on the left side of the road, there is a section where there is no sidewalk.   So after you pass Rosepepper on Eastland stay far left and single file until you pick up the sidewalk on the other side of the bridge.

#7 Little Hollywood

PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Bongo East to Bongo Nashville

July 30, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

Bongo to Bongo has been a long standing favorite among many and we’re back again! Starting from The Yellow House (East Nasty starting location) in East Nashville, we’ll run through downtown to Bongo Nashville on Belmont. Being an out and back run, choose a run distance of your liking! Want more than 10? Continue past Bongo and go down to 440 and back for an even 12.

10mi –

This week’s run falls on the first Saturday of the month which is…. Dollar Donation Day!!!! We collect a $1 donation from each member willing to help with the cost of hydration and supplies. The donation is not required to run with us but appreciated to help reduce the personal investment to support the runs each week.

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at if you have any questions.

Wednesday, July 29

July 28, 2015

Tomato Festival Volunteers

East Nasty is committed to making East Nashville a great place to live and to run, and to make running accessible to everyone in our community.    On August 8th, both parts of our mission come into play, and we could use your help.

1)   Sign up for the East Tomato 5k.   This is our home race, where we unleash our potato to tomato participants into the running community.  (Our “potato to tomato” program is the East Nasty version of a couch to 5k program.)   So get out there and run along side your friends and neighbors.  And yes – that morning you can run in the middle of the street.

2) Volunteer to help out at our water stop…for the festival.   The tomato festival is hot.   But that doesn’t deter 30,000+ people from showing up.  So every year we have a booth right by 3 Crow Bar where we keep 4 coolers of water filled for the festival goers, and sell East Nasty swag.   It’s our way of helping the festival out, but it’s also our big fund raiser of the year. We need 15 people who are willing to work a 2-hour shift at our booth.  If you’ve never done it before – it’s fun!   A completely unique way to experience the festival.  Grab a friend and sign up here.

Route #6

Wednesday at 6am and 6pm. Corner of 11th & Holly.

I love this route, but want to point out a couple of things:

When you are running up the hill out of the park (right before the 2-mile mark) stay on the right side of the road.

Right after mile 3, you turn left off of Riverside onto Rosebank.  Rosebank is a fairly narrow road, so please run single file.

Oh yes, and the free pizza is THIS week, not last week…I’m almost 100% sure this time.

New Route #6

Being Good Neighbors: Vision Zero

We’ve talked about how we can actively try to enhance safety with the pedestrian resources we currently have: but sometimes working within the given cannot not have undesired outcomes. Some might call those accidents.
Vision Zero is a campaign supported in other cities that attempts to raise goals to Zero fatalities and serious injuries, and shifting the meaning of an accident outside the realm of vehicles. Infrastructure changes, enforcement, and multi-departmental cooperation are key. Whereas street design gave equal importances to the conflicting objectives of moving vehicles and safety, safety must trump all other concerns. “Accidents” are unacceptable.
Google Vision Zero and see what you learn. Do you have thoughts on first priorities for Nashville making this a reality? Is it possible? What must we lose in order to win?

ENOW — Katherine Knight

July 27, 2015

This week’s East Nasty of the Week is an avid triathlete (including an Ironman), a long-time member of East Nasty, really, really, really ridiculously good looking, and just celebrated a birthday! I’m so excited to announce your ENOW – Katherine Knight.

Most in her element . . .

Most in her element . . .

Katherine (or Kat) was born in Birmingham, AL (see, told you she was awesome). Her family moved to Nashville when she was 3 so she considers herself legitimately “from here originally”. Up until high school, Katherine says she was the quintessential “book nerd” and was incredibly shy. She only played junior varsity sports because she was absolutely required to do so. P.E., and everything associated with P.E. (including running), was excruciating torture for her. In high school, once she was no longer required to play any sports, she absolutely did not — unless mock trial is a sport (sorry, Kat, it’s not). In fact, she can hardly recall voluntarily exercising until at least her mid-20s. Even without the sports, she came out of her shell very quickly in high school (USN) and was, you know, kind of a big deal in statewide Model United Nations/Youth In Government activities. She also started getting really, really into music (not a musician, just a fan) and more or less looked and dressed like it. So, to sum it up, Kat’s high school experience was basically a 90s romantic comedy – a hot nerd who didn’t play sports.

Sonoma:  Michelle, Jen, me, Rebekah, wine, we clean up nicely!

Sonoma: Michelle, Jen, Kat, Rebekah, wine, they clean up nicely!

After high school, Kat went to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and then headed directly to law school at Vanderbilt. Although her college degree is a dual major of Russian Studies and Government, her true double major was probably “independent record store employee” and “campus coffee shop manager.” She really did work at a record store, and it was very similar to “High Fidelity.”  Law school was more or less what you would expect, and she was ALL ABOUT IT (girl, at least somebody was). Currently, she’s an in-house senior attorney at Dollar General Corporation; more specifically, she manages labor and employment litigation and compliance for the Company nationwide.

Kat attempted that whole running/voluntary exercising thing a couple of times a few years ago, but she had middle school flashbacks and still completely hated it.  Her “official” running start, i.e. the day she decided to take it outside and hasn’t really stopped since, was just after her 35th birthday 3 years ago – July of 2012. All of a sudden, the awesomeness of running clicked. She says she’s not fast so she pushes her limits by signing up for more and more ridiculous adventures. Since July 2012, she’s run three half marathons, two full (Flying Monkey) marathons, three half ironman distance triathlons, one Ironman, and she’s training for a second Ironman in November. I mean, seriously?! Go big or go home, Kat!

Practice swim before Ironman Maryland, trying not to panic, with Jim and Coach Daniel

Practice swim before Ironman Maryland, trying not to panic, with Jim and Coach Daniel

From a pure racing standpoint, her biggest accomplishment in running would have to be crossing the finish line at Ironman Maryland last September!  Beyond that, and a lot more importantly, running has just completely changed her life. She really started running at the encouragement of a friend to help herself overcome some very difficult personal experiences.  At that time, she also would have told you that she was not, and would never be, anything resembling an athlete. According to her, the true greatest accomplishment in running lies somewhere between finding a path of immediate mental survival and, simultaneously, breaking down long held ideas about herself that she was terrible at sports, terrible at running, not athletic, etc. That saying “running is cheaper than therapy” is not just a bumper sticker; if anybody out there wants to talk about better living through running, come find Kat! Sometimes the nature of what she’s doing still strikes her as COMPLETELY surreal. With a resume like yours, you are officially an athlete for life, Kat!

Kat found East Nasty through some fellow legal beagles. She knew Jennifer Eberle and Steve Lund from the Nashville legal community and saw them posting about the group on Facebook. Her first run with East Nasty was in September 2012 shortly after her running “career” began, and it just so happened to be The Nasty, thus beginning the trend of doing ridiculous running activities much earlier than she probably had any business doing them. Only Fitting!!

Every good photo needs a Mike Tarrolly photo bomb.

Every good photo needs a Mike Tarrolly photo bomb.

It will likely come as no surprise that the best thing about East Nasty is the very close friendships that she’s developed with some of the most incredible people she’s ever met.  A non-exhaustive list would, of course, include Jennifer Eberle, Rebekah Shulman, Duane Stephenson, Becky Alley Pendleton, Michelle Allen-Parker, Kristin Matthews, Lenny Bertoldo, (her now triathlon coach) Daniel Hudgins, and the guy who got her into this triathlon business, Jim Schwan (yeah, I’ve heard Schwanny is good at talking people into making bad decisions. Of course, there’s a difference between fire ball shots and triathlons . . . ).

On the Muncie Half Ironman Bike course, July 11, 2015

On the Muncie Half Ironman Bike course, July 11, 2015

As for her most memorable East Nasty experience, Kat says there are so, so many, but the most memorable would have to be celebrating her birthday last year in a vacation house in Sonoma with a bunch of East Nasty friends, running the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon, followed by some good “wine tourism.” East Nasty is really a place where you can find “your people.”  Speaking of “her people,” Jennifer Eberle had this to say about Ms. Kat:

“Kat is the most determined person I know. We started swim lessons together in anticipation of dipping our toes in the triathlon world. Instead of starting with a sprint tri, as I did, Kat set her eyes on a full Ironman, which she completed successfully in the Summer of 2014 at IM Maryland, despite a pretty wicked crash resulting in a concussion. She has her sights on IM Florida this year, and I’m certain she will crush it! She’s also a super awesome employment law attorney at Dollar General and a fellow OR Pinot lover. Some of my best memories with Kat are our 2013 half marathon wine race in OR and our 2014 half marathon wine race in Napa (and we PR’d at both races).”

Looking dubious before the 2014 Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with smiling Andy, Becky, Jen, Rebekah, Michelle and JP

Looking dubious before the 2014 Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with smiling Andy, Becky, Jen, Rebekah, Michelle and JP

Besides signing up for every crazy endurance event under the sun, Kat is still fairly music obsessed. In addition, she’s on the board of the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, mentors law students through the Belmont Inn of Court, travels through National Parks, collect wine, and reads historical non-fiction.

Having gotten to know Kat better over the past couple of months, I can tell you she is an independent, tough as nails, and overall cool chick but is still so kind and welcoming – and is the perfect embodiment of the East Nasty spirit! Congrats, Kat!

PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – 12 in 12 South

July 23, 2015

East Nasty is partnering with the ‘PR Bandits’ this summer who are hosting supported long runs on Saturday mornings.

We’re adding another new neighborhood to the rotation this year with 12 South! We will be starting in Sevier Park from the lot near Granny White and Clayton Ave. This is a large loop route with many options for shorter or longer runs. Edley’s brunch after?

8mi –
12mi –

Join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will begin at 6:00am and be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at if you have any questions.

Wednesday, July 22: Walking Bridge, Cyclists, Tomato Fest & Free Pizza

July 21, 2015

Route #5: Walking Bridge

Run #5: The Walking Bridge

6 am or 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.   It’s going to be hot, so start hydrating now.

Being Good Neighbors: Cyclists

Our friends, the cyclists
Imagine walking or running with no sidewalks. No physical separation from cars that weigh  10 or 20 times more and moving 2 or 20 times faster.  Unfortunately, in many areas of Nashville that is the case, but that’s almost always the case for cyclists.  Because of this some cyclists choose to ride on the sidewalks or not ride at all. Some places have some paint on the road reminding drivers bicycles are allowed but cars often don’t observe the minimum  3 foot passing law.
Although there are currently a few  protected bike lanes for cyclists in Nashville (28th/31st Connector), there  are more  in the works. Davidson Street will soon have separation for pedestrians and  cyclists.
But on these shared, designated areas for cyclists and peds, it can be a challenge for cyclists and pedestrians to navigate around each other while enjoying some protection from automobiles.  Cyclists need to ding their bell or say “On your Left”, and pedestrians need to stay right.  Look behind before passing  someone, just as you hopefully would on the interstate, and stay right after. Remind other  peds to stay right. Everywhere.
For example, on many of our runs we go down the Lillian Street [dog-park] greenway descending into Shelby Park.  Often we forget that this is a shared resource and as we run down into the park we spread out and take up the entire width of the path.   We should welcome this protection from the road, but remember that our friends the cyclists use this path as well.   This goes for all the Shelby Park greenways.   Stay right and always make sure there is room for a cyclist to pass on your left.
A few tips for us Sharing our own Road, and remembering that cyclists are our biggest  allies in bargaining for safer infrastructure.

There is going to be free pizza after the run…

But you’ll need to head down to 3 Crow if you want a cold beverage… Just thought I’d let you know.

East Tomato 5k

Once again, there are very few excuses for you not to show up to this race/festival.  We consider the Tomato 5k our “home” race, so we need to show up en masse.    That means every single one of you needs to sign up!   When and how do you ask?   Here are two options: (1) just sign up here or (2) sign up at Yazoo on Thursday and get free beer.* Read below.

“You’re invited on Thursday July 23rd at 5:00pm to Yazoo Brewery. Anyone who comes and registers for the Tomato 5k race gets 2 free drinks and we also just want to hang out with YMCA staff, friends, family… whoever! So please stop by and invite everyone you can. It should be a lot of fun and a good chance to take a breather during this crazy summer. If you have any questions, let me know! Hope to see you all there!”

Yazoo Brewery
910 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203



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