December 30th, 2009

I have always found it both strange and enjoyable that most runners like to run when it is cold outside. What’s not to love, cool crisp air, quiet empty streets, and all of your East Nasty friends out there with you. Sure, we may complain a little at the beginning, but after it is all said and done we are still out there facing the elements and keeping a good base for our winter/spring training and upcoming races. Which reminds me, no matter how hard you party this Thursday night, remember that East Nasty’s Country Music Half-Marathon training begins on Sunday, January 3rd, 9am at Shelby Bottoms Park Greenway.

For all you new East Nastys out there here are some tips on running during the winter:

Rule number one: never wear cotton, or as my brother likes to say, “cotton is rotten!” It retains sweat and will make you freeze. Wear layers – one to pull sweat away, another (if it’s very cold) to insulate the body, and something reflective or flashing (only when it is dark out).

Also, remember that whatever the temperature is outside, it will feel 20 degrees warmer once you start running.

Tonight, Drew has decided to post-pone run #12, the Nasty, until Mark Miller gets back, and until they decide to punish all of us East Nastys. Instead, we will be running the walking bridge route in reverse. Here is a link.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/us/tn/nashville/350126218686148087

See you there tonight!

Rod Jones

4 Responses to December 30th, 2009

  1. Margaret says:

    Yay! Walking Bridge is my favorite!

  2. Erica says:

    I decided yesterday that one of my favorite things is the ten minutes or so after a very cold run. You still have the rush from the run keeping you warm and despite the fact that your teeth were chattering before, now the false sense of warmth encourages you to leisurly stretch in the 20 or 30 something degrees weather, and enjoy it!

  3. Disappointed Andy says:

    Boo. How about Walking Bridge (in reverse) coming back all the way up Shelby?

  4. Heidi H says:

    Awww man! I just saw the course change. Pedestrian Bridge is my favorite too! Oh well…

    Great layering info. It is always good to revisit.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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