PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Grassland (Franklin) O&B

May 26, 2016

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

One of our most scenic routes, assuming you like rolling hills across beautiful horse farms. We will be starting from the Grassland Middle School parking lot off of Hillsboro Rd at 7am this Saturday.

This route is an out and back with the water located at 3 miles, a church with bathrooms at 5 miles, but some people may choose to go long and go all the way out to 10 miles before turning back. Paces of all speeds are welcome and we will have groups of varying distance so no one should have to run alone!

Up to 20mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/710563785

RSVP here and join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, May 25. P2T, Mizuno & Route #9

May 24, 2016

Potato to Tomato 2016

Hey East Nasties!
June is just around the corner you know what that means?
Our infamous FREE and fabulous Potato to Tomato Couch to 5K program begins soon!  You know all those friends who say, “I could never run”? This is your chance to prove them wrong.
The informational meeting about our Potato to Tomato program will be Thursday June 9th at 6pm at the Margaret Maddox YMCA.  Encourage your family and friends to come to hear more about the program that would change the way they think about what is possible about them and running.  The graduation run will be on August 13th at the East Nashville Tomato 5k.
In addition to spreading the news about the Potato to Tomato Couch to 5K program, you can also sign up to coach!  We only have enough room for a certain number of coaches, so act now if you are interested. Click here to sign up to coach

I think all of us have at least one or two family or friends who would enjoy this program, if you want more information to share, click here for more information and how to register for the program.

Mizuno Wear Test

Show up at NRC before the run on Wednesday to try out a pair of Mizunos.

Route #9

If you are new to the group, here are some details about our Wednesday night routine.  The days are getting longer and the weather is great.  So stick around after the run to enjoy 5 points.

Run #9 LP Field


PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – Percy Warner Stone Gates to Radnor Lake O&B

May 19, 2016

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

Starting from inside the stone gates of Percy Warner Park at the end of Belle Meade Blvd, this is an out and back route allowing you any mileage of your choosing!

Enjoy a fun run along Tyne Blvd and in to Radnor Lake. Turning at the welcome center (where they have bathrooms!) will get you 10 miles but I recommend pushing a little further and enjoying the path along the lake.

12mi – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/604730000

RSVP here and join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, May 18

May 18, 2016

Route #8

Run #8 Rick's Market 2.0

Coldest Beer in Town

 

Have fun and be safe!

 

(Sorry about the late posting…you guys know the drill.   If you’ve never joined us before, take a minute to read up here.)


ENOW: Donica Elliott

May 16, 2016

This week’s East Nasty of the Week is a dual threat runner on the roads and the trails, has two of the cutest (and fastest dogs) you’ll ever meet, and was a pace leader for East Nasty’s 2016 half marathon training group. I’m so excited to announce Donica Elliott as ENOW!

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Donica coming through the last aid station at the Moose Marathon near Lusten, MN (Sept 2015). Her dad and uncle had previously done the 50 and 100 miler which also takes place during the same race weekend #Goals

Donica is definitely not “from around here”. She was born in Kotzebue, Alaska, which is north of the Arctic Circle (?!?) and was raised in Washburn, WI. She, along with brother and sister, was home schooled so she had what she considers to be a unique and wonderful childhood. Donica and her siblings hung out with an interesting crew of home schooled kids, and most attended an alternative school once a week where the parents taught extracurricular classes like Tai Chi, speech writing, CPR, and law. Donica was obsessed with music, particularly banjos, and animals throughout most of her childhood and high school. Her banjo teacher lived about two hours away but was closer to where Donica’s dad worked in the ER. Donica would go hang with Dr. Dad for 24 hours at the ER, followed by a road trip the next day for banjo lessons. While Donica played music, her dad would run for two hours with the teacher’s dog. Sounds like a win-win-win!  

Belmont University brought Donica to Nashville where she graduated with a degree in Music Business. She really enjoyed her time at Belmont even though she only lived on campus for a year and didn’t take part in much of its social scene. These days, Donica is the Senior Director at All Eyes Media, which is a boutique music publicity firm based out of East Nashville specializing in tailor made national, regional, and digital press campaigns.  Their clients include Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, Sarah Jarosz, Parker Millsap, and Lucinda Williams. Seriously, Donica is a good person to know!

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Thanksgiving Day run in the Blue Ridge mountains behind where her husband grew up — with her favorite training partner, Ava

Donica says she always ran growing up but never really trained for anything — so it was never much fun. She started getting back into running in 2008 or 2009. However, she and her family were always at races because her dad raced marathons, triathlons, and ultras with his friends for as long as she can remember (It runs in the family! Get it?  . . . ). One of his best friends (Jerry) was continually stopping by their house to give updates on the cross country team’s times and various PRs of the locals. He even called Donica on her wedding day to give her the local marathon results (Ok, that’s just adorable).

Since her return to running in 2008-2009, Donica has raced tons of half marathons, marathons, and ultras herself. She says the biggest running accomplishment of her running career would have to be finishing two Stump Jump 50ks, the hot year and the wet year. #HotWetWild

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Donica trying hard to catch legend and badass, Phil Zimmerman at StumpJump 2015 (rained the entire 50k!)

As for East Nasty, she heard about the group when she started attending boot camp at the East Park Community Center. All she knew was there were a lot of bad asses in the group at that time (2008). She only started running consistently with East Nasty two years ago when she quit working Wednesday nights at Music City Roots. 

Donica’s favorite part of East Nasty? Meeting like-minded people, especially people in their 30’s who still want to be active and have fun!  She also finds it very inspiring to be around athletes who she says are better than she is. It helps keep her motivated. Finally, she also enjoys helping to build a healthy, active, and caring community of runners here on the East Side. According to Donica, some people go to church, she runs.

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Trail running friends at Nashville Running Company’s Dry Creek Trail Races (Her amazing supportive husband on the right)

Her most memorable East Nasty experience includes being a pace leader at the Country Music Marathon this year with her friend (and fitness inspiration/iron woman/fellow ENOW) Bree Roy. They had a small but dedicated group of runners who she really enjoyed getting to know this Spring. And though she doesn’t know if it counts, she says the first epic road trip to the Rock Creek River Gorge race with fellow East Nastys Beth, Bree, & Alicia was also (expletive deleted) amazing. As a participant in this event and witness to the epicness of that day, it most certainly counts, Donica!

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Pretty much the best photo ever — East Nasty friends trying to pose while dogs rage below at NRC’s Bells Bend 6 Miler, where Donica was a volunteer 

Her fellow pace leader, Bree, had a things to say about this week’s ENOW (Warning: if you’ve ever spoken a word to Bree, you know there might be a colorful word or two coming up): “Donica is one of the most solid girls you’ll find out there. While she’s badass for obvious reasons — loves dogs, Bud Light Limes, and anything adventurous– she’s also the most dependable, easy to talk to, and fun as hell people I know. She’s got a calm demeanor, but a fiery spirit. Just the friend you need and want. Love that bitch and her little dogs too!” In case you missed out on the East Nasty training, their pace group was nicknamed “Runs with Bitches” because their dogs Rula, Ava, Roy, and the “biggest bitch of them all, Rudy”, all trained with the group as well. As for a “funny story”, Bree says, “I plead the 5th on telling any stories, but I got a great one that includes too much bourbon, a urinal, and thinking Donica got kidnapped.”  I’m sure our imaginations won’t even be as great as the actual true story . . .

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Beautiful run along the Deschutes River Trail with partners in crime Beth Meadows and her husband, Randy Elliott 

Donica’s other hobbies include playing bluegrass music, trying to train her dogs, and running trails to keep her sane because working in the music business is crazy.

Congratulations, Donica!! Thank you for all that you do for East Nasty, our running community (both trail and roads), your unwavering positive outlook on running and life, and for being an amazing East Nasty of the Week!!


PR Bandits Saturday Morning Run – ’16 Inaugural Run – NRC to Bongo Nashville O&B

May 12, 2016

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

We’re a couple weeks removed from Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville and another successful training season with East Nasty. Do you now find it difficult to get out of bed on Saturday mornings without the motivation of a group of friends waiting for you to run? Are you looking to keep up your fitness level after all of that hard work? Join us, the PR Bandits, each Saturday morning for a group run with distances options of 6 miles +.

Our first run of the season is going to be a great one and you won’t want to miss it! This Saturday we’ll meet at Nashville Running Company for an 8am start and we’re doing one of the all time classics – Bongo to Bongo.

10mi Out & Back – http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/754971765

RSVP here and join the PR Bandits Facebook Group for more info, get run invites, and to link up with other runners. Saturday supported runs will be held at various favorite running routes across Nashville. You can also email Brian Johnson at brian.m.johnson@me.com if you have any questions.


Wednesday, May 11

May 10, 2016

Altra Demo Run

There is a lot of new technology in running shoes.  This is great, but it makes it a bit of a risk to try a pair of shoes that has a totally different feel than what you are used to.  That is what is so great about demo runs.   You get to actually take a pair of shoes out for a run, before you decide if they are worth spending $100+  If you are interested in trying on a pair of Altra’s, swing by NRC as early as 5:15 – throw on a pair and enjoy the run!

Route #7: Little Hollywood

#7 Little Hollywood

Wednesday 6 pm at the corner of 11th and Holly in East Nashville.


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