East Nasty of the Week: Erin Rainey

With the cooling temperatures (a whole 0.8 degrees) and the upcoming Fall foliage, it is no surprise that so many new people are showing up to East Nasty each week. We have already implemented 2 water coolers, as well as the addition of fresh produce for a little post-run consumption for the continually growing 100-person crowd.

This week’s ENOW is one of those bright shining faces.


Erin Rainey hails from Hendersonville, TN, where she played on the volleyball team. Her coach, just to be cruel, use to make the whole team run mile sprints, and by her senior year she could run at a sub-8 minute mile with ease. After high school, she headed over to Goodlettsville, TN to attend NOSSI College of Art. There she studied the art of graphic design, and since graduation has been using her skills for her job at Comcast. And no she cannot lower your monthly bill, I already asked.

As of right now, Erin is training for her first race, EVER, the Middle Half in Murfreesboro on October 3rd. And part of her training is our Wednesday night group runs, including her favorite route  #5, over the Walking Bridge and back (which I loathe by the way b/c of the long uphill back up Woodland).

The shout-out this week goes to Erin’s former workmate, the unstoppable Heidi Huerta, for inviting her to East Nasty just a couple of months ago.

 So best of luck Erin in your future race and welcome to the East Nasty running crew!

Sidenote: With so many new faces each week, it is important for us veterans to continue greeting these people and making them feel welcome to our group. Also, be sure to follow in Heidi’s footsteps and continue inviting your friends, neighbors, co-workers, that kid on the bike, and any one else you think would enjoy our good time atmosphere.

Rod Jones

6 Responses to East Nasty of the Week: Erin Rainey

  1. Heidi H says:

    Way to go Erin! I KNOW a marathon is in your future too…but first you have to ROCK the Middle Half!

    Thanks so much for the shout out. I love the East Nasties and just like to share the love. 🙂

  2. mahlbrandt says:

    If the group is getting that big may I suggest having a beginners run someday? I have been too intimated to come out and run with the group yet because I typically only can jog about a mile. Back in HS at a summer camp I was able to get up to running 5 miles a day and kept it up for several months … running with a group makes a huge difference. If you had a 2-3 mile run more often I might be brave enough to come out a join sometime!

  3. John van der Harst says:

    We’re not kidding when we say all are welcome! Prior to 2 weeks ago, when I couldn’t run at all, I was still welcomed. Then I paced Elizabeth and the EastCAN homeless dog of the week, who had to rest at times. We even picked up a stray person along the way! Last week I went a wee bit faster, but nobody looked down on me for not running as fast as I once did. Everyone still likes the onetime 4:10 miler Hugh Mundy too, despite him likewise merely hobbling around slowly now with a torn muscle. One Nasty I both adore and brag about, Leah, is also nearly the slowest — because she hula hoops! Heck, we would even appreciate someone just making sure the fruit stays covered while the rest are out trompling around EastNastyland at every pace imaginable.

  4. Dustin Lawson says:

    Looks like your doing good.That’s great to hear I always knew you would;)

  5. Tullen says:

    That’s one great woman right there. I know that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. I’m glad to hear that she stuck with art. She was the most wonderful artist. I’d love to reconnect this summer if she has the time.

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