Wednesday March 1 – Two Tennessee Traditions: Titans and Volunteers

February 28, 2017

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Route #9

This week we visit the home of your Tennessee Titans on Route #9 – Nissan Stadium – aka ‘LP Field’, and ‘The Coliseum’ before that. We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join the Lasty Nasties. You can READ HERE for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work. Daylight Savings Time is only a few weeks away (yay!), but as it’s still dark be sure to wear something that creates or reflects light.

Calling All Volunteers! It’s not too late to sign up!

Did you miss last week’s Volunteer Night? No worries! There’s still plenty of time (and plenty of opportunities) to get involved as a volunteer. For the next 3 Wednesday nights we will have sign-up forms available at the run OR you can use this link to enter your information online.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14bJDDIcopjxH67rjo1pOgK3KVqvNLyTLiQJf0k6tYYY/viewform?edit_requested=true 

What are the different volunteer opportunities? Glad you asked. 

Below are the basics, but if you have additional questions feel free to ask an East Nasty Board Member for more information.

Training:

  • Coaches for the Full and Half marathon, Potato to Tomato 5k, and The Next Door 6k (women only)
  • Speed session leaders
  • Help with announcements, planning, water/gatorade stops, etc.

Wednesday Nights:

  • Set-up and transport of water coolers, route maps, etc.
  • Organize pace groups
  • Clean-up and return of equipment to NRC after the run

Events/Parties:

  • Help plan and organize East Nasty social events (including the Half marathon/Marathon after party, Christmas Party and Tomato Festival booth)
  • Publicize the events

Cheering/Race Water Stops:

  • Help plan and organize cheer stations, water stops and race support for fellow East Nasty runners (including the Half marathon/Marathon and Tomato 5k)
  • Act as goodwill ambassadors for the running community and neighborhood

Community Outreach:

  • Plan events and opportunities for East Nasty to give back to the neighborhood and local community
  • Develop partnerships with local groups that need our support

Remember, East Nasty operates solely by committed volunteers. There is an opportunity for each and every runner to serve and support this amazing running club. ENFL!

Pint Night in 2 weeks…

NRC’s monthly Pint Night is delayed until March 15th, so after the run head over to 3 Crow Bar for 2-4-1s and some of those amazing sweet potato tots! Invite someone new to join the group and make them feel welcome!


Wednesday Feb 22 – Calling all volunteers! We need you!

February 21, 2017

Run #8 Rick's Market 2.0

Route #8

This week we run a figure 8 for Route #8 – Rick’s Market. We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join the Lasty Nasties. You can READ HERE for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work. Be sure to wear something that creates or reflects light. Immediately after the run stick around for…

Volunteer Sign Up Night!

Anyone that has come out to one of our Wednesday night runs or Saturday training groups knows that East Nasty is more than just a running group. East Nasty is a COMMUNITY. We are training buddies, race supporters, good friends, and family. We love our neighborhood and we exist to make East Nashville a great place to live and run, and to make running accessible to everyone. Everything East Nasty does, from organizing weekly runs to offering training programs to the community, is FREE. Our operations are 100% volunteer-driven by East Nasties that want to help.

Do you want to volunteer but just don’t know how to get involved? Now is your chance!

After this Wednesday’s run please plan to stick around for a ‘volunteer fair’ and find out all the ways you can get involved with East Nasty. Our board members will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about new and exciting ideas for 2017! You will have an opportunity to get info, sign-up, and let us know how you want to help!

When you return after the run to the yellow house, please head on over right next door to the YCAP building (it looks like a church). There will be East Nasties directing you! See ya there! ENFL!

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Wednesday Feb 15 – Head for the Hollywood Hills

February 14, 2017

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Route #7

This week’s Wednesday run is through one of East Nashville’s most eclectic areas: Route #7 – Little Hollywood. The unique spanish architecture makes this area unlike anything else in East Nashville. Read about it’s history and join us for a run this Wednesday. Lots of turns on this route. For everyones safety, PLEASE always stay on the left and cross the street ONLY AT INTERSECTIONS – never in the middle of the road! Note: when you are running on Eastland, stay on the far left and stay single file over the bridge. Once you cross the gully, there will be a bike lane and then a sidewalk.

We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, sweltering heat or bitter cold. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join the Lasty Nasties. You can READ HERE for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work. As always, be sure to wear your reflective and/or lighted gear.

Tuesday Night Workouts Continue

Our Tuesday night speed and hill workouts continue tonight. We meet every Tuesday at 6pm from now through April at the same location as our Wednesday night runs (11th and Holly). Please arrive a little early and be ready to run promptly at 6pm. NOTE: there will not be an announcements time like Wednesdays – so don’t be late and miss the group! We will warm up together (by jogging to either Nissan stadium, a local track, or hill), perform our workout, then jog back together as a group.

Chattanooga Destination Race

There is still time to get in on our Chattanooga Destination Race Weekend this March 3-5, 2017. You can race the Half Marathon, full Marathon, a 5K, or put together a 2 or 4 member marathon relay team! Register with our discount code (EASTNASTY) to get 20% off!  Register here. Remember, this race fits in perfectly with our spring training program if you’re planning to run the Nashville Rock n Roll Half or Full with us on April 29. Get all the info HERE and join the trip Facebook Event Group HERE.

Headlamps for Headlights Run

The “Headlamps for Headlights” fun run is this Saturday, February 18th at 6pm to support fellow East Nasty veteran P2T Coach Diane Zandstra as she conquers breast cancer. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1636930556610619/

Shade Tree Trot 5k – $10 Registration!

The Shade Tree Trot 5k is hoping to provide $10 registration to members of East Nasty IF 100 or more people commit to running the race! If you are interested, please provide your name and email address here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJHLJ6Y. The race is April 22nd, 2017 and supports the Shade Tree Clinic. Contact Joey Elsakr with questions at jelsakr@gmail.com


Wednesday Feb 8 – Hills, speed, a road trip, and more…

February 7, 2017

New Route #6

Route #6

This week is Route #6 – Riverside. We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, sweltering heat or bitter cold. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join the Lasty Nasties. You can READ HERE for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work. Looks like things might be wet over the next few days and maybe bit warm for February – so, dress appropriately and be sure to wear your reflective and/or lighted gear.

A couple of important safety notes for this route. After passing the lake, as you are going up that hill out of Shelby Park , stay on the RIGHT side of the road. Stay alert as the hill and curve in the road make it difficult to see and be seen by cars. (This is the same hill we run DOWN after Mt Nasty on Route #12). When you reach the top, turn right and go under the train bridge, then turn left onto Riverside. Stay on the left side of Riverside in the bike lane.

Tuesday Night Workouts

Our  Tuesday night speed workouts begin TONIGHT! We will meet every Tuesday at 6pm from now through April at the same location as our Wednesday night runs (11th and Holly). Please arrive a little early and be ready to run promptly at 6pm. NOTE: there will not be an announcements time like Wednesdays – so don’t be late and miss the group! We will warm up together (by jogging to either Nissan stadium, a local track, or hill), perform our workout, then jog back together as a group. There is no better way to improve your running fitness than by doing workouts and these runs will focus on education with an aim to improve your running IQ.  You’ll learn about tempo runs, hills repeats and track work. We’ll do some workouts by distance, some by time and some by “feel”.  This is also a great way to get to know some new folks in a smaller setting. Bree Roy will be heading these up! See you there!

Chattanooga Destination Race

Running is not just a great way to get in shape and challenge yourself, it’s also a great excuse to visit new places.  Consider joining us again this year in Chattanooga Destination Race Weekend this March 3-5, 2017. You can race the Half Marathon, full Marathon, a 5K, or put together a 2 or 4 member marathon relay team! Register with our discount code (EASTNASTY) to get 20% off!  Register now to take advantage of the price break. Remember, this race fits in perfectly with our spring training program if you’re planning to run the Nashville Rock n Roll Half or Full with us on April 29. Get all the info HERE.

Headlamps for Headlights Run

A fun run/walk “Headlamps for Headlights” has been organized on Saturday, February 18th at 6pm to support fellow East Nasty veteran P2T Coach Diane Zandstra as she conquers breast cancer. Donations can be made for Diane’s medical expenses through a GoFundME page in her name here: https://www.gofundme.com/headlamps-for-headlights. Anyone who donates a minimum of $30 will also recieve a commemorative “race” tech shirt (details at the link). For questions, contact Sarah Blizzard at: tyskincry@hotmail.com

NRC Tom King Water Stop

If you’re not joining us in Chattanooga for our destination race weekend, consider volunteering at Nashville Running Company’s water stop at the Tom King Half Marathon on March 4th. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/281965432222425/


February 1 – Downtown, Pint Night, and a bargain 5K!

January 31, 2017

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Route #5

This week is one of our most popular runs – Route #5: Walking Bridge.  It’s always fun to run across the bridge and through downtown to see the sights. We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, sweltering heat or bitter cold. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join the Lasty Nasties. You can READ HERE for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work.

Pint Night

Immediately following the run, head over the Nashville Running Company for their monthly pint night! NRC always offers a 10% discount to East Nasty runners. Have a pint of some Yazoo and pick up some new gear while you’re there!

Shade Tree Trot 5k – $10 Registration exclusively for East Nasty!

The Shade Tree Trot 5k is a charity race on April 22nd, 2017. It supports the Shade Tree Clinic, Vanderbilt’s student run free clinic for the under-insured of Tennessee. This year, they are hoping to provide $10 registration to members of East Nasty IF 100 or more people commit to running the race! If you are interested, please provide your name and email address here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJHLJ6Y. Alternatively, you can sign up in person at a Wednesday run. A representative will be at the run Wednesday Night! You can contact Joey Elsakr with questions at jelsakr@gmail.com

Half/Full Marathon Training – Speed Workouts Start Next Tuesday!

Starting Feb 7th, we will meet Tuesday evenings for our speed and hill workouts! Meet at our regular spot at 11th and Holly and we will begin promptly at 6pm! We will warm up together (by jogging to either Nissan stadium, a local track, or hill), perform our workout, then jog back together as a group.This is a great way to improve your fitness and running IQ through structured workouts. Bree Roy will be heading these up! See you there!

 


Wednesday Jan 25 – Ch-ch-changes

January 25, 2017

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Route #4

This week we head back into Shelby Park for Route #4: The Big Shelby Loop.  There are a few really dark spots on this run, so please be sure to bring your reflective gear and even a headlamp. We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, sweltering heat or bitter cold. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join the Lasty Nasties. You can READ HERE for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work.

Leadership Changes

The East Nasty Board met this past weekend and elected new officers. First, we want to tell you that our Founder, Mark Miller, has decided to step down from his role as President. Keeping our club and non-profit running is a lot of work and Mark has given some 12 years of his time, energy, and heart to us and all of you to build this great organization. With a third child on the way and other life responsibilities mounting, Mark says that the time is right for him to take a step back. While we will miss his day to day leadership, our organization is set up pretty strong and we will keep doing what we do: making East Nashville a great place to live and run, and making running accessible to everyone in our community. We are incredibly grateful to Mark and are working on plans to honor him in the near future. Stay tuned.

So, for 2017, your new President is Jeremy Taylor! Many of you know Jeremy from his leadership of our Couch-to-5K program. The rest of the Board remains in place with a few new officer roles. See our About page for details. But, no matter who is ‘in charge’, East Nasty has always been a volunteer run organization – we need you! Save the date Wednesday February 22nd – we’re planning a special event that night immediately following the run that we would like everyone to attend. We will have more details soon.

We hope to see you at the run tonight. Just about everyone on the Board will be there. Come say hello!


Wednesday Jan 18 – Musica Out and Back

January 18, 2017

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Route #3

This week is Route #3: Musica. ‘Musica’ is the name of the massive sculpture art piece at the center of the music row roundabout at the far end of the route. This is an out and back route, so you can choose your milage. It’s about 4 miles if you turn around right after crossing the pedestrian bridge. It’s about 5 miles if you turn around at Cummins Station. And it’s about 6.3 if you do the whole thing. This route is a great way to see downtown, but there are lots of downtown intersections. Please be careful, use crosswalks, and obey traffic signals! We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:30pm and join the Lasty Nasties. It’s still dark out for the run so please be sure to wear something that creates or reflects light! READ HERE for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work.