Wednesday, March 11: New Route, Volunteer & Thursday workout is on!

March 11, 2015

New Route: The Electric Slide

For various reasons, the “Shelby Hills” route has been scrapped.   Which is a bummer, but exciting because we get to create a new route #10.  When we were mapping the replacement route, we wanted to: (1) still run through the Shelby Hills neighborhood, and (2) highlight the “hills” part of that neighborhood.   So ….  Introducing “The Electric Slide”:

Route #10: The Electric Slide

Here are a couple of quick notes:  (1) when you are running up the hill out of Shelby Park, you have to make a hard left hand turn halfway up the hill (around the 1.75 mile mark).  (2) We run all the way down Electric Avenue until it ends.  (3) When you turn left from Sevier onto 14th, cross the road and run on the right side of 14th.   (4) When you turn right on Lenore, remember that this was Duane’s idea.


Even if you are a long time East Nasty take a moment to look over the map, because we’ve really never run through this part of East Nashville before.   (You can even print it off it you are prone to getting lost…)

Where: The corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville

When: 6 p.m. on Wednesday


Want to give back?  Want to help others to achieve their goal?  Want $15 off a Team Magic triathlon, duathlon, or half marathon? All you have to do is volunteer on March 22nd at East Nasty’s water station from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Music City Half Marathon and 10k! The race starts at Public Square Park and will be a mostly flat course excluding the first and last mile. Join us for a morning of fun giving back to our sport. If you’re ready to commit- sign up to volunteer here: In the notes section, please state that you are an East Nasty volunteer– so we can all be placed at the same water station!  Beth McCaskill is leading this effort for us, so if you have any questions, e-mail her at
Thursday workout is on!
Come join us at 6p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly to do a much needed workout after several weeks of sliding around on the ice!
Saturday Half Marathon
This Saturday our half/full training groups are going to run on the CMM course.   The advanced group is going to run the entire half-marathon.   This is a great time to learn the ups and downs of the course.  Everyone is welcome to join us so spread the word!   We meet at 8 a.m. at the base of the pedestrian bridge on the LP field side of the river.

Thursday Workout…Canceled

March 5, 2015

Our Thursday night workout for 3/5/15 has been canceled.  Stay safe out there.

See you next week.  (Or this Saturday…)

Wednesday, March 3: Icepocolypse Part 2 ?

March 4, 2015

For years, East Nasty Wednesday nights seemed blessed.   For example it would be pouring rain at 5:59, and then when 6:10 rolled around the skies would clear and we would have a beautiful run.   This winter has changed all that!   After a great day on Tuesday, it looks like another snowy night tonight.   But….we’re still on!  In fact, the Mizuno rep will be on hand if you want to try a pair of shoes for the run tonight.   Show up at Nashville Running Company at 5 p.m. and you can take a pair out for a spinUpdate:   The Mizuno wear test and pint night has been rescheduled for two weeks from now. 

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

Route #9: LP Field

Run #9 LP Field

Pint Night Rescheduled!

One of the best parts of East Nasty is the after run hang.   Many of the local establishments have Wednesday night specials and lots of folks bring a change of clothes (or not) and meet friends out for a drink or some food.   (If this has not been part of your Wednesday routine, I encourage you to start taking part!)   Nashville Running Company has been kind enough to host a pint night the first Wednesday of each month…which is today.   Well, because the weather looks very iffy – this month’s pint night is going to happen next week in two weeks.

Thursday Night Workouts

6p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly on Thursday.  Free Running Workouts!

Stay tuned for an announcement about the Thursday night workout.    We’ll make a decision tomorrow based on the conditions.

Saturday Half/Full Training

This weekend we will begin to run on the half/full marathon course.   We will be meeting in East Park by the community center.  (Normally we would meet at LP field but there is a race there this Saturday.)    Expect an email if you are part of the group – if not, show up at the East Park community center at 8 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join in!

Wednesday February 25

February 25, 2015

While it’s all relative, this has been a rough February for runners.  (Imagine running in Boston…)   It’s been cold, and the ice has made some streets nearly impassable.  But, on Wednesday nights we are still out there, splashing through the slush enjoying every minute of it!

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

As always, bring a change of clothes to hang out afterwards…

Route #8: Rick’s Market

Coldest Beer in Town

Coldest Beer in Town

Note: We will descend into and ascent out of Shelby Park.  Slow down and be careful of any icy patches!   You’ll also notice that we are going up the new greenway.

Thursday Night:

As of right now, our Thursday night workout is on!   Thursday at 6p.m. at the corner of 11th and Holly.   The workout and/or the location of the workout may need to be adjusted, but plan on meeting being there Thursday night.

Half/Full Training

Saturday long runs are also back on!   Saturday morning at 8a.m. (7:30 for full marathoners).   This week we are back at Shelby Park by the nature center.  We are going to run 10k at our goal pace.   It should be a good one!

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


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