East Nasty of the Week – Rayna Hinson

Tennessee. Oregon. Colorado. Massachusetts. Kentucky. Texas. Mississippi. Washington.

No, those are not the swing states for the Senate race. Those are the eight states that this week’s East Nasty of the Week has run a half or full marathon in as she works towards her goal of running a half or full in every state! Meet Rayna Hinson.

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Rayna has been running with East Nasty since moving to East Nashville in 2009. But long before that, she was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba <insert random Canadian joke>. Her parents moved to Nashville when she was 6, so she’s practically a Nashville native.

Rayna began running after college, and quickly got sucked in as is evident by her very first race: the Portland Oregon Marathon in 1999. Some of us build up, while others like Rayna jump in head first and don’t look back. After her full, she tried her hand at a half, and then a 10k. Oh you know, just the natural progression of things…

Blues Mississippi Half Marathon, January 2014

Blues Mississippi Half Marathon, January 2014 (Where’s Waldo?)

This girl is all about major accomplishments. Whether its running the Double Nasty at 6am and 6pm, qualifying for Boston with a 3:36 after only doing two previous full marathons, or surmounting three fourteeners in Colorado with her husband (mountains with 14,000 ft of elevation or more), Rayna is a pro at setting goals and achieving them.

Top of Mt. Quandry in Colorado with Kevin, her husband

Top of Mt. Quandry in Colorado with Kevin, her husband

When not running miles, you can find her running her massage therapy practice in East Nashville. (See what I did there?) So next time you need a massage to work out all the lactic acid from a long run, keep it in the East Nasty family and hit up Rayna! She’s also a personal trainer at the Maryland Farms YMCA.

This November, she’ll hopefully add Indianapolis to her list of states when she runs the Monumental Half Marathon with a huge group of East Nasties headed up for the race. Good luck with your training Rayna, and see you out on the roads!

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